GoGrid: provides a 100x credit policy combined with 100% SLA for any hardware and network outages and no minimum thresholds (e.g. 1 hour outage = 100 hour credit). This is by far the most generous of the 38 IaaS vendors we evaluated. GoGrid's service is also one of the most reliable IaaS services we currently monitor (100% US West and 99.999% US East)

Cloud hosting provider GoGrid announced on Wednesday it has expanded its hybrid cloud capabilities, enabling customers to deploy its hybrid cloud solution at any of its two data centers.

The most interesting layer - the only one that really deserves to be called "cloud computing", say purists - is "infrastructure as a service" (IaaS). IaaS offers basic computing services, from number crunching to data storage, which customers can combine to build highly adaptable computer systems. The market leaders are GoGrid, Rackspace and Amazon Web Services, the computing arm of the online retailer, which made headlines for kicking WikiLeaks off its servers.

Ingram Micro has announced a strategic marketing alliance with infrastructure-as-a-service provider GoGrid, which becomes one of the first cloud service providers to be featured within the recently announced Ingram Micro Cloud and online Cloud Marketplace. It's the first relationship between the two companies, as GoGrid was not previously a member of Ingram Micro's Seismic community.

GoGrid is joining forces with Ingram Micro to bring cloud computing infrastructure offerings to Ingram's Cloud Marketplace. The move puts GoGrid among the first cloud service providers to contribute to the Ingram Micro Cloud, a reseller enablement platform and online Cloud Marketplace for VARs and MSPs. By teaming up with Ingram Micro, GoGrid is looking to bring VARs and MSPs into the cloud by filling the demand to migrate customers from on-premise IT to the cloud, and to help resellers adapt their business models to support new mechanisms for scale and sustained profitability, said Jack Duffy, GoGrid executive vice president of sales and business development.

Most hosting providers use Amazon as a yardstick for their own cloud services. But few actually think of themselves as competitors. At pioneering cloud infrastructure firm GoGrid, the company thinks of itself as the hosting company with an infrastructure product comparable to Amazon. CEO John Keagy and CMO Jeff Samuels spoke to WHIR editor Liam Eagle about the company's products and its plans.

At the center of the program is GoGrid Exchange, the San Francisco-based cloud provider's cloud solutions marketplace. Through the new program, open-source partners and businesses can package on-demand versions of software to boost cloud computing deployments and the usage of open source software. GoGrid's OSS Partner Program is another signal that the open-source community is embracing cloud computing.

GoGrid, which until now had one data center in San Francisco, has opened a second data center in Ashburn, Va. Both data centers are SAS70 Type II certified and Cisco-powered networks. Virtual servers with GoGrid base images are available for immediate deployment at the east coast data center...

...GoGrid's disk IO performance was excellent across instances of all sizes. Even the low end 1GB cloud server scored almost 10% faster than the baseline. The 4GB cloud server was the #2 performer in this post at over 60% better performance than the baseline...

...GoGrid, one of Amazon's chief competitors in the cloud storage and compute markets, distinguishes itself from Amazon in a couple ways. GoGrid offers Windows Server 2008 instances (Amazon offers only Windows Server 2003) and 100% uptime service-level agreements (Amazon offers 99.95% for compute and 99.9% for storage).



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