OrionVM

OrionVM Wholesale Pty Limited (trading as OrionVM ) [1] [2] is an Australian infrastructure as a service provider and a white-label cloud platform. Resellers present customers with a rebranded interface for deploying virtual machine instances, which are only billed for what their customers use. Cloud Harmony Benchmarked the OrionVM Cloud Platform’s InfiniBand -backed network storage as the world’s fastest in 2011. [6]

The company was founded in Sydney , Australia , [7] [8] with offices in San Francisco , California . [4]

History

OrionVM was founded in a dorm by Sheng Yeo, [9] Alex Sharp [10] and Joseph Glanville in 2010. [11] The company’s cloud platform was developed while the founders were still students at the University of Technology, Sydney and University of Sydney . [10] After 15 months of development, their cloud platform entered a Public Beta program, with a full launch on April 1, 2011. [12]

In 2011 the company received angel investments from Australian entrepreneur and PIPE Networks co-founder Stephen Baxter [13] [14] and American Gordon Bell of December and Microsoft Research . [15] [16]

For his work at OrionVM, CEO Sheng Yeo was nominated for the 2012 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year [17] and the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. [9]

In 2014, OrionVM received a National Merit Award and a National Finalist nomination in the 2014 iAwards, with CTO Alex Sharp winning the YIA Hills Cloud award. [18] The company was nominated for a Stevie Award for New Product or Service of the Year in Cloud Infrastructure Software, [19] and an Australian Startup Award nomination. [20]

In 2016, Yeo and Sharp were named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. [21]

Products

OrionVM sells a wholesale cloud infrastructure platform for public , private cloud and hybrid cloud deployments. Vendors can white-label the platform for resale, or for internal use. [25] Prominent resellers include:

  • Australian telephone company AAPT [14] [26] [27]
  • BizCloud [28]
  • IT broker StrataCore. [25]

Technology

OrionVM uses the Xen hypervisor to virtualise multiple machines (referred to as “instances”) on the same hardware. [23] Linux instances use paravirtualization for reduced overhead by default, with Windows Server being deployed using hardware-assisted virtualization ( HVM ).

Traditional virtual private server and infrastructure as a service providers consolidate storage into a storage area network , qui est limited by Ethernet network speeds and best-effort reliability. OrionVM’s platform took design from the supercomputers by placing hypervisor storage and compute on the same physical servers . [29] These are backed by a decentralised InfiniBand fabric . [30] This improves network reliability and performance, and allows for rapid rollover between physical hosts for high availability.

Features

Rebranded panel

To end users, the base of the platform consists of a web panel , where customers are able to deploy virtual machines. For resellers, the logos and theme can be modified to suit their own branding. [31]

Instances

From the panel, users can deploy preconfigured instances with their chosen operating system and required memory . Additional storage disks and IP addresses can be created separately, then assigned to new or existing instances. After shutting down, further resources can be allocated or scaled down . [31] [32]

Access

Instances can be accessed out-of-band via a web-based serial console or VNC session. Access is also available via ovm_ctl, an open source interface from GitHub [22] and the pip package manager . [24]

Linux machines come preconfigured with SSH , and Windows with RDP for remote access .

Templates

Instances can be provisioned from a series of predefined templates, which can be customized if required. They include: [33]

  • CentOS [34]
  • Debian Linux
  • FreeBSD
  • Slackware Linux
  • Ubuntu Server ( long-term support releases )
  • Microsoft Windows Server [35]

Vyatta templates are officially supported for software-defined logical networking between instances.

API

A public API exists for controlling instances. Open source Python bindings are available on GitHub . [22]

See also

  • cloud computing
  • InfiniBand

References

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