Zynstra has updated its cloud-managed IT systems portfolio aimed at SMB customers with new server appliances designed to deliver a scalable building block approach so that customers can get the best fit for their requirements.
Available immediately, Zynstra's new appliances are based on four Gen9 ProLiant server models from Hewlett Packard Enterprise: the ML30 and ML110 tower systems, and the DL180 and DL380 rack-mount systems.
The four appliances represent a spectrum of capacity, giving customers one of four starting points for a deployment, with memory and storage packs available to expand capacity if and when required.
The updated servers also deliver a step up in performance, as the Gen9 Proliant hardware is based on Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor family.
However, the chief selling point for the Zynstra platform ever since it launched two years ago, is that it is delivered as a managed service, making it suitable for SMBs that may not have the in-house IT expertise to deploy and maintain their own infrastructure. It is also being sold as a solution for branch offices and remote sites.
The service includes remote monitoring and maintenance, and the entire solution is available for a monthly or annual fee, eliminating the large upfront investment in infrastructure that is often a problem for SMB customers.
"The whole focus is about total cost of ownership, and we believe that across a whole range of sizes of customer, our solution delivers up to 60 percent savings compared with the traditional way of delivering a solution," said Zynstra chief executive Nick East.
Along with the new systems are updates to the platform itself. An updated file system adds built-in deduplication, compression and encryption, bringing it in line with enterprise-grade data centre infrastructure. These capabilities are down to the use of the ZFS file system, East said.
Also added are extended capabilities for single sign on, plus the ability to do backup and recovery using Microsoft's Azure public cloud service as a target.
The Zynstra platform is managed and updated like a cloud service, meaning that the new features will be available to existing customers, according to East.
"Remote management means we are able to roll out onto existing infrastructure a completely new file system underneath all the running applications a customer has, without the customer being affected at all," he claimed.
Zynstra's platform can thus be viewed as a remotely managed private cloud, which can be used to run typical business workloads such as Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint inside virtual machines, as well as security tools including firewalls and intrusion detection.
The Zynstra platform is sold and supported through a network of reseller partners, and customers can sign up for one, three or five years with the option to pay monthly or annually.
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