October 26, 2011
By Beecher Tuttle, TMCnet Contributor
Australian cloud services provider BitCloud enhanced its hallmark solution earlier this week to respond to concerns over securely connecting existing IT infrastructure to newly deployed cloud components. Using either MPLS or EOIP technology, the company's Virtual Private Cloud solution is now able to securely and efficiently integrate with existing office and data center networks, BitCloud officials announced on Tuesday.
The updated Virtual Private Cloud solution integrates with legacy systems in a secure manner by segregating certain resources – including storage, memory and CPU – from the rest of the cloud. These highly intricate and secure network configurations are built from MPLS or EOIP technology over a Layer2 connection, which works in tandem with a set of sophisticated virtual switches and firewalls.
"If you imagine having a vital office server fail unexpectedly, how long do you think it would normally take to resolve? Half a day minimum if you're lucky," BitCloud's CEO Bennett Oprysa noted in a statement. "With our cloud product, you would simply fire up the server instance in your private cloud and be back online within minutes. You won't even need to change IP addresses."
The enhanced Virtual Private Cloud can consist of anywhere from two to 100 virtual servers, and can be linked to any legacy network infrastructure through encrypted VPN.
The product also provides load balancing to multiple internal virtual machines, which can be made up of a mixture of private and public IPs. In addition, the cloud offering comes with a dedicated virtual firewall appliance with full NAT functionality.
In other MPLS news, TMC (News - Alert) recently honored Streamcore with the 2011 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award for its StreamGroomers product, which can be deployed in traditional MPLS networks or at the corporate Internet access level.
StreamGroomers provides advanced visibility and control technologies capable of monitoring the performance of audio/video communications and SaaS (News - Alert) collaboration applications.
Beecher Tuttle is a TMCnet contributor. He has extensive experience writing and editing for print publications and online news websites. He has specialized in a variety of industries, including health care technology, politics and education. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca