AppGrid offers instantly scalable private cloud services, which are available on a month-to-month utility-based billing cycle. The new service is based on the CA AppLogic cloud platform from CA Technologies, and is designed for high-performance workloads.
CenturyLink launched savvisdirect in December to simplify cloud deployment for small businesses, giving users instant access to SaaS applications, virtual servers, cloud storage and PaaS, and now, a private cloud service.
As part of its effort in simplifying private cloud deployment, AppGrid inclues a graphical application design editor which allows businesses to design, build, test, and launch production environments using a dedicated private cloud environment.
Private cloud environments can be deployed in CenturyLink’s North American data centers, and the rapid deployment model allows customers to go live in less than two business days, according to savvisdirect. The FastForward Onboarding service from savvisdirect helps speed up go-to-market.
“With most cloud-based software development efforts, developers must keep track of multiple scripting languages, hardware configurations, and application versions as they hop from one platform to the next throughout the application lifecycle,” Mike Goodenough, global director of cloud field engineering for savvisdirect said in a statement. “AppGrid changes the game by simplifying the application development and continuous integration processes into a single, private cloud appliance ecosystem that’s delivered on dedicated hardware, fully accessible via public IP and secured through VPNs.”
AppGrid gives users a choice between three preconfigured grids in order to power compute needs, and preconfigured resources such as firewalls, load balancers, switches and databases.
“Because business success increasingly depends on the agile and effective use of IT, customers need IT resourcing strategies that are adaptive, cost-efficient and highly resilient,” Adam Famularo, senior vice president, CA AppLogic business unit at CA Technologies said in a statement. “The savvisdirect AppGrid service delivers on these new imperatives – and its use of the CA AppLogic cloud platform ensures it will fulfill customer requirements for automation, ease of use and security.”
Savvisdirect is currently only available in North America, but it plans to expand to Europe and Asia during the next year.
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