Metacloud pairs with Internap to bring managed OpenStack to more companies

Metacloud CEO Sean Lynch

Metacloud, the company that offers OpenStack as a managed service that it deploys, manages and runs for customers in the customers’ data centers, is now branching out — offering its service from Internap’s data centers in Santa Clara, Calif.; Dallas; New York; Amsterdam and Singapore.

The 3-year-old company’s full software stack — CarbonOS — is OpenStack distribution plus three years’ worth of Metacloud’s own enhancements layered on top. Ceph storage brings high availability and rich visuals to the party, said Sean Lynch, CEO and co-founder of the Pasadena, Calif.-based Metacloud.

“Our customers love our on-prem private cloud and we operate that for 20 of them, but they also wanted a hybrid solution — on-prem private cloud plus off-prem hosted private cloud running our software in┬áboth places,” Lynch said in an interview.

To offer that off-premises piece of the puzzle, Metacloud partnered with Internap, a data center provider that allocates bare metal for customers.

Lynch said the resulting cloud will be price-competitive with the biggest of the big public cloud providers — Amazon Web Services. Customers will pay $300 per physical socket per month and can pack up to 10 virtual machines per socket.

Lynch said a starter implementation┬ácomes in at about half the price of the competitive public cloud list pricing. “For example, a 100-server config — with additional bandwidth,┬ástorage and platform costs — is about 45 percent of AWS list prices,” he said.

Put another way, 96 dedicated physical cores plus 18 TB storage (Ceph with SSD), 1 TB of RAM and round-the-clock support would come in at $9,000 a month, according to a Metacloud spokeswoman. The usual caveat here is that AWS pricing is nothing if not variable — the company tends to cut prices several times a year.

Still, the idea of a fully managed OpenStack implementation that can run in-house and outside will have its appeal for some companies. OpenStack is emerging as a de facto standard for multi-vendor private cloud — with implementations already here or on the way from Rackspace, Red Hat, HP, Cloudscaling and other companies. Yet for all the vendor support, it’s still seen as a sort of cloud-in-progress that can be off-putting to enterprise buyers.

A company that can take OpenStack implementation problems off the table and just run it could find traction. Lynch claims some big customer wins for Metacloud, but wouldn’t name them.

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