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Flexiant Releases IPv6 Ready Cloud Platform

April 22, 2011 by  

Hosting ServicesLivingston, UK – Flexiant, an independent cloud platform provider and software and services company, today announced a major upgrade release with the launch of its production ready cloud platform Extility 1.3. Today’s release includes the launch of IPv6 support marking Flexiant as the first cloud software provider in Europe to announce full commercial support for IPv6.

Extility 1.3’s small foot-print install feature means data centre operators can pilot a cloud offering with relatively little investment in time or capital before developing this deployment into a fully-fledged cloud platform for their customers.


Aimed at combating the threat of virtual machine sprawl the new features in Extility 1.3 allow data centre operators and their end-user customers to manipulate virtual resources and ensure they are always deployed where they are needed.

This is a significant milestone in the development of Extility, a mature cloud platform that is becoming increasingly powerful with every new release and enables business intelligence for enterprise users faster than ever.

Flexiant developed Europe’s first cloud platform over four years ago and remains one of only a handful of independent cloud platform providers worldwide. Flexiant’s pioneering cloud platform is now being used by the EU across a range of multi-million Euro FP7 projects as a test bed to speed up cloud computing’s adoption rate by enterprise level companies throughout Europe.

Tony Lucas, Flexiant’s founder explains: “We completely understand that data centres are restricted by their existing investment in software, hardware and other IT infrastructure. Our aim is to develop systems which allow customers to benefit from the agility, flexibility and economy of a cloud computing platform while making the best use of their existing capital investment.

“Extility 1.3 allows customers to undertake a gradual transition to the cloud rather than re-architecting their entire infrastructure. This revolutionary cloud platform allows customers the flexibility to pick and choose which services they put on the cloud.”

The release includes a range of updates including three enterprise features that will allow licensees to integrate the cloud into existing systems with ease: foreign keys, VLAN interworking, and small footprint installation.

The new foreign keys facility is important for making best use of the speed, economy and flexibility of a cloud platform. Foreign keys allow the cloud provider and enterprise user not only to define and tag content but also to build its own logic on top. This will allow the user to query resources active within the company. By tagging resources the enterprise can drill down and see how these are actually being used rather than having them disappear into the black hole of departmental budgets.

Flexiant’s VLAN interworking feature will allow integration of existing physical servers and the cloud at the network level, allowing customers to move fully or partially to a cloud platform, in a seamless manner. This means end customers can pilot virtualisation by moving to the cloud those services that will bring the greatest benefit, whilst retaining on physical infrastructure those services which are better suited to it. Services that are most likely to benefit from a move to the cloud include those that may run just once a month and can leave physical servers idle for long periods; when moved to the cloud, such services would share physical resources.

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