HyperScalers MVE (MOXROX Virtual Engine) IaaS appliance

HyperScalers MVE (MOXROX Virtual Engine) IaaS appliance

Executive Summary

The proof of concept creates a MVE (MoxRox Virtual Engine) appliance using Quanta STRATOS S100 compact server and does performance benchmark on the appliance. The MVE appliance provides a cloud platform solution that has low processing overheads, fast disk io, is highly scalable and come with low deployment costs. It executes on Quanta STARTOS S100 1U server with low configuration CPU and Memory DIMMs. The paper compares performance of MVE with Microsoft Azure as IaaS and uses JetStor Raidix NAS as high speed storage solution.

The MVE executes on a single hardware server and it works as IaaS like Hyper-V. The setup does not use clustering and is a diskless boot. It’s a cloud running on one server and can spawn virtual machine and has a set of container templates. The solution prefers gigabit or faster networks. Since these containers utilise namespaces, a low configuration CPU is required for functionality. The hosts run containers using networks running layer 2 or layer 3 interfaces. The containers currently use NFSv3 as its file io backend. These containers utilise a loop device as their disk, which results in very high performance. Container features include; dynamic resize, snapshots and live backups.

The MVE runs on the Quanta STRATOS S100-X1S1N server. It is a one-socket 1U server tailored for applications requiring large local storage in space-constrained datacenters. It supports up to twelve drive bays in a compact 22.5" deep 1U chassis.

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The MVE is installed on STRATOS server. It has onboard SSD; on which the MoxRox software is installed. After installation; it provides a management IP which runs the user interface for creating and configuring VMs and containers. The installation uses NAS over 1G as storage partition for any VM running on the MVE platform.

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What is MOXROX - Container defined networking

With the world of networking ever changing, look to be on the cutting edge. MOXROX is designed around a container based system that provides lower overheads and higher efficiency than standard Hypervisor platforms. As the containers rest on top of a single linux instance the extra overhead a VM requires is negated. This allows you to gain a higher return on investment resulting in better utilisation.

Why Containers?

Containers are incredibly fast to initialise as the kernel is already running. Along with lower overheads, ability to over provision and advantages in security and speed, container based computing are ideal for next gen workloads. The MOXROX Virtual Environment has over 90 predefined application templates and 7 different linux operating systems provides the base for building your environment quickly.

What is a MOXROX Cloud?

The MOXROX Cloud allows you to build a flexible solution to provide a platform to run your business or enterprise. Either in a public or private deployment scaling the solution is easy. The environment is optimised for containers and security which provides the solution to build your computing environment quickly.

MOXROX Virtual Environment Advantages;

  •     Reanimate backups into new servers or clones easily
  •     Containers on shared storage can easily move to a new node with virtually no downtime
  •     Html5 based web console provides instant shell access to the physical server, containers and KVM's
  •     Live Migration - able to move work loads seamlessly between servers
  •     Multiple Backend Storage options
  •     Ability to run containers and KVM/Virtual Machines simulatenously

Layer 3 Focus

The defining characteristic of MOXROX networking architecture is the focus on Layer 3 protocols. Developed and extended specifically to take advantage of network layer protocols to increase efficiency and reduce load, MOXROX could be the perfect orchestration for your cloud solution. Each container utilises a dedicated address which results in increased security and allows the server/container to run standard linux IP filters. This allows the container to appear as a dedicated server.
Layer 2 capabilities
MOXROX also allows you all the capabilities of your current orchestration platform, with Layer 2 boot and protocols still supported.

Advanced Security

MOXROX provides ease of mind for your security team. Taking advantage of the container based system MOXROX containers will never have direct hardware access. This means applications running in containers are restricted and isolated. Inside a container the network address can not be changed. Since the container is a special instance of the server no kernel can be installed or used inside the container. However the container runs as a full instance just like a dedicate linux server, just restricted. This is good for allocating resources to teams, staff or for development purposes.

Ease of use

Straight forward and efficient to set up using MOXROX specially designed web platform. With over 90 predefined application templates setup can be as quick or as customizable as you wish. There is also over 7 different linux operating systems.

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