Delivering business critical IT on demand
Enterprises must keep pace with the growing demand for computing and storage resources necessary to support today’s businesses. IT organizations striving to meet these requirements face the challenge of balancing resource capacities with the financial overheads of purchasing and maintaining hardware. The key to achieving this balance lies in the ability to provision resources on demand from a shared resource pool. Cloud computing models promise to deliver on this vision of elastic IT. However, in order to reap its full advantages, cloud computing software must be combined with hardware designed to meet the needs of today’s applications.
OpenStack + Calxeda: A cloud built for scalability and efficiency
Cloud computing is rapidly redefining modern datacenters through it’s ability to achieve levels of efficiency and agility that could not be attained before. From an infrastructure perspective cloud deployments enable operators to provision hardware resources in a more cost effective manner via time and space multiplexing of workloads. At the same time, by exposing well-defined APIs cloud infrastructures empower developers to quickly deploy and test applications in an iterative manner. These capabilities dramatically accelerate development and test cycles resulting in direct business impact.
The cloud computing market was defined and grown based on a proprietary software stack. Since then, open source alternatives have quickly come to fruition in order to allow users to build and deploy internal cloud solutions, as well as to provide a consistent platform that can be used across ecosystem partners. Of these, OpenStack has experienced rapid adoption in the market and has become the de facto open source cloud computing software. Similar to Calxeda hardware, OpenStack software strives to provide users the ability to deploy highly scalable infrastructures with the benefits of cloud interfaces and manageability. Combining these naturally aligned technologies provides a compelling solution for your hyperscale cloud datacenter.
Computing with an ARMy of processors
The Calxeda value proposition revolves around scalability and efficiency. We deliver on these values with a combination of efficient ARM processing cores, and perhaps more importantly, an integrated high bandwidth, low latency fabric switch. Combining these characteristics with the provisioning automation provided by OpenStack can deliver a solution that is ready to drive your modern scale-out applications. Concerned about interoperability issues with your current OpenStack cluster and ARM? Don’t be – Calxeda hardware can run OpenStack with or without virtualization, and supports the most popular hypervisors including KVM and Xen. So whether you’re going baremetal, or want to leverage the latest virtualization stacks, you can use OpenStack to deploy and manage workloads on your cluster of Calxeda processors.
Storage at cloud scale
A complete cloud solution requires storage and compute. Storage architectures are quickly migrating to scale-out models in order to address the cost and scalability demands of cloud infrastructures. Calxeda can deliver a solution based on the Ceph open source storage software. Partnering with InkTank, Calxeda has optimized Ceph to take advantage of ARM and our fabric hardware. OpenStack can build on this foundation to deliver object storage using the Swift API, or block storage through the Ceph integration with Cinder. Put it all together and you can achieve dramatic improvements in storage density for both capacity and throughput.
The power of choice
Cloud computing offers a variety of service models, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). No matter your requirements, rest assured we engage heavily with our partners and the open source community to ensure clusters based on Calxeda hardware work seamlessly with popular cloud computing stacks across the breadth of these solutions. Whether you utilize physicalization to avoid virtualization overheads, or leverage technologies such as Linux Containers for consolidation, the choice is yours. This flexibility will allow you to meet your evolving business requirements while significantly improving the value you realize from your IT investments. Calxeda based clouds: where the future of datacenter hardware meets the new age of software deployment and development. Come join the revolution!