The intersection of Moore’s Law and Cloud software continues to advance and the result is a more compact, powerful and very green new version of a Desktop Private Cloud solution. Called “CriKit” for Cloud Resource and Infrastructure Kit, it includes compute nodes and storage that allows developers, testers and trainers to ply their trades with cloud technologies right on their desk instead of using data center resources.
Further, with CriKit and Hybrid Cloud configurations, organizations can accomplish some amount of local computing and integrate with Public Clouds global infrastructure on the “back end”. Since Crikit is merely a commodity hardware computing platform, it can run a wide variety of cloud software solutions, like CloudStack, OpenStack, Eucalyptus, etc. For example, CriKit II can spin up 45 “small” virtual machines out of the box without any additional configuration. With hypervisor modification, CriKit II is capable of providing over 100 small virtual machines across the minimal 4 node configuration. Plus, CriKit is easily expandable with more nodes and storage to increase the capacity even further and the financial “step function” of adding compute nodes is minimal compared to other cloud computing solution platforms. Need capacity for more virtual machines? Just add an inexpensive CriKit MicroServer and run more virtual machines! The implications of the overall value proposition of CriKit II are highly compelling. Organizations can now significantly reduce the size and costs of on-site computing, while integrating with global public cloud infrastructure. From a desk.
For an Example of what CriKit can do with Nimbula, check out this video of a CriKit Desktop Private Cloud running 32 virtual machines using Nimbula Director. Keep in mind that the entire solution is compact and extremely low wattage -
The green implications of this new CriKit II solution are considerable. Each compute node draws around 60 watts of electricity, yet can run multiple instances of virtual machines per compute node. In the base, 4 node configuration there is one Cloud Control Node and 3 Virtual Machine nodes. If you run 10 virtual machine instances per node, that is only 6 watts per server operating system, which is simply astounding ! Further, if the CriKit system is used in a more granular fashion, meaning managed resource pooling of CPU, Memory and Storage to achieve high virtual machine density, then the amount of electricity per Virtual Machine could be significantly less than 6 Watts per OS. And it all happens right on your desk !
What would you do with a mini cloud datacenter on your desk?
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