OrionVM Underpins Cinema 4D film for Nebula Studios

OrionVM is thrilled to be supporting Nebula Studios’ latest project currently in production, Don’t Feed These Animals. The short animated film is being developed with the support of MAXON Cinema 4D, NVIDIA, Redshift, Wacom, GridMarkets, and OrionVM. The film’s debut is expected for later this year, and in the meantime you can follow the team’s progress on their Facebook page as they share exclusive behind–the–scenes production diaries; these detail the cutting–edge techniques employed that cinema 4D and the many other sponsors made possible.

OrionVM is hosting the project in our top tier data centers, allowing for unprecedented delivery speeds and reliability. The talented suite of collaborators includes technology partner GridMarkets who facilitate the rapid project rendering. OrionVM and GridMarkets have been working together for the past few years to underpin and bolster the animation and rendering vertical that has helped the production of various animations for leading studios, and artists like Deadmau5.

Nebula released an animated holiday short back in December. Stay tuned for the final release.

Takeaways from AsiaBSDCon 2018

Hi, it’s Ruben here reporting on AsiaBSDCon 2018.  As I mentioned in my previous post, this was our first time participating. The event is held each year at the Tokyo University of Science, and showcases the latest developments in the BSD community, including FreeBSD and NetBSD – the BSD flavors that OrionVM supports as templates for partners to deploy.

Day One:

This year was a big one for virtualisation and automation. Day one featured Benedict Reuschling of the FreeBSD Foundation giving talks on Ansible and ZFS, with some great hallway discussions on the challenges people are facing with large storage arrays and using Ansible with the FreeBSD ports system. It was great to meet some of the people behind these technologies our partners and I deploy and use every day.

Day Two:

Bhyvecon took place on day two, with presentations and open discussions on the latest developments in BSD virtualisation, including Xen, bhyve, and vmm. It was particularly heartening to see the amazing work students from Bucharest have done with bhyve VM suspend and resume. And most importantly, Groff the BSD goat made an appearance.

Day Three and Four:

Days three and four were deep dives into BSD research and development; with talks ranging from building security appliances with FreeBSD and institutionalising virtual FreeBSD hosts, to kernel profiling and Linux rumpkernels on BSD. Henning Brauer’s presentation on x-ray machine networks using OpenBSD must have won the prize for most entertaining and original, right down to the required white gloves!

In the hallways, we saw Japan’s NetBSD teams running their OS everywhere, including seemingly each Raspberry Pi generation. This anime fan noted the re-appearance of Mikutter, and the best desktop backgrounds and mascots in attendance.

It was a fantastic, intimate event with bento lunches, Japanese beer, embarrassing photos with my BSD heroes and the best and brightest minds in the community gathered to talk about the world’s greatest operating system family, in this humble writer’s opinion.

Thanks go out to Hiroki Sato and the Programme Committee Members for all their hard work putting together this conference; to Michael Dexter for coordinating bhyvecon and to the OrionVM team for giving me the opportunity to attend and contribute. Here’s to a great year for BSD on OrionVM Wholesale Cloud.

Author: Ruben Schade, Solutions Engineer, OrionVM

OrionVM is going to AsiaBSDCon!

For the first time, OrionVM will be represented at AsiaBSDCon, the preeminent event for BSD operating system developers, engineers, and end users. As one of OrionVM’s solutions engineers that helps partners migrate and build their cloud environments on OrionVM, I’m genuinely excited to report I’ll be attending AsiaBSDCon in Tokyo, Japan this month! I will be attending the talks and whitepaper sessions, including bhyvecon.

OrionVM is a proud early adopter of FreeBSD in the cloud, and has seen its use expand since providing it as a first-class template on the platform. Web servers, databases, and file servers built upon the system’s robust ZFS implementation run production workloads for government, business, and non-profits. My history with the BSDs stretches to early high school, when I dual-booted Mac OS X – itself based on BSD – with a copy of NetBSD/macppc port on an iBook G3. FreeBSD came around from home brew desktop experimentation; the tireless FreeBSD KDE project maintainers had built the most feature complete BSD desktop around. Today, most of my family has been set up either with Macs, or PC-BSD, and my personal projects run on rock-solid FreeBSD and NetBSD servers.

Today, I’ve advocated for FreeBSD internally within OrionVM, and helped build it as a first-class template that can be deployed along with the usual Linux and Windows Server suspects. Partners use the template for web servers and databases, but we’ve seen an uptick in interest in the last couple of years for its robust, kick-arse GELI/ZFS combination for secure file servers.

This year, the engineers and I also hope to have our NetBSD template available for deployment. NetBSD’s pedigree with the Xen hypervisor stretches back to 2004 with Christian Limpach’s port; the first among the BSDs. NetBSD’s clean design, speed, and portability has won it fans running it on everything from toasters and embedded systems, to enterprise server clusters.

AsiaBSDCon will be held March 8th to the 11th at the Tokyo University of Science, Japan. Online registrations are still open for those interested in attending. I hope to see you there, daemons and all!

Author: Ruben Schade, Solutions Engineer, OrionVM

 

OrionVM shortlisted for the 2017-18 Cloud Awards!

Cloud Awards 2017 ShortlistWe’re excited to share that OrionVM is a finalist in the 2017-2018 Cloud Awards Program in the category for Best Cloud Infrastructure.

The cloud computing awards program celebrates excellence and innovation in the rapid-growth cloud computing market. The awarding body accepts applications worldwide, covering the US, Canada, Australasia and EMEA.

Over 300 organizations entered, with entries coming from across the globe, covering the Americas, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. You can view the full shortlist here: https://www.cloud-awards.com/2018-shortlist. Final winners will be announced on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

Congratulations to our entire team of hard working employees, channel partners, technology vendors and valued customers for making our success possible. Cheers!

OrionVM Platform Updates: New Dashboard Graphs, ISO Upload Tool, & more…

We’re excited to announce some cool new enhancements & features for the OrionVM Wholesale Cloud Platform. Please read on for a brief description of the new features.

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Dashboard Charts & Graphing (Admin)

  • Admin charts/graphs – The new ‘Dashboard’ tab allows you to quickly visualize all resources provisioned, and track bandwidth consumption. The new tab, in the Admin portal, also enables partners to seamlessly send out emails to all of their resellers/end users.

Windows Server 2016 (Admin)

  • The highly requested Windows Server 2016 template is now live & available to provision on the platform. To make this template available to your end users: navigate to the ‘Resources’ tab in the Admin portal, select ‘Disk templates’, click the gear icon for Windows Server 2016, and select enable.

End-User Graphs (End User)

  • Usage graphs which gives end users a visual representation of their VMs Disk I/O and CPU Utilization have been implemented. You can access this information by clicking the ‘Usage’ tab on a selected Instance or Disk.

ISO Import Tool (End User)

  • Our developers have created a tool that removes most of the manual work that was required when you wanted to create an Instance from an ISO CD/DVD image that was not officially provided by OrionVM. You can now, with a few clicks of the mouse and a copy + paste, import those ISO images from publicly accessible URLs into the OrionVM platform through the ‘Instance creation’, or ‘Disk creation’ menus in the End User portal.
    For detailed steps click here.

Disabling Open Signups (Admin)

  • A highly requested feature by many of our partners has been the option to disable open signups at the End Users portal. Partners are now able to remove the signup button from the End User portal by disabling the option in the ‘Signup’ tab of the Admin portal, under the ‘Branding’ section.

We are always looking to improve the platform and welcome your feedback, ideas, and new product feature requests:
Send us your ideas!

CompTIA ChannelCon 2017

We’re thrilled to be participating at CompTIA ChannelCon 2017 in Austin Texas next week. This will be our second year at the event. OrionVM will be exhibiting July 31-Aug 2 (Booth 405). Executives from OrionVM will be in the booth to showcase the many possibilities that our game changing wholesale cloud platform enable for a growing ecosystem of IT providers and resellers.

We have an exciting show promotion during the event. We are so confident that we can make a substantial savings to your existing infrastructure costs *and* provide better performance/resilience, we’re willing to back it up with an obligation-free $1000 if we can’t deliver. Restrictions apply. Stop by our booth to learn more.

We hope to catch up with you at the show. Follow us on Twitter for updates from the show. Cheers!

CeBIT Australia 2017: OrionVM and Partners

We’re thrilled to be participating at CeBIT Australia 2017 this week. This will be our third year at the event. As an emerging cloud vendor with roots in Australia, we are proud to be an AU owned and operated business and support events which further the tech community here. Be our guest and register for FREE here.

OrionVM will be exhibiting May 23-25 (Booth C24). In addition to executives from OrionVM, we are thrilled to also have technology partners Megaport and Zetaris and client Dark Horse Systems joining us in the booth to showcase the many possibilities that our game changing technology enables and our growing ecosystem of technology vendors.

Dark Horse Systems, a progressive, fully equipped provider of Managed and Professional IT Services, selected OrionVM’s white label cloud platform to fuel their cloud business, allowing them to go to market with their own branded services within weeks of joining the partner program. Read the case study here.

We hope to catch up with you at the show. Follow us on Twitter for updates from the show. Cheers!

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Why IaaS Will Power the Next Phase of Hyperconverged Integrated Systems

At the recent Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference in Las Vegas, Gartner presented their expectations for Hyperconverged Integrated Systems (HCIS) over the next decade. The ‘Prepare for the Next Phase of Hyperconvergence’ talk was given by Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst, George Weiss.

According to Weiss, 70% of HCIS deployments will be IaaS-enabled or HCI-aaS. Between 2015 and 2020, Gartner forecasts the HCIS market will grow at a 60.5% compound annual growth rate and is on track to be worth $5 billion by 2019.

Gartner calls HCIS the world’s fastest growing market for integrated IT systems. It predicts hyperconverged systems will become mainstream by the end of the decade, as part of the ‘Third wave of integrated systems’ that emerges in the data center.

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Source: Gartner, Prepare for the Next Phase of Hyperconvergence

 

Defining HCIS Today and Tomorrow

In essence HCIS, is a simplification of infrastructure that makes it more flexible and easier to manage. It achieves this by converging shared compute and storage resources based on software-defined storage, commodity hardware and a unified management interface on on platform. The real value of hyperconverged systems will be delivered through software and by commoditizing the underlying hardware stack.

Today, Hyperconverged Infrastructure can be in the form of an appliance, reference architecture or as flexible software in terms of the platform it runs on.

Gartner views HCIS as a progression of phases. We are on the cusp of the third phase of integrated systems where IaaS enables a new IT service delivery paradigm. This is where IT and developers are viewed as creators and we experience API-driven technology innovation and where new consumption models emerge.

This third phase will deliver dynamic fabric based infrastructure by offering modular hardware building blocks. Such flexibility will drive continuous application delivery and economic optimization possibilities. The evolving HCIS landscape presents a leadership framework to transform implementations and architectures.

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Source: Gartner, Prepare for the Next Phase of Hyperconvergence

Phases of HCIS Development: Past, Present, Future

  • 2013 – 2018: HCIA = Hyperconvergence as an SW-defined appliance
  • 2015 – 2022: HCIS = Hyperconverged systems as reference architectures
  • 2016 – 2025: Hyperconverged service-based infrastructure

If using the cloud is in your future, this shift is particularly important. Only HCI-aaS readily accommodates the 5 Gartner Key Determinants: Simple, Flexible, Selective, Prescriptive and Economic. (Source: “Five Keys to Creating an Effective Hyperconvergence Strategy” )

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Source: Gartner, Prepare for the Next Phase of Hyperconvergence

When evaluating different technology vendors to power their cloud offering, companies should scrutinize the HCIS hardware/software blender effect for value plus, value basic and value depletion.

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Source: Gartner, Prepare for the Next Phase of Hyperconvergence

Gartner has dispelled a common myth that traditional vendor selection will remain the same. Based on a focus group, loyalty towards traditional vendors is tested by several criteria:

  • Is the vendor increasingly fluent in the new wave of HCIS?
  • Is it seriously willing to disrupt its conventional solutions?
  • Does it have the vision to drive innovation?
  • Can it keep ahead of emerging, agile competitors and increase its savings?

According to Gartner, the commodity pricing of parts and infrastructure will offset any implied risks in choosing an emerging vendor.

 

Why is Hyperconvergence Booming?

Major trends explain why Hyperconvergence is growing: IT departments are increasingly under pressure to provision resources instantly; applications are becoming more dependent on scale-out systems based on commodity components; software-defined storage provides better efficiency gains and data volume growth is unpredictable and exploding.

As enterprises reshape their view of creating software products and services as a revenue center, they will want to develop an agile development culture and require flexible IT. With the need to build and deploy more than ever, IT needs to be ready to launch new applications quickly and reliably.

Hyperconverged infrastructure has historically been used to deploy general-purpose workloads, virtual desktop infrastructure, analytics and remote office workloads. In some instances companies use it to run mission critical applications, server virtualization, or high-performance storage.

As the market evolves and users become more familiar with the architecture, hyperconverged infrastructure will underpin private or hybrid cloud or agile environments that support rapid software-release cycles.

From Gartner’s findings, the new wave of hyperconvergence will see an evolution from appliance to service paradigms, leading to HCI-aaS.

Hyperconverged infrastructure’s promises simplicity and flexibility. But those terms can be subjective. Gartner’s advice is to determine what those words mean to your business and then see which vendor’s offering resonates the most with you.  

HostingCon 2017: OrionVM and Partners

HostingCon Main ImageWe’re thrilled to be participating in HostingCon Global 2017 this week in Los Angeles. This will be our third year at HostingCon Global and our Co-Founder and CEO Sheng Yeo’s second year speaking at the event. We’ve had a front row seat to many thought provoking and motivational sessions as well as invaluable face to face meetings with attendees on the exhibit hall floor.

OrionVM will be exhibiting April 3-6 2017 (Booth 311). In addition to executives from OrionVM, we are thrilled to also have technology partners Megaport and OneBill joining us in the booth to showcase the many possibilities that our game changing technology enables and our growing ecosystem of technology vendors.

Rounding out the week will be our educational session given by OrionVM CEO Sheng Yeo. The session entitled Wholesale Cloud: Revolutionizing the Delivery of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for IT Providers Large and Small, will take place:

  • When: Wednesday, 04/05/2017: 10:00 am – 10:50 am
  • Where: Room: 408A
  • Session Number: SI4

Want to mingle after the show? We will be attending the UNIXSurplus HostingCon After Party at Sheraton Grand Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, 7pm – 10pm (Oviatt Room). Visit the Promise Technology booth #319 at HostingCon to get a raffle ticket! And come join the after party to explore new business opportunities while enjoying free drinks, food, and prize drawings!

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