3Tera has long been on my radar screen as a supplier of application virtualization technology. As with other competitors in this segment, such as DataSynapse and Trigence, 3Tera is now positioning its product as a tool allowing the creation of in-house cloud computing environments.
Here's what 3Tera has to say about AppLogic 2.4
3Tera, Inc., the leading innovator of cloud computing technology and utility computing, announces general availability of release 2.4 of the award-winning AppLogic cloud computing platform. The release includes commercial support for both 32- and 64-bit virtual appliances running the most popular datacenter operating systems Linux, Sun Solaris, Open Solaris and Microsoft Windows Server. Other new features include interface improvements, system dashboards, catalog application stacks in ready-to-run templates, an appliance kit for easy creation of new appliances and an architecture-aware monitoring system with API.
3Tera is committed to enabling enterprises to run anything in the cloud that they run in their datacenter today. Adding production support for the most popular operating systems to AppLogic’s proven, scalable cloud computing architecture is a significant step in ensuring that world class IT is now available to companies of all sizes. 3Tera’s cloud computing solutions are available worldwide through 3Tera’s network of datacenter partners, allowing users a choice of location and support level. Leveraging global resources is made intuitive through AppLogic’s visual interface and ability to make applications of any size portable between both private and public cloud resources in multiple locations.
Snapshot analysisMany providers of application virtualization or management tools for virtualized environments that support orchestration and automation are now speaking about their technology using the cloud computing catch phrase. While it is clear that large organizations are approaching cloud computing slowly and carefully, smaller organizations, ones that do not have a large technical staff or a great deal of technical expertise, on the other hand are intrigued with the idea that IT infrastructure no longer has to be a large capital expense.
The fact that IT infrastructure can become a variable expense that is based upon ongoing usage rather than the actual cost of the systems, facilities, software licenses and the like, means that these smaller organizations can use the same tools as the big players do. They see that it is possible to tie IT expendatures to increases and decreases in overall revenues rather than having to make a large investment up front that may or may not be paid back in a reasonable time frame.
How does your organization see cloud computing? Would the availability of tools, such as those being offered by 3Tera, increase its interest in this approach?