Morphlabs Intros All-SSD-Based Cloud Platform


Morphlabs has extended its mCloud Data Center Unit turnkey cloud infrastructure with the addition of an all-SSD-based offering the company said will result in a significant performance increase for partners looking to build private clouds.

Morphlabs, Manhattan Beach, Calif., this week said it is partnering with Dell to develop an end-to-end SSD-based cloud platform.

The mCloud DCU platform, which started out as a software solution for converged infrastructure but which since last July was expanded to include hardware, includes Dell PowerEdge C blade servers, networking technology from Arista Networks, NAS/SAN storage software developer Nexenta Systems, and a variety of open-source software, said Yoram Heller, Morphlabs' vice president of corporate development.

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Converged infrastructure is a way to integrate multiple IT technologies, such as servers, storage, networking equipment, virtualization, and/or software applications into a larger solution.

Morphlabs' converged infrastructure offering is centered on the company's own software, Heller said.

"Our software is the most important piece," he said. "We started with the orchestration layer that allows the spinning up and down of virtual machines, as well as the ability to integrate and manage them. And it's a modular architecture that allows customers to add dedicated block storage or compute nodes on demand."

The result is a modular, dynamically scalable private cloud platform which customers can connect via metro or carrier networks to run private clouds across multiple geographies, Heller said.

The Morphlabs mCloud DCU includes Dell PowerEdge C5220 and C6105 scalable blade servers developed by the Dell Data Center Solutions unit which since 2010 has been building servers targeting integrators building cloud computing, data analytics, and hyperscale data center installations.

Working with Dell, Morphlabs is now offering an all-SSD cloud platform, Heller said. "We've been collaborating with Dell for some time," he said. "But this is the industry's first all-SSD converged infrastructure solution."

Morphlabs partners with data centers, service providers, and enterprises looking to host private clouds, Heller said. The company also works with systems integrators, he said.