“So we engineered into the control layer a way to allocate storage, networking, memory and compute. The application always gets what it needs to run, while in effect sharing resources with all the other applications in the system,” Aspinall said, adding “that model has worked extremely well for us.”
Aspinall said xStream offers guaranteed performance for those mission-critical apps and multi-tenant efficiency that can “squeeze another 20 to 25 percent out of a really good virtualization environment.”
The software offers 16 layers of defense, tools that detect dynamic security and compliance threats, as well as malware protection, data flow controls and privacy compliance features.
The IaaS service has steadily grown, with some 500 large customers adopting the Virtustream cloud for running core applications in just the last few years. At the same time, the company realized there was tremendous demand for using its software to implement private or hybrid clouds. Much of the demand was being driven by telecoms and system integrators who wanted to deliver the services themselves, as well as government agencies and enterprises wanting to build private, on-premise clouds.
For that reason, about two years ago, Virtustream turned the software it had developed for use in its own data centers into a product it could sell.
Since then, Virtustream has added a number of large service providers to its customer base, including ViON, Earthlink and telecoms in Brazil and Saudi Arabia. IBM recently adopted xStream software to power SAP and SAP HANA environments on its Softlayer cloud.
The 3.0 release also adds an application-management framework called xStream AppDirector that allows streamlined integration in the cloud for packaged and custom applications, as well as enhanced data protection policies that allow monitoring for geo-location to ensure resources and data aren’t moved into non-compliant environments.
Other new features include predictive analytics that allow customers with limited technical experience to dynamically optimize their cloud environments and flexible billing options that only charge for resources used.
PUBLISHED JULY 7, 2014