WAN optimization company CloudOpt has announced the availability of its Speed-as-a-Service data acceleration solution for Microsoft Windows Azure.
The software-as-a-service will be offered in Windows Azure US-West and US-North Central regions before expanding according to demand.
CloudOpt claims that Speed-as-a-Service can reduce data transfer times and costs by as much as 90 percent, enabling large data transfers into and out of the cloud. It also reduces duplication, lowering bandwidth use and associated charges.
“By dramatically improving the speed of large data transfers and remote application access Speed-as-a-Service enables users to get the most out of Windows Azure,” said Dave Burow, CEO of CloudOpt. “Applications that were formerly impractical are now possible.”
Speed-as-a-Service for Windows Azure boasts features and benefits including rapid restoration of cloud backup data, near real time replication of MSSQL databases across regions, full daily backups and fast big data uploads to the cloud, accelerated migration of applications with large databases to Azure, and improved response times for Microsoft applications.
The solution can be deployed in minutes and is accessed using a client for Linux or Windows. It can be deployed on IaaS clouds including Google Compute Engine and Rackspace Open Cloud, or in on premise data centers.
Microsoft has been aggressively upgrading its Windows Azure services of late, and promoted its moves with a Twitter Q&A in a Vintage Concorde aircraft earlier this month.
As enterprise requires ever more data to be transferred and ever higher speeds, new solutions like CloudOpts SaaS will likely follow. UK IaaS company Bigstep launched on Wednesday to offer bare metal public cloud infrastructure to meet the high demands of big data.
Speed-as-a-Service was made available for AWS earlier this year, and CloudOpt, as a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, is offering a free 15 day trial to Windows Azure users.