CloudSigma offers SLA-guaranteed SSD cloud

Cloud services provider CloudSigma AG has introduced its SSD cloud storage offering with SLAs that cover performance and availability.

CloudSigma AG, a Zurich, Switzerland-based cloud computing service provider, is adding a solid-state drive (SSD) cloud storage service backed by service-level agreements (SLAs) for performance and availability. CloudSigma launched the cloud service in a private beta program this week, and plans to make it generally available later this year.

We see storage as one of the blocking points within cloud provisioning, so by removing the blockage with SSDs, we're enabling further adoption of cloud computing and infrastructure being moved into the cloud.

Patrick Baillie, CloudSigma CEO

The storage solution, named SigStore, will be sold as a public cloud service with guaranteed input/output operations per second (IOPS) levels. Customers can purchase up to 2 TB of SSD capacity per drive, with burst and subscription pricing based on the guaranteed minimum levels of IOPS needed. CloudSigma doesn't charge for data uploads to the cloud through its STP gateway, but does charge 5 cents per GB downloaded from the SSD cloud. For now, the company is offering the service in the U.S. through direct sales, while it develops its channel network.

“We see storage as one of the blocking points within cloud provisioning, so by removing the blockage with SSDs, we're enabling further adoption of cloud computing and infrastructure being moved into the cloud,” said Patrick Baillie, CloudSigma’s CEO.

Baillie said he expects the SSD cloud service to be generally available within three months. The SSD cloud storage service joins CloudSigma’s cloud offerings for CPU, RAM, disk, bandwidth and IP addresses.

“We’re providing computing as a utility,” Baillie said.

CloudSigma has data centers in Interxion’s 13 European Cloud Hubs, as well as the SwitchNAP data center in Las Vegas. The company is focusing on the media industry with its solid-state drive cloud service. CloudSigma will also offer media organizations cloud-based rendering and post-production services from the Las Vegas data center.

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