A new IaaS platform from NaviSite is intended to make it easier for organizations to more effectively leverage cloud-based applications. The newly launched NaviCloud Director is a VMware vCloud Director 5.1-powered IaaS offering that was designed to provide cloud-based businesses with a more flexible, customizable, enterprise-class, production-oriented hybrid cloud environment.

That's a mouthful, for sure, but the idea is that NaviCloud Director is meant to be a design platform for cloud-native applications that also gives its users access to VMware APIs and a developer community. In addition to being able to develop cloud-native apps, the new IaaS offering also makes it possible for organizations to customize their network architecture so they map specifically to their technology philosophy, according to NaviSite.

For the more advanced user, NaviCloud Director gives them the ability to access the native vCloud Director user interface for additional user flexibility. Some of the other features include:

  • Easy access through AppCenter, vCloud Director and APIs.
  • The ability to mix and match billing models for fixed costs or pay-as-you-go.
  • Flexible network architectures that allow for optimal application configuration or regulatory compliance.
  • The ability to access and integrate with other NaviCloud and NaviSite Managed Services to accommodate complex applications and business needs.

"NaviSite has always designed its solutions to meet customer needs, and introducing NaviCloud in 2010 was the first step to taking our customers to the cloud," said David Grimes, NaviSite CTO, in a prepared statement. "Today we recognize that customers are more savvy about cloud computing, so we're excited to offer them a solution that will give them a truly user-defined cloud environment, but with the support of NaviSite’s Army of Experts should they need it."

NaviSite has had some serious backing the last couple of years, ever since it was acquired by Time Warner Cable. At the time, NaviSite was focused on delivering SaaS and managed applications from Oracle (ORCL) and Lotus, but the company has been expanding its cloud products.