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CentriLogic data centre is ready for the cloud


Hybrid hosting and data centre provider CentriLogic of Toronto is going international with a cloud services-based multi-zone Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering.

The multi-zoned cloud service provides organizations with elastic and on-demand computing infrastructure featuring multiple cross-border availability zones provisioned from CentriLogic data centers in Canada and the U.S.

According to CentriLogic, the new cloud offering is an evolution for the company that was launched in early 2010. CentriLogic’s international IaaS cloud will support organizations with enterprise-class workloads while also addressing cross-border regulatory and compliance concerns arising from legislation including PIPEDA and the U.S. Patriot Act.

CentriLogic positions itself as a provider of hybrid hosting solutions, combining elements of physical hosting, virtual hosting, and managed services to construct a specific solution driven by an organization’s application and workload requirements. The company’s go-to-market strategy is based on more organizations seeking a gradual migration path to the cloud. CentriLogic said it can facilitate this transition by providing a flexible hybrid hosting environment whereby customers can connect their current hosting infrastructure to the CentriLogic cloud within the same data centre.

Company CEO Robert Offley said CentriLogic’s enterprise-class cloud offering is in a unique position relative to existing Web-scale cloud services from providers like Amazon and Rackspace because of its hybrid hosting and cross-border capabilities. The hybrid approach addresses requirements from new and existing customers to combine cloud services with existing physical hosting environments within international data centres.

CentriLogic’s international cloud solution has been deployed on Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache Cloudstack, and provides on-demand, self-service computing capabilities through a custom Web portal and Web-based API. Users can launch virtual machine instances running Windows and Linux and create custom OS templates.  They can also select from a list of geographically-bound availability zones located within CentriLogic’s Canadian and U.S. data centres for the proposes of data not residing outside of a specific privacy jurisdiction.