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March 04, 2014

IBM SoftLayer Supports Mirantis OpenStack and Achieves New Benchmark Numbers

Mirantis recently announced new benchmark numbers for running an OpenStack cloud. The Mirantis OpenStack 4.0 (Havana) distribution was run on CentOS 6.4 and the integration was deployed on IBM SoftLayer (News - Alert). The new benchmark achieved by OpenStack registered 75,000 live VMs in multi-datacenter cloud. Mirantis is a pure-play OpenStack vendor. 

In a release, Adrian Ionel, CEO, Mirantis, said, "We built Mirantis OpenStack for scale and performance, and this benchmark with IBM (News - Alert) shows that OpenStack is maturing quickly as a robust private cloud alternative to any public cloud offering today. We're pushing OpenStack to its limits in harsh conditions that mimic real world production workloads and demanding customer use cases. Our goal is to give our customers reliable and transparent performance data for OpenStack at scale."

Initially the process started with a smaller cluster of 100 to 500 requests, number of VMs to boot were 5000 or 25000, 200 physical servers and 3 controllers. The VMs in the cloud were then increased up to 100,000 simultaneous virtual servers, but later brought down to 75,000. It took a total of 8 hours to deploy 75,000 virtual servers, and included 350 physical servers on IBM SoftLayer and 3 controllers, at an average of 250 VMs every 98.8 seconds.

Sesh Murthy, VP, Advanced Cloud Services, IBM, said, "OpenStack is experiencing explosive growth in the cloud market with more than 200 companies contributing code to the source. Customers embrace the proven performance and reliability of IBM SoftLayer virtual and bare metal cloud servers and this new benchmark with Mirantis demonstrates just how powerful and flexible of a foundation we can provide with OpenStack for enterprise private cloud deployments at scale."

The quality of the IBM SoftLayer hardware and network infrastructure was a critical success factor as it enabled OpenStack to manage a large virtual datacenter supported by SoftLayer’s standard equipment. The results indicated that the Mirantis OpenStack has the capability to serve up to 500 simultaneous requests, and can sustain 250 simultaneous requests to build up a population of 75000 virtual server instances in single cluster. The benchmark showcases the reliability and quick deployment by OpenStack while responding to on-demand, real world workload requirements for leveraging cloud resources. 

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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