In the web hosting world today, I see four roads that companies are choosing to go down:
- For some it is a great time to explore ways to increase efficiencies in the current economic environment
- For businesses with fast growth, it is worth pausing to put flexible, resource savvy operations in place
- For every business though, it is worth going back to see how they can tap emerging opportunities around cloud and managed services. Because these services are real now.
- You can choose to bury your head in the sand, do nothing and die a slow death
The Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Hosters helps Microsoft hosting partners realize the top three things and prevents the fourth one.
The Toolkit is an end-to-end prescriptive guidance for creating managed services and partner hosted Cloud offerings using Windows Server 2008 / Hyper-V and System Center. Utilizing the toolkit, hosters can deploy on-demand virtual machine (VM) provisioning, customer portals that provide self-service visibility and management. Something that's unique to us. The momentum is good. We have at least 8 hosters utilizing the toolkit within 4 months of the launch. More adoption is in the works. Check it out at http://dynamicdatacentertoolkit.com/toolkit/.
So what does it mean for ISVs and solution providers? You can essentially get nimble virtualized data centers without the hassles of raising capital and running the operations. As an ISV you can manage the entire software lifecycle - design, development, test, production - for all your customers by stringing together highly available VMs, network and storage on-demand, in a ubiquitous cloud.
As a Solution Provider you can instantiate each customer environment on-demand and you will be able to provide portals to your customers for a 360 degree view of their own infrastructure. This can be a solution you offer or it can be a part of your solution set. Isn't it great to have your customers handling significant support activity, provisioning and monitoring, while you gain bandwidth of your support resources?