Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is Cloudscaling?
  2. What is Open Cloud System (OCS)? What benefits does it offer?
  3. Who uses Cloudscaling?
  4. Why would I choose OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure if I’ve already invested in advanced virtualization?
  5. Is OpenStack Enterprise-grade (yet)?
  6. How is Cloudscaling’s OCS compatible with AWS or GCE?
  7. What workloads run best on OCS?
  8. Can I run the system on existing hardware?
  9. What are the biggest obstacles to deploying an OpenStack-powered cloud?
  10. How can I get started?

Who is Cloudscaling?

Cloudscaling is the leading provider of OpenStack-powered IaaS for private and hybrid cloud solutions. We believe companies across industries will require open source IaaS to cost-effectively support a new class of dynamic cloud-based workloads, enable the DevOps model and be competitive. Cloudscaling is committed to helping make that a reality. Through our products, services and thought leadership, we help organizations transform to the new IT model.

Cloudscaling is a founding member of the OpenStack Foundation and Co-Founder and CEO Randy Bias is a charter member of the Foundation Board. The Cloudscaling team is actively involved with shaping the future of OpenStack, both on the foundation board and in day-to-day code contribution, so we can provide trusted guidance on how to align your IT strategy and roadmap with what’s coming next from the project.

What is Open Cloud System (OCS)? What benefits does it offer?

Open Cloud System (OCS) is a complete Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution powered by OpenStack technology. OCS provides an operating system to manage compute, storage and networking in the cloud and exposes open, web-based RESTful APIs for applications to manage cloud resources. With OCS, customers get the benefit of full OpenStack project compatibility delivered in a proven solution and supported by cloud experts. Part of our job as a vendor is to keep an eye on what’s happening in the community and to use good curatorial judgment in deciding which pieces to bring into the Cloudscaling system and when.

With a systems approach that implements both architectural and behavioral compatibility with leading public cloud services, OCS delivers cost-efficient infrastructure, modular scalability and production-grade features. Certified HW reference architectures de-risk and expedite your OCS deployment, but we are flexible and can work with any HW in your data center. The four key benefits of OCS include:

  • Agility
  • IT Modernization
  • Lower operating costs
  • Workload optimization

Who uses Cloudscaling?

Companies across industries such as Web, Gaming, New Media & Entertainment, Financial Services, and Retail are leveraging OCS to create operational efficiency, drive new revenue and achieve competitive advantage.

Cloudscaling is also used by communication service providers (Telcos, MSOs and Cable Operators) seeking to capitalize on the market for cloud infrastructure services and deliver new, dynamic cloud applications to their customers.

Why would I choose OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure if I’ve already invested in advanced virtualization?

Virtualization only gets an organization so far. True it allows IT to reduce capital expenses through massive consolidation (reducing HW, power, cooling and space requirements). Cloud infrastructure delivers the benefits of virtualization, but also takes organizations a step further by shifting the focus from just cost efficiency to driving business agility. Cloud capabilities such as automated provisioning and self-service, metering and chargeback, automated monitoring, secure multi-tenancy and elasticity all significantly reduce operational costs across the enterprise, above and beyond the simple consolidation of virtualization. (this can add enormous value when considering the state of IT budgets today, with approximately 72% of budgets allocated to ongoing maintenance and just 28% invested in new projects). Without a new platform for agility like private clouds, that maintenance to innovation ratio will only grow wider.

OpenStack is most typically deployed as a “greenfield” environment, rather than being additive to an existing enterprise virtualization deployment. Typically organizations will have a specific set of private cloud requirements that are suited to OpenStack’s strengths, serving a different use case than the organization’s main virtualization environment.

IDC analysts predict that by 2020, server growth will bubble up by 10x and information growth will increase by 14x. At the same time, IT staff is forecasted to grow only 15x while line of business leaders are expecting more from IT, with 59% saying technology is becoming more critical to business. The agility of private cloud can help IT overcome the maintenance budgetary quagmire and more closely align to business objectives, driving greater business value as a result.

Is OpenStack Enterprise-grade (yet)?

Cloudscaling is focused on accelerating the development and adoption of OpenStack, making it more robust and easy to use for enterprises and more open and extensible for solution providers. We deliver an OpenStack-powered IaaS with deep consideration for deployability, scalability, manageability, performance and other things you’ve come to expect from any solution that is a core part of an enterprise IT architecture.

OCS dramatically reduces OpenStack’s complexity and restores simplicity to the data center.  We take core OpenStack, harden it and bake in key enterprise checklist features.

  1. 99.999% Uptime Control Plane
  2. Robust management
  3. Open Architecture
  4. Hybrid Cloud Interoperability
  5. Scalable and Elastic
  6. Global Support and Services

How is Cloudscaling’s OCS interoperable with AWS or GCE?

If you want the flexibility to federate workloads between private and public clouds (in hybrid cloud scenarios), then the private cloud must be behaviorally and architecturally compatible with the chosen public cloud provider – essentially becoming an extension of the public cloud. OCS is designed to fully support public cloud APIs, architectures, services and applications to harmonize clouds and provide a frictionless environment for app development and delivery.

OCS provides full API compatibility with both AWS and GCE. API compatibility, however, is not enough. Behavioral fidelity is also required. OCS delivers a number of additional capabilities that provide a 1:1 mapping to key elastic cloud resources to recreate the architecture, cost model and scalability of supported public clouds, including:

  • Advanced resource scheduling
  • Scale-out networking model
  • Block based reference architecture
  • Certified, proven commodity hardware
  • 100% open source hypervisors

What workloads run best on OCS?

The workloads best suited for OpenStack-powered elastic infrastructure include:

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Dev/Test
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Scale-out web applications: social, mobile, collaboration
  • PaaS – including Docker, Cloud Foundry, Stackato, RightScale, Dell Cloud Manager, and Scalr

Can I run the system on existing hardware?

Cloudscaling is a system for managing your servers like cattle, not pets. For the modern data center this means commodity hardware takes center stage if you never want the infrastructure to slow down the pace at which your agile DevOps teams can operate.

We certify our solutions on hardware by Dell, HP, Quanta and Super Micro and provide reference architectures. You choose hardware configurations from vetted blueprints to address your workload and performance requirements. Using a reference architecture de-risks and expedites your OCS deployment, but we are flexible and can work with any hardware in your data center.

What are the biggest obstacles to deploying an OpenStack-powered cloud?

Cloud computing changes how organizations think about their business and IT strategies. It is imperative to think about the use cases and application workloads that will run in the cloud, as these will ultimately define your cloud architecture and which solutions to deploy. Before moving onto a private cloud, organizations should do their homework to understand how they need to meet new service levels, business demand and how to match workloads and applications to the right infrastructure.

If this sounds daunting, Cloudscaling provides Cloud Concierge to make the transformation easier. Concierge Services provide the industry’s most comprehensive professional services for managing the entire lifecycle of OpenStack deployments from use case evaluation through cloud planning, implementation and operation.

How can I get started?

Customers with qualifying projects are eligible to access OCSgo – our demo environment – where you can run test workloads and learn firsthand how OCS makes deploying, managing, federating and scaling your production-ready elastic cloud infrastructure easier than you’ve imagined. Have a question for the Cloudscaling ream or want to discuss your project? Contact