This week sees the OpenStack summit taking place in Atlanta – given how vast the OpenStack ecosystem is, it’s no surprise therefore that media inboxes are awash with press releases – some substantive, some less so. One vendor hoping they’ll be placed on the better side of that continuum is Internap. Internap is an interesting hosting vendor that provides customers a plethora of different options – virtual and bare-metal cloud, hosting and colocation services across a global network of data centers.
Internap is hoping that its OpenStack-based AgileCLOUD product will help it morph from something of a traditional vendor to one that has continuing success in a world where regular hosting companies are increasingly being marginalized by a world awash with stories of the benefits that cloud can bring. Anyway, AgileCLOUD exposes the native OpenStack API and gives both bare-metal and virtualized offerings. The value prop that Internap are pushing here is the ability for AgileCLOUD customers to create a hybrid infrastructure all powered by Internap colocation and hosting infrastructure – all monitored and managed via a consistent portal – the fabled “single pane of glass” that seemingly all customers are looking for.