When CloudSigma’s founders tested the available public clouds in 2008, they realized an opportunity in offering advanced options around cloud computing. Performance level, resource sizing, and other options were quite restrictive in the IaaS providers available at the time.
“The result of the restrictions was you went from something where you could define your computing, to something where your computing was defined by the public cloud provider,” Robert Jenkins, CloudSigma CEO says.
Since then, CloudSigma has raised funding for expansion in the US, and has been recognized by Gartner as an innovative player in the cloud infrastructure market.
“It’s really exciting because we feel like we’re pushing the envelope on the addressable market of public cloud and that’s really part of what we do,” Jenkins says. “It’s not necessarily about taking on Amazon head on, although we do of course have a lot of customers that have been using Amazon, but it’s more about expanding the world of possibility for public cloud.”
Its latest development is a new offering around hybrid cloud, which the company launched on Wednesday. The hybrid cloud hosting service actually came out of a specific customer requirement, which is often the case in how CloudSigma works, according to Jenkins.
“Our customer needed to connect some private infrastructure,” Jenkins says. “Out of that, and this was implemented in our 2.0 cloud that came out in June, we get this direct patching capability which is unique because we’re able to create a hybrid connection between the private environment and public environment without any need for a VPN.”
“Basically what we’re able to do is we’re able to patch transparently a physical connection going into a port and a switch in our cloud, we can actually map that into a private network in our public cloud,” he says. “So what that gives you is an end-to-end private IP only solution all exposed on the same network subnet.”
Aside from the technology, Jenkins says CloudSigma really wanted to make the total cost of ownership for a hybrid solution lower.
“What customers can do as part of the hybrid offering is they can patch a public connection as well as a private one and they can run the public connectivity through the public cloud and use our routers, our lines, and our DDoS protection systems to run their public IP traffic,” Jenkins says. “And they pay a simple flat, per GB rate as if the traffic was emanating from a virtual machine in a public cloud. So what it does is it eliminates all the upfront connection costs on the line, all the monthly fee, all the minimum commits, all of the costs you have with your own lines.”
Customers can also bring and host their physical equipment within CloudSigma’s data center space and get the private patch for free. In addition, anything customers spend in a CloudSigma cloud they receive a 20 percent rebate against their hosting costs.
Equinix resells CloudSigma’s public cloud, and will be a significant partner in supporting CloudSigma’s “aggressive geographic expansions over the next few months or year,” Jenkins says.