Zynstra opens up hybrid cloud world to SMBs

News Caroline Donnelly Jul 17, 2013

Bath-based software firm will lean on service provider partners to help SMBs embrace cloud

Software vendor Zynstra claims to have made it easier for SMBs to enter the hybrid cloud world with the launch of its range of managed IT services.

The Bath-based firm said the hybrid cloud setup features a mix of patent pending technology and HP ProLiant servers, and is delivered to SMBs by its IT service provider partners.

The HP servers are deployed at the customer site, and will be remotely managed by an IT service provider using Zynstra’s cloud-based management console.

This will be used to provide the firm’s customers with storage, security, and disaster recovery services, as well as access to applications such as Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint.

The pay monthly service is aimed at companies with up to 250 staff, and there are no upfront costs, Zynstra claims.

Nick East, chief executive of Zynstra, said the service is designed to help IT give small firms a competitive advantage, rather than just being a financial drain on their resources.

“[SMBs] typically pay more per person than a large enterprise for their IT and get an inferior product. We wanted to change all of that.  We’ve built a product that is designed specifically for SMBs and doesn’t force them to choose between cloud and traditional IT,” said East.

“With Zynstra, they get the benefits of both, delivered by IT service providers. We believe this is the future of how small and medium sized businesses will manage IT,” he added.

The company claims all of the hybrid cloud deployments will be standardised, as customised systems sometimes become more prone to failure as time goes on.

This will also make it easier for companies to add more users, as their business grows, it is claimed.

Michael Clifford, cloud director of HP UK and Ireland, added: “In conjunction with HP hardware, Zynstra’s technology enables the company to provide SMEs with the functionality, cloud capability and low per-user cost that, until now, only large enterprises could enjoy.”