There's another cloud out there. Modular data center provider IO Data Centers
is launching a new OpenStack-based cloud service, called IO.Cloud.
The service will offer Data Center as a Service (DCaaS), Infrastructure as a
Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities worldwide. Open
Compute server designs will be employed, according to the company's Web site,
"because it provides our engineers with the flexibility to configure and
optimize the hardware specifically for scale cloud deployments."
The open-source OpenStack Cloud components, IO pointed out, are "interoperable
and designed to support standardized hardware implementations." The Open
Compute Project was started in 2011 by Facebook engineers, and is intended to
create the most efficient data centers through power and cooling cost
reductions, flexible maintenance and an ability to easily scale.
The enterprise-oriented service will be deployed from the company's seven data
centers worldwide or from a customer's site, and its open reference
architecture is engineered for high performance.
The Open Compute Summit currently taking place in San Jose, Calif., is the
site of IO's announcement of its new service, launched in a keynote speech
from CEO George Slessman. Slessman told news media that companies are "eager
for a cloud ...