Showing posts with label Data Center. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Data Center. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vapor IO Releases Open Source Platform for Server and Rack Mgt

Vapor IO, a start-up offering a hyper modular data center solution, introduced its Open Data Center Runtime Environment (DCRE) - an open source platform for data center rack and server management.

Vapor IO, which earlier this year introduced its hyper collapsed, disaggregated  data center solution, developed this new OpenDCRE software to simplify data center infrastructure communication. The solution exposes current generation interfaces to data center operators, system and devops administrators, thereby simplifying the programming needed to start automating the physical infrastructure itself.

Vapor IO said OpenDCRE is being released as an open source alternative to proprietary interfaces and custom silicon. This ensures that when a user interacts with their data center, they are communicating over a community owned interface and standard. OpenDCRE is designed to support all data center environments supporting HPE Cloudline and other OCP platforms. OpenDCRE replaces the need for out of band management networks saving users thousands of dollars per rack. Additional features of the product include SSL support, analog sensor and power control support and a simple RESTful API running on Raspberry Pi.

“Data centers have proven to be nothing short of problematic,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. ”This is primarily due to poorly integrated systems, legacy software and hardware, and the disjointed approach the industry takes to building out data center environments. As IT prepares to support edge based computing, it is imperative we manage and orchestrate our infrastructure as a whole with no prejudice as to where or how many data centers are employed to support our workloads. This is a large feat and we’re thrilled to have support from partners like Future Facilities and Romonet as we move forward.”
OpenDCRE is now available for download and has already generated support from partners such as Future Facilities and Romonet.
 
http://www.vapor.io/products/open-dcre/

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mellanox Open Ethernet Gains Acceptance by Open Compute Project

The Open Compute Project (OCP) has accepted Mellanox Technologies' 10GbE and 40GbE switch systems. This includes:

  • the MSX1710OCP spine switch system, with 36 QSFP+ interfaces
  • the MSX1410OCP leaf / top-of-rack (ToR) switch system, with 48 SFP+ interfaces and 12 QSFP+ interfaces

Both switch systems are based on the company's SwitchX-2 silicon, which is designed for non-blocking 2.56 Tbps full wire speed forwarding with cut-through latency and deterministic zero packet loss performance. Mellanox is a co-author of the Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI), which enables applications and Ethernet protocol stacks to operate seamlessly over any Open Ethernet compatible switch hardware platform. Mellanox was the first to integrate the SAI layer and to offer its free download as an open-source.

“It is exciting to see organizations such as Mellanox take an active role in shaping the future of open networking through not only its open collaboration and participation in the OCP Networking Project, but through its willingness to open the specs and designs around in its SwitchX-2 product line,” said Amber Graner, operations director for the Open Compute Project Foundation. “The Mellanox switch contributions are another great example of how OCP through member participation is accelerating the future of open hardware in the networking ecosystem.”

http://www.opencompute.org/wiki/Networking/SpecsAndDesigns#Accepted_Hardware
http://www.mellanox.com/

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HP and Arista Offer Data Center Reference Architectures

HP announced a new partnership with Arista Networks to provide verified reference architectures for data centers.

The HP Converged Architecture with Arista is designed to support private, public and hybrid cloud applications across compute and storage, including all-flash solutions with HP 3PAR StoreServ. The companies said their open and flexible solutions deliver simplified provisioning and ongoing maintenance, via the application of Arista Extensible Operating System (EOS) and network programmable platforms, with HP OneView integration at its core.

“The joint reference architectures from HP and Arista will deliver a dramatically simplified path to convergence and cloud-efficiency for our joint customers,” said Ed Chapman, vice president of business development and alliances, Arista Networks, Inc. “This will allow customers to rapidly realize the benefits of a converged infrastructure to accelerate their business and improve time to value while remaining flexible for future business needs.”

In addition, HP announced enhancements to its OneView 2.0 management platform, which unifies processes, user interfaces (UI’s) and the application programming interfaces (APIs) across HP server, storage, and Virtual Connect networking devices. The enhancements include new server automation tools for defining firmware and driver baselines as well as server, LAN and SAN settings in one place and consistently provision or update those settings multiple times. Additionally, new profile mobility makes it possible to migrate and recover of workloads across server platform types, configurations, and generations.

http://www.hp.com/go/convergedsystem

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ECI Announces ElastiCLOUD DCI Solution

ECI announced its ElastiCLOUD data center interconnect solution.

The company said its platform will support more than 25T on a single fiber, offer low power consumption at less than 85W/100G,  and offer a mix of packet and optical interfaces in the same platform with extremely high density. ElastiCLOUD also support ECI’s LightApps SDN applications for dynamic bandwidth allocation, service scheduling and network automation.

“Data traffic continues to grow exponentially. In fact, according to industry reports, the amount of data traveling between data centers is expected to quadruple between 2013 and 2018. Clearly the cloud connectivity infrastructure, as we know it today, must evolve.  This is the main reason why ElastiCLOUD is a key addition to the ECI family of solutions. It is also extremely important as it supports ECI’s current focus on the US market, which is home to many cloud service providers and data center operators,” said Mr. Andreas Hegers, Head of Marketing at ECI.

http://www.ecitele.com

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CenturyLink Opens Hydro-electric-powered Data Center

CenturyLink inaugurated a new data center in central Washington, adding hydro-electric-powered data center services to its hybrid IT services portfolio.

The data center, located in Moses Lake, Washington, will ultimately support up to 30 megawatts of IT load on the site, with an initial ramp to 8 megawatts. It offers data center and network services, and includes access to cloud, colocation and managed services available through CenturyLink's global data center footprint. The site also has a seismic rating of 2B, the lowest rating in the western United States, making it a key location for disaster recovery solutions.

"CenturyLink's new low-cost power data center services provide many benefits to our customers, including a highly resilient solution coupled with power costs and efficiency metrics that rank among the best in the industry, and the facility serves as an excellent disaster recovery location," said David Meredith, senior vice president, CenturyLink. "Enterprises enjoy global access to CenturyLink's portfolio of cloud and managed hybrid IT services, and we continue to extend the reach of our data center footprint to new markets to meet from the needs of our customers."

The property is owned by Server Farm Realty and leased to CenturyLink.

http://news.centurylink.com/news/centurylink-adds-hydro-electric-powered-data-center-services-in-central-washington

Monday, March 30, 2015

Centec Debuts Fourth Generation 1.2 Tbps Switching Silicon

Centec Networks announced its fourth-generation GoldenGate switch silicon, a 1.2 Tbps chip designed to address SDN and virtualization in 10GE, 40GE and 100GE networks by increasing visibility in the forwarding plane.

The company said it was able to incorporate a number of unique features to solve SDN challenges for elephant flow detection, flow completion time, and flow visibility and control, while also supporting network virtualization with diverse overlay technology including the latest GENEVE protocol.

Highlights:

  • 1.2Tbps/1200Mpps switching capacity in small, 45x45mm FCPBGA 1825 package:  GoldenGate provides 20 percent lower power consumption in a small footprint at half the cost of today’s dominant alternative silicon.
  • Native 100GE uplink:  GoldenGate supports the latest 10GE requirements with a 100GE uplink that is optimally configured for cost and power in a native 4x25G configuration, eliminating the need for an external 10x10G to 4x25G gearbox.
  • Improved application-centric flow completion time and a better user experience for real-life environments including data centers with a diverse mix of short and long flows;
  • Improved support for versatile network virtualization use cases, with diverse tunneling overlay technology to support VXLAN, NVGRE and the newest GENEVE protocol;
  • Improved flow-level visibility and control in a solution that is VM-aware and supports detection of large (a.k.a. elephant) flows, uses enhanced Internet Protocol Flow Information eXport (IPFIX) technology to improve flow visibility, and includes software-defined counters with N-flow technology  that support three stages of general OpenFlow processing with up to 64k flow tables; 
  • Improved fault protection mechanisms including hardware flow self-healing for equal-cost multi-path (ECMP) and link aggregation protocol (LAG) routing, and packet loss minimization on link failures; and 
  • Improved trouble-shooting, monitoring and analytics capabilities, ranging from active buffering and latency monitoring and logging, to the use of buffer and latency watermarks, microburst detection and logging, and enhanced Switch Port Analyzer (SPAN) for remote monitoring.

“With GoldenGate, Centec is extending its TransWarp™ product line to bring next-generation Ethernet switching silicon costs toward the same small premium over legacy industry solutions as was the case prior to the massive worldwide transition from 10/100Mbps Ethernet to 1GE networking,” said Tao Gu, vice president of business development for Centec Networks. “Centec is also taking 10GE switching silicon to lower power levels made possible using IBM process technology, while providing a key missing piece in switching silicon that the industry has needed in order for SDN to deliver on its value proposition.”

GoldenGate is available now with volume production scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.

http://www.centecnetworks.com

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IBM SoftLayer Data Center Opens in Frankfurt

IBM officially opened its first cloud data center with SoftLayer in Germany.  The new facility in Frankfurt provides customers with a local cloud center to help them meet Germany and Europe’s strict security and data privacy regulations, improving application performance by lowering latency for local customers.

The Frankfurt facility is part of SoftLayer’s unique global network, differentiated by its network-within-a-network architecture, and offers 10Gbps connections to SoftLayer services, with only 7 milliseconds of latency from SoftLayer’s Amsterdam facility and less than 330 milliseconds of latency from other SoftLayer cloud data centers around the world.

It also complements existing European IBM Cloud facilities in Amsterdam, London, and Paris and broadens redundancy options and geographic diversity within EMEA and around the world by enabling backups that can be replicated and integrated in any other SoftLayer cloud data center, with free unmetered bandwidth between locations.

http://www.ibm.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Google Breaks Ground on Huge Data Center in Holland

Google held a ground breaking ceremony with Dutch officials to launch construction of a huge data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands -- its fourth mega data center in Europe.  Other sites are Dublin, Hamina (Finland) and the Belgian St. Ghislain.

The data center is expected to enter service in late 2016 and be fully operational in 2017.  Foofle said its plans to invest EUR 600 million in the project.

http://googleproducts-nl.blogspot.nl/

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Intel Introduces Service Assurance from On-Chip Trusted Execution

Intel introduced a Service Assurance Administrator software solution to help the data center administrators improve the security and management of applications, including OpenStack deployments.

The Intel Datacenter Manager: Service Assurance Administrator (DCM: SAA) improves data center efficiency by ensuring workloads are running on a trusted infrastructure and meet performance expectations in multitenant environments. The idea is to leverage deep platform telemetry built in Xeon processors to gain service-level assurance.

Specifically, Intel said deep platform telemetry hardware in the processor and chipset allows its new software to offer reliable and efficient resource management across legacy devices in multitenant environments.

The Intel DCM: SAA telemetry capabilities also provide cloud service administrators with deeper insight into performance metrics between the infrastructure and application.

Key Features

  • Controller: Optimizes the allocation of data center resources by collecting deep platform telemetry data from compute node agents and using that information to place application on the best server for optimal performance and assigned trust.
  • Assured performance: As applications are provisioned in the OpenStack environment, a performance SLA is assigned to the application using an Intel DCM: SAA feature known as a Service Compute Unit (SCU). This SCU specifies the target performance for the application. Intel DCM: SAA then uses the hardware instrumentation to measure the delivered performance and adjust as needed.
  • Trust: Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) obtains a measurement of a server at the time it boots up. The measurement is then used to determine the types of applications that can run on that server, allowing applications to effectively specify the infrastructure trust requirements. 

http://download.intel.com/newsroom/kits/cloud/pdfs/DCM_SAA_Factsheet.pdf
http://www.intel.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

HP Intros Orchestrated Datacenter Software

HP introduced its Orchestrated Datacenter solution, an automation and cloud-management suite for optimizing data center operations. This includes orchestrating the full stack—from  physical, virtual servers, networks, storage and databases to the middleware and the application layer—and automating end-to-end IT workflows across the service desk, monitoring and security operations.

HP said its Orchestrated Datacenter lets IT teams design, customize and deploy these services securely in test and production, as well as across traditional, private and public cloud environments.

“IT organizations must sharpen their focus from just managing  servers and infrastructure to orchestrating the delivery of end to end services and applications that help differentiate businesses in the market,” said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, IT Operations Management, Software, HP. “The Orchestrated Datacenter empowers customers to orchestrate across the entire operations cycle ensuring timely delivery of infrastructure and application services with consistency, compliance and reliability.”

http://www.hp.com

Monday, May 12, 2014

UBS Picks Juniper for Next-Gen Data Center

The global financial services firm UBS has selected Juniper Networks to build a next generation enterprise data center network infrastructure.  Specifically, UBS plans to implement key components of Juniper Networks MetaFabric architecture, an open standards-based architecture with routing, switching, security, management and orchestration functionality. Juniper's networking architecture will serve as the building block to help virtualize multiple UBS data center environments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.juniper.net

Monday, April 14, 2014

IBM Enhaces Softlayer Disaster Recovery Options

IBM introduced a new set of cloud-capabilities and services in its Softlayer data center portfolio that help customers ensure continuous businesses operations and application performance, even in the event of a disaster.

SoftLayer customers will initially have access to IBM’s Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery (VSR) managed service, which automates the recovery of mission-critical applications, servers and cloud-based data in the event of an outage or disaster. With VSR, SoftLayer businesses will be able to replicate entire systems in real-time including system files, databases, applications and user data in a way that is independent of the make and model of the underlying hardware.

IBM’s Resiliency Consulting Services will also be extended to SoftLayer clients. These services, which integrate legacy IT environments with a private cloud and the SoftLayer public cloud, will help with resiliency assessment, planning and design, implementation and testing and more. These include Resiliency Consulting for Cloud, Cloud Managed Backup, Cloud Data Virtualization, Cloud Application Resiliency and Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery.

IBM will also be opening two new cloud based resiliency centers in Raleigh, North Carolina and Mumbai, India. These new facilities, which will join the 15 other global centers planned by SoftLayer
and the 150 BCRS Resiliency Centers, will speed up recovery times by virtually eliminating network latency while allowing businesses to manage federal and local data residency compliance regulations.

In addition to these new services on SoftLayer, IBM also unveiled enhancements to its BCRS cloud-based resiliency offerings designed to help clients ensure their businesses, applications and IT infrastructures are stable and running around the clock. These include Cloud Managed Backup, Cloud Data Virtualization, Cloud Application Resiliency and Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/43659.wss

Sunday, August 25, 2013

CyrusOne to Build Massive Houston Data Center for Oil/Gas Industry

CyrusOne, which operates 25 carrier neutral data centers, announced plans to build a third data center at its Houston West campus, which is Beltway 8 in Houston’s Energy Corridor.

The new facility will be a research and development center of excellence for oil and gas industry and will enlarge the CyrusOne campus to more than 1 million square feet of data center space and 200,000 square feet of Class A office space. Total power capacity will be around 100 megawatts.

“CyrusOne’s Houston West campus is well known as the largest data center campus for seismic exploration computing in the oil and gas industry,” explained Kevin Timmons, chief technology officer at CyrusOne. “By continuing to apply our Massively Modular design/build approach and high-density compute expertise, the new facility will allow us to serve the growing number of oil and gas customers who are demanding best-in-class mission-critical infrastructure. The 200,000 square feet of Class A office building will enable us to expand the ecosystem for facilitating research and development of geophysical exploration data by providing office space for employees of the world’s leading oil and gas companies as well as academicians from the leading universities that are all involved in conducting petrochemical analytical research."

CyrusOne also operates a National Internet Exchange (National IX), which connects a dozen CyrusOne facilities in five metropolitan markets (Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Phoenix.)

http://www.cyrusone.com


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Equinix Inaugurates Fourth Data Center in Tokyo

Equinix has opened of its fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Japan, located in Ōtemachi, Tokyo.

The new data center has a total capacity of 750 cabinet equivalents with 450 cabinets available in the first phase. Equinix said the facility is an earthquake-resistant building in one of the most secure locations in Tokyo with multiple anti-disaster measures. In addition, TY4 has direct fiber connectivity to Equinix's three other IBX data centers in the city via the Equinix Metro Connect, a service that provides reliable network connectivity, allowing customers in TY4 to easily expand their business within the Equinix platform.  The company is investing $43 million in TY4.

In addition, Equinix recently announced plans to develop its first IBX in Osaka (OS1), as well as build its third Singapore data center (SG3). In addition, the company expanded into Indonesia in May 2013 in partnership with PT Data Center Infrastructure Indonesia (PT DCI), announced its plan to launch the fifth phase of its SG2 data center and completed the second phase of its fifth IBX facility in Shanghai.

http://www.equinix.com


Saturday, June 8, 2013

SUPERNAP 8 Data Center Set for Las Vegas

Switch, which operates the massive SUPERNAP data center complex in Las Vegas, unveiled plans for its most advanced building yet.

The SUPERNAP 8 data center will be built with two independent, separate and individually rated 200 mph steel roof decks. The two roofs are located nine feet apart and are attached to the concrete and steel shell of the facility and contain zero roof penetrations. The new facility will use the Switch IRON BLACK FOREST temperature control system for heat containment and to mitigate an disaster event impacts.  The building will also feature a patent pending flywheel to support refrigeration and temperature controls during a power outage by delivering uninterruptable high-efficiency data center cooling.

In addition, SUPERNAP 8 will offer the same tri-redundant backup power systems and the enhanced security that Switch uses in its other building.

Switch notes that its Las Vegas location is extremely well connected by national fiber.  It is also located in "the safest desert on the planet, free from natural disasters and disturbances and built on the newest and greenest power grid in the United States."

http://www.switchlv.com/switch-expands-worlds-largest-data-center-with-nap8/


  • Last Fall, Switch, which operates the massive 407,000 square foot (37,800 m2) SuperNAP data center in Las Vegas, announced record-breaking sales for the month of September. Switch sold 533 cabinets of space and 7.6 MVA of power over a 30-day time period. There were 40 new clients. This will serve to bring the SuperNAP up to 84% occupancy.
    Switch provides colocation, connectivity, and cloud services for national and multi-national companies, government agencies and other organizations.  

    During the last year, Switch said it has delivered 40 MVA to its clients at the Switch SuperNAP-7 facility.

    This facility has 84 MVA of UPS and over 10 million CFM/tons of cooling available to deliver to its clients.

    "No other data center on earth can match it," said Missy Young, EVP of sales. "These numbers should end the debate on what facility is the world's largest modular data center."  
    While SuperNAP-7 nears capacity, Switch said its its eighth facility in Las Vegas will be client-ready in May 2013.

  • Switch recently announced expansion of the Switch SuperNAP Las Vegas Campus to a total data center space of 2.2 million square feet (204,000m2), making it the largest commercially available and independent technology business ecosystem in the world. 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Interxion Plans 8th Frankfurt Data Center

Interxion announced plans to build its 8th data center in Frankfurt, Germany.  The new facility will be built on an adjoining campus, consists of four phases, each of approximately 900 m2.  CAPEX for the first two phases is expected to total EUR 30 million.

Interxion said the data center market in Frankfurt is being driven by cloud services, digital media and the financial sector.

http://www.interxion.com

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

QTS Secures $135 million for Data Center Construction


QTS (Quality Technology Services), which operates 11 data centers across the U.S., announced a $135 million increase in its credit facility.  This brings the company's credit facility to $575 million.

QTS said the new credit enables it to continue expanding its data centers in Atlanta, Richmond, Santa Clara and Sacramento, as well as begin development of a recently acquired facility in Dallas.

QTS engaged KeyBank National Association to serve as administrative agent and KeyBanc Capital Markets to serve as sole lead arranger for the amendment and extension. Eight additional financial institutions have joined KeyBanc Capital Markets as credit facility participants, including Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, (NYSE: DB), JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley Bank (NYSE: MS), Regions Bank (NYSE: RF) and Stifel Bank & Trust (NYSE: SF).

QTS owns, operates and manages over 3.8 million square feet of secure, state-of-the-art data center infrastructure and supports more than 850 customers.

http://www.qualitytech.com


QTS Acquires Herakles Data Center in Sacramento



QTS (Quality Technology Services) has acquired the 92,000 square foot "Herakles" data center in Sacramento, California .  The Tier III facility  offers 52,600 square feet of raised floor space and 9.0 megawatts (MW) of power capacity,  Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal expands QTS' data center fotprint in California to three wholly owned and operated premium facilities. Herakles is a great company,...


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Open Compute Project to Develop Top-of-rack Switch


The Open Compute Project, which was launched by Facebook to build better data center systems, confirmed plans to develop an open, OS-agnostic top-of-rack switch.  The effort will be led by Najam Ahmad, who runs the network engineering team at Facebook.

Companies that are supporting the effort include Big Switch Networks, Broadcom, Cumulus Networks, Facebook, Intel, Netronome, OpenDaylight, the Open Networking Foundation, and VMware.

In a blog posting, Frank Frankovsky, Chairman/President, Open Compute Project, says the goal of this undertaking is to create "an open, disaggregated switch will enable a faster pace of innovation in the development of networking hardware; help software-defined networking continue to evolve and flourish; and ultimately provide consumers of these technologies with the freedom they need to build infrastructures that are flexible, scalable, and efficient across the entire stack."

http://www.opencompute.org/2013/05/08/up-next-for-the-open-compute-project-the-network/

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Huawei Unveils Massive Data Center Switch Scaling to 192 Ports of 100GE

Huawei introduced its CE12816 CloudEngine (CE) switch for the data center core, boasting the largest capacity in the industry at 64 Tbps.

The new switch uses Huawei's next-generation VRP8 software to deliver high-performance L2/L3 switching capabilities. Like all the switches in Huawei's Cloud Engine 12800 family, the CE12816 provides support for 1, 10, 40 and 100 GE connectivity. Densities supported on the CE12816 include up to 192*100GE, 384*40GE, or 1536*10GE line-speed ports.

The CloudEngine series provides high bandwidth of up to 2 Tbps per slot(scalable to 4 Tbps) and switching capacity of 64 Tbps.

Huawei's CloudEngine series incorporates a Cluster Switch System (CSS) feature to virtualize multiple switches into one logical switch, as well as the Virtual System (VS) feature to virtualize one switch into multiple independent logical devices. Huawei said its CSS and VS capabilities turn the network into a resource pool, allowing network resources to be allocated on demand.

The CloudEngine series also supports virtual machines by allowing network administrators to build large-scale Layer 2 networks with over 500 nodes based on TRILL, allowing for fast migration and flexible service deployment. Combined with the usage of the nCenter, network management system, the CloudEngine series is able to achieve over 10 times the virtual parallel processing capability of the industry average.

"The launch of the CloudEngine 12816 is the culmination of our vision to offer enterprises with an affordable and powerful data center solution that addresses the challenges and opportunities presented by cloud computing and ICT convergence," said Ian Foo, director of Data Center Products and Solution, Huawei Enterprise USA. "Today's announcement underscores Huawei's commitment to lead the industry with innovative solutions that combine high performance with energy saving technologies to greatly reduce total cost of ownership for our customers."

http://www.huawei.com
http://enterprise.huawei.com/en/products/network/switch/index.htm

Riverbed's Stingray Moves to ADC-as-a-Service

Riverbed introduced the ability for cloud providers to deliver application delivery controller-as-a-service (ADCaaS) via its Stingray Services Controller.  The idea is to enable an "ADC per application" deployment model instead of today's network-centric model of "one application per ADC box."

In today's network architecture, applications and application objects may very well be distributed between data centers and application traffic flows dynamically to/from the cloud.  In this environment, Riverbed said it makes sense for the ADC to be near the app objects in the cloud and virtualized rather than dedicated so that they can spin up when demand rises in an elastic delivery model.

The new Stingray Services Controller, which is slated for release in Q3 2013, will enable enterprises and cloud providers to automatically provision, deploy, license, meter, and manage their ADC inventory in an as-a-service model.  The Stingray Services Controller handles on-demand licensing/provisioning of ADC instances, metering, billing/chargeback, monitoring, inventory and deployment.

The Stingray Services Controller enables Stingray Traffic Manager (STM) "micro" instances, which can range from small ADC instances to large Stingray instances all on commodity servers.  Linux containers are used to support up to 256 micro instances of the Stingray Traffic Manager per server platform.  These can be aggregated to support an infinite number of ADC host platforms.  The benefit is that customers do not have to guess their traffic and purchase ADC capacity in advance.  Riverbed said its design ensures full isolation and multi-tenancy scaling.

"With the emergence of the virtualized data center, legacy ADCs can be a bottleneck and were starting to be excluded from virtualization strategies and cloud deployments,” said Jeff Pancottine, senior vice president and general manager of the Riverbed Stingray application delivery business unit. “With Stingray Services Controller, customers will have a hyper-elastic ADC platform that can adapt to workload changes. This is a game changer – today we are introducing a software-defined application delivery fabric that enables Layer 7 services on top of any data center architecture."

http://www.riverbed.com