A new private cloud option InstaCloud has been developed to give small and medium sized businesses more control and confidence in the safety of their data stored in the cloud, without the big-business price tag.
Founded by ex-Microsoft senior partner technology strategist, Steve Belton, the service is aimed at providing a low risk, low cost option for small businesses to take advantage of private cloud, without the need to set it up themselves or have the in-house resource or expertise to manage the platform.
The service offers a pay-as-you-go pay-per-use solution based on UK-based data centres in Slough and London and is based on Microsoft’s Cloud OS technology, Windows Server 2012 R2 and built on parent company’s Cube52’s infrastructure platform.
Bandwidth provision is free of charge – although it is subject to a fair use clause - with RAM and storage usage charged at a fixed rate. Network connectivity uses a software defined network and Cisco switches and firewalls. Solutions are provisioned with hardware and network redundancy and are supported with NetApp storage.
Server configurations range from 2 to 8 CPUs, 2-32Gb RAM and 160-1000Gb with prices ranging from £30 per month to £280 per month.
Sounds good until you read the small print, the SLA is just 99.8% on uptime and if the server is hit with a Denial of Server attack your server will be removed from the network with no guarantee when it will be returned. Additionally the network is currently just 100Mb with 1Gb promised soon and there’s no server backup provision. I think if we were an SMB and we were really worried about the cloud – InstaCloud quotes an old contradictory Federation of Small Business survey that claims SMBs are concerned about security even though 60% are happily using it anyway - we’d be looking for a lot more support and backup than InstaCloud is currently offering.