comdivision has strong roots in the service provider industry. We started in 1996 with web services and our own SaaS based offering from our own datacenter, operated under full redundancy and with multi-carrier uplinks. Although this business part was split of and sold in 2009 we can't forget our roots. We still operate our own datacenter in a way which is more near to the service provider operations than a commercial / enterprise environment.
What defines a Service Provider?
In general the definition of a service provider is very vague, as it only describes an organization providing services, which could be not only IT related services, but also consulting, legal or real estate services.
When we talk about service providers we primarily talk about IT related service providers and those could be in different categories:
- Application Service Provider (ASP)
- Network Service Provider (NSP)
- Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Managed Service Provider (MSP)
- Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP)
- Cloud Service Provider (CSP)
The list is far from complete, but focusses on those which we provide services for and we do this primarily around the VMware Cloud stack.
What is a VMware Cloud Provider?
VMware Cloud Provider or VMware Managed Service Provider provide a VMware based infrastructure to their customers or tenants, this can be simple vSphere based services, or the complete stack using VMware Cloud Director or VMware Cloud Foundation. Some providers focus on Disaster Recovery as a Service, others provide Kubernetes and again some operate a Telco NFV platform. But all have one common base line which is the VMware vSphere hypervisor.
Why comdivision and the VMware Cloud Provider is a perfect match?
comdivision has been in the forefront of VMware Cloud services, our CEO Yves Sandfort was the first to train customers in the DACH region on vCloud Director when it was still version 1.0. We supported some of the early virtualization providers, similar to ourselves hosting on top of the VMware platform our SaaS services before we sold this part of the business. Today comdivision does not offer direct VMware Cloud Services out of our own datacenters any more, but we provide guidance for enterprises/customers/tenants in their path of selecting a cloud provider. More important we help the VMware Cloud Providers build a VMware Cloud.
And comdivision runs it's own lab and demo cloud for training and delivery partners, which provisions 1000+ VMs every weekend and is build completly on the back of the VMware stack, so that we can understand actual daily needs in the industry.
comdivision has worked with all sizes of service / cloud providers over the years, from very small 5 host environments to thousands of hosts. We have helped with training as well as architecture guidance, for some we have even designed, implemented and handed over a complete VMware Cloud Verified platform ready to serve customers. From standard vSphere based deployments to complex NFV and Container Based implementations comdivision has done all of them in the last 20+ years.
How about operational support / readiness?
Very often service providers do not only need an integration partner to help build their VMware based cloud, but also guidance and support for the day to day operations. comdivision can help with a smooth transition for Level 1 to 3 support as well as white label managed services until the provider can take over. We also offer customized enablement for operational teams at service providers where needed with classroom or online based training and validation of skillsets.
How about business guidance?
As comdivision has been in the industry for over 20 years and worked in environments everywhere around the globe we can provide guidance and business advisory services as well. Our management consultants provide clear guidance or just advisory for short, mid and long term business development around the cloud provider industry. Many of our customers have a constant business advisory relationship.