Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) delivers cloud computing infrastructure via the internet to support IT operations. IaaS provides hardware, storage, servers, and data center space or network components to businesses. This allows businesses to use web-based operating systems, applications, and storage without having to purchase, manage or support the cloud infrastructure. Flex Metal Hosted IaaS provides privacy first, infrastructure consistency, predictable costs, and an open source architecture. Read a Support Center article on Infrastructure as a Service.
A hyperconverged infrastructure takes four service groups: compute nodes, storage nodes, control plane nodes, and network nodes, and combines them together to a single hyper-converged server. A converged infrastructure means that compute and storage resources are on the same physical box. Read a Support Center article on hyper-converged vs. converged infrastructure.
With Flex Metal Hosted Infrastructure as a Service, your business will have direct control over your own hardware with a privacy first approach. There won’t be any financial or hardware spec surprise changes. The pricing is transparent and predictable with daily budget limits. You have the ability to start small and scale your infrastructure to meet your business needs and goals with OpenStack.
There are two options to get started with Flex Metal IaaS:
The first option is the HC Small Private Cloud Core (PCC) that’s for development, testing, or small deployments. The HC Smalls are very economical and can perform very well. We strongly encourage you to consider them for Proof of Concepts, edge, or regional deployments to extend your main Private Cloud or any time that cost is a critical factor that can’t be mitigated.
The second option is the HC Standard Private Cloud Core that has several key attributes to consider for production deployments. As your internal network is handled by the PCC, the HC Standard’s 20 GBit connectivity may be critical if you are moving large amounts of data back and forth internally that must traverse the PCC. internally that must traverse the PCC. The HC Small is 2gbits only. The HC Standard has NVMe drives versus the SATA SSDs in the HC Small.