April 12, 2013, 8:00 AM —
Cloud services are all the rage these days, and rightly so. The days of provisioning an entire server for one task and separately managing each box are coming to an end. High quality, capable, cloud infrastructures are readily available from heavy hitters like Amazon, Microsoft, and Rack Space to name a few. In the enterprise space however, IT departments are less comfortable handing over control to a 3rd party provider despite their "Private Cloud" offerings.
Due to this fact, most enterprises have resorted to rolling their own virtualization solutions at great expense, effort, and in the face of market fragmentation. While these solutions can work well, it’s no small undertaking and is generally reserved for the extremely well funded.
Enter Nebula One.
What began as a NASA cloud computing project, and in partnership with Rackspace resulted in the OpenStack project, has now become a turnkey private cloud system for the enterprise. What this means is you can now buy an all-in-one solution to your organization's server needs and be up and running in no time. The stunning hardware coupled with Nebula’s impressive management software is setting the stage for a real shake up in the private cloud space.
Building a private cloud is hard. Nebula is making is so easy that anyone with the funds can do it without breaking a sweat. Speaking of funds, while pricing hasn’t been made official, prepare for a base price of $100,000 for the lowest available configuration which is 64 cores, 384 GB of memory and 96 TB of storage, nothing to sneeze at. These specs can scale up to a whopping 1,600 cores, 9,600 GB of memory and 2,400 TB of storage.
The system consists of Nebula controllers, Nebula management software, and x86 servers. A single Nebula controller can manage up to 20 servers, so a full rack would be 20 servers plus 1 insanely cool looking, touch screen controller at the heart. Take a look at the video below to see it in action. If this doesn’t get your nerd lust going, nothing will.
If anyone can pull this system off, it’s probably going to be these guys. Their CEO, Chris Kemp, is the ex-CTO at NASA where he co-founded OpenStack. Their CTO, Devin Carlen, is also ex-NASA and also a founder of OpenStack. It’s almost unfair. The IT landscape for enterprises has been changing dramatically with the introduction of virtualization and it looks to be set for another change. Indeed, this, or something like this, could be the endgame for large scale IT infrastructure.