NaviSite's Cloud Service Available Next Quarter

by Ashutosh Desai    Feb 01, 2010

NaviSite, a provider of managed hosting and application services plans to launch its managed cloud offering, namely NaviCloud, within the coming quarter. While the company had announced the NaviCloud platform last year in October, it is only this year that they are going to market with it. The platform will be available to customers globally as well as in India.

NaviCloud is the company’s on-demand utility platform, is going to be offered to businesses as a scalable solution that is available as a pay-per-use service. It is meant those large enterprise and SMB customers that are looking to take their ‘production-level infrastructure’ — like compute, networking, storage and bandwidth — and put it on the cloud. This includes computational power, storage, networking and bandwidth. This also includes the same kind of management, redundancy, uptime, disaster recovery, security, PCI compliance and network management that they do right now, but with NaviSite’s dedicated infrastructure.

The company has partnered with Cisco to launch NaviCloud on the Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System) platform. The NaviCloud platform uses VMware’s virtualization technology, IBM’s XIB for storage, and Intel’s Nehalem series of processors. NaviSite has 15 data centers most of them in the US and UK, across which the company manages approximately 1500 customers.

According to Sumeet Sabharwal, MD and CEO, NaviSite India, the NaviCloud offering will be mapped according to the requirements of large enterprise customers. This may also include a pilot run of the solution — on a smaller scale — so as to assess and fine tune the performance of their design. The company will also create ‘base level packages’ for SMB customers to choose from.

For Indian customers, the NaviCloud platform will be hosted out of three data centers — across the US and the UK. Sabharwal said that there are no plans to host the NaviCloud platform in a data center located in India. Our target is more for the companies that are going global. He is confident that the locations of their data centers will also attract ISVs who reach out to the global audience.

On being asked about bandwidth or network latency, Sabharwal stated that this would be less of an issue for ISVs in India who have a global SaaS offering. However, for Indian companies that cater to the local market, he said that they may choose to overlay a content delivery system on top, caching, WAN optimisation or other technologies to minimise or mitigate latency issues.