Developers perspective on Industry Trends

Famed Q&A site Stack Overflow have run their annual developer survey again, asking the industry about the technology they use, their job prospects, and other trends in the industry. Feedback from past years lead to a briefer survey that was easier to complete, but it still covered a broad range of topics.

The answers have yet to be aggregated and published, but we find these surveys fascinating for the substance of *what* they ask as much as how people responded. Most of the questions are formed as multiple choice, which provide hints as to what had mind-share over the last twelve months.

From a wholesale cloud perspective, there were a few intriguing questions about platforms and use of specific technologies. The public cloud incumbents got mentions alongside projects such as the Raspberry Pi, with other KVM-based clouds featured in past years falling by the wayside. The industry is not as done-and-dusted as perhaps people think.

The increased use of containers also garnered a question, with Docker and Open Container Initiative receiving mentions, though interestingly not rkt or FreeBSD Jails. And the miscellaneous tech section still showed a keen interest in automation systems such as Ansible and Puppet; both of which we’ve continued to see increased interest in at OrionVM.

We’ll be keen to see how the industry responds to this, and how it compares to last year. Read the article…

Supercomputing-as-a-Service – A Custom IaaS Solution for the SMB Channel

In this episode of the EmTech Cast, OrionVM CEO & Co-Founder Sheng Yeo talks with CompTIA communities leader Jim Hamilton about innovation inside commoditization. “We’ve built tech that allows us to sidestep a lot of the scaling problems,” Sheng Yeo said.

They discuss ways OrionVM has used supercomputing infrastructure designs to create a place where managed services providers create stickiness through the unique packages they offer. It’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) done in a whole new way. Listen to the podcast…

SYNNEX MSP Turns CSP for New Cloud Revenue

The ever-evolving cloud space offers a dizzying array of vendor choices. But IT resellers increasingly find the personal support and profit margins lacking from incumbents like AWS when transitioning from on-prem solutions to the cloud.

One such MSP was looking for a disaster recovery /business continuity solution, and found OrionVM’s personalized support and wholesale discounts to be the winning factors for becoming their own CSP. Read more…

OrionVM Wins Gold

We are excited to share our latest achievement and recognition with you. OrionVM was recently named the winner of the Gold Stevie® Award in the Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year – Up to 100 Employees category in The 15th Annual International Business Awards®. Read more…

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: 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!