Monday, November 17, 2008

ElasticHosts Launches first KVM based Cloud Service

ElasticHosts has released what they describe as the first wave of capacity on its UK cloud infrastructure as a public beta. Actually what I find most interesting about this announcement is that ElasticHosts has chosen to use KVM based Virtualization for their offering (KVM=Kernel-based Virtual Machine).

Recently KVM has caught on as a viable open source virtualization solution being adopted by Red Hat and Ubuntu as their preferred hypervisor. For us at Enomaly, we've found KVM to be just simplier and easier to install and configured compared to Xen. One of the biggest limiting factors to the adoption of "private clouds" is in the complexity found within most cloud platforms, ours included. I'd imagine the folks at ElasticHost felt the sameway.

ElasticHosts provides flexible server capacity in the UK to our customers for scalable web hosting, on-demand burst computing and other uses. They claim to be the second publically-available cloud infrastructure to launch outside the US. (Which is arguable)

Key customers benefit from:

- Instantly scalable on-demand server capacity, with a free selection of CPU, memory and disk sizes to suit any application.

- UK data centre, offering fast direct links to the UK/EU internet and ensuring that your data stays within EU jurisdiction and data protection laws. (GeoPolitical Cloud Computing)

- Competitive prices for both subscription and burst use. Buy exactly the capacity you need, when you need it.

- Advanced KVM virtualization technology, delivering the full power of our infrastructure to your servers, and supporting any PC operating system.

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