A couple of months ago I introduced you to this new company founded by 4 former VMware employees called Platform9. I have been having discussions with them occasionally about what they were working on and I’ve been very intrigued by what they are building and am very pleased to see there first version go GA and want to congratulate them with hitting this major milestone. For those who are not familiar with what they do, this is what their website says:
Platform9 Managed OpenStack is a cloud service that enables Enterprises to manage their internal server infrastructure as efficient private clouds.
In short, they have a PaaS based solution which allows you to simply manage KVM based virtualization hosts. It is a very simple way of creating a private cloud and it will literally get your KVM based solution up and running in minutes which very welcome in this world where things seem to become increasingly more complex, and especially when you talk about KVM/Openstack.
Besides the GA announcement the pricing model was also announced. The pricing model follows the same “pay per month” model as CloudPhysics has. In the case of Platform9 the costs are $49 per CPU per month with an annual subscription being required. This is for what they call their “business tier” which has unlimited scale. There is also a “lite tier” which is free but will have limited scale and is mainly aimed for people to test Platform9 and learn about their offering. An Enterprise tier is also in the works and will offer more advanced features and premium support. Features it will include additionally to what the Business tier offers appear to be mainly in the “software defined networking” and security space, so I would expect things like firewalling, network isolation, single sign-on etc.
I highly recommend watching the Virtualization Field Day 4 videos as they demonstrate perfectly what they are capable off. The video that is probably most interesting to you is the one where they demonstrate a beta of the offering they are planning for vSphere (embedded below). The beta shows vSphere hosts and KVM hosts in a single pane of glass. The end-user can deploy “instances” (virtual machines) in the environment of choice using a single tool which from an operational perspective is great. On top of that, Platform9 discovers existing workloads on KVM and vSphere and non-disruptively adds them to their management interface.