Building your own cloud to service your customers, whether you are looking to build an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) like our own vnCloud or to provide another service offering, it’s a great way to add value to your business and your portfolio. However, the startup costs to building a service like that can be very large, so if the appropriate planning isn’t done it can be a long time before the organization sees a profit on the private cloud. This is why Vault Networks can work with you to build your own cloud offering.
The first thing to consider is what product would you like to offer. There are many different cloud offerings that you can provide, ranging from IaaS, Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and many more. If you would like to speak with our sales teams to discuss good ideas to build a profitable new product offering for your business, we will be happy to have the conversation with you to help which type of cloud could make the most sense in your business. Keep in mind that some product lines will make sense for some industries, but not for others – Accountants, for example, could benefit from offering a DRaaS product since part of their business is ensuring that records are accurate.
Another important consideration is the cloud infrastructure to use. Depending on the service that you provide, this could be a hypervisor such as OnApp connected to a virtualization platform like KVM or VMWare, if you are offering an IaaS product or DaaS product. Other services might require more software pieces or fewer, depending on how the service is offered. A company that is reselling hosting services might only need a copy of cPanel or Plesk installed on a CentOS server, and nothing more. You might also decide to procure a firewall to protect your environment as well, which is especially important if you are hosting client data. Software and hardware needs can vary greatly, so be sure to discuss what you would like to do in the cloud with your Account Manager.
Regardless of the type of cloud you decide to build, we have the tools to help you build it. You can build your cloud in a handful ways – you can rent a private dedicated server from us, or you can use our colocation services to host your own hardware to build your cloud environment, which hardware you already own or hardware that we procure for you. With dedicated servers, we can assist you in launching a single server to start and add additional serves to the environment as the need arises. With colocation services, you have the allotted space in your private rack in the data center – you are free to add more servers to it until you are ready to go. It doesn’t matter which service you decide to use, in a network perspective or a facility perspective – all of our services are connected to the same optimized internet package, and our data center is always protected by security 24×7, which redundant power and internet running throughout the building. It’s just a matter of whether you would prefer to own your cloud hardware, or lease it through us instead. We will work with you to make recommendations about types of hardware to procure as well as make server recommendations.
At this point, you might have an idea for the service that you want to provide, a general idea of the hardware and software needed to make it happen, and you know that we can help to make it happen. From this point on, it is a matter of building this side of the business. This means pricing out your services, finding your unique selling proposition, and making sure that the service you deliver is world class. These will all vary from organization to organization, but something that you can build on by using our data center is our strategic location in Miami. Miami is an ideal place to host services designed to support the Americas, including the United States, Brazil, Colombia, and the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America. Since we have an ideal location to service all of these places, clients across the Americas will have a solid latency when connecting to your service, which directly leads to a positive customer experience.
To learn more about building your cloud offering, reach out to us by calling (305) 735-8098 option 2 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help you to add a new line of business to your organization, and to find your success in the Cloud.