Liquid Web, which has historically focused on providing its customers with web hosting services, is branching out its into the private cloud services arena. The company has launched Storm Private Cloud, an offering intended to enable customers to buy and build services on a private cloud server.
The private cloud service looks like it's meant to be fairly flexible. According to Liquid Web, its private cloud offering was designed to make it easy to create virtual instances and configure them to whatever specifications are required.
The secure private cloud server can be partitioned by customers to deploy multiple virtual instances based on Linux or Microsoft (MSFT) Windows. But the real focus seems to be on the integration between Liquid Web's private and public cloud offerings. Customers have the ability to move virtual instances between the private and public cloud, providing a certain level of flexibility in how instances are used.
Liquid Web's details are a little light, but according to the company, Storm Private Cloud was designed to be ideal for resellers. Using the cloud system, resellers can get dev servers, e-mail servers, Apache servers and database servers up and running in a private cloud environment quickly and simply.
For partners, this could mean the ability to launch entire private cloud infrastructures easily but that come with the control and ownership they require.
Additionally, partners don't have to choose between Microsoft Windows and Linux environments. Instead, Liquid Web designed its service so that partners can mix and match the two operating systems on the same private cloud instance.