Steria provides access to cloud in “under 30 minutes”

Steria and Cisco have joined forces to deliver a new solution that they claim can give customers access to the cloud in under 30 minutes.

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Steria and Cisco have joined forces to deliver a new solution that they claim can give customers access to the cloud in under 30 minutes.

The companies have launched a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering called Infrastructure On Command, which is built on Cisco’s Unified Computing System and supported by Steria Advanced Remote Services (STARS).

Customers can access Infrastructure on Command via an online portal, and purchase incremental computing power and associated infrastructure services on a pay-as-you-go basis. They can scale up or down depending on their requirements, and just pay for the computing power they use, which Steria claims is as “easy as an e-commerce transaction”.

As well as the flexibility of the solution, and the speed of delivery, Steria said that its offering has “robust” security features to protect data and keep services compliant.

Infrastructure On Command will be available from June2010.

Although many vendors are increasingly offering cloud solutions, a recent Ponemon survey found that cloud computing can have its disadvantages, particularly in terms of IT governance.

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