Start-up VMops aims to ease cloud deployments

VMOps offers cloud-computing infrastructure stack, built like "EC2 in a box"

With the storage virtualisation, the platform supports storage-area networks, network-attached storage, direct-attached storage and even local disk.

"We federate all the storage and we virtualize it so we are able to build reliable and high-performance storage on whatever storage asset you have. If you have nothing, you can buy machines with large local disks," Liang says.

On the network side, VMops has developed technology for virtual LAN functionality and private networking.

Management tools provide functionality to define service offerings, integrate with back-office systems, manage user accounts, and generate billing records.

The end-user self-service features allow users to register for services, import and provision virtual machine instances, and launch and manage virtual environments.

"We tried to build EC2 in a box," says Shannon Williams, VMops's head of sales and marketing. "The whole package makes this by far the cheapest way to get going with, say, 500 virtual machines running on a rack."

VMops plans initially to target its platform at service providers big and small. The company has yet to announce pricing for the platform, which is now in beta and likely to ship by year-end.

The technical specifications for the platform include a Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950 server or an equivalent; direct-attached storage in the form of a Dell PowerVault MD1000/3000 or equivalent; a network switch such as the Cisco 3750-E or a compatible Gigabit Ethernet Switch with a 10G uplink; and a Cisco ASA 5500 series firewall.

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