Article: SoftIron Launches New VAR Program for Data Center Services

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SoftIron Launches New VAR Program for Data Center Services

SoftIron, the data center services provider, just launched its inaugural VAR program, SoftIron + Co. The new program aims to build a community of profitable, successful channel partners to help SoftIron’s get more market share. Partners can differentiate themselves by expanding their access to SoftIron’s fully integrated, open source-based data center solutions and services.

Partners and customers know SoftIron for its HyperDrive software-defined storage portfolio. This includes appliances that are task-specific. That means they are hardware-optimized around their open source cores, such as Ceph.

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Article: Mayastor is fastest open source storage, Intel says. So where are the numbers?

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Mayastor is fastest open source storage, Intel says. So where are the numbers?

Intel declares “OpenEBS Mayastor is the fastest open source storage for Kubernetes,” but the documentation lacks any details that could allow comparison with other Kubernetes storage products suchs open source Ceph and Gluster or proprietary Portworx and StorageOS.

Mayastor, like Portworx, is an example of container-attached storage (CAS). The idea behind container-attached storage is that the storage controllers are orchestrated by Kubernetes – just like it orchestrates containers – as opposed to via a link to an external array.

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Article: Open source makes Dutch government cloud a reality

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Open source makes Dutch government cloud a reality

The Dutch government’s data centre in Groningen (ODC-Noord) is becoming the benchmark for all of the government’s cloud services. ODC-Noord combines the open source cloud infrastructure OpenStack with the open source storage platform Ceph. The resulting cloud service is proving enormously scalable, while keeping costs low. As a result, the list of government clients using ODC-Noord’s cloud services is growing rapidly.

ODC-Noord now has 18 central government customers, runs 1500 virtual machines, and manages 12 petabytes of storage over 400 nodes. Costs per storage node or per virtual machine in this government data centre are on a par with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and EMC² VMWare.

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