March 15, 2012
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 15 — IBM, Darest and StratusLab partner SixSq announced today the release of the DS-Cloud Ready Pack at the IBM "Le Printemps de la Technologie 2012" conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. This commercial cloud solution is a turnkey Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud solution, which makes use of the StratusLab project's open-source cloud computing distribution.
"For Darest, the creation of the DS-ReadyPack is an opportunity to join forces with IBM and SixSq to create a new offer in the growing field of cloud computing," says Samuel Mellot, CTO of Darest. The Swiss IT Solutions provider will distribute the product which runs on IBM hardware and is integrated by SixSq.
The nervous system of this software solution is provided by StratusLab v1.4+ and SixSq's SlipStream. StratusLab provides the cloud functionality, while Slipstream allows for automated deployment, ensuring simple, reproducible and safe provisioning of virtual environments.
This new product targets small and medium enterprises looking for a private cloud solution. A series of managed services are also being delivered, including a public StratusLab Marketplace and SlipStream services, providing users with up-to-date images, as well as construction and deployment recipes.
"Being able to create a commercial product, based on StratusLab software, with companies like IBM and Darest is very exciting." says Marc-Elian Bégin, co-founder of SixSq. "This shows how well focused FP7 projects can really make a difference in the commercial world and give SMEs like SixSq a significant edge."
The StratusLab project is an EU-funded initiative to develop an open-source cloud computing distribution designed for grid and cluster computing. This latest announcement underlines the success of the project and shows how such EU initiatives are adding real value to European businesses.
About the StratusLab Project
The StratusLab project consists of numerous collaborators from six European research institutions. A website can be accessed via the following address: www.stratuslab.eu. The project is partially funded by the European Commission through the Grant Agreement RI-261552.
About European Union Framework Programme 7
The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives together under a common roof playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment. The framework programme runs a number of programmes under the headings Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities. All specific programmes work together to promote and encourage the creation of European poles of scientific excellence. More information on FP7 can be obtained from http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/home_en.html.
The ever-growing complexity of scientific and engineering problems continues to pose new computational challenges. Thus, we present a novel federation model that enables end-users with the ability to aggregate heterogeneous resource scale problems. The feasibility of this federation model has been proven, in the context of the UberCloud HPC Experiment, by gathering the most comprehensive information to date on the effects of pillars on microfluid channel flow.
Large-scale, worldwide scientific initiatives rely on some cloud-based system to both coordinate efforts and manage computational efforts at peak times that cannot be contained within the combined in-house HPC resources. Last week at Google I/O, Brookhaven National Lab’s Sergey Panitkin discussed the role of the Google Compute Engine in providing computational support to ATLAS, a detector of high-energy particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
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