Small and medium sized businesses want to jettison local servers and move to the cloud. They know the benefits of the cloud — no wiring closet, lower costs, improved business continuity. So why do SMB’s still have servers? Because putting a website in the cloud is a completely different proposition than putting all of your apps in the cloud. A website is, by its nature, an internet activity– it is a cloud application. On the other hand, existing computing environments that are running on local servers are not internet activities. Moreover, existing applications running on the local servers are supported by the existing SMB IT department — the trusted solution provider. The solution provider who helped select the applications, who trained the staff in using the applications and who keeps the systems up and running.
The clear solution to preserve the computing environment and the support provided by the solution provider is a private data center in the cloud which does everything local servers formerly did.
Private clouds present two obstacles for SMBs.
1. Private clouds require dedicted data center resources; and
2. Private clouds require extensive IT expertise to create and operate
A few forward thinking solution providers have attempted to provide private data centers for their SMB customers. These attempts have generally ended in failure as the solution providers learned the unfortunate lesson that supporting small private data centers does not scale — an SMB cannot afford to pay for the IT expertise that is required to operate a private data center. Being unable to provide the private data center services his clients want, the solution provider has the choice of watching his watching his former SMB clients struggle to migrate to public cloud solutions or he can earn a pittance helping them. Neither alternative satisfies the needs of the SMB.
What is needed is a economically attractive private data center solution for SMBs. That solution is Panavisor. In our solution one merely plugs in a CloudPort box and enters simple configuration information through a wizard. The required end-user skill set is on par with setting up a ROKU box.
The Panavisor appliance implements our proprietary Quasi-Physical Network™ architecture or QPN™, which is an end-to-end solution that makes controlling computing resources easy, flexible and adaptable. The QPN architecture is unique in the industry, implementing three district roles:
1. The data center, which:
* maintains the physical compute environment,
* creates virtual private data centers using the Panavisor data center appliance, and
* assigns virtual private data center to solution providers.
2. The solution provider, who:
* has management control over his virtual private data center, and
* assigns virtual private data centers to SMB clients.
3. The end-user who uses his virtual private data center.
The virtual private data center runs the same applications as were running before the move to the cloud. The solution provide maintains his role as the trusted IT resource for his SMB clients. The same professional services that were provided before the move to the cloud continue to be provided. What has changed is the servers. Instead of nursing local servers of uncertain state, the solution provider is managing state of the art data center resources. Business continuity is not dependent upon the dubious nature of last night’s back-up; instead, the managed services provided by the data center provide business continuity. Instead of a truck roll to assess and correct issues on site, the solution provider can log-in to the management console of the virtual private data center, review the activity logs and correct the problems from his office. The solution provider can provide a higher level of service for more clients with the same staff.
Panavisor is a force multiplier for solution providers.