Web Host Connectria Launches IBM i-Based Cloud Hosting Services

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Web hosting company Connectria Hosting announced last week it has launched cloud hosting solutions that run on IBM Power Systems Servers. Connectria said it has been working in cooperation with IBM for the past two years, testing, developing and researching the IBM i cloud hosting solutions.

The move comes a few months after Connectria launched its Connectria Cloud Storage, which is compatible with Amazon S3.

While there is a perception by many individuals in the industry that IBM i is a dying platform, a recent Info Tech study shows that “IBM i provides exceptional reliability, and has a lower TCO over the long term than alternative platforms.”

The IBM i cloud hosting solutions can be purchased on an on-demand basis, backed by Connectria’s 24-hour IBM i administration and support.

Priced from $495 per month, the hosting solutions are certainly a more affordable and convenient alternative to purchasing an IBM i System and operating it yourself.

For each virtual machine, customers can add processor, memory or disk capacity as needed, as well as scale from a range of 595 CPW to more than 50,000 CPW.

In addition to the IBM i capacity that customers purchase, they will also purchase Connectria’s world-renowned 24/7 IBM i administration and support to ensure their IBM i systems are secure, reliable, and running at peak performance.

Connectria provides three IBM i Cloud Hosting options to meet the individual needs of its customers. Connectria Silver Cloud for IBM i is a lower-cost option that lets users offer virtual machines running on a single IBM POWER7 server.

The next level up is Connectria Gold Cloud for IBM i is a high availability option that lets users operate virtual machines on fault-tolerant, clustered IBM POWER7 servers.

Finally, Connectria Platinum Cloud for IBM i is a replicated with full DR option that lets users  run virtual machines on two separate IBM POWER7 servers replicated across multiple data centers.

“The Power Systems platform has been an excellent technology in which Connectria has established strong expertise,” said Rich Waidmann, Connectria CEO and president. “We are very excited to offer these Cloud Solutions for a technology with such longevity and value. Now customers can leverage Connectria’s superior IBM i managed hosting services in a flexible and affordable cloud computing environment. With the addition of Connectria’s IBM i Cloud Hosting, Connectria continues its industry leadership hosting the broadest range of cloud computing platforms, with the ability to run Windows, Linux, IBM i, IBM AIX, and Oracle/Sun Solaris within Connectria’s cloud computing infrastructure.”

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