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Introducing Metal as a Service: provisioning for the hyperscale era

Apr 04, 2012, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Shuttleworth)

"As we move from ?tens? to ?hundreds? to ?thousands? of nodes in a typical data centre we need new tools and practices. This hyperscale story ? of hyper-dense racks with wimpy nodes ? is the big shift in the physical world which matches the equally big shift to cloud computing in the virtualised world. Ubuntu?s popularity in the cloud comes in part from being leaner, faster, more agile. And MAAS ? Metal as a Service ? is bringing that agility back to the physical world for hyperscale deployments....

That?s where Metal as a Service (MAAS) comes in. MAAS makes it easy to set up the hardware on which to deploy any service that needs to scale up and down dynamically ? a cloud being just one example. It lets you provision your servers dynamically, just like cloud instances ? only in this case, they?re whole physical nodes. ?Add another node to the Hadoop cluster, and make sure it has at least 16GB RAM? is as easy as asking for it.

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