Atlanta outlines virtualisation offering

Ties together VMware, Cisco and Compellent for cloud computing

Last week it was Colt announcing its cloud service, a little further down the scale, Atlanta has also announced its own virtualisation strategy, tying together products from a range of vendors.

Atlanta has produced a report, Virtualisation Without Walls, to provide guidance for companies new to virtualisation as to how they could exploit the technology.

It has based the service on products from VMware, Cisco and Compellent. The offering looks very much like the VBlock technology put together by the Acadia grouping with the replacement of EMC by Compellent. Atlanta's technical director Mike Kelson explained the decision. "Compellent is a better solution than EMC's. The whole idea of the virtualisation without walls concept is that companies can scale in or scale out as needed, without too many complications - or no frigging in the rigging as Compellent says," he explained. "Fundamentally, it allows us to scale without having to redesign. It has cloud enabled tech - we can move a virtual machine within cloud."

The combined service is not going to be a cheap option, particularly for Atlanta's target market of small and mid-sized businesses but Simon Kelson, Atlanta's managing director said that the cost wasn't the only factor. "We appreciate that VMware is the most expensive but it's the best in terms of support. If something goes wrong, someone on the phone will be there to fix it within ten minutes. We found that Microsoft support wasn't as good "

He added that there were some hidden costs with VMware alternatives. "We investigated Hyper-V but there were some technological issues that we didn't like - the Microsoft suite will need a variety of products that need to be integrated together to produce the same thing with one product from VMware."

One of the key aspects of the Atlanta offering is security, a move designed to appeal to those companies who express concerns. "We've been designed our infrastructure an architecture that involves security rings with the most secure being ring 0. Depending on the ring, it's how the access to a particular device is secured," said Mike Kelson.

The virtualisation service is aimed at bringing the technology to a wider audience. " I think the platform we have has got a good customer base . The question is 'what does Joe Bloggs require from his PC?' How can we virtualise that - and deliver that to a desktop?"

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags virtualizationemcVMwarevirtualisation

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Maxwell Cooter

Techworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?