CLEARWATER, Fla. and BATH, England, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Zynstra, the pioneer in enterprise-class hybrid IT for the SMB, today announced the availability of its Cloud Managed Server Appliances in North America. Zynstra's hybrid IT solution, which leverages the best of on-premises IT and the best of the cloud, will be sold as a service to finally make enterprise-class IT affordable for small businesses. The solution's availability comes as organizations prepare for Windows Server 2003 end of support, scheduled for July 2015.
Hybrid cloud solutions are now commonplace, providing the flexibility and scalability organizations require today and into the future. For enterprises using this approach, data and applications are divided between servers on-premises configured as a private cloud and the public cloud, with an IT team supporting and managing it all. But SMBs — which would greatly benefit from the flexibility, scalability, cost benefits and control afforded by the hybrid cloud — typically lack the budget and other resources to support and manage this type of environment.
Zynstra's Cloud Managed Server Appliances present the first-ever solution to this dilemma designed from the ground up for SMBs and delivering enterprise-class IT without the enterprise cost. The hybrid IT solution merges the key benefits from on-premises IT with the cloud and is sold as a service for a monthly fee, making it affordable for SMBs. Zynstra's appliances, which are delivered exclusively on HP ProLiant servers at the SMB location, can be selected, installed and put into production quickly.
Key standard features include:
- Core IT services — A private cloud on one or more clustered servers, pre-integrated with network gateway, Active Directory, file and print servers, a range of managed applications and a managed virtual machine "infrastructure as a service" environment are all included on the Zynstra appliance. Backup management and disaster recovery capabilities are built in.
- Automatic updating — All support and management are conducted automatically and behind the scenes, so routine maintenance by the SMB is eliminated. Upgrades and security patches are always kept current.
- Local security — The Zynstra solution includes behind-the-firewall security, anti-virus and intrusion-detection software.
Zynstra's hybrid IT solution addresses another, more urgent need facing SMBs: the looming Windows Server 2003 end-of-support deadline. Set for July 2015, the deadline means that patches and support will no longer be available for a key platform in the market, and without it organizations will be vulnerable. With the Zynstra solution, SMBs can face the deadline with confidence that their data, applications and systems will be current.
"Our hybrid IT solution for the SMB represents a commitment to innovation that has defined Zynstra from the start," said Nick East, CEO, Zynstra. "Now, SMBs are no longer forced to choose between on-premises or on the cloud, and must no longer do the heavy lifting themselves. They can instead get the best of both worlds from their IT and focus on their business outcomes."
"The HP ProLiant Gen9 server family offers all the compute benefits that are important to SMBs, including performance and flexibility," said Chuck Smith, Vice President, strategic growth and business development, HP Server Global Business Unit, HP. "Together, Zynstra and HP are helping to put enterprise-class cloud infrastructure and services within reach of SMBs."
Zynstra's Cloud Managed Server Appliances are now generally available through one of our North American channel partners. For additional information about this hybrid IT solution and how it delivers enterprise-class IT without the cost, please visit www.zynstra.com.
Zynstra enables SMBs to benefit from hassle-free, enterprise-class IT with built-in reliability they can afford. Its patent-pending hybrid cloud technology delivers the security and performance of local IT while taking advantage of the economics and ease of the cloud. Zynstra has offices in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Zynstra is backed by Octopus Investments, one of the United Kingdom's leading investors in fast-growth companies that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry.