Hybrid Cloud Based on HP Helion OpenStack

Published by Rodolphe Wilhelm, 3 Jun 2015

Montreal-based cloud provider Ormuco launched a hybrid cloud offering based on HP Helion OpenStack on Tuesday to meet customer need for burstable, on-demand cloud instances.

Ormuco started operations in 2008 as a telecom and managed services company, offering telephony, Internet and video services. In the past year, however, the company shifted gears under the direction of its founder and CEO Orlando Bayter, including joining the HP PartnerOne Service Provider Program in March.

“Over the past year [Orlando] changed the business model and strategy to more aggressively address what is happening in the IT industry where it’s migrating from on-prem to more a hybrid cloud environment,” Michael Malynowsky, chief operating officer at Ormuco said in an interview with the WHIR.

The company invested heavily in R&D, hiring around 20 engineers to develop its hybrid cloud offering, which it calls Connected Cloud. The Connected Cloud service offers customers a private cloud where they can burst into the public cloud as needed, which Malynowsky said is especially important for its gaming customers, of which it has a majority share in the Montreal market.

While many providers are offering hybrid clouds, Malynowsky said that there are several things that set Ormuco’s offering apart, including its portal and billing system, which have been designed to be very user-friendly.

“We developed a portal that’s based on OpenStack, so we have our set of APIs, which we ensured would talk seamlessly to the APIs of HP Helion components,” he said. “We also have on that portal a very comprehensive billing platform. On that billing platform customers are going to be able to instantaneously configure instances and, because of the way it was developed, we can also offer white-labeling to any other reseller or partner.”

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For now the offering is available in its data centers in Montreal, Seattle and Dallas, he said. The company is planning on opening other data centers soon including California, New York City, Vancouver and Regina.

“With the work and the partnership [with HP] now we’re positioned to turn the switch on and provide ConnectedCloud service to customers around the globe,” Malynowsky said.

For a long time many questioned whether OpenStack was solid enough for enterprise-use, but several recent moves in the market prove that it has staying power, including the acquisition of Piston by Cisco and IBM buying OpenStack vendor Blue Box, both announced this week.

Malynowsky said that Ormuco believes OpenStack “will have everything ironed out, all the kinks, all the standards that are required. It is not fully there today but enough that we can roll out services.”

One of the issues with OpenStack is the total cost of ownership for private cloud, according to a recent 451 Research report on cloud pricing. The biggest cost difference comes down to premium compensation people with private cloud OpenStack skills demand. Managed cloud services and easy-to-use portals could help decrease this cost.