Carpathia Hosting Inc., a provider of managed hosting services, recently added support for Vyatta software network appliances in its cloud service. The Vyatta net tools introduce an interesting new dimension to cloud computing because they can be evoked at will, where and when needed, something that is impossible with hardware, says Carpathia CTO Jon Greaves. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with Greaves via phone to find out how the combination of these technologies is changing the game.
Before we dig in on how you're using the Vyatta tools, give us a thumbnail on your company.
Carpathia started off in 2003 in what used to be generically called the hosting space. Today, we have two specialties: complex hosting solutions and compliant hosting solutions. On the complex side, there is a metric used by analysts depicting the number of servers per customer. For most hosting firms, this falls in the 2-4 server range, while our average is north of 20. The second focus is on compliance, particularly in the public sector, which counts for roughly 45% of our revenue.