Virtustream delivers cloud software to run private, public and hybrid enterprise-class clouds

Virtustream this week announced xStream 2.0, a private cloud solution designed to provide secure, high-performance, enterprise-class cloud infrastructure services across private, virtual private, public, and hybrid implementations.

Available as software, stand-alone appliance, and as a managed service, xStream helps foster better management of mission-critical applications on clouds, the venture-backed, three-year-old company said. Those deploying may select a tailored mix of on-site private cloud, combined with off-site public and virtual private clouds.

Now in beta and becoming generally available in August, xStream 2.0:

  • Allows enterprises to control their IT infrastructure as a single cloud, combining on-site private clouds, offsite virtual private/public clouds, and managed cloud services — providing a tailored hybrid cloud to suit each enterprise’s requirements;
  • Provides multi-layered logical, physical cloud security, and in-depth threat monitoring and includes silicon-level authentication with Intel TxT, to meet security and compliance standards;
  • Uses patented Virtustream µVM (Micro VM) technology to optimally and dynamically combine compute, memory, network and storage to deliver application performance assured by commercial service-level agreements (SLAs), with cloud efficiency; and,
  • Allows consumption-based pricing/chargeback, so enterprises pay only for resources that they actually use, each five minutes.

Additionally, xStream provides the versatility to allow enterprises to run both mission-critical legacy and web-scale applications in cloud configurations, gaining cloud benefits without rewriting existing applications. µVM technology delivers multi-tenant virtualization benefits, said Simon Aspinall, CMO at Virtustream. And xStream runs as a macro hypervisor/cloud director that supports leading virtualization hypervisors and most major hardware.

Mixing applications

Enterprises run extremely complex IT environments that mix many legacy and web-scale applications. Until now, there have been no cloud solutions that gave customers the confidence to move both legacy and web-scale applications to the cloud,” said Rodney Rogers, Chairman and CEO, Virtustream. “Virtustream’s xStream software fills that gap by providing them with an enterprise-class cloud solution – for private clouds, virtual private/public clouds and a combination of both in a hybrid model.”

xStream is available in three editions:

  • Private Cloud — allows enterprises to run private clouds in existing data centers
  • Public Cloud — for service providers to offer enterprise cloud services to their customers
  • Virtual Private Cloud — a full set of managed cloud services for enterprises from Virtustream’s cloud

Virtustream, recently closed a series funding round with Columbia Capital, Intel Capital, Noro‐Moseley Partners, QuestMark Partners, TDF and Top Tier Capital Partners (TTCP) bringing total equity raised to $75 million.

While xStream is initially targeting enterprises and governments, I think the solution makes a lot of sense, too, for small- to medium-sized businesses that want to get out of the IT infrastructure business and need a flexible way to do so across a variety cloud models. That means this makes sense for migration activities. Being able to mix and match hypervisors also helps with moving to more than one cloud provider or platform.

I can also see where enterprises that are seeking a cloud support model for their big data architectures would do well to evaluate xStream as a way to move to cloud in increments, with later choices on where to deploy open. What’s more, xStream appears well-suited for the auto-scale, massive network and massive storage demands of big data uses. Big data as a service, anyone?

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About Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software and cloud productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years. Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: Cloud computing, SOA, business process management, business intelligence, next-generation data centers, and application lifecycle optimization. His specific interests include Enterprise 2.0 and social media, cloud standards and security, as well as integrated marketing technologies and techniques. Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group and Aberdeen Group, and a former editor-at-large and founding online news editor at InfoWorld. He is a former news editor at IDG News Service, Digital News & Review, and Design News.
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