The very nature of virtualization makes it unique in that it adds a barrier between the traditional hardware and operating system layers. By very definition, virtualization creates an operating environment on the host hardware that allows for complete customization and allocation of resources, regardless of which operating system is installed. It is not uncommon to have several different operating systems reside side by side. In fact, recently even Microsoft opened their proprietary Azure cloud platform to support Linux builds.
As part of Technology Tuesday, I am excited to highlight a great company I had the pleasure of meeting last week, RackForce. If you’re not familiar with them, they are a Canadian cloud provider from Kelowna, BC. What I particularly appreciate from a provider such as RackForce is that they are Canadian born and bred, which means if you thought you could get away with a Patriot Act excuse, think again. Oh, and did I mention that they work with some of the biggest cloud vendors in the world?
RackForce started back in 2001, but really seemed to pick up speed in 2005-2007 when they started developing strategic relationships with the likes of IBM, Cisco and Microsoft. It was through these partnerships that a new breed of Enterprise-class services emerged.
Their current service lineup spans the entire spectrum from the network, through infrastructure services and up to the management layer with managed services and disaster recovery services. What I love is that they also have a hybrid hosting model which allows for the support of IT platform services that spans all kinds of services, and even a whitelabel model.
On top of all this, as a VMware partner which means their services are vCloud Powered. This means that you can migrate workloads from your own internal VMware environment to RackForce without headaches, or use their services as an extension of your own IT capabilities. It’s not a bad proposition when you look at their laundry list of services and capabilities.
And if you’re still not sold, there is another key area where RackForce is making some noise. Their data centre is perhaps the most efficient and green data centre in North America. They have some impressive stats to back this up, including that their carbon footprint is around 1/20th the size of a typical competitors. The fact that they located their datacentre in Kelowna and take advantage of the cool Canadian air, and green hydro power makes them the greenest in the business.
A good-karma, environmentally friendly Canadian company that delivers services to rival it’s biggest competitors is the reason RackForce is going to be a cloud force to be reckoned with.
For more information on RackForce, visit them at www.rackforce.com