"Both customers and MSPs are looking to get to the cloud fast," Fry said. "This is a turnkey cloud platform that is much more revolutionary and lets you focus on the services side of things rather than the underlying technological components."
For MPSs, 3Tera AppLogic becomes a cloud platform offering, enabling them to offer their cloud customers services similar to Amazon Web Services, Rackspace or Microsoft Windows Azure. And the new partner program around CA 3Tera AppLogic gives MSPs free access to the platform up to 20 CPUs through March 31. CA doesn't take a cut until MSPs surpass the 20 CPU threshold, said Adam Famularo, CA's cloud computing general manager. CA currently has roughly 50 MSPs in the AppLogic program and hopes to bump that up to 300 come the end of March.
"We're going to give them support entitlement, web forums and live phone support," Famularo said. "We're also going to set up special introductory pricing that's going to give them a special low rate on anything over the 20 CPUs that they sell in that introductory period. They’re going to be part of our beta programs. They're also going to have access to our solution architects to learn about the best practices that other MSPs are doing. And we're also going to have an optional program for installation, support and training packages available to them."
Matthew Richards, CA senior director of product marketing, said the 3Tera AppLogic platform uses commodity hardware to tie together compute resources, storage, high availability, security and policy management into a single system that can be managed through a single user interface. Having all of that capability in a single product eliminates the need to string together several offerings from competing vendors, which Richards called the "evolutionary" approach.
Some of the new features in AppLogic 2.9 include network failover for high availability, storage health monitoring, IP flexibility and security, OVF image importing and a Web API that can e-linked into a self-service portal. It is also backward compatible with previous versions of the platform. Other capabilities include the ability to create composite business services, rapid implementation, high availability, network security, virtual SAN and a reusable services library.
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