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01 / STRONGBOX
CLOUD SIMPLICITY

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noun
1. a small lockable box, typically made of metal, in which valuables may be kept.
2. an encrypted cloud infrastructure piece that provides premium enterprise-suitable resources to create one or more VMs with full transparency of cost.
3. Cywest IaaS solution eliminating today’s commonly used Bait and Switch (B/S) tactics. 




Cywest understands the frustration of trying to provision quality VMs to conquer your competitive adversaries. You could do what others have done in the past and venture into the world of the major cloud players. After all they are the industry’s “gold “standard and the largest provider of cloud services on the planet. But the problem with these Fortune 500 players is determining the actual cost of what it is you’re getting. The method is now very well recognized; present unbelievably cheap pricing with hard to follow cost ratios, coupled with nuanced agreements. It’s no wonder customers are scratching their heads at the realities of the service, support and pricing they actually end up with!

We like to use the frog in the boiling pot analogy. By enticing you with very low cost structures without divulging the quality of resources being allocated, the process of “nickel and diming” customers happens gradually over time as client requirements necessarily increase. Suddenly what appeared to be a low cost to resource allocation ratio becomes burdensome. Then the “lock-in” occurs, making it very difficult for customers to move or change strategies. Just ask many Fortune 500 companies that came to the same conclusion the hard way, only to spend tens of millions of dollars to reverse course and return to their own in-house infrastructures.

One of the reasons for the difficulty in predetermining costs has to do with the lack of up front disclosure, and the often confusing options available. From payment models such as, “Pay as You Go”, “Use More, Pay Less”, “Save When You Reserve”, “Free Usage Tier”, to various product options, most customers just decide to “wing it”. The idea is that the low cost representations won’t be that wildly off from the reality. When it comes to Cloud, it is easy to get things wrong and to quickly incur wasteful spending. Either your standards will be adjusted downward, or your budget will need to increase!

Cywest isn’t interested in low-cost, low-performance, small business clouds. We aim to help clients who want enterprise-level, high-performance cloud implementations. There is no B/S with us (Bait and Switch). What you see is what you get, and when you provision your servers within our StrongBox you will know exactly what you are getting and for how much.

Additionally, we provision each StrongBox within its own pool of resources allowing customers to leverage, prototype and modify requirements to more closely attain that perfect roll-out. Each StrongBox comes with 32GB of high performance memory for cloud applications and 8 CPUs for intense workloads*, you’ll never run that SQL Server on the equivalent of a Celeron Processor! The best part is that the StrongBox resource management is up to you. Based on your true usage levels, resources can be allocated to produce anywhere from one VM to four per StrongBox (we’ve tested one case up to 7 VM’s)! No longer do you need to go with software manufacturer “recommended” resource levels, our real world statistics will tell you just how much your application is really consuming. But to start, take your current requirements and use the Cywest Configurator to see what your true costs will look like.

“Strong” in the name, StrongBox is due to the fact that all backend storage is encrypted and robust with caching built into our SAN hardware, and SDN micro segmentation provides a new level of security flexibility to the cywestEdge infrastructure. The StrongBox model brings simplicity to an otherwise confusing industry model.

Speaking of simplicity, again check out our configurator (which is in its final stages of development) and see for yourself how easy it is to provision a virtual datacenter. Simple setup, simple billing, simple process.

  •   Create Virtual Datacenters.
  •   Rapidly create your VMs.
  •   StrongBoxes = units of resources.
  •   Predictable cost.
  •   System autooptimizes to optimize cost.
  •   Easy to clone VMs.
  •   Easy to clone StrongBoxes.
  •   Easy to use!
Cywest StrongBox
cywestEdge
02 / The CywestEDGE
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noun
1. the outside limit of an object, area, or surface; a place or part farthest away from the center of something.
2. an encrypted cloud infrastructure piece that provides premium enterprise-suitable resources to create one or more VMs with full transparency of cost.
3. Cywest IaaS solution eliminating today’s commonly used Bait and Switch (B/S) tactics. 


Speaking of simplicity, again check out our configurator (which is in its final stages of development) and see for yourself how easy it is to get an enterprise cloud up and running. Simple setup, simple billing, simple process.

cywestEdge brings the most advanced offering in communications, Software Defined Networking (SDN), and cloud infrastructure.

Today’s cloud and communications environments are going through a rapid transformation in order to meet market demands that require more secure and efficient environments for critical applications...


Focus and simplicity...once you get there,
you can move mountains.
- Steve Jobs -
Cywest has created cywestEdge and StrongBox infrastructure which is a methodology that takes advantage of cutting edge Software Defined Networking technologies to improve cloud and application performance while allowing customers to utilize lower cost communications alternatives.cywestEdge brings the most advanced offering in communications, Software Defined Networking (SDN), and cloud infrastructure.

Today’s cloud and communications environments are going through a rapid transformation in order to meet market demands that require more secure and efficient environments for critical applications...

The problem is three-fold...

Traditional corporate networks such as Multi-Label Protocol Switching (MPLS) are still technically superior with regard to QoS than any other method of communication. Although sound, MPLS is inflexible under this new paradigm of public cloud offerings and cloud hosted services. As a result, companies are turning once again to Layer 3 VPN’s over the Internet with an improved management of traffic utilizing SDWAN edge devices. But the inherent inconsistency of the Internet still presents a problem no matter the protocol employed on the customer edge device.

Public cloud offerings seem like an inexpensive OpEx alternative to capital intensive infrastructures that are expensive to license, manage, and update. That is until you actually start using those infrastructures that nickel and dime customers for things like higher performance storage and data transmission. Suddenly companies begin scratching their heads over time, hence the press stories of Fortune 500 companies “de-platforming” away from the large public cloud players. Add the access over SDWAN’s Layer 3 VPN, and suddenly the expense to performance ratio is not what was anticipated.

With major breaches in personal identification information by some of the largest banks and companies on public cloud networks, it has become evident that major cloud players will take no responsibility for the security of your information. This is evidenced by their Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that simply state security of information is your responsibility, even though it is on their infrastructure and carrier networks.

If Fortune 500 companies have no recourse with regard to data integrity, what recourse do smaller companies have against the large cloud players?

If Fortune 500 companies cannot overcome the inherent problems of new lower-cost communication alternatives to public cloud infrastructures, how can smaller companies overcome these issues?

If large Fortune 500 enterprises are finding public cloud offerings cost-prohibitive, how do smaller companies compete?

If large enterprises find it difficult to manage both private and public cloud infrastructures, how do small companies manage these difficulties?

Benefits of cywestEdge

Significant Cost Savings

Cywest customers will see an average 30-40% savings compared to their current MPLS cost structure.

Increased Internet Performance

Internet services will now be decentralized and placed at the customer premises creating lower latency connections to public resources.

Decentralized and SDN Cloud

Greater application performance, Lower latency connections to infrastructure, simplified Disaster Recovery model and Increased security segmentation.

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Inherent Disaster Recovery

Our Edge locations will replicate data between Edges. FT beyond the host and data center, and covers geographic disparities between Edge locations.

Simplified & Predictable Pricing

STRONGbox allows for predictable pricing packaged in slotted increments that allow for greater customer control over resources and costs.

Predictable Storage

All Cywest Edge storage is high performance and encrypted to disk, reducing options to one making planning simple.

It's Not Apples to Apples and Oranges to Oranges...



It's Not Apples to Apples and Oranges to Oranges... Let’s face it, communications companies are not cloud players, and cloud players are not communications companies. Their SLA’s will not cover each other’s portion of an overall solution, and the customer is the one left holding all the responsibility and liability. As a result, there is no cohesive and centralized solution that can provide efficient communication with infrastructure and security.

Until now.

cywestEdge brings the infrastructure to you. Localized to your location to reduce latency and improve overall performance. cywestEdge supports the latest SDWAN connections with infrastructure that is deployed over a Software Defined Networking (SDN) architecture. What this means is that you can deploy your infrastructure at a streamlined cywestEdge location that is geared to accommodate a limited volume of resources to ensure high performance. Each cywestEdge location simplifies the infrastructure by only deploying high-performance resources, and nothing else.

This is how it works. BYOSDWAN, or Cywest will bring SDWAN connectivity to your location, and your site will connect over encrypted connections to cywestEdge locations. Because of your ability to choose the location nearest you, latency can be reduced and a near MPLS performance can be attained.

cywestEdge infrastructures are based in SDN, so micro-segmentation allows Cywest to provision security and protective measure at a micro level (i.e. Firewalls for each VM, not per network segment). And cywestEdge infrastructure is broken down into Cywest StrongBoxes. A Cywest StrongBox is a “container” of resources; processors and memory that are consumed through allocation of virtual machines. Customers can now manage their resources by allocating exactly what an application requires in order to function at the efficiencies dictated by the customer’s needs. A StrongBox may contain one VM or several, it’s up to you.

Take Disaster Recovery to a whole new level. Each cywestEdge replicates information to other designated cywestEdge’s bit by bit, so any failure at one cywestEdge site can easily be brought up at another cywestEdge site. SDN allows Cywest to replicate security, data and infrastructure – all information moves with you.

Did we mention lower cost? The StrongBox methodology lowers infrastructure costs, and makes them simple and predictable. Communications costs are lower as well to the cywestEdge. Customers on average lower their costs by 40%, and see a significant improvement in performance with an increase in security posture.

How much cost savings potential for you?

 

Try our StrongBox configurator to find out.


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