ACC beings first trials of new high performance Private Cloud Infrastructure based on Oracle VM 3.0
The term ’cloud computing’ unfortunately seems to have turned into a ’one-size-fits-all’ catch phrase, which is a shame because if you look out of your office window - you will notice that, no two clouds are the same! The existing solution utilised in our current hosting solution is Virtual Iron, or Oracle Virtual Iron, as it is now known as. This platform, although still supported, is no longer being actively developed, and as such, it’s always been the plan for us to migrate over to Oracle VM 3.0.
Interesting facts about Oracle VM 3.0
- Oracle VM is free
- The only VM platform to have I/O offloading (utility server roles) built in at base architecture level
- For updates / patches, affordable support options cover server with either two sockets or more
- No other / hidden license costs
- Each VM host supports up to 160 physical CPUs and 2TB of RAM
- Each VM guest supports up to 128vCPUs and 1TB of RAM
- Live migration of VMs via SSL
- OVF Support
- Only VM platform supported for Oracle products
Thanks to the immense amount of expertise we have built up on Oracle VM over the last year thanks to the work on the specialisation program, we are in prime position now to start deploying it. As is ACCs ’Eat your own dogfood’ tradition - we fully deploy technology ourselves, before providing it out to consulting customers.
A new cloud solutions also presents a good opportunity to refresh the hardware.
We were the first (and only?) company to coin the phrase ’hosting without the toasting’, and ’AMPs are the new U’. We understood, five years ago, that we needed to reduce the power footprint of the servers that we hosted in order to become more in tune with the environment. OK and also to save money! Our existing servers are already extremely low power, but the new solution will use even less power - half again in fact. They will also take up half the physical space again than the current solution. Thinking about it another way, it enables us to double the amount of server capacity we can use for customer requirements that need to expand in a hurry.
Follow this link if you are interested in learning a little more about the incredibly efficient Supermicro SuperServer 6026TT-H6IBXRF server platform we have selected.
If you would like to see this system in person, please drop us a line, and we will book you in for a hand on session in the Pod.
The Pod? What’s that you ask!??