Northwind Hosting Concept Demo


For the last months our team has invested a lot of time exploring and researching the relationship between ISVs and Hosters. I shared some of the early thoughts and findings in a series of posts in this blog:

Part I – The Scenario

Part II – On-Boarding

Part III – Billing, Metering

Part IV – SLAs

Part V – Strategies for Capacity Management

We also wrote the white paper “ISVs are from Mars, Hosters are from Venus” and now finally I’m happy to share with you an end to end concept demo. We’ve implemented this to help illustrate the experience described in the white paper, between a hypothetical hoster (Northwind Hosting) and an ISV (Litware).

Northwind Hosting Concept Demo

Feedback, always welcome.

Update 1/26/2010: fixed broken video link.

Comments (4)

  1. MSDNArchive says:

    Really very interesting concepts. The SLA part is not going to be easy to get right without some sort of simulation environment and proof of correctness in my opinion and especially above 3 nines it might get prohibitively expensive to do so. Perhaps there should be an element of application redundancy which can be configured through the SLA definition and resource aquisition processes. Also how does NWH price these service levels; it was unclear and would be great to hear more about that? Nonetheless I really enjoyed your presentation and it is food for thought.

    Thanks – Arvindra

  2. asp to go says:

    Interesting demo.  Have you heard of Server Intellect? We’ve been very happy with their services — and they are one of the first Windows Web Hosts that is Microsoft Gold Certified – offering Windows Server 2008 ‘Longhorn’ on all of its Dedicated Servers.

  3. Sinclair Schuller , CEO of Apprenda was kind enough to demo SaaSGrid to me earlier this week, patient