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Monday, 09 March 2015 12:50

City Cloud OpenStack gives businesses pan-European infrastructure

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City Cloud allows businesses to construct bare metal server infrastructure as a service solutions across multiple data centres throughout Europe

Swedish Iaas provider City Network has gone live with their OpenStack-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), City Cloud, over multiple data centres in Europe.

The new City Cloud network currently has three data centres in operation, one in the UK and two in Sweden and has plans to open two more in Frankfurt and Paris this year. It operates a fully redundant infrastructure across all of the City Cloud data centres and additionally has a partnership with Interxion to provide a reduced set of services through nine other data centres around Europe with four more on the way.

The decision to concentrate on OpenStack was fuelled by a need for a standard that has a future.  As Johan Christenson, CEO of City Network  explains. “We expect OpenStack to do for cloud what Linux did for the operating system. Like Linux, it's open source, and it allows companies like us to build transparent, secure and scalable cloud solutions”  

As with many other IaaS services City Networks' cloud-based infrastructure service, enables to scale up and down as required and offers additional server capacity, storage, backup and monitoring as needed, and the service is managed through an easy to use web interface.

A survey of businesses beta testing the City Cloud on OpenStack shows that users are happy with the service with 36% of the respondents’ emphasising scalability and 31% cost effectiveness as the main benefits. An overwhelming majority (76%) also indicated that they from now on likely, or very likely, would use the OpenStack platform for most of their IT infrastructure.

As Christenson explains, “Scalability and cost advantages were decisive factors when we decided to offer our Infrastructure as a Service on OpenStack.” He also emphasised that one of the key criteria in producing the Iaas based on Open Stack was the interoperability, “It is important to make sure customers do not get stuck with a single provider and they can work with their in-house data centres.” He said.

Prices start at $0.017 an hour ($12 per month) for a bare-metal single core solution with unlimited IOPS and 1GBps bandwidth and rise to $0.106 an hour ($78 per month)  for a four core solution.

Commenting on the launch Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation said “With City Cloud now being launched on OpenStack, we have another strong European provider offering IaaS on OpenStack and across multiple data centres. It broadens the footprint of OpenStack-powered cloud services and ultimately provides users with more choices. “

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