I am evaluating my hosting requirements, specifically looking at hybrid cloud offerings. The short story is I have a few hundred VM's that run app/api/etc type stuff. These are small instances, shares storage is fine, disk access is minimal, more about memory and cpu for generating content. I also have dozen or so that run on SSD storage for database and data stuff.
In an ideal world I would have a set of dedicated hypervisors (private cloud) networked with a bunch of burstable web vms in the public cloud space. I could run all my base line resources and heavy disk / cpu apps on my dedicated hv's and burst additional capacity or cache servers out to public.
Does anyone have any long term exposure to a host that provides these services (outside of Rackspace and Softlayer, they are already on my list) ?
You might want to check out Lightcrest. We migrated to them from Rackspace awhile back and are very satisfied with the switch. We use a private cloud for steady state traffic and burst into their public cloud during peak times. We found Rackspace's RackConnect to a be an expensive bottleneck.