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.