It has been a crazy year. Last April, I went to OpenStack Summit for the first time. Some of my observations included: There is a lot of interest in OpenStack; There weren’t a lot of companies talking about the OpenStack cloud that they had deployed; and there were a lot of companies hiring just about anyone with OpenStack credentials. Heck, I saw a lot of companies conducting interviews…in the vendor booths. Just crazy.
Anyway, that is where the idea of making a product to make it easier to stand up an OpenStack cloud began to form.
It’s been a year and on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 we announced HP Helion Rack. As the title of this blog says, Helion Rack is an OpenStack cloud in a rack. More specifically, it is an OpenStack private cloud in a single 42u rack.
As I don’t have a lot of followers yet, I’ll keep the description of Helion Rack to a minimum. Comments or questions. are welcome
What problem does Helion Rack solve? Helion Rack is targeted towards enterprise customers wanting to stand up their first OpenStack private cloud. As such, we have tried to address some of the key barriers to adoption. Mainly, OpenStack is complex and internal expertise is limited or non-existent. So…what did we do to mitigate these barriers? Basically, we combined the most popular server platforms with solid, robust, and secure o OpenStack and HP professional services to create a something that no other single vendor can deliver. Namely, a hardware to virtual machine solution with best in class components and services.
The hardware. We used 14 Industry Standard ProLiant DL360 and DL380 Gen9 platforms for management, compute, and storage nodes. Each node in the rack is specifically configured for the role it plays in the cloud. The components within each node are standard sku’d components. It’s the design, testing, and tuning of the hardware as a whole that brings value to the solution. We used DL360/DL380 platforms because they are the most popular servers in the world, robust, easily managed, and easily re-deployable for when situations/workloads change.
OpenStack. HP Helion OpenStack. HP operates one of the largest OpenStack public clouds in the world and is a leader in the OpenStack community (huge code contributor, board members, many reviewers, and project technical leads).
The solution. Helion Rack is pre-configured, pre-tested, and pre-tuned. It is built in the factory and delivered as a rack to the customer’s data center. Helion OpenStack and Helion Development Platform is then installed on-site. Consulting or training is also available.
Scale up / Scale out. Add more memory, drives, processors, or complete compute or storage nodes.
Okay, I’ll stop now…and wait…