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Nebula Disrupts OpenStack Market With Lowest Point of Entry for Private Cloud

Nebula, the enterprise private cloud company, today announced the industry's lowest point of entry for deploying a commercial OpenStack private cloud. Nebula now requires only three server nodes to build a private cloud versus the industry standard of five to eleven nodes. Additionally, Nebula has doubled the density of its Cloud Controller server capacity from 20 to 40 nodes, allowing customers to dedicate budget to more compute and storage resources, instead of OpenStack services. With Nebula's latest release, enterprises can implement an OpenStack private cloud faster, with fewer servers, and a smaller rack footprint, resulting in greater cost savings, extensibility, and flexibility. 

One of the primary benefits of private cloud computing is the ability to control costs by leveraging existing resources. However, the majority of today's cloud solutions come with a high point of entry including the need for additional servers and a large rack footprint. For many enterprises, there is an immediate need to cut down on resource requirements needed to implement a private cloud so IT budget can be used to drive innovation and business growth.

"Advanced modern research depends on effective processing of massive volumes of data.  In our case, scientists need to process data at sea, where computational resources and bandwidth are often limited," said Dr. Victor Zykov, director of research at Schmidt Ocean Institute. "We were looking for a turnkey solution that provides high computing power to run advanced modeling in real time that can fit in a very compact space. We now have a private cloud that enables scientific data processing, modeling, and storage capabilities never before available to scientists at sea, all without onsite support."

Nebula's latest enterprise features provide zero disruption to existing enterprise workflows and allow for seamless identity, storage, and network integration. New features include: 

  • Lowest Minimum Node Requirement: Nebula now only requires three nodes with a single Nebula Cloud Controller and only nine nodes for multi-controller, high availability systems allowing an OpenStack private cloud to run on fewer servers, providing greater cost savings.
  • Cloud Protection Ring (CPR) Architecture: New ring topology architecture ensures resilient connectivity in multi-controller deployments. The CPR provides simplified network deployment of OpenStack private clouds and allows for higher cloud resiliency and performance. 
  • Node-2-Controllers (N2C) Architecture: Dual-home server node connections to two separate Cloud Controllers for continuous uptime for higher node resiliency and availability. 
  • Double Density: A single Cloud Controller increased support from 20 to 40 cloud nodes for greater scalability and cost savings, allowing budget to be allocated to compute and storage instead of OpenStack services.
"We are continually seeking ways to provide enterprise IT with solutions that seamlessly integrate and operate with their existing workflows and architecture," said Vish Ishaya, chief technology officer at Nebula. "Our latest innovations are another step in that direction as they lower the point of entry for quickly and easily adopting an OpenStack private cloud."
Published Tuesday, March 03, 2015 6:32 PM by David Marshall
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