VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure. VMware, founded in 1998, brought revolution to the IT industry with its virtualization and cloud solutions. Today, the company has 75.000 partners across the globe. These partners are coming from various industries such as banking, healthcare, retail, telecommunications, and other various industries.
We are proud to be one of those VMware partners.
In this article, we will introduce you to VMware Private Cloud Hosting, a revolutionary cloud solution for business owners seeking to consolidate infrastructure and gain high availability.
What is VMware Private Cloud?
VMware Private Cloud is a service through which you have the ability of connecting two or more physical servers into one. All of the resources from physical servers or nodes are joined together into a single pool of resources which can be distributed across virtual machines (VMs) that you deploy on your nodes.
Think about Private Cloud as a massive pool of resources which is capable of spreading those resources on-demand. When you need them, where you need them.”
Are There Different Types of Private Cloud?
Just like any other hosting solution, private cloud has three different types of the services.
Virtual Private Cloud
A Virtual Private Cloud is a remotely-hosted private cloud instance located within a public cloud. This type of Private Cloud is a bit different from the rest, because it exists in a separate area of public cloud instead of being hosted on-premises.
Hosted Private Cloud
A Hosted Private Cloud is a type of cloud hosted by a cloud service provider on-premises, most likely in a data center. This type of cloud isn’t shared with other organizations, and the cloud service provider is the one who manages the network and takes care of the hardware that is behind the cloud. Software updates are also taken care of by the cloud provider.
Managed Private Cloud
A Managed Private Cloud is the type of private cloud that we are offering. A Managed Private Cloud hosting provider is responsible for networking, hardware, software, and day-to-day operations of the private cloud. With this being a managed service that has few different deployments, we are also offering a couple of additional perks with our product, including our dedicated vCenter to safeguard your data, and VMware backups that are powered by Acronis Cyber Backup. The Managed Private Cloud can save businesses considerable time and money in the long run.
Liquid Web Private Cloud Powered by VMware and NetApp
Our Private Cloud solution gives you all the benefits of a public cloud with the sheer strength, flawless performance, and fortress-like security of an isolated infrastructure on dedicated hardware.
Specifically, we are offering a managed VMware environment that uses ESXi to virtualize two or more physical servers and create guest VMs that operate on a hardware cluster backed by NetApp SAN.
The number of virtual machines that you can create depends only on the resource that you have at your disposal.
Before we explore the technology further, let’s explore the terminology and technology behind VMware.
ESXi is a bare metal hypervisor. A hypervisor is a virtual machine monitor, or a virtualization software, that allows you to create and manage your virtual machines. ESXi is installed directly onto the physical server.
Some of the features that ESXi is offering are:
- User-friendly experience due to modern user interface based on HTML5
- Enhanced security because of the powerful encryption capabilities
- Reliable performance because you are able to apply individual solutions to each of yours virtual machines
If you are considering a managed private cloud, Liquid Web can provide you with an unmanaged private cloud which can be used for custom licensing.
Hardware Cluster (HW Cluster)
Hardware clustering is a hardware-based method to combine two or more servers (nodes) into a cluster that will work as a single system.
NetApp Storage Area Network (SAN)
A NetApp Storage Area Network (SAN) is the most used storage networking architecture when it comes to enterprise setups. SAN stores your data within centralized shared storage, and all data travels through the network. That way you get much better performance, latency is lower, and it costs less than to run old fashioned hard disk drives (HDDs).
How Does VMware Private Cloud Work?
Everything starts with the NetAPP Storage Area Network (SAN), your storage entity that is operated by System Manager software. The NetAPP SAN array then sends the data to storage switches.
A storage switch is a device which is routing traffic between your clustered servers and your SAN.
The storage switches then route data to your nodes or clustered servers. Each of the servers (nodes) can have unlimited numbers of virtual machines running on them; your resources limit the amount of virtual machines possible.
Once your nodes, and the virtual machines on them, receive the data from storage switches, your developers can apply necessary patches or tweaks to your application or website. After that, they can deploy to a live environment.
Next, the data is sent from the virtual machines on your nodes to firewall switches and through the hardware firewall.
A firewall switch is a device similar to the storage switch. The purpose of a firewall switch is to route traffic from your virtual machines and nodes to the hardware firewall, and vice versa.
A hardware firewall is a physical device that filters traffic that is coming and going from your cluster with rules set to block malicious traffic from entering your server.
Once traffic reaches a hardware firewall and it is filtered, it is ready to be served on the Internet. – Read more
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