IO Launches Open-Source IO.Cloud Service

There's another cloud out there. Modular data center provider IO Data Centers is launching a new OpenStack-based cloud service, called IO.Cloud.

The service will offer Data Center as a Service (DCaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities worldwide. Open Compute server designs will be employed, according to the company's Web site, "because it provides our engineers with the flexibility to configure and optimize the hardware specifically for scale cloud deployments."

The open-source OpenStack Cloud components, IO pointed out, are "interoperable and designed to support standardized hardware implementations." The Open Compute Project was started in 2011 by Facebook engineers, and is intended to create the most efficient data centers through power and cooling cost reductions, flexible maintenance and an ability to easily scale.

'Avoids Lock-In'

The enterprise-oriented service will be deployed from the company's seven data centers worldwide or from a customer's site, and its open reference architecture is engineered for high performance.

The Open Compute Summit currently taking place in San Jose, Calif., is the site of IO's announcement of its new service, launched in a keynote speech from CEO George Slessman. Slessman told news media that companies are "eager for a cloud solution that both addresses security and avoids lock-in to proprietary architecture." The service will first be offered in the IO data centers in Phoenix and in Edison, N.J.

There are already a lot of clouds out there for enterprises, but IO has hundreds of companies already using its facilities, so the thinking is that those companies would be receptive to buying cloud services from the same provider.

IO is known for its pre-fabricated data center modules, and, with the use of OpenStack and Open Compute servers, the company is taking a non-proprietary approach to the infrastructure. The company said it was expecting to conduct its own...

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