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Comment by Haralds Jass on July 13, 2009 at 10:39am
That is the goal: it has to be better. Cloud has to be, for us to have it be market ready:
* can be any OS (of major popular OS'es, i.e. Unix, Linux & Windows flavours)
* no VPS-like limitations: can run any software (off any OS) just like off a real server (only exception: sw that needs custom hw - that is the only thing where dedicated still should be needed) - no proprietary limitations of what it can and can't do, for all software and OS purposes it is just like a dedicated server
* infinitely flexible: can grow from one CPU, e.g. 1GB RAM to eight CPUs, 16GB of RAM, and onwards - instantly (within a few minutes, that is) upgrading online in real time by customer (here by hw limitations however likely a single instance can't grow to bigger than the biggest cloud member computer, as there is no way yet - no I/O nearly high enough - for processing pooling among multiple computers, but that would be really the ideal to do a cloud fully properly, so that multiple computers act truly as one and the OS sees it as one)
* fully redundant fabric, so in case of any hw (storage, board, CPU, member server, etc.) failure, it is transparent to customers.
* and a number other criteria for the operations that affect more us and not the customer. (For the customer it's mainly it being just the same as dedicated usage wise, except better in that it is provisioned within minutes without human involvement, upgradeable within minutes without human involvement, can clone it - to make multiple instances of it, then load balance it (for growth past the maximum member server of the cloud CPU/RAM wise), and, most importantly, it being fully redundant - so unlike dedicated, NEVER affected by any server RAM, drive, CPU, board, etc. failure, as all is fully redundant.)
Comment by Attila Seress on July 13, 2009 at 10:15am
I see ec2 as being the dominant cloud computing provider. Is there anything that Superb can do better?
Comment by Haralds Jass on July 13, 2009 at 10:11am
Yes, that is the plan for the foreseable future -- by when we have finished a cloud computing platform that meets our requirements. A few years ago we had hoped to have DCA3 fully 100% cloud only, but not so yet - the technology on cloud hasn't matured quite fast enough. But, hopefully soon. We are still working on it -- investing a lot of R&D into that. (So far still everything out there doesn't yet quite do all that it should, i.e. in being better than dedicated. Our criteria for cloud is that the only thing it doesn't (can't) have that dedicated does is custom hardware possibilities, but other than that it has to be better in all ways than dedicated.)
Comment by Attila Seress on July 13, 2009 at 9:43am
Was the data center opened to follow a cloud computing model?
Comment by Patrick Ahler on July 13, 2009 at 8:11am
Superb just made the advertiser with our new data center launch: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009907...

If anyone's interested you can take a tour of the facilities here:
http://www.superbhosting.net/network/dca3-tour/dca3noctour01.php
 

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