As cloud services continues to gain followers faster than trees are falling and electricity is going out due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy that is currently rip roaring alongside the East Coast, “as-a-service” solutions are also being implemented within companies throughout the world due to their extreme scalability and elasticity.
Time Warner Cable Company NaviSite (News - Alert) has seen firsthand how the cloud can benefit its growing customer base when first leveraging its Cloud 1.0 offering that delivers multiple cloud-based products in a completely virtualized computing stack. According to company officials in a recent blog post, “At NaviSite, we wrap our managed services around our NaviCloud Dynamic Compute offering and deliver an unparalleled cloud service to our customers. We’ve had incredible success with the NaviCloud 1.0 offering and continue to experience exponential growth. But computing only scratches the surface of the potential value of the cloud.”
The cloud is more popular than a high school prom queen largely because it enables users to gain access to a full portfolio of IT services at a cost-effective price. Recently, the cloud services provider unveiled its Cloud 2.0 offering which is touted as bring the level of efficiency within a utility model to an unparalleled level.
R. Brooks Borcherding, president of NaviSite, added, “This new suite of services will greatly extend the value proposition of cloud to a much broader range of solutions ranging from storage to desktops. At NaviSite we are already well on our way to bringing these new “as-a-Service” offerings to market.”
Currently, the company is closely analyzing some additional solutions including Storage-as-a-Service, Backup-as-a-Service, Database-as-a-Service, Desktop-as-a-Service and Application-as-a-Service.
While Storage-as-a-Service will enable enterprises to benefit significantly from an unlimited amount of storage resources, Backup-as-a-Service provides rapid solutions to eliminate network downtime. “What’s more, while the cloud does not eliminate the need for sophisticated business continuity plans, it greatly simplifies that challenge by providing replicated data, and off-site storage and computing resources that can be accessed immediately from almost anywhere,” Borcherding stated.
Database-as-a-Service can be utilized to create and use massive databases and data warehouses that let organizations migrate to Big Data, something only big IT firms can currently handle. On the other hand, as the bring your own device (BYOD) trend is being implemented within virtually every industry, the idea of the traditional desktop is being completely transformed. That is where DaaS or Desktop-as-a-Service comes in as it powers a secure way for enterprises to support thousands of disparate devices, without making themselves vulnerable to any type of cyber attack.
Additionally, Applications-as-a-Service propels on-premises applications into “cloud-enable” mode.
As many of us are still left in the dark wishing that our power will magically be turned back on by the time we head home for the day, NaviSite prepared for the storm by ensuring that its data center located in Andover, Mass. would be able to operate without a hitch by readying emergency fuel and checking to see that it remained at full capacity, pre-testing generators, putting primary and back up staff in place in case something went awry, and ultimately determining that emergency communication mechanisms would be able to withstand the weather and remain fully operational.
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli