SoftIron Ltd. today launched HyperCloud, a hardware and software platform that enterprises can use to create on-premises private cloud environments.
SoftIron is a venture capital-backed data center infrastructure provider headquartered in London. The company’s product portfolio includes systems such as storage devices and network switches. SoftIron claims its hardware is used by various organizations, including banks, research institutes, and government agencies.
HyperCloud, the new platform launched today by SoftIron, is designed to help enterprises more easily build private cloud environments.
Building a private cloud environment historically required companies to procure servers, networking equipment, and storage systems separately. Additionally, an organization needs to purchase several software tools to manage the equipment. The various hardware and software components must then be integrated in a process that can take several months.
According to SoftIron, its new HyperCloud platform provides all the components needed to build a private cloud in a single pre-integrated package. The platform includes both hardware appliances and management software. SoftIron claims the platform can be deployed in hours instead of the months the task usually requires.
“Building and managing clouds today is too complex as engineers struggle to integrate disparate layers of technology into a resilient, high-performing, and scalable solution,” said Kenny Van Alstyne, Chief Technology Officer of SoftIron. “HyperCloud removes the complexity of integrating the many independent hardware and software layers needed to create a cloud into a specially designed unified fabric.
SoftIron has equipped HyperCloud with a comprehensive set of software tools designed to make day-to-day maintenance easy. The tools make it easy to provide additional hardware, troubleshoot malfunctions, and download updates. Using SoftIron’s software, companies can also create multiple HyperCloud deployments in different data centers and link them together.
HyperCloud supports multiple types of workloads. Companies can use the platform to run virtual machines, software containers and bare metal applications, or applications that run directly on a server without the aid of external software such as a hypervisor.
Many organizations operate their private cloud environments in a multi-tenancy configuration. A shared private cloud is a technological environment that hosts applications for several different users. A managed service provider, for example, can host applications from several different companies on the same infrastructure.
SoftIron says HyperCloud includes a set of features specifically designed for multi-tenant environments. These features include cybersecurity controls that allow administrators to more effectively manage user access to infrastructure. The service also allows administrators to create a Service Catalog, a collection of pre-packaged applications that users can deploy with relative ease.