Christopher Tozzi, Contributing Editor

October 15, 2012

2 Min Read
DreamHost Debuts Open Source Cloud IaaS

The open source channel gained a new stronghold in the cloud today with the introduction of DreamCloud, an Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) cloud platform from DreamHost based on OpenStack, Ceph and other major open source technologies. Read on for details.

As the newest addition to DreamHost’s line of web hosting and cloud products, DreamCompute provides a flexible and dynamic cloud infrastructure for a variety of tasks. DreamHost touts the product as:

“… highly scalable, quick to provision, resilient, and secure. It is ready to go for any size workload with compute instances from 1GB to 64GB RAM for ultimate scalability. All of this power comes with no capital outlay or a lengthy procurement approval process; it can be billed to a credit card, making it easy to expense.”

Pricing for CloudCompute has not yet been released, but DreamHost promises that the details will prove “very attractive to Internet entrepreneurs and developers” when they appear in the near future.

The Open Source Selling Point

But what most distinguishes DreamCompute from similar offerings in this fiercely competitive niche, according to Dreamhost, are the open source technologies at its core:

“DreamHost sets itself apart from the cloud crowd by developing innovative and flexible Web and cloud services using open source software. Evolving new cloud capabilities are constantly created, dynamically deployed, and expertly supported. DreamCompute is engineered for scale and efficiency using best-of-breed open source solutions, including the OpenStack cloud platform, scalable Ceph block storage, and Nicira network virtualization. As a champion of the open source community, DreamHost makes major code contributions to open source projects.”

DreamHost’s emphasis on the open source foundations of its cloud service is particularly significant given that many of these technologies are relatively new to the commercial world. The OpenStack platform has been around for a while, but it was just last month that channel partners launched the OpenStack Foundation to promote its use in the cloud. Similarly, Ceph dates to 2007, but has only very recently begun appearing in major commercial cloud products.

But while these open source projects may be new to many businesses interested in enterprise class cloud solutions, DreamHost clearly believes the intrinsic value of open source itself will be a major selling point as it develops future products. That makes sense given the other major selling points the company emphasizes for its products, including flexibility and low cost.

Those are two areas in which open source solutions have traditionally excelled. By all indications, they’ll continue to remain vital to the development of open source solutions for the up and coming world of cloud computing.

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About the Author(s)

Christopher Tozzi

Contributing Editor

Christopher Tozzi started covering the channel for The VAR Guy on a freelance basis in 2008, with an emphasis on open source, Linux, virtualization, SDN, containers, data storage and related topics. He also teaches history at a major university in Washington, D.C. He occasionally combines these interests by writing about the history of software. His book on this topic, “For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution,” is forthcoming with MIT Press.

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