Hosted exchange company Intermedia.net is continuing to expand beyond the Exchange paradigm. Intermedia Cloud Server has arrived, and with it, the company hopes to deliver a flexible and powerful hosted cloud platform, purpose-built for the SMB community to ensure channel partners are always involved.
Intermedia Cloud Server can be bought directly from Intermedia, from Ingram Micro (thanks to a new distribution alliance) and from Intermedia’s channel partners, which now have the option for branding and white-labeling these services. Cloud Server might not be a catchy name, but Intermedia’s lack of creativity is offset by the breadth of solutions within its cloud platform.
Cloud Server is built to be a one-stop-shop cloud platform that can provide a “worry-free experience,” while still offering high-level technology with enterprise bells and whistles. More technically, Cloud Server delivers the needs of a traditional cloud — VPN, firewall and near-100 percent up-time guarantee — alongside a high level of customization for channel partners and customers. The Intermedia HostPilot Control Panel gives partners visibility in the cloud environment, allowing for complete provisioning control. VMs can be managed from the command line, while memory, CPU, storage and other resources can be configured without scalability limitations, since Intermedia is hosting the cloud backbone.
Channel partners are also getting a boost from Intermedia thanks to “four initial Cloud Server configurations” that can help partners outfit customers and get the ball rolling asap. Complementing the delivery speed is Intermedia’s promise to provide the “same level of expertise, complementary white-glove migration and premium 24/7/365 support” for both customers and partners.
Intermedia hasn’t skimped on security, either. It leverages VMware’s vShield Edge for data protection while maintaining isolated virtual networks and ensuring each virtual server has its own tenancy. This prevents VMs from the risk of exploitation or accidental data cross-over in the data center. What’s more, this level of baked-in security should give SMBs more peace of mind when building into the cloud.
Intermedia is offering fixed and flexible monthly price options, plus ROI calculators to plan and plot for the future. These tools aren’t just for the end customer, but also for a partners looking for a strategy to enter the cloud marketplace.
Simply put: Intermedia’s Cloud Server sets the stage for budding cloud solution providers looking to attack the market without owning infrastructure. The customizable nature of the platform allows partners to mix and match services outside of Intermedia while still maintaining their branding capabilities. But most importantly, Intermedia’s willingness to involve partners in the platform — combined with the burgeoning demands of the SMB — mean this solution set hits a sweet spot in the channel.
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