At the Parallels Summit this week, 3tera announced the release of the newer version of their product Applogic 2.4. Applogic is their highly scalable grid operating system that runs on commodity servers. We all know that the greatest advantage of Cloud Computing is the drastic reduction in CapEx. But, 3tera claims that it is also possible to drastically reduce OpEx with their Applogic product.
As such, all servers in the farm can be commodity servers all configured the same way. So there is no need for intensive server administration. In most enterprises and at most data center operators, one administrator can manage approximately 50 servers. With AppLogic, because the administrators are managing application instances each of which can consuming any number – up to hundreds – of servers, the applications one administrator manages can be consuming hundreds of servers, thus, increasing administration efficiency by an order of magnitude. This results in greatly reduced OpEx.
Reduction in CapEx and OpEx are not the only stories behind Applogic. It allows you to “integrate” different cloud vendors and the private clouds inside of the enterprises. In fact, Applogic is the technology behind 3tera’s Cloudware architecture which helps build platforms by using computing resources, storage, security, etc. much like the EC2 environment offered by Amazon Web Services. It is pretty inexpensive and flexible to build the cloud infrastructure using the technologies provided by 3tera.
Applogic was already supporting Linux, Solaris 10 and Open Solaris. With this new release, it will now support Windows operating system as well. This is significant because the enterprise datacenter environment tends to be a hybrid mixture of Windows and Unix like operating systems. This release of applogic will help develop a cloud with various operating systems, including windows, beneath it. Along with Windows support, this new version also has several visual enhancements that makes the use of their dashboard easier. This is definitely an interesting release from the Enterprise Cloud Computing point of view.