Interxion Launches Eucalyptus-based Cloud Test Lab

Interxion Holding NV, a European provider of carrier-neutral colocation services, said at Cloud Expo East in New York that it’s launching a new Cloud Test Lab based on Eucalyptus, the widely deployed on-premise cloud platform.

The test lab, based at Interxion’s Frankfurt Data Center Campus, is meant for enterprises and integrators looking to deploy private and hybrid cloud environmentsInterxion.

It will provide a turnkey proof-of-concept environment consisting of industry-leading software, connectivity, systems and colocation capabilities. Users will be able to create Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environments to build, develop and test cloud services with what are called best-in-class performance guarantees.

Eucalyptus maintains high-fidelity performance with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) API, enabling Cloud Test Lab customers to build and test a hybrid cloud deployment,and move workloads between the test lab and the AWS cloud. The pair figures the model is particularly suited to digital media and gaming companies that start a service in a public cloud environment and later look to move stable workloads into their private cloud to improve performance and lower costs.

Interxion’s cloud marketing manager Jelle Frank van der Zwet said, “Interxion’s Cloud Test Labs are targeted at companies that want to trial a private cloud before migrating it to a fully functioning production environment. Our partnership with Eucalyptus for this Cloud Test Lab takes that one step further, giving systems integrators and enterprises the option to not only test the service in a private cloud environment, but also scale into a public cloud.”

Moving to a hybrid cloud is reportedly the goal of 61% of the companies currently using a public cloud although migrating to a hybrid cloud may present costs and other risks that prevent them from making the move without first testing for functionality.

Starting July 1, companies will be able to sign up online at Interxion’s web site and apply for a free trial of the new Cloud Test Lab.

Connectivity for the test lab will be provided by Atrato IP Networks, a supplier of IP transit, carrier services, remote peering and managed services. The 10-gigabit test lab is built on top of Arista Networks’ switching platform, providing a high-performance, low-latency cloud platform.

Interxion’s Frankfurt Data Center Campus – one of the largest Internet hubs in the world – provides access to more than 400 carriers and ISPs and houses the core infrastructure of the DE-CIX, the world’s largest Internet exchange in terms of peak traffic. A recently opened FRA7 facility adds roughly 1,500 square meters of new equipped data center space to the campus. Interxion figures the site is the logical choice for connectivity-intensive companies, particularly in the digital media, financial services and cloud services.

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