April 13, 2012
CSC and Canadian Provider Q9 Team up to Offer Rapid Cloud Services
Moving today’s datacenters to a cloud environment requires critical configuration information to run the applications, IT management tools, and related software. In order for the migration to proceed smoothly, accurate information gathering related to configuration parameters, analytical data, etc. is critical. It’s well known that successful cloud computing and deployment depend upon accurate performance and service level reports. Increasingly, modern configuration tools can be used to facilitate moves and smooth out the deployment process.
Now, Q9 Networks (Q9) has announced that it has been selected by CSC (News - Alert) to host cloud computing services for Canadian organizations interested in deploying real business applications in the cloud. The capability to mix and match components on an as-need basis is one of the key attractors to cloud computing. However, the lack of visibility into the configuration details of a chosen component can result in difficulties further down the line. This latest announcement cements Q9's reputation for providing state-of-the-art data centers for its Vblock-based cloud architecture because of its proven physical security and high-availability design.
According to Siki Giunta, Global Vice President for Cloud Computing Services and Software, CSC, "Over the last three years, Q9 has proven itself to be a very capable resource for CSC's Canadian operations. As we expand and globalize our cloud services offering to our Canadian customer base, Q9 will continue to play a key role in delivering the reliability, security and performance that CSC customers require and expect." Q9's 11 data centers and network are backed by an industry leading SLA that guarantees 100 percent network and power availability. CSC selected Q9 because of its data centers which meet the most demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the increased power and cooling demands of today's high density computing devices.
While consolidation has been the key motivator for companies moving resources to the cloud as well as lowering operations and infrastructure costs, it has placed more concomitant pressure on
understanding the analytic and configuration information requirements for adopting the cloud. Q9’s commitment to helping companies overcome these complexities and dynamics are key differentiators as increasing numbers of companies move to the cloud. Q9 services include colocation, bandwidth, dedicated servers, firewalls, load balancing, virtual private networking (VPN) and back-up/restore which enable the rapid provisioning and scalability of client infrastructure.
Edited by Rich Steeves