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Just when you think it’s safe to change the subject, another OpenStack-based cloud rears its head. This time it’s DreamHost pushing its DreamCompute public cloud into wider beta just a week before the OpenStack Summit 2014.
[company]DreamHost[/company], the company that pushed for the inclusion of Ceph block storage into the OpenStack project, is also driving for the adoption of its Akanda networking infrastructure for OpenStack. Akanda provides routing, firewalls and other Level 3 and higher services.
The Los Angeles company claims its cloud offers full-tenant isolation for virtual machines as well as IPv6 support. OpenStack thus far has mostly been a force in private cloud although [company]Hewlett-Packard[/company] and Rackspace offer OpenStack public cloud options too. (HP made its Helion cloud broadly available last week.)
DreamHost said it offers full API access to its compute, Akanda networking, image service and Ceph-storage modules
It’s hard to distinguish between all these OpenStack-flavored cloud options — a few of which have been acquired in recent weeks — [company]Cloudscaling[/company] by [company]EMC[/company] and [company]Metacloud[/company] by [company]Cisco[/company], for example.
But whereas HP and Red Hat, for example, target big enterprise users with their OpenStack clouds, DreamHost is more interested in “aspirational developers” who want to polish up their OpenStack skills so they can build and run websites and applications for small and mid-sized customers, according to CEO Simon Anderson (pictured above).
DreamCompute, he said via email, is a “full featured and highly configurable OpenStack public cloud at a price point, knowledge base and technical support tuned for individual developers.”