UK cloud control freak OnApp has released the third version of its OnApp Cloud, which packs in its distributed SAN for telecommunications companies that want to spin-up Amazon-like iterations. The v3.0 release, which became generally available on Wednesday, incorporates OnApp's ambitious distributed SAN, along with CDN, DNS, …
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We've been using OnApp in a production public hosting environment for about 18 months now, and 3.0 looks like being a major step forward - We're planning on spinning up a second cloud ASAP taking advantage of the software's new capabilities (primarily integrated storage rather than needing to rely on dedicated SAN's), and in this respect the 3.0 release is a massive boon for smaller providers looking at getting into clouds.
A software SAN stack which plugs directly into the rest of the software and actually goes far beyond the capabilities of many lower end SAN's (thin provisioning and dedup being two major examples) is an absolutely vast cost saving, and being able to do so flattens the network requirement of the system as a whole making the whole thing more straightforward to setup and run, and easier to scale - All round, addressing pretty much every major hurdle in the way of smaller providers wanting to deploy their own cloud.
For reference, OnApp v3 pricing (with the inclusion of Storage) remains the same as previous versions, laid out at:
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