Federation/Distributed Capacity has merit for specific types of workloads. It will be interesting to see the relationship of the type of content vs. performance.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
OnApp is one of the most interesting European cloud players, as it offers traditional hosting providers a way to fight Amazon(s amzn) by federating the spare capacity in their data centers — it also has more than 500 of these providers as customers around the world, so this is a serious endeavor. Now the company has launched version 3 of the OnApp Cloud platform, taking its distributed storage piece out of beta, improving its content delivery network offering and adding support for VMware hypervisors.
The VMware(s vmw) support is a big deal for OnApp as it helps the company’s service-provider customers better target the enterprise (OnApp already supported Xen and KVM hypervisors, and still intends to support Hyper-V). A new feature called Cloud Boot was introduced to automate the deployment of hypervisors, and there’s a new support console for cloud administrators and end users too.
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