Internap Unveils OpenStack-Powered Bare Metal IaaS for High-Performance Applications

Internap, a global provider of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting solutions, has announced the general availability of its bare metal IaaS offering, AgileSERVER 2.0. A high-performance IaaS option, AgileSERVER 2.0 would feature significant hardware, networking and management advancements designed to meet the needs of enterprises and devops teams deploying mission-critical applications and big-data workloads on OpenStack.

Internap’s AgileSERVER 2.0 combines the dedicated processing power of bare metal with the agility of the cloud, allowing companies to achieve peak performance and scalability for mission critical workloads.

AgileSERVER 2.0 features the newest Intel-based single, dual and quad socket processors, and a wide range of memory options up to 1TB RAM to meet companies’ performance needs. Customers can choose from SATA, SAS or SSD storage. For data-intensive applications demanding the highest levels of performance, Internap now offers PCI Express Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Storage, allowing customers to scale to 1M IOPS and deliver up to 10x the performance of today’s fastest-available SSDs.

internap-bare-metal-iaas“As more companies look to host applications with high-performance requirements, bare-metal IaaS that can be provisioned on demand becomes an important complement to public clouds,” said Al Sadowski, research director, service providers, 451 Research. “Bare metal increases flexibility for enterprises and DevOps teams, adding a strategic application venue within the existing ecosystem of public and private clouds.”

Other features of Internap AgileSERVER 2.0 include:

  • Enhanced networking – Internap now offers 10 VLANs per customer to enable enhanced security and design flexibility for application architectures. Internap is also increasing the Universal Transfer allotment to 10 TB per server of its route-optimized Performance IP connectivity service. This would result in lower latency and accelerated application performance. Other performance networking capabilities include IPMI for greater control and ease of management for high availability environments, and NIC bonding for increased network redundancy and throughput.
  • Seamless hybridization – Customers can hybridize AgileSERVER with Internap’s OpenStack-based AgileCLOUD virtual cloud instances, as well as colocation, managed hosting or on-premise infrastructure to best match application needs. Customers would be able to quickly move workloads between virtual and dedicated infrastructure without time-consuming networking configurations or tasks. AgileSERVER 2.0 would also take full advantage of OpenStack’s Kilo release and corresponding federated identity enhancements in 2015, further broadening hybrid and multi-cloud use case opportunities.
  • internap-cloudInfrastructure management tools with granular control options – AgileSERVER 2.0 is built on the native OpenStack API, allowing customers to access the entire OpenStack ecosystem of tools and avoid vendor lock in. Customers can also take advantage of OpenStack Glance image management functionality and Heat orchestration and auto-scaling capabilities via an integrated Horizon OpenStack management dashboard. Customers can use Glance to quickly import disk images from other service providers onto AgileSERVER and move disk images from AgileSERVER to other bare-metal or virtualized environments. Businesses with a DevOps orientation can use Heat orchestration to automate provisioning based on pre-defined architectures and define additional rules for provisioning and terminating instances based on criteria such as CPU load or bandwidth traffic changes.
  • Per-second billing – In addition to existing hourly and monthly configurations, organizations that need micro-bursts of high-performing infrastructure for specific tasks, such as media rendering, now also have the option of paying on a per-second basis, more precisely aligning costs with capacity demand.