Cloud infrastructure and cloud management provider Tier 3 announced on Thursday it has added several new self-service cloud networking features.
The move comes a couple months after Tier 3 began offering general availability of a new, distributed object storage service with automated data center redundancy.
The new services provide enterprises with two major benefits: the ability to manage cloud deployments more efficiently and with less manual effort.
These self-service capabilities are particularly useful when combined with on-demand and scalable resources, as they enable developers and other users create and manage their own workloads, Tier 3 says.
Tier 3′s new capabilities let users make expansive network configurations in the public cloud that resemble the enterprise-class networking found in internal data centers.
As a result of these self-service capabilities, enterprises can move a wider range of applications to the cloud without compromising security or compliance.
The new services include the self-service creation and management of load balancers for web applications, virtual LANs for building secure n-tier systems, site-to-site VPNs, and custom IP ports for edge firewalls.
“We all read about ‘the cloud price wars,’ but precious little focus is given to the human cost of IT. The time and expense of highly skilled workers performing mundane tasks consumes far more budget than public cloud services for most enterprises today,” said Jared Wray, founder and CTO of Tier 3. “That’s why self-service features and the removal of these tedious functions are so important to our customers. These self-service networking tools will help them increase business agility, and more importantly, re-allocate human capital more effectively within their organizations.”
The new features will also help to benefit Tier 3′s white-label and reseller partners, as the increase in self-service functions results in a corresponding decrease in support tickets for their operations teams.
The new features can be accessed by all Tier 3 customers, and may be deployed across Tier 3′s network of nine federated data centers around the world.
Users may configure these enterprise-grade networking functions via Tier 3′s control portal. In the past, these features could only be added upon request, and required manual effort to enable.
In May, the company launched Tier 3 Cloud Reseller Edition, a new group of branding and administrative features designed for the channel.