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.