Enteracloud Jumps into the Microsoft Cloud Solutions Foray
Service provider Enteracloud has announced a line of SMB-focused cloud computing solutions based on Microsoft’s platform, alongside disaster recovery and colocation options. But when Enteracloud talks about its new Microsoft cloud offerings, notable because of its absence is any mention of the Microsoft Office 365 cloud suite. In fact, Enteracloud’s website doesn’t mention very much about the cloud at all.
The disaster recovery offering in question is powered by EMC Clariion storage area networks (SAN) in the cloud, enabling scalable, high-availability restores when worst comes to worst. And the new colocation services offers 24-by-7 monitoring of servers by certified Microsoft experts, as well as the option for full-on management. It’s designed to complement Enteracloud’s existing dedicated server offerings.
But when it comes to those Microsoft cloud offerings, Enteracloud is frustratingly vague, promising customers “a customized, enterprise-level infrastructure, enabling companies to choose a solution designed to meet their specific needs,” but not going into detail as to what that means. The Enteracloud website doesn’t offer much more, as noted previously, with many links leading to broken pages. All I can tell for certain is that it’s offering cloud-hosted Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 solutions.
I’m torn on Enteracloud’s announcement. It’s always good to see smaller service providers making the inevitable leap into the cloud, especially when it seems that they’re keeping one foot squarely in legacy services. But if TalkinCloud can’t find the specifics of a company’s cloud offerings either in its press materials or on its website, how does it expect customers to?