Web Hosting Provider DreamHost Announces DreamCompute is Out of Private Beta
October 31, 2014
Web hosting provider DreamHost has announced that DreamCompute, the company's OpenStack-based public cloud computing service, is now out of Private Beta and available to customers worldwide.
Established in 1997, Los Angeles-based DreamHost caters to around 400,000 customers and offers a range of services including web hosting, cloud computing, cloud storage services, and domain registration. The company's DreamCompute solution offers an ideal environment for software development and testing while also offering the capacity to manage "full production deployments".
DreamCompute enables users to establish "unmanaged virtual servers on-demand". The solution offers a virtual OSI Layer 2 switch alongside IPv4 and IPv6 support and full administrative control. Each server "tenant" is entirely isolated from other "tenants".
The solution leverages the OpenStack IaaS cloud computing platform, the Ceph distributed storage platform, and Akanda - DreamHost’s proprietary Open Source OpenStack networking package for routing, firewalls, and other services. For performance, reliability, and scalability, the solution also features data stored in a "redundant Ceph cluster" with OS images stored on Ceph. The solution also utilizes "Copy-on-write" technology to increase boot times.
“We believe your cloud infrastructure shouldn’t exist in a ‘black box', “particularly in the world of open source," explained Justin Lund, Project Lead at DreamCompute. "We made a conscious decision to provide users access to the OpenStack Compute, Networking, Image Service, Identity, and Block Storage APIs so that developers can use existing deployment tools to get their apps out there. We’ve gone to great lengths to document the very architecture of DreamCompute to be as transparent as possible with our users. We believe that when the cloud is open, everybody wins.”