iLand, VMware Hosting Provider, Maintains Rapid Growth
Even as VMware builds out its vCloud Hybrid Service, the ecosystem of third-party VMware cloud service providers continues to grow and evolve rapidly. A prime example: iLand — a global CSP — was recently named one of the fastest growing companies in Houston, Texas. Equally impressive: The company, which works closely with VMware, has grown organically since launching in 1995, and remains debt free.
iLand's cloud infrastructure is built on VMware's technology. The pure-play IaaS provider has been delivering global cloud services since 2007. As a privately held company, iLand doesn't disclose actual revenues or profits, but the organic growth strategy apparently has performed well according to numerous third-party research firms. That's particularly impressive, considering cloud giants like Google and Microsoft are spending billions to build out and maintain data centers worldwide.
iLand's success also reinforces the diversity of VMware's partner ecosystem, which increasingly includes:
- VARs focused on VMware vSphere deployments for on-premises customers. In some cases, those VARs use VMware's Cloud Credits program to transition customers into third-party VMware clouds.
- MSPs that build and remotely manage VMware-based data centers for customers, blending IT projects with ongoing recurring revenues.
- CSPs like iLand, which was VMware's Service Provider Partner of the year in 2012.
iLand is not resting on its laurels. The company in August expanded its enterprise-grade cloud platform (called iland Enterprise Cloud Service — aka iland ECS), to its Reston, Va. data center. iLand says customers are embracing ECS for production workloads, test and development and disaster recovery services. ECS, a self-service cloud infrastructure built on VMware vCloud, is already available in Dallas, Texas and London, UK.