Sun's Open Cloud Vision unveilled: Open Cloud Platform, an open infrastructure powered by Java, MySQL, OpenSolaris, and Open Storage software technologies.
Open APIs, Open formats and Open
On March 18th, at CommunityONE aka CloudONE, Sun unveiled the open cloud platform for powering public and private clouds. We also announced that we are building our own Public Cloud. This will include a Storage and Compute Cloud. Our Cloud will be compatible with Amazon S3 and EC2 at the API level. Meaning, we will provide S3 and EC2 compatibility APIs in addition to our own, hence enabling an easy migration from Amazon services to Sun Cloud. All clouds - public, private or hybrid, built on Sun's Open Cloud platform will be interoperable and there will be minimal vendor lockin given the cloud platform will be built on open standards and APIs.
Storage Cloud: The Sun Cloud Storage Service is a set of web service APIs and
WebDAV protocols that provide open standard based, on-demand, programmatic access to highly
scalable storage infrastructure via the Internet, (" the cloud "). With
the Sun Cloud Storage Service you will get:
- Ability to store and retrieve data in multiple data formats
- Programmatic web services API operations and administration control, using industry standard that don't lock you in
- Ability to clone and snapshot volumes
- Ability to mount cloud drives via multiple WebDAV clients including DavFS
- AWS S3 compatibility
At the CommunityONE conference, Zmanda' CEO Chander Kant showcased Amanda Enterprise (AE) and Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) integration with Sun Cloud APIs to provide customers with backup and recovery solutions for the Sun
Cloud that combine fast installation, simplified management,
enterprise-class functionality and the benefit of using open formats to
ensure that customers are not locked into a vendor to recover archived
data. Zmanda engaged with us to get a Storage Account and were able to complete the integration in less than one week for both S3 and WebDAV set of APIs.
Compute Cloud: The core of the Sun Compute Service is the Virtual Data Center (VDC), based
on capabilities acquired when Sun bought Q-layer in January.
VDC is a self service UI for Orchestration and Provisioning of resources. It provides everything developers need to build and run a cloud-based
data center, including an integrated interface to stage an application
that runs on either the OpenSolaris, Linux or Windows operating systems. The VDC enables you to design applications from
pre-built components using drag-and-drop, deploy to cloud, monitor,
manage and reconfigure the system, and is compatibile with programmatic
APIs. The data center abstraction layer allows for seamless encapsulation of
system architecture of an application, and ability to model, save and
deploy entire system into a cloud.
At CommunityONE, Sun's Cloud Computing CTO, Lew Tucker demonstrated a functional virtual data center in the cloud, running the Wikipedia and Facebook design patterns. He showed how to build a VDC using the drag-and-drop GUI interface as well as the Sun Cloud RESTful APIs.
Ref. Fig. left: The tool's left pane lists
the different sorts of gear/virtual machine images (VMIs) that you might put into your data center as
drag-and-dropp'able objects. The objects can be Linux servers, Windows
servers, Solaris servers, firewalls, Web servers, load balancers,
caching servers, databases, networking switches and so on. Some are
standard configurations that Sun will offer. Others will be built by the Sun Cloud community and published in a catalog that
you can use. On the right is a blank pane representing an empty
cloud that's waiting for you to drop your personalized virtual
data center into.
What happens next could not be simpler. You start picking up
servers, switches, firewalls, etc., and you just drop them into the
cloud. Then, you connect them. Certain objects like servers can be
configured. For example, you can describe a server's processor
attributes (GHz rating, core count, memory, etc.) and the resulting
pay-as-you-go cost depends on that configuration. More cores, more
memory, more GHz... more cost. The VDC is automatically asigned one public IP and the servers in the vLAN get private IPs. The diagram on the left shows the typical Facebook design pattern built using the VDC.A replay of the demo is available here. We are blown away by the interest in our Cloud and everyone's eagerness to give us their Credit Cards to get access to the Services TODAY. We can't wait to roll this out this summer! In the meantime, please keep the feedback coming.