Rishidot research briefing notes Cloudscaling


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Rishidot research briefing notes Cloudscaling

  1. 1. Cloudscaling    A  Briefing  Note  By  Krishnan  Subramanian   Cloudscaling   A  Briefing  Note  by  Krishnan  Subramanian     Company:     Cloudscaling  (www.cloudscaling.com)   Market:     Infrastructure  as  a  Service  (IaaS)     Products:     Open  Cloud  System  (OCS)   Summary:     Cloudscaling  is  one  of  the  vendors  in  the  OpenStack  ecosystem   focusing  on  building  infrastructure  for  web  scale  applications.  Their   core  product  is  Open  Cloud  System,  which  is  in  Version  2.0  now.     OCS  is  suitable  for  organizations  wanting  to  build  elastic  infrastructure   like  public  clouds  inside  their  own  datacenter.  OCS  core  is  based  on   OpenStack  with  some  additional  add-­‐ons  offered  by  Cloudscaling  to   optimize  the  OpenStack  platform  for  production  level  infrastructure.  
  2. 2. Cloudscaling    A  Briefing  Note  By  Krishnan  Subramanian   Market  Overview     The   cloud   infrastructure   market   is   divided   into   two   segments,   public   clouds   and   private   clouds.   At   present,   public   cloud   use   is   mostly   driven   by   startups   and   other   SMBs   while   enterprises   are   slowly   starting   to   embrace   the   public   clouds   for   their   non-­‐mission   critical   needs.   Even   though   some   organizations  are  using  public  clouds  for  their  mission  critical  workloads,  most  of  the  enterprise  usage  is   restricted  to  customer  facing  web  applications.     However,   enterprises   see   the   benefits   of   public   clouds   and   use   private   clouds   as   a   way   to   achieve   some   of   the   benefits   like   agility,   cost   savings,   etc.   inside   their   organization.   They   also   use   the   hybrid   approach   for  certain  use  cases  where  the  spike  in  the  load  is  short  term  and  investments  in  additional  capacity  are   unnecessary  (Cloudbursting).  According  to  our  internal  estimates,  private  and  hybrid  clouds  are  going  to   dominate  the  enterprise  market  for  the  next  3-­‐5  years  while  public  clouds  slowly  make  inroads  into  the   enterprises.   This   changes   the   dynamics   of   infrastructure   market   and   opens   up   the   market   for   cloud   infrastructure  platforms.   After   staying   quiet   for   many   years,   telecom   companies   are   slowly   waking   up   to   the   reality   of   public   clouds  and  the  value  they  can  offer  in  the  cloud  market.  Telecoms,  along  with  other  traditional  hosting   service  providers,  are  going  to  greatly  increase  the  market  size  of  cloud  infrastructure  platforms,  making   this   one   of   the   fastest   growing   segments   in   the   coming   years.   This   market   segment   is   divided   into   proprietary  and  open  source  software.  Some  of  the  leading  cloud  infrastructure  platforms  include:   • OpenStack   • CloudStack   • Eucalyptus   • vCloud  Suite   • Nimbula   • Hexagrid   • Joyent  SmartOS   • 3Tera   • Flexiant   • Microsoft  CloudOS   There  are  few  other  proprietary  and  open  source  platforms  available  in  the  market.  We  have  listed  the   important  cloud  infrastructure  platforms  as  per  our  analysis  of  the  market.   Cloudscaling  Overview     Cloudscaling  was  founded  by  Randy  Bias,  one  of  the  thought  leaders  in  the  cloud  computing  space  and   former   CTO   of   GoGrid.   The   company   started   off   as   a   systems   integrator   building   cloud   infrastructure   for   telcos  but  slowly  transformed  themselves  as  a  company  offering  cloud  infrastructure  solutions  based  on   OpenStack   software.   Their   core   focus   is   in   building   reliable,   scalable,   production   grade   cloud   infrastructure  for  enterprises  and  service  providers.  
  3. 3. Cloudscaling    A  Briefing  Note  By  Krishnan  Subramanian   Taking   advantage   of   the   reluctance   of   enterprises   to   relinquish   the   control   they   have   on   their   infrastructure,   Cloudscaling’s   Open   Cloud   System   (OCS)   offers   the   same   benefits   of   public   clouds   and   can  be  deployed  inside  the  enterprise  datacenters  with  the  full  control  of  IT.    Currently  in  Version  2.0,   OCS   uses   certified   hardware   components   along   with   the   reference   architecture   developed   by   Cloudscaling  team  based  on  their  experience  building  web  scale  elastic  clouds  at  telecom  providers  like   Korean  Telecom  and  service  providers  like  Internap.  OCS  also  includes  certain  production  grade  features   offering  improved  reliability,  performance  and  security  that  are  not  part  of  the  core  OpenStack  trunk.   In   addition,   OCS   includes   support   for   Amazon   EC2   and   Google   Compute   Engine   APIs,   thereby,   making   federation/bursting   into   these   public   cloud   services   completely   seamless.   OCS   2.0   offers   support   for   AWS   EBS   like   block   storage   and   support   for   OpenStack   Folsom.   OCS   2.0   also   supports   advanced   networking  capabilities  including  scale-­‐out  networking  and  cloud  topology  management.   Cloudscaling   has   customers   ranging   from   enterprises   to   telcos   to   large   service   providers   to   modern   organizations   focused   on   consumer   facing   web   scale   applications.   Even   though   they   are   built   on   free   and  open  source  OpenStack  software,  their  monetization  strategy  is  two-­‐fold:   • Annual   support   and   maintenance   for   Open   Cloud   System   based   on   per   physical   CPU   and   terabyte.  They  have  two  support  levels,  base  level  and  production  level   • Commercially   licensed   production   grade   add-­‐ons   for   OpenStack   with   support   part   of   the   licensing  fee   Let  us  briefly  discuss  the  pros  and  cons  of  Cloudscaling’s  OCS:   Advantages     -­‐ Web  scale  elastic  clouds  ready  for  production  environment.  One  of  the  few  players  in  the   OpenStack  ecosystem  to  offer  production  grade  deployment  of  OpenStack  with  fast  support   for  newer  versions  of  the  software   -­‐ Built  on  top  of  open  source  software  without  any  need  for  expensive  specialized  hardware.   Use  of  commodity  hardware  and  networking  makes  the  solution  cost  effective   -­‐ Built  for  modern  dynamical  distributed  applications   -­‐ Suitable  for  both  enterprises  and  service  providers   Disadvantages     -­‐ Dependence  on  fragile  OpenStack  ecosystem.  A  fork  in  the  community  has  the  potential  to   impact  their  business   -­‐ Enterprises  heavily  reliant  on  legacy  software  will  find  their  solution  to  be  of  little  use   Competitors   Cloudscaling  faces  competition  from  many  different  market  segments  including:   Ø Public  cloud  services  like  Amazon  Web  Services,  Google  Compute  Engine,  Rackspace,  etc.   including  many  startups  in  the  infrastructure  as  a  service  space.  As  enterprises  get  comfortable   with  public  cloud  services,  their  need  for  a  solution  like  Cloudscaling  decreases  
  4. 4. Cloudscaling    A  Briefing  Note  By  Krishnan  Subramanian   Ø Proprietary  cloud  platforms  like  vCloud,  Nimbula,  etc.  and  open  source  cloud  platforms  like   Eucalyptus,  CloudStack,  etc.  combined  with  professional  services  offered  by  the  vendors  behind   the  product/projects  or  other  system  integrators   Ø Other  vendors  in  the  OpenStack  ecosystem  including  companies  like  Piston  Cloud,  Rackspace   Private  Cloud,  Nebula,  Redhat,  SuSe,  and  system  integrators  like  Mirantis,  etc.   Summary     Cloudscaling  Open  Cloud  System  is  well  suited  for  enterprises  wanting  to  set  up  elastic  infrastructure  for   their  modern  distributed  applications  and  service  providers  who  want  to  offer  public  cloud  services  like   Amazon  Web  Services  and  Google  Compute  Engine.  However,  it  is  ill-­‐suited  for  enterprises  having  large   legacy  application  baggage.  OCS  2.0  is  production  ready  solution  on  commodity  hardware  and  uses  open   protocols.