Hosted Virtual Machines Infrastructure Services

Our locally hosted Microsoft Azure Services provide on-demand infrastructure that scales and adapts to your changing business needs. Whether you are creating new applications or running existing applications we provide best-in-class price-performance and end-to-end support.

Familiar VM Tools  

Your applications, systems and network is not accessible or view-able by any other customer.

Your information is ensured full privacy and security in your own private cloud.

If your app runs on Hyper-V, it runs on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines. This means you can manage your entire infrastructure, on-premises or in the cloud, with System Center.

With Virtual Machines, you can take advantage of what you already know to achieve new capabilities in the cloud.

Enterprise Grade  

With 99.9% monthly SLA for multiple instances, Virtual Machines are ready to extend on-premises workloads to the cloud. Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint Server, BizTalk Server, and many more server applications are validated to run on Virtual Machines.

Optional managed support for validated workloads is directly provided by Global Micro.

VM Elasticity  

Provision Compute Infrastructure at the pace your business requires.

 

Unlock the IT backlog and provision infrastructure at the pace your business requires. Simply choose your compute configuration (standard or high memory instances) and choose an image from the Virtual Machines image gallery.

Virtual Machines give your applications and systems full mobility, allowing you to move virtual hard disks (VHDs) back and forth between on-premises and the cloud.

Overview - Understanding Hosted Virtual Machines

Virtual Machines deliver on-demand, scalable compute infrastructure when you need to quickly provision resources to meet your growing business needs. With Virtual Machines, you get choice of Window Server and Linux operating systems in multiple configurations on top of the trustworthy Microsoft Azure. Hosted Virtual Machines means more than just hardware virtualisation. It means that the management, billing and dynamic resource allocation layers over the virtualised hardware are being provided on a pay-as-you-grow basis.

Virtualisation in the Cloud  

Using virtualisation technology, we convert or build your physical servers as cloud virtual servers.

  • Just like a physical server – each virtual machine acts and behaves in exactly the same way when in the cloud, complete with its own dedicated and dynamically allocated hardware resources.
  • Virtualisation assistance – our team of certified engineers will assist you to prepare and migrate from your physcial infrastructure to the cloud.

Deployment in the Cloud  

Provision your servers, storage & networking in real time using a secure cloud interface.

  • Predictable billing – the utility based billing model means you only pay when you provision and reserve capacity in the cloud.
  • Burst during peak usage – while you only pay for your reserved infrastructure capacity, you are still able to burst into our excess capacity during periods of unexpected demand.

Reduce costs with the Cloud  

Your private cloud unlocks all the benefits of dedicated hosting at a fraction of the cost.

  • Consolidate your servers in a private cloud – virtualised customers can save 50-70% on overall IT costs by consolidating their resource pools.
  • Liberate your staff – our automated data centre lets your IT staff respond to market dynamics faster and much more efficiently than ever before.

Interested in virtualising your infrastructure?

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Hosted Azure - Microsoft trusts us with Africa’s first deployment of Hosted Azure

Hosted Microsoft Azure services have not been available locally until now. Anyone wanting Azure services would need to consider hosting their infrastructure overseas. We are the only instance of Microsoft Azure hosted locally in Africa. We will help you seamlessly and effortlessly transition to the cloud.

Local Hosted Azure  

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services.

It provides both platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

Hosted Virtual Machines built on Hyper-V is a key addition to Microsoft’s Azure product offerings and provides complete end-to-end functionality for enterprise-grade virtualization.

Why use a local partner Hosted Azure Environment?  

Using a local hosting partner does have some key benefits over hosting your data in a foreign country.

  • International Law – Microsoft services are hosted abroad and are subject to the US Patriot Act and other European statutes
  • Costs – Monthly fees are billed in South African Rand and remain fixed and predictable
  • Potential Speed and Latency Issues – International hosting is based in Ireland and thus use international bandwidth to access the service. Local Hosting ensures a lower cost while delivering higher performance.

Key benefits of Hosted Virtual Machines  

Consolidation of hardware resources – Multiple physical servers can be easily consolidated into comparatively fewer servers which can be managed or unmanaged by GMS

  • Ease of deployment – Consolidation of existing servers into fewer physical servers simplifies deployment
  • Testing and development – create and test a wide variety of scenarios in a safe, self-contained environment with no down time
  • Management Console – Allows for provisioning / management of new virtual machines. Customers can use their own System Centre license to manage their Hyper-V environment seamlessly

Hosted Virtual Servers – security you can rely on

Hosted Virtual Servers’ multi-layered security ensures that virtual servers are as secure as possible without sacrificing the flexibility in configuration that customers demand.

Integrated network security  

Our private cloud infrastructure provides significant protection against traditional network security issues. All solutions include protection against:

  • Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attacks.
  • Man in the Middle (MITM) attacks.
  • IP Spoofing.
  • Port Scanning.
  • Packet sniffing by other tenants.

FIREWALL

We provide a complete firewall solution; this mandatory inbound firewall is configured in a default deny mode and customers must explicitly open all ports needed to allow inbound traffic.

The traffic may be restricted by protocol, by service port, as well as by source IP address (individual IP or Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) block).

Host operating system  

All administrative systems are specifically designed, built, configured, and hardened to protect the management plane of the cloud:

  • All access is logged and audited.
  • When an employee no longer has a business need to access the management plane, the privileges and access to these hosts and relevant systems are revoked.

INSTANCE ISOLATION

Different instances running on the same physical machine are isolated from each other via the hypervisor.

In addition, the firewall resides within the hypervisor layer, between the physical network interface and the instance’s virtual interface. All packets must pass through this layer, thus an instance’s neighbours have no more access to that instance than any other host on the Internet and can be treated as if they are on separate physical hosts.

Guest operating system  

Virtual instances are completely controlled by the customer who has full root access or administrative control over accounts and applications.

  • Our systems do not have any access to customer instances and cannot log into the guest operating system.

PRIVILEGE ESCALATION

Customers should employ a privilege escalation mechanism with logging on a per-user basis.

Customers should generate their own key pairs in order to guarantee that they are unique, and not shared with other customers.
Our managed services security team can provide further advice and assistance.

Azure Services for Windows Dashboard

Management of your Virtual Machines is intuitive and easy. The Azure Services for Windows Dashboard provides a familiar web based interface to manage and configure your virtual infrastructure.

Control panel  

This web-based portal allows you to securely access and easily manage your Virtual Machines.

  • Create accounts.
  • Manage virtual machines.
  • Administer network, storage and security settings.

IN-BROWSER CONSOLE ACCESS

Our fully functional virtual machine console enables simple configuration and performance monitoring of virtual machine.

Measure usage  

We provide a simple to use interface for monitoring and configuring your Private cloud.

  • Define service offerings.
  • Meter your usage.
  • Generate internal billing records.

SNAPSHOTS AND ROLLBACK

Our web portal makes it simple to execute or schedule virtual machine backups and snapshots.

Cloud templates  

Pre-packaged application templates to get up and running on the cloud fast.

 
  • Custom templates provide a foundation for rapid deployment of specific user environments.

DELEGATED ADMINISTRATION

Increase agility and flexibility by offloading general day to day management to your end users and enable IT resources to be freed up for more business critical needs.

Hosted Virtual Machines software rental

Rather than purchase software for your Virtual Machines via the traditional method of outright purchase, our software licensing service enables you to rent your software on a monthly basis.

Better cash flow  

You can avoid any start-up investment and you can change license volumes in response to your business demands.

  • Flexible Cost Structure via a monthly usage-based cost. You pay only for what was use during the month.
  • Cash Flow Management – Near zero start-up costs.
  • No Upgrade fees – you will always have the most current versions of the software.

Easier to rent  

We acquire the necessary software licenses. We then becomes the licensee and will ‘on-rent’ it to you via:

  • Per User / Subscriber – License for each member of staff independent of the number of servers or branches a business may have.
  • By Processor – allow an unlimited number of end users to use software running on a single processor.

Major vendors  

We have world-wide license agreements in place with all major international software vendors including:

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Hosted Virtual Machine server management

Maximise your Hosted Virtual Machines with virtual server management services for a predictable fixed monthly fee.

Maximise uptime  

Maximise uptime, increase security, improve performance and manage your assets more effectively.

  • Advanced monitoring and reporting – provides deep network monitoring with 24×7 alerts when issues arise.
  • Integrated ticketing – ensures that our engineering team are automatically assigned to attend to any reporting alert.

Maximise security  

We will protect your investment, your reputation and ensure compliance with legislated security:

  • Patch Management – aggregates and summarises all of the security patches required and reports on all base line security scans.
  • On an on-going basis, our team will use this analysis to plan and execute the work required to ensure your site security.

Pro-active support  

Our comprehensive reporting ensures that that you will know exactly how your solution is performing:

 
  • Preventative maintenance – We are able to solve most problems before you even know they are happening. This reduces the costs of downtime and emergency repairs, and increases your productivity.
  • We simplify and aggregate all this information in to a monthly Executive summary.

Business benefits of Hosted Virtual Machines

Using Hosted Virtual Servers lets you reduce IT costs while increasing the efficiency, utilisation, and flexibility of your existing assets.

Agility  

Virtualisation ensures a significant reduction in time to launch applications.

  • Standard configurations - Because a virtualised environment requires a level of standardisation, it becomes easier to drive uptime through consistent configuration and patching of server operating systems.
  • Migrate workloads easily – In the case of downtime reduction, operating systems can be moved from one server to another to facilitate repairs or maintenance, avoiding the lengthy downtime normally associated with that service.

Efficiency  

Leverage a complete set of integrated systems management tools.

  • Automation – Our Management software can be used to automate routine tasks, such as monitoring common infrastructure alerts and automating responses for known conditions, leading to an increase in IT staff efficiency.
  • Faster response to incidents – This can occur in a number of ways, ranging from automated responses to simple alerts and alarms, to automatic creation of trouble and repair tickets for service desk functions.

Peace of mind  

Server Virtualisation helps cuts down on total annual downtime.

 
  • Improved availability – According to the IDC, advanced virtualisation reduces annual downtime by 50%.
  • Scalability is a click away – Once virtualised, an application that needs more scalability can be moved to a server that can fulfill that requirement with little more than a few clicks of the mouse.
  • Snapshots – It is now possible, with little more than some mouse clicks, to replicate and trial test environments.

Compare Hosted Virtual Machine editions

Hosted Virtual Machines is a service that enables automated provisioning of virtual hardware infrastructure securely over the internet. Compare Hosted Virtual Machine editions and decide which one best suits your needs.

VIRTUAL MACHINE SIZE CPU CORESMEMORYOS DISK SPACE - CLOUD SERVICESOS DISK SPACE - VIRTUAL MACHINESMAX. DATA DISKS
(1TB EACH)
MAX. IOPS (500 PER DISK)
ExtraSmallShared768 MB19 GB20 GB11x500
Small11.75 GB224 GB70 GB22x500
Medium23.5 GB489 GB135 GB44x500
Large47 GB999 GB285 GB88x500
ExtraLarge814 GB2,039 GB605 GB1616x500
A6428 GB999 GB285 GB88x500
A7856 GB2,039 GB605 GB1616x500

Deployment considerations

  • Small is the smallest size recommended for production workloads.
  • Select a virtual machine with 4 or 8 CPU Cores when using SQL Server Enterprise Edition.
  • The ExtraSmall virtual machine size is only available by using Windows Azure SDK version 1.3 or later.
  • Cloud service role instances (Web Roles and Worker Roles) require more disk space than a virtual machine due to system requirements. The system files reserve 4 GB of space for the Windows pagefile, and 2 GB of space for the Windows dumpfile.
  • Some of the physical hosts in Windows Azure data centers may not support larger virtual machine sizes such as A6 and A7. As a result, you may see the error message Failed to configure virtual machine <machine name> or Failed to create virtual machine <machine name> when resizing an existing virtual machine to a new size, creating a new virtual machine in a virtual network created before April 16, 2013, or adding a new virtual machine to an existing cloud service.