An appliance that aims to simplify the creation and running of private clouds has been released today.
The Nebula One cloud controller is an appliance that can pool resources from up to 20 server nodes into a private cloud system.
The appliance can provision and manage storage, compute and networking for virtual machines (VMs) from up to five appliances to pool resources from 100 nodes. It can be used with certified industry standard servers from major vendors such as Dell, HP and IBM.
The appliance is designed to simplify the creation and maintenance of a private cloud, according to Chris Kemp, former Nasa CTO and co-founder and CEO of Nebula.
Each controller appliance runs Nebula Cosmos, an OpenStack-based operating system that orchestrates cloud resources and which can be administered via a self-service portal.
It provides API compatibility with the OpenStack and Amazon EC2/S3 cloud platforms, which should simplify migration of VMs between platforms. The Cosmos OS is made up of a Linux OS running a customised version of the "Folsom" release of OpenStack and the KVM hypervisor.
The cloud controller, known as CTR-1500, combines a 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch with an x86 server.
The appliance sits in a 2U chassis and runs on a dual Opteron G34 socket server, running two 16-core 1.6MHz processors with 16MB of L3 cache and rated at 85W.
The appliance has 64GB of main memory and a 32GB SuperCache MLC mSATA flash drive to cache frequently accessed OpenStack files.
Storage wise the appliance has a 256GB 2.5-inch MLC SSD and a 1TB 7200rpm drive for infrequently accessed data. It is powered by two 650W power supplies.
The cost of purchasing and licensing Nebula One starts at about $100,000.
PARC, the R&D lab that invented the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, has selected Nebula to power their private cloud infrastructure.