The Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange aims to allow business IT users to buy standardised cloud computing resources in units of gigabytes, RAM and CPU cycles.
It will also allow buyers to purchase these for immediate or future use and allow computing resources to be traded like other commodities.
At present it is in an early adopter pilot phase, with customers from financial and insurance, service provider, telco and scientific sectors.
The first datacentre operator for the Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange is DARZ, which is based in the former Hesse state central bank’s gold vaults in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt.
DARZ has bought five nodes totalling 64TB of Fujitsu’s recently announced CD10000 hyperscale storage to support Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange’s proof-of-concept operations. The system will be deployed by Darmstadt-based integrator Profi AG.
CD10000 can scale to exabytes of capacity and is based on Fujitsu's Primergy servers with open-source storage software from Red Hat's Inktank Ceph Enterprise (ICE), which is compatible with the OpenStack cloud operating environment.
ICE is Red Hat’s commercially supported distribution of Ceph, an open-source product that currently supports only object storage and block access.
Security and support
So, why did DARZ decide to buy CD10000 and why did it choose Red Hat storage software bundled with Fujitsu servers instead of building its own storage nodes using open-source storage and commodity servers?
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DARZ IT leader Lars Göbel said that beyond the feature set it came down to security and support.
“CD10000 offers the kind of scalability and OpenStack cloud environment features that we need for Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange,” he said.
“Open source software can be complex to implement and scale. Buying it in a converged system deployed by Profi means we’ll be sure to get the scale, security and redundancy we need.”
Göbel added that it was important for the Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange project that, in its initial stages, compute and storage provision is handled to the standards of German laws and regulations.
“For German businesses it is not acceptable to store data in other countries and under foreign regulations such as the US Patriot Act,” he said. The US Patriot Act allows, for example, the FBI to access data, which runs counter to German privacy laws.
Göbel said DARZ hopes to use CD10000 storage for other workloads, such as VMware, when Fujitsu supports them.