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Cloud Company Evaluations

New content added 12/16/15

What is the Cloud? It is just a computer on the Internet that is managed and run by another company. So when one is looking for cloud application or needs, you must evaluate the company for it's ability to fulfill your requirements.

1st figure out your needs (such as email for example). Need 10 users and must have access with Androids and Mac devices.

then look for an email "cloud" company this could also fall under the SaaS (Software As A Service) category

 

This page was initially created 2013 Old Fixviruspage-link.

We have worked with many cloud companies and this page is here to help decide on the myriad of companies and services available In Saint Louis area. Contact Us 314-504-3974 if you want help navigating your needs to the available services.

This page is here to list cloud companies within various categories (IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS) although there are a couple of others. When necessary you can start your research here.

We can help you decide on where your cloud applications should reside as well as security for the cloud application.

 

A Blogpost on PaaS cloud security issues: http://oversitesentry.com/is-your-cloud-safe-from-cross-tenant-side-channel-attacks/

Excellent Cloud Security Blog by Cloud Security Alliance: Cloud Security Alliance Industry Blog, this is definitely a blog you have to visit frequently as there are many updates.

An interesting Power Point about Cloud Security by Steve Hanna:Juniper employee cloud employee

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Ecairn post about Cloud Security(image is also from the blog): Blog about Community Marketing

The Cloud enabled Magic quadrant(July2015):

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And some older ones for comparison

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Gartner Magic Quadrant  April 2013 versus May 2014 for various cloud companies  (I leave this old comparison for you to see some longevity in this space, as there are a lot fo changes and that should be a concern for you.

There are (at least) 3 different cloud companies: IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service), and PaaS  (Platform as a Service)

IaaS - Infrastructure As A Server companies:

An Infrastructure As A Server company - IaaS. IBM GoGrid and here is their Security Cloud link

A business Continuity Company:Ongoingoperations.com An interesting link about Cloud Computing What do I move to the cloud first? FAQ

SoftLayer purchased by IBM - just to show you what Softlayer was doing 2 years ago:

On one server with one 2GHz core, 1GB of RAM, 25GB storage, 1TB of bandwidth, and one IP address.normally costs $50/month, but the first month is free.

Etegrity a Backup company for Managed Service Providers

Rackspace has several Iaas offerings Rackspace about us link

Terremark is a Verizon cloud hosting company

Infrastructure and cloud service link: Infrastructure Cloud services

Datapipe an IaaS cloud company  100% Network Uptime guarantee

Atlantic.net has a 100% uptime guarantee excluding scheduled maintenance - Also an IaaS.

Rackspace has a 100% network uptime SLA. Also an IaaS

Codero has a 100% guarantee uptime excluding scheduled maintenance of cooling, computer hardware and network. another IaaS.

An Iaas company that is PCI, HIPAA, and SAS70 compliant: Logicworks tech specs offerings

A dedicated system is placed in a DMZ (or De-Militerized Zone) with managed Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Log management, and daily penetration scans. For all patient data.

It is done using a private cloud server.

Another PCI, HIPAA and also FISMA compliant company: LayeredTech has many hosting services including providing 80% of all PCI compliance functions.

Looks like they started in 2004 as a managed service provider (MSP) , then in 2006 some cloud hosting services were introduced. - They are #9 in the TalkinCloud100 list (2012).

Tier3.com also an IaaS company, it seems that the company has a high SLA guarantee. There are many different levels of cloud services, including SaaS like Sharepoint or Exchange Server. There are a lot of potential services but no PCI compliance etc.

Dimension Data an IaaS company with 5 data centers around world - including Virginia and California in USA.

Levelcloud is calling itself a Master Cloud Service Provider, by trying to make the whole cloud experience easier.

Fujitsu is a unique IaaS: Fujitsu cloud

Fujitsu ServerView Resource Orchestrator Cloud Edition. Management software that delivers IT cloud infrastructure.
Fujitsu Primergy is server architecture on the x86 standard. A 10U chassis can house 18 server blades.

More IaaS companies:

Peer1 hosting is another up and coming hosting company in the Gartner Magic Quadrant

Website performance is enhanced with Anycast DNS.DDOS attacks are thwarted, 10Gbps network, and 24x7x365 monitoring is included in the service.

The tech support is supposed to be a direct call to your personal account manager, not help desks or junior techs.

There is also a blog which discusses the hosting co.

Interesting that this hosting company decided not to have an Asian presence.

Carpathia Hosting is one of the hosting companies that was added to the managed hosting Gartner Magic Quadrant this month.

there is something called an IBX Vault Data center located in Dulles, VA.
The "advantages" are:

  1. Location - within 50 miles of Washington DC.
    2. compliance - name the compliance standard, it is there.
    3. Connectivity - multiple Tier 1 telecom carriers part of the Platform Equinix family.
    4. services - multiple services

Personally, I don't see why being close to Washington DC is a great thing. It matters to me how close to the Internet NAPs one is instead of close to the capital of the USA. Of course this may be of importance to a company in the capital or Baltimore.

The Carpathia website does have a good explanation of PCI compliance

SaaS - Software as a Service

CSI mobile banking solutions

Computer Services Inc. was #6 in TalkinCloud100, and is based out of Kentucky. It looks like they focus on banking and financial institutions.

BCGsystems is a cloud company that sells Microsoft GP Dynamics software as well as Sage ERP, Office365, and Microsoft Lync (IM server software).

PaaS - Platform as a Service

Salesforce will allow you to create an infrastructure to create cloud apps

searchcloudcomputing discusses PaaS

Gartner explanation of PaaS: usually depicted in all-cloud diagrams between the SaaS layer above it and the IaaS layer below, is a broad collection of application infrastructure (middleware) services (including application platform, integration, business process management and database services). However, the hype surrounding the PaaS concept is focused mainly on application PaaS (aPaaS) as the representative of the whole category.

Traditional hardware and software companies that make a cloud from scratch:

RedHat's Cloud Computing Info

Intel Cloud Computing page

Naas - Network As A Server companies:

Limelight networks Limelight

Akamai Akamai

DaaS - Desktop as a Service

Paragrid is a company that has 2 data centers that utilize BGP routing and mirroring which allows for 1 datacenter to go down andstill have the other operational.

Inetinc

Hosted Desktop, cloud servers, hosted servers, hosted exchange.

Uptime Systems

this company hosts your desktop and you can access it using a remote desktop session. There is a good demo worth watching: Uptime desktop demo

Dell Cloud Computing
Dell has Desktop as a Service cloud services, and not just Microsoft's RDS, but also Citrix Xendesktop, VMWare View, and Dell DVS Enterprise ISS.

Mindshift

The cloudSHIFT desktop is either a standard Microsoft Terminal Server- remote desktop session
Or a Citrix HDX connection, the Citrix client would allow a different type of customization

Cloud Migration company:

Racemi cloud migration link

Excel Micro - a google app migration specialist company

This company Toglcloud works through VAR's to sell cloud services, so keep that in mind, find out where the servers are set up? At their own facility or through a third party

 

 

Notice a "Cloud Company" can come in many different shapes and sizes, and thus it depends on how you use IT systems.  Contact Us to discuss

Updated 12/16/15

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