Month: June 2012 (page 2 of 2)

ICCLab Colloquium – The Swiss Federal Cloud Computing Strategy

Willy Müller from the Swiss Federal Government visited the ICCLab and provided invaluable insights into the Swiss federal Cloud Computing strategy. Amazing to see the actual advancement of the Swiss approach. Another poof of Switzerland’s excellent sense of innovations and forward looking approach way beyond the financial and clock-maker industry.

Willy Müller, Informatikstrategieorgan Bund (ISB),  Projektleiter eGovCloud.

Abstract (Slides)
Die Bundesverwaltung möchte eine eigene eGovCloud Infrastruktur aufbauen und hat dazu eine Strategie in die Vernehmlassung gegeben. Willy Müller, wird im Rahmen dieses Kolloquiums wichtige Eckpunkte und Herausforderungen der Strategie vorstellen.

What’s Powering the ICCLab?

Here in the ICCLab, the framework of choice is OpenStack, which enjoys significant industry and academic support and is reaching good levels of maturity. The lab will support pre-production usage scenarios on top of OpenStack services as well as experimental research on OpenStack technology and extensions. Currently the actively deployed OpenStack services are the OpenStack compute service (including keystone, glance and nova), and Swift, an object storage service.

The lab is equipped with COTS computing units, each running on 8×2.4 Ghz Cores, 64GB RAM and 4×1TB local storage per unit. To store templates and other data there is a 12TB NFS or iSCSI Storage which is connected to the switch with a 10Gbit Ethernet interface. The Computing Units are connected to a 1Gbit network for data and another 1Gbit net for control traffic.

At the heart of the CCLab is the Management Server, which provides an easy way to stage different setups for different OpenStack instances (productive, experimental, etc.). The Management Server provides a DHCP, PXE and NFS Server and some pre-configured processes which allow a bare metal computing unit to be provisioned automatically, using Foreman, and then have preassigned roles installed, using a combination of Foreman and Puppet. This provides a great deal of flexibility and support for different usage scenarios.

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