Q&A: Colosseum Online makes the move to Cisco UCS

Last month I shared my excitement over the momentum for Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) platform, with over 350 Canadian customers served since 2009. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jean Crescenzi, President and Chief Technology Officer of Colosseum Online, a Canadian provider of data centre colocation, cloud hosting, dedicated servers and managed web hosting services, to discuss his company’s recent decision to move to UCS and the impact it’s had on his organization. You can read my conversation with Jean below.                                                     

Mike Ansley: Colosseum Online recently made the decision to switch to Cisco’s UCS platform; can you explain why you made the move to Cisco?
Jean Crescenzi: For the last 18 years Colosseum Online has been using a number of Cisco networking products. We are extremely pleased with their best-in-class performance and functionality, as well as the superb support that we’ve received along the way from Cisco Canada. More recently we discovered that Cisco offers an enterprise redundant blade-server infrastructure designed for virtualization and cloud computing, and determined that this was the platform to enable our cloud hosting services. The Cisco UCS platform is perfectly suited for our newly-deployed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Desktop as a Service (DaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.

Mike: As a colocation and cloud provider, can you give us some insight into how UCS has transformed your business operations?
Jean: After more than a decade of offering colocation services, our new cloud network has allowed us to broaden our reach and answer both our new and existing customers’ strong demand for cloud computing services quickly and easily. The Cisco UCS platform gives us the flexibility to allow customers to have their own blended networks of physical and virtual devices as they make their transition to the cloud.

This unique offering allows them to either fully migrate to the cloud or keep their current colocation infrastructure, yet provision new cloud virtual machines in minutes to handle heavy mission-critical workloads as demand on their physical servers and appliances increases. Our vast library of templates, from base operating systems to fully configured web servers and virtual appliances, allows customers to quickly provision new servers/appliances as needed within minutes.

Mike: What advice do you have for companies evaluating their data centre solutions that are considering UCS?
Jean: Cisco is a visionary vendor who never ceases to amaze when it comes to its products. If you are looking to integrate a cloud computing infrastructure to offer cloud services, consisting of blade servers and chassis, Fibre Channel fabric interconnects with FCOE, and a sophisticated yet easy-to-use management system, then Cisco UCS is what I recommend.

Mike: I know that you are also working on becoming a certified cloud partner with Cisco.  Tell us about your future plans and UCS’ role in them.
Jean: Colosseum is one of the largest Cisco UCS cloud hosting providers in Canada, and as such we plan to grow and expand the range of cloud-based products and services we offer our customers by utilizing the underlying UCS Platform. We are also committed to achieve the Cisco Certified Cloud Partner designation, which will further strengthen our existing relationship with Cisco and help us better provide our customers the freedom to build the virtual networks that fit their needs, and to adapt to those needs as they evolve.

My thanks go to Jean for sharing his thoughts with us. For more information on Cisco’s Unified Computing System, visit http://www.cisco.com/web/CA/products/unified_computing.html.

Colosseum Online is a premier provider of data centre colocation, cloud hosting, dedicated servers and managed web hosting services in Canada, offering an array of services designed to more effectively manage IT infrastructures. Colosseum Online is regarded as an industry leader that combines a host of comprehensive solutions with unparalleled expertise, cutting-edge technologies, and award-winning and industry-leading service. Colosseum Online’s head office is located in Toronto, Ontario.

About Mike Ansley

As Vice President, Sales for Business Markets at Cisco Canada, Mike Ansley has responsibility for leading Cisco’s national sales strategy. In addition, he has regional responsibility for managing sales and operational excellence across the Canada East, West, and Central regions, including the provincial and municipal public sector. Ansley rejoined Cisco Canada in 2010 after holding various international senior management positions. Among others, he was Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Support at Redline Communications and Vice President and General Manager at 3Com Corp. for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sector. During his earlier tenure at Cisco from 1996 to 2004, Ansley was Regional Sales Manager and Director of Advanced Technology for the EMEA region. Ansley holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and a master of business administration degree from the University of Toronto. En tant que vice-président des ventes pour les marchés commerciaux chez Cisco Canada, Mike Ansley dirige la stratégie des ventes nationales de Cisco. Par ailleurs, à l’échelle locale, il est responsable de la gestion des ventes et de l’excellence opérationnelle dans les régions Est, Ouest et Centre du Canada, y compris le secteur public provincial et municipal. Ansley s'est joint à Cisco Canada en 2010 après avoir occupé plusieurs postes de cadre supérieur à l'échelle internationale. Parmi celles-ci, il a été président des ventes et du soutien aux niveaux mondial pour Redline Communications et vice-président et directeur général chez 3Com Corp. pour la région de l'Europe, du MoyenOrient et de l'Afrique (EMA). Au tout début de sa carrière chez Cisco de 1996 à 2004, Ansley était directeur régional des ventes et directeur des technologies avancées pour la région EMA. Ansley détient un baccalauréat en administration des affaires de l'Université Wilfrid Laurier à Waterloo en Ontario et une maîtrise en administration des affaires de l'Université de Toronto.
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3 Responses to Q&A: Colosseum Online makes the move to Cisco UCS

  1. Deb Cormier says:

    I recently had the opportunity to work with Colosseum in settting up a virtual server for a client.

    Setup was a breeze, we were up and running in no time. This is an extremely cost effective method if you’re thinking about co-locating equipment.

    My client is absolutely pleased at the speed,ease of use and reliability.

    For me as a Service Provider, the 24/7 support and Staff at Colosseum are top notch. You will always have my recommendation !

  2. Keith Robinson says:

    I travel a lot and colosseums VDI solution works across all my mobile platforms and makes my life easier.

  3. Jarek says:

    I’ve been hosting and co-locating with Colosseum for number of years now, never had any problems. I think we were one of the first companies to try their cloud and we love it! Its fast and very flexible, We can scale up or down as needed. Their 24×7 support also makes things easier as someone is always there to help you with whatever you need.

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