SAF provides the highest quality Infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud platform by fusing the world’s best technology with inspired innovation from experienced IT executives. The result is a global, high-performance, enterprise-class, Cloud platform that creates value for discerning enterprises by delivering maximum agility, security, reliability, and connectivity, all backed by SAF’s customer commitment and 100% Cloud SLA.
NEW TO CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE?
Private Cloud providers offer IT executives a unique opportunity to get out of the data center and infrastructure ownership business and consume these products as a service. Your data center becomes the Cloud provider’s data center. Your servers and storage devices are off-premise as private, dedicated assets housed in the Cloud provider’s data center. Everything is accessible and managed via a network connection. Cloud management portals allow on-demand access to your resource pools, enabling IT professionals to partition each dedicated resource into virtual machines with variable amounts of each resource assigned to each. Some providers even offer application marketplaces to further enable architectural and development agility. Off-premise private Cloud is the ideal way to take advantage of the value Cloud offers while maintaining the security of dedicated resources and network access.
Public Cloud providers, as opposed to private Cloud, do not offer the security of dedicated resources. Two companies with two separate virtual machines will live on the same server and draw elastic compute and storage resources from the overall public pool. While this is a security concern for many companies, public Cloud is ideal for developers looking to quickly spin-up some compute resources to knock out a test project. Pricing is normally pay-as-you-go (PAYG) and resources can be ordered immediately, usually via a web-based interface.
Hybrid Cloud providers offer a compelling option: your existing on-premise infrastructure linked to dedicated private Cloud resources and public Cloud resources. By definition, hybrid Cloud is two or more clouds (private, community or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together, offering the benefits of multiple deployment models.” Hybrid cloud services have been identified as the ideal bridge for companies looking to go Cloud with some applications, but not others. For example, it is estimated that 40% of the ODCA members will be moving 40% of their applications to the Cloud in the next 2 years. That means 60% is still on-premise or colocation deployments. A hybrid Cloud is the only way to integrate the two environments effectively, and it takes an experienced hybrid Cloud provider to pull it off properly.
CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE – THE USUAL ELEMENTS
Let’s get the checkboxes out of the way. SAF’s Cloud infrastructure is reliable and architected for high-availability (HA), backed by our 100% Cloud SLA. It is highly secure, compliant, and built for the performance demanded by today’s top enterprises. It is scalable up to our private label Cloud infrastructure offering. Our global mesh network delivers low-latency high-throughput data transfer. We do private, public, and hybrid.
Now here’s what’s different.
CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE BEGINS WITH ASSESSMENT
SAF’s enterprise Cloud infrastructure is architected to deliver a flexible platform that enables you to replicate exact IT end-user environments in the Cloud. As a result, identifying the right Cloud infrastructure buy begins with a proper Cloud-readiness assessment, which SAF provides as part of our overall product offering. If you are looking to put down a credit card and buy some quick “Cloud,” SAF is not for you. We take the time to build your Cloud.
TESTED, HAND-PICKED CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE
One of the perks of being “born of Cloud” (not a re-branded hosting company) is being able to populate our racks entirely with new, rigorously tested, hand-picked Cloud infrastructure ingredients that optimize both Cloud performance and TCO. SAF’s Cloud infrastructure is powered by vSphere 5.0, VMWare’s latest creation that features 4X the capacity of their previous release and an even larger gap between “competing” offerings. Visit our Cloud infrastructure technology partners page for more information.
REAL CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE FLEXIBILITY
Other Cloud infrastructure providers list “flexibility” as a core capability. The ability to choose between private Cloud, public Cloud and/or hybrid Cloud is not flexibility. SAF works with you to understand the applications you are migrating and the end-users you are serving. Regardless of scale, our goal is to deliver your ideal Private Virtual Data Center (PVDC) featuring Cloud infrastructure that exceeds short and long-term expectations.
If you have been told “we can’t do that” by another Cloud infrastructure provider, it’s time to email SAF’s team of expert Cloud architects.