Montreal-based web host iWeb has launched a new, private cloud service using Microsoft’s software and dedicated hardware, allowing organizations to deploy a private cloud environment on dedicated servers hosted in iWeb’s Canadian data centers.
According to iWeb’s Thursday announcement, the “Microsoft Private Cloud” service gives customers guaranteed service levels and 24/7 support.
The new Microsoft-based cloud service comes a month after Microsoft launched its Cloud OS Network, a consortium of 25 cloud service providers including iWeb that have built services on Microsoft’s cloud platform.
Microsoft Private Cloud has some flexible configurations that allows companies to seamlessly extend their in-house data center to create a private-private hybrid cloud, or they can move specific workloads to a hosted environment. Pricing starts at $383 per month per server.
A number of Canadian industries such as healthcare and law have regulations that require data to remain in Canada. Private clouds made up of dedicated servers are a way for these companies to gain some of the benefits of cloud computing while still meeting regulatory requirements. Hosted private cloud also allow businesses to expand their computing infrastructure without having to build out in-house data center space.
“With businesses turning to the cloud more so than ever before, the Microsoft Private Cloud from iWeb provides the best of both worlds with cloud scalability on dedicated private infrastructure,” iWeb president and COO Christian Primeau said in a statement. “Our team provides rapid deployment, state-of-the-art data centers and network infrastructure, all supported by top-notch professional services, freeing up customers to focus on their core business.”
Last year, iWeb was acquired by Internap.