Swiss hosting services provider Netrics has selected HP and Microsoft to help the company deliver a private infrastructure as a service for systems integrators and SMBs that it says will comply with Switzerland’s stringent data privacy regulations.
The company chose HP over Cisco to supply an integrated solution, CloudSystem, including a variety of HP’s blade servers and the company’s cloud orchestration software which allows Netrics to dynamically provision pools of infrastructure for customers.
It also extended its partnership with Microsoft, implementing the Windows Server 2012 operating system and tapping Microsoft System Centre to manage the service. It also plans to offer systems integrators a self-service portal to provision individual servers and link them together.
Pascal Schmid, chief executive officer at Netrics says that the company wanted to offer a complete infrastructure as a service that would allow SIs and enterprises to enjoy the benefits of both offering and consuming cloud services without having to worry about violating Swiss data privacy legislation, something which has gained renewed prominence ever since news of PRISM broke earlier this year.
While Swiss legislation doesn’t currently restrict Swiss companies from storing data abroad, it does specify that companies need to know where their data is at all times, and who has access to it.
To that end, the company developed what it calls swissVDC, effectively a Swiss-based virtual private cloud that keeps data stored in the country, and Schmid said the new technologies will significantly improve the quality of the services the company and its customers offer and keep the Netrics organisation lean as it grows.
“Where the provisioning of a physical server used to take four to six hours, HP CloudSystem reduces that to 10 to 20 minutes. Centralized management with Microsoft System Center 2012 saves even more time,” Schmid said, adding that with the new centralised platform server utilisation has improved from roughly 50 to 80 per cent.