Flex Metal Private Cloud Product Guide

Our Flex Metal Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, and thus this product guide, is currently approaching public release. For more information about our hosted private cloud product or about how OpenStack and Ceph form the core of our hyper-converged and converged clouds, please sign up for Flex Metal Central on our Flex Metal Cloud page.

In the interim, we hope the following content helps you be more successful with OpenStack, either here at InMotion or where ever your cloud takes you!

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  • Ceph Crimson – Performance Testing on NVMe
    We are closely following the Ceph advancements targeting NVMe performance. We use Ceph as the hosted private cloud core of our Infrastructure as a Service Product. Our concern is, as is many long time fans of Ceph, is how will Ceph adapt to NVMe performance when its history has long been rooted in spinning media. As an Read More >
  • Automation Killed the Data Center Star
    Where do people fit inside the data center of the future? The aging data center workforce poses unique challenges for providers, especially with the boom in online services. Hyperscale cloud providers are actively looking for ways to automate every single aspect of the cloud process, and human workers can easily become another bottleneck in the pipeline delivering Read More >
  • Serverless Computing the Next Big Thing
    The Trends Making Serverless Computing the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing Serverless computing is one of the most exciting trends in cloud computing. It gives you the best of the cloud at the best cost efficiency. Web developers and application providers recognize serverless computing as the solution that best meets their needs, and they are inventing Read More >
  • Edge Computing is the New Server Room
    Understanding What’s Best for Your Architecture Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me Remember when big enterprise IT providers wanted you to put their cutting-edge hardware in your server room to upgrade your infrastructure? They promised you the best technology, industry-leading software, and a much better return on your investment than building Read More >
  • Sizing a Hyper Converged OpenStack Private Cloud Control Plane
    This discusses sizing of a Flex Metal Cloud Core. A Flex Metal Cloud Core is a combination of OpenStack and Ceph hyper converged onto 3 servers. See our Flex Metal private cloud pages. You can also review much of our configurations on Github if you are not a customer yet. There are two major flavors of the Read More >
  • What is Cloud Privacy?
    When thinking about privacy on a cloud network a few things come to mind. You may be thinking, how do I keep my data secure? Or how do I keep my network locked down? In this article, we will discuss those things and more.  Cloud Privacy is the concept of keeping your cloud secure and there are Read More >
  • What is a Serverless Architecture?
    Serverless architecture is one of the most cutting edge and advanced approaches to cloud computing today. With a serverless architecture, you can serve your application or workload literally without servers. Learn how a serverless architecture works and when you might use a serverless architecture. How can you have no servers? Serverless application design Development tools Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) Read More >
  • Getting a New Perspective with Ansible
    Our world is shaped by increasing technical debt and operational complexity, nestled within layers of abstraction to the point where daily life needs documentation and an operating manual. As the operational needs of organizations and individuals march onward toward the next generation of post-hype micro-services, reigning in this complexity has become a Sisyphean task. At all layers Read More >
  • On-Premise vs. Hosted Private Cloud
    As the popularity of private cloud solutions rises, more businesses are beginning to research and explore the benefits of adopting a cloud solution for their enterprise. Concerning the deployment of the cloud service, businesses can choose on-premise vs hosted private cloud. But what are the differences between hosted and on-premise private cloud? This article will walk through Read More >
  • What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
    Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) delivers cloud computing infrastructure via the internet to support IT operations. IaaS is one of the three main categories of cloud computing services. The other two categories of cloud computing include software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).  IaaS provides hardware, storage, servers, and data center space or Read More >
  • What is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)?
    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of servers by a third-party to provide failover in the event of a disaster. The backup service uses cloud resources to protect applications and data from man-made or natural disruptions. DRaaS is often implemented on standardized systems as part of an overall DR plan. Overall DR Read More >
  • What is a Hadoop Cluster?
    A Hadoop cluster is a collection of independent components designed specifically for storing and analyzing large amounts of unstructured data in a distributed computing environment. The clusters run on the Hadoop open source software and are usually referred to as “share nothing’ systems because nothing is shared between the Hadoop cluster nodes except for the network that Read More >
  • What is a Bare Metal Cloud?
    Bare metal cloud is a cloud service that allows customers to rent hardware resources from a provider like InMotion Hosting. Physical, dedicated servers with just CPUs, memory and storage are provisioned to create the cloud environments and can be fully customized to meet the specific needs of the enterprise.  With our IaaS offering, we use OpenStack and Read More >
  • What Exactly is Kubernetes?
    In this article you will learn about:   What Exactly is Kubernetes   Benefits of Containers   Top Reasons Companies Choose Kubernetes The goal of this article is for you to have a general basic understanding of what Kubernetes and Kubernetes Containers and how the open-source platform is utilized. Please keep in mind, Kubernetes was developed by and for web Read More >