Attenda Limited, the Always On Managed Services Company and currently VMware's Global Service Provider Partner of the Year, today announced its next generation cloud platform, delivering the availability, agility and security of multi-site Cloud platform architectures to all enterprise applications.
The vast majority of enterprise applications that are being deployed into public and private cloud services have not been designed with site availability in mind. In common with a traditional DR solution, they use a simple, single site deployment approach. Many enterprise solutions still demand a hybrid approach that combines the best of cloud infrastructure services combined with the processing power of dedicated database clusters.
Attenda (attenda.net) has chosen VMware vSphere 4 and the VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager as key components in its next generation Cloud service platform, Attenda RTI, providing site availability using a simple, consistent framework. The same framework can be used to protect hybrid solutions that span Attenda?s public cloud and dedicated database resources, thereby eliminating manual and costly recovery tasks, enhancing Business Continuity.
With the provision of automated Disaster Recovery (DR), Attenda's clients can now have the capability to recover data to any daily point in time (Recovery Point Objective or RPO). In addition, the new automated DR service will enable clients to test their Disaster Recovery strategy frequently and easily, in a non-disruptive manner, allowing production environments to continue to operate as normal. Attenda?s automated DR service manages recovery plans centrally, with high availability network and security resources as an integral part of the recovery plan.
"For most organisations the performance of their IT infrastructure has become business critical, requiring specialist skills and a rigorous regime to ensure its availability, reliability and security. Unfortunately, just running the existing IT estate absorbs a significant proportion of the available IT skills and budget, so releasing these by adopting a cloud-based Managed Services model is key to faster deployment of new projects and strategic initiatives," says Simon Hansford, VP Service Strategy & Marketing at Attenda and a speaker at IP Expo 2010 in London."
In fact, leading analysts and existing adopters of the Cloud model are finding that the benefits of this approach are typically ordered as:
• increased agility;
• improved quality of service; and
• the potential for reduced costs of ownership.
"Using Cloud Computing, based on VMware?s technology and provided to bmi by Attenda, gives us the capability to scale our computing capacity on demand, in order to meet spikes in activity. Clearly Cloud Computing is core to our day-to-day operations," said Peter Federico, IT Director, at airline bmi. "Moving to a Cloud Computing model with Attenda will play a key role in our ongoing drive towards reducing the total cost of ownership of our IT infrastructure and increasing our operational agility."