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Carbon Mountain Unveils Open Source Unified Computing Solution � inVrastructure


April 27, 2009

Carbon Mountain Unveils Open Source Unified Computing Solution � inVrastructure

By Jayashree Adkoli
TMCnet Contributor


Carbon Mountain, an open source startup company, recently unveiled a new Open Source Platform called ‘inVrastructure’, which is a unified computing solution that facilitates in building next-generation data center solutions ideal for implementing private clouds as well as migration of existing IT deployments.

The inVrastructure platform can run on AMD (News - Alert) or Intel platforms supported by Linux and integrates compute, storage, network and virtualization resources into a centrally managed solution – enabling a Web based interface that facilitates IT professional to view exactly what is happening on their network in a single glance.
Carbon Mountain said that it has the designed the open source system in such a way that multiple data centers can be managed from a single interface. A single spare server is enough to start a migration from traditional data center to a unified computing platform. The solution also makes the next-generation data center technology more accessible to businesses, even during economic slowdown.  
According to Carbon Mountain, its inVrastructure solution moves advanced network capabilities to the hypervisor. This approach reduces the processing required by the network, by moving the processes to specialized hypervisors where the processing is done on-demand for specific applications. The solution will help server and blade vendors to provide advanced networking solutions at a much lower price point.
"By moving Application Delivery capabilities into the hypervisor we can offer considerable cost savings to our customers" said Shawn Wilson, CEO Carbon Mountain LLC. "ADCs offered by F5 Networks (News - Alert), Radware, Brocade and Cisco can cost tens of thousands of dollars per unit. The solution adds a level of network intelligence that no other virtualization company is offering today."
In addition, the Open Source inVrastructure solution offers a software layer that eliminates the need for Application Delivery Controllers. This software layer facilitates advanced application delivery capabilities such as SSL acceleration, application acceleration, context-aware compression, link optimization and global traffic management.
The software layer is also capable of traditional load balancing capabilities such as algorithms, weighted servers, health checking and high availability and the solution enables application delivery capabilities across multiple hypervisors, thereby eliminating the need for an external controller.
Apart from offering advanced networking capabilities within the hypervisor, the inVrastructure system supports non-virtualized deployments and acts as a bridge between the traditional data centers of today and the fully virtualized data centers of tomorrow. It actually provides application specific optimized solutions to replace traditional application deployments and can integrate third party switches and routers, thereby facilitating the system to offer full control over networking resources.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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