Helping to Make the’s #1 Prediction Come True

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A few months ago, when Joe McKendrick over at wrote his 7 Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2013 That Make Perfect Sense, his #1 prediction was “More Hosted Private Clouds.” And his #6 prediction was “Cloud Talent Shortages Loom.” Based on these predictions, if he were picking stocks, I’d pay attention.

The enterprise has definitely discovered the power and efficiency of the private cloud, which is why  all of us here at SingleHop are very excited about our recently launched SingleHop Enterprise Private Cloud Powered by VMware. McKendrick at Forbes provided a pretty good one sentence definition of private clouds (I notice such things as I’m constantly asked about just what is a private cloud) when he wrote: “They’re not on-premises, but they’re not public shared services either.”

He also quoted IDC analyst Chris Morris forecasting the move to off-premise private clouds, because of the cost and compliance efficiencies. “For critical applications, only a secure, non-shared private cloud will pass all compliance requirements. Initial enterprise strategies for on-premises private cloud environments have been limited by cost and time overruns.”

As far as that #6 prediction “Cloud Talent Shortages Loom” part of the reason might be because of the great concentration of cloud talent we’ve been fortunate to put together right here. The world of IT might face a shortage of cloud talent, but here at SingleHop the cloud engineering talent abounds.

Speaking of engineering talent, all of our SingleHop Enterprise Private Cloud solutions are custom designed and purpose built to meet the exacting needs of your organization. This means you benefit from the free consulting services of our world-class sales engineers who work with you to create a Visio design of your infrastructure needs, and guide you through the process of determining the most efficient architecture.

Our sales engineers  help you find best ways to support all of your infrastructure needs, including for database servers, application servers, file servers, e-mail servers, web hosting, CRM, or servers for any other needs. We’ll help you determine how many VMware servers to use, the ideal configuration for each in terms of RAM and number of processing cores, storage, and other factors.

Our Enterprise Private Cloud solutions are powered by VMware vSphere, and give you complete access to the powerful VMware vCenter Server Control Panel, accessed by the click of a button from our LEAP3 Control Center. Here’s a look at some of the features you enjoy with our VMware Enterprise Private Cloud:

  • Flexible Provisioning.SingleHop Enterprise Private Clouds are powered by VMware vSphere which fully supports thin provisioning. Cloud Servers simply grow into their allotted space as needed.
  • Rule-based AutoScaling. Leverage our Rule-based AutoScaling technology to write business rules that define when your Cloud Servers increase or decrease their allotted resources based on real-time system status information.
  • Automatic Failover / High Availability. This is possible because of the fast, redundant SAN-based Cloud Storage that is leveraged by the SingleHop Cloud.
  • Automated System Patching. vSphere supports seamless, automatic patches on all levels of your  Enterprise Private Cloud.
  • Live Migrations. The vMotion architecture of vSphere gives you the ability to perform live migrations with virtual machines and cloud servers with no downtime.
  • Support for Windows & Linux. SingleHop Enterprise Private Cloud supports both Windows and Linux operating systems, with multiple flavors of Linux supported. VMware Cloud Servers include free Enterprise SUSE Linux licenses.

A few months ago, after we launched our VMware powered public cloud, we saw immediate interest in extending the same technology for a private cloud. So it’s with a lot of joy that with the launch of our SingleHop Enterprise Private Cloud Powered by VMware we’re helping to make that Forbes #1 prediction come true. And we confess to being at least partly responsible for that other prediction they made—about the looming cloud talent shortage. We’ve gathered so much cloud talent here, that the skies are sparse elsewhere.