The History of vScaler
vScaler has been under development for a number of years, orchestrated from a consortium of IT professionals who have recognised the need for a hybrid approach to cloud computing. While having various discussions with large customers, it became obvious that these clients were looking for a product on the market that didn’t actually exist – which was essentially a cloud platform and service that offered a hybrid approach towards cloud computing, allowing for private cloud adoption and access to a public resource when demand dictates.
Since its launch in 2015 as a small cluster in one of vScaler’s technology labs, we have today expanded to numerous dedicated datacentres with worldwide access thanks to a collaboration with Global Cloud Xchange (GCX). vScaler currently has multiple deployments of its cloud technology for various customers ranging from start-ups, to commercial entities as well as numerous Universities. With the assistance of strategic technology partners, such as GCX, BMC UK and BIOS IT, we provide customers from a broad range of verticals such as Broadcast and Media, HPC and Financial services with a dedicated, application specific cloud platform deployed with existing in-house expertise.
“The motivation behind vScaler was two-fold: firstly, we saw a convergence of HPC technologies being used in wider and broader application domains. Secondly, we noticed a trend towards leveraging cloud for certain HPC workloads. vScaler was designed to bridge the gap and allow cloud access be more autonomous for HPC workloads and to help build cloud infrastructures that can run these workloads very efficiently” says Director and CTO of vScaler - David Power.
With a background in Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Genetic Algorithms, David started his HPC career by managing an in-house cluster at the University of Limerick back in 2003 – a mammoth infrastructure consisting of a couple of Pentium 3’s connected via megabit Ethernet! Since then, David has spent over a decade working on large-scale HPC systems with a history of bringing award winning products to market. A fan of open source technologies since the beginning, David selected OpenStack as the perfect platform to build the vScaler cloud offering on.
OpenStack is recognised as a technology that is incredibly capable but also incredibly complex - and this complexity increases the barriers to a more widespread adoption. One of vScaler’s goals is to make OpenStack more accessible to people who wouldn’t necessarily have the in-house skills required to manage a complex OpenStack framework.
At its core, vScaler is an integrated and finely-tuned stack that takes the deployment complexity out of OpenStack and manages your entire infrastructure. vScaler also includes HPC deployment capabilities within OpenStack and offers the ability to ‘burst’ – allowing customers to leverage public infrastructures and applications.
Looking to the future, vScaler is planning further expansion with the addition of a new DC in mainland Europe. vScaler will endeavour to continue to make cloud usage more transparent from on premise HPC systems and ultimately bring a true hybrid model to cloud computing usage worldwide.