DirectNetworks, which acts as a reseller of the DirectCloud offering, has already moved 15 of its customers to DirectCloud since it opened last June. DirectCloud is also signing up other channel partners, DirectNetworks' Mehlum said.
"One of the big things about ASG for us is it could provide us with a multitenant backend that [would be] easy to manage," Mehlum said. "Also, we wanted to host virtual servers, Exchange servers, DNS, Active Directory and other services. And it may sound cheesy, but we also wanted it all to be available via a browser at any time."
ASG was able to provide the infrastructure to host the full DirectCloud platform in the cloud, Mehlum said.
"They did a good job from the start to make us a cloud services provider," he said. "We had done one-offs in the past. But we needed help to tie all the pieces like billing and so on together."
ASG also did it quickly, Mehlum said. "ASG had a two-to-three-month timeline in mind," he said. "But we had a two-to-three-week requirement. They met our deadline, even with a major snowstorm that hit while they were here."
PUBLISHED FEB. 5, 2014