We were pleased as punch recently when Citrix called and asked if we wouldn’t allow ourselves to be verified as a Citrix Ready IaaS Cloud for XenDesktop provider.
By way of background, we have been hosting Private and Hybrid Cloud servers backed by Citrix XenServer for several years now. Our own Zimbra Hosting platform is on the same highly redundant and resilient infrastructure as our clients’ Cloud servers. Earlier this year we invested six figures in our new Citrix CloudPlatform environment; we and our clients have been more than happy with the results. (And to be clear, we don’t do Public Cloud.)
One challenge in the Cloud Hosting space is that there are few barriers to entry, so if you are considering using a commercial cloud provider for your Private/Hybrid Cloud deployment, how can you differentiate the newbies and dilettantes from the folks following best practices? How do you know your data will be secure?
Sure, we have a SOC 2 Type 2 audit covering Security, Availability and Confidentiality, but good or bad, anyone with a checkbook can buy CloudPlatform (or VMware for that matter).
To be part of this Citrix Verified IaaS Program however, a provider has to document that their workflow processes are in conformance with Citrix’s reference architectures and best practices. And oh-by-the-way, Citrix comes on site too for an in-person and quite intimate poke-about.
Our on-site Citrix visit is scheduled for early next month, but Citrix felt comfortable with our submissions to date to include us alongside companies like Verio/NTT Communications in the announcement post.
If you’d like to find out how we can help you better manage technology risk via our Managed Cloud offerings, give us a call at (207) 772-5678. And if you’d like to read Citrix’s Press Release, you can click here.
L. Mark Stone
General Manager, Managed and Private/Hybrid Cloud Services
A Division of OTT Communications
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