Montreal, 20 October 2020 – VEXXHOST Inc., a leading Canadian cloud computing provider, has announced a massive revamp in its public cloud offerings, including the set up of a new region in Amsterdam, during the Open Infrastructure Summit 2020. The Summit is being held virtually this year, and VEXXHOST announced the revamp during its keynote address today as a headline sponsor for the global event.
Other changes in the announcement consist of setting up new servers equipped with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors and NVMe storage in the Montreal region and new aggressive and competitive pricing initiatives.
“We are very excited about all the changes that we announced today. It is definitely one of our biggest announcements in recent times,” says Mohammed Naser, CEO of VEXXHOST. He also adds that the revamp is “part of the company’s current growth strategy, powered by our association with various open source foundations and communities across the globe.”
Team VEXXHOST keeps busy in its path of evolution in an ever-changing cloud computing world and allows the clients to reap the many benefits. This aligns with the company’s mission of providing efficient and secure services while being community-driven.
New AMD Servers in Montreal Region
One of the notable changes announced by VEXXHOST is the introduction of new servers equipped with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors for its Montreal region. In the past few years, AMD has overhauled the server market with its revolutionary processors. The addition of the new AMD processor-powered servers to VEXXHOST’s Montreal region is undoubtedly a boost for the latter.
According to the team, the below given are the relevant specs of the new processors.
- Driven by AMD Infinity Architecture
- First x86 architecture processor for servers based on 7nm process technology
- Up to 64 high-performance cores per SOC
- Equipped with AMD Infinity Guard and PCIe® Gen 4 I/O security features
- Hybrid, multi-die architecture
Additionally, here are some of the areas where the new processors bring about significant change to VEXXHOST public cloud servers in terms of better performance and secure computing:
- Workload acceleration
- Data protection
Upgraded Storage from SSD to NVMe
The company has upgraded storage from SSD to NVMe, offering the fastest hard drive in the market to its public cloud users. The use of NVMe storage first began with just large-scale enterprises, but it is now trickling down to the consumer market. A stark benefit available with this storage type is due to faster parallel read and write capabilities. VEXXHOST jumped on this opportunity to make it available to their customers.
NVMe drives also have the advantage to work at speeds upwards of 2000MB/s compared to the typical SATA III SSD running under 600MB/s because of the interaction with flash memory through the PCIe interface, which is bi-directional and runs at stellar speed. NVMe is also more power-efficient, cutting power consumption by significant percentages when in standby mode. It is also a scalable alternative going beyond the four lanes found in most conventional PCIe SSDs.
“It is always great to be maintaining a competitive edge with our services. We are proud to have made the switch ensuring better performance to our users without having any downtime,” CEO Naser says. Elaborating on “without having any downtime,” he says, “There was no need for any action to be taken from the user’s side. We made the switch from SSD to NVMe possible using Ceph. The only change our users felt was in terms of better performance and speed after the switch.”
New Aggressive Pricing for VEXXHOST Public Cloud
Another exciting change for the clients of VEXXHOST is its new aggressive pricing strategy. The company is known for its competitive prices without compromising on product attributes. This is possible as VEXXHOST bases its operations on open source platforms, ensuring flexibility, speed, scalability, and cost-effectiveness, among other benefits.
“We also wanted to make sure that cloud solutions are more accessible to users, especially considering the current Covid-19 pandemic situation”, says CEO Naser. “Many companies are facing challenges in maintaining their infrastructure and are rapidly moving into cloud. We would like to make things easier for them and for our existing customers,” he adds.
According to VEXXHOST’s new introductory pricing model, the hourly rate for a standard 2 core, 8 GB offering is just $0.055, compared to the market rate, which stands at $0.086. The difference between the market rate and the new VEXXHOST rate is a staggering 36%. Higher core/memory offerings such as 4 core – 16 GB, 8 core – 32 GB, and 16 core – GB, will also carry proportionate price reduction.
The new pricing is available to all new users and existing customers who are making the switch to the latest offerings from VEXXHOST. The new pricing is introductory and subject to change at a later stage. With the addition of the most advanced technology to its fore and the launch of a new region for its operations, the pricing is an added advantage.
New Region in Amsterdam
Two years after the launch of their region in Santa Clara, VEXXHOST has announced the launch of a frontline data center in Amsterdam. The company started its operations in Montreal and already has a data center there. The Santa Clara region was launched in 2018 to better address the clientele in the United States. VEXXHOST also manages private cloud operations for different enterprises and organizations in various other parts of the world, in association with local datacenters. The launch of the new region puts them physically in Europe as well and cements their global footprint.
It is worth mentioning that operations in VEXXHOST’s new Amsterdam region will feature all the latest hardware announced, according to new aggressive pricing. More prominently, it will be running on OpenStack’s latest release Victoria. Victoria was launched just days ago on October 14th, and already having it on board in their newly announced region shows how ready and updated the VEXXHOST team is.
Providing the best of standards in all aspects of cloud operations has always been a top priority for VEXXHOST, and the same goes for the new region in Amsterdam. The state-of-the-art data center we use in Amsterdam provides unparalleled service in terms of connectivity, efficiency, server protection mechanisms, security, and reliability. The facility is built to Uptime Institute Tier 3 standards, the industry’s most stringent specifications, and is ISO 50001, ISO 27001, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, OHAS 18001, PCI/SOC, and AMS-IX certified. To deal with any server-related issues, an expert team is available 24×7 on-site, performing a wide range of management, maintenance, and troubleshooting tasks.
The Amsterdam DC boasts of a multi-tier security system, including a full perimeter fence surveillance system, 24×7 on-site security and monitoring, and highly secure access-card-based entry. To combat any sort of emergencies, there are conventional spot detection, VESDA like aspiration detection, and high-pressure water-mist suppression mechanisms in place. High energy efficiency with green standards, advanced global connectivity via being linked to AMS-IX, and high reliability in terms of failsafe electric supply with dedicated substations are also some of the salient features of the facility.
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Founded in 2006, VEXXHOST Inc. is a Canadian cloud computing provider offering OpenStack powered public cloud, private cloud, and consulting services to its customers. From small businesses to governments in over 150 different countries, VEXXHOST delivers high-level expertise to help clients optimize their cloud infrastructure.