Australian Ecommerce Host Anchor Readies New OpenStack Managed Cloud

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Australian ecommerce hosting provider Anchor is launching a new managed cloud service for select partners and customers in August. The cloud platform is based on OpenStack, and will be generally available by the end of September.

According to Anchor, the architecture has been specifically designed for the performance needs of high-transactional workloads, typical of CMS and online retail applications like Magento and Adobe Experience Manager.

Anchor’s new cloud architecture is built on Intel hardware, and uses InfiniBand. SoftLayer announced earlier this week that it has added InfiniBand in order to support high-performance computing applications in the cloud.

“Online retailers know that maximising uptime and minimising page load times is vital for e-commerce success. That’s why our new OpenStack cloud features cutting-edge technologies such as Mellanox’s 56Gbps InfiniBand, raising cloud server performance to industry-leading levels,” Bart Thomas, CEO of Anchor said in a statement.
“We are strong proponents of open source and open standards,” Thomas said. “OpenStack is the obvious choice to power our new platform and the ideal building block for a new elastic cloud model that we’re working on. OpenStack has immense momentum right now, with adoption soaring in the enterprise, government and ecommerce communities.”

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