StackVelocity Blog

Out with the Old; In with the New

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick, Vice President and General Manager on Dec 18, 2015 4:43:56 PM

As 2015 comes to a close, StackVelocity is celebrating the arrival of the New Year by ushering out the old and introducing the new—website, that is.

As you can see, we’ve replaced our old website and have launched a new one. The new “StackVelocity.com” is designed to more prominently showcase our hardware and cloud solutions, complete with descriptions, photographs and downloadable data sheets with specifications.

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SUSE Enterprise Storage

Posted by Russ Lindsay on Nov 3, 2015 9:44:00 AM

In the Spotlight: Software-Defined Storage Solutions from SUSE, StackVelocity & Cavium

Greetings from SUSECon 2015 in Amsterdam, where I am delighted to find myself surrounded by innovative technologies for enterprise IT

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OpenStack Support with Intel Inside

Posted by Jose Zero on Aug 20, 2015 3:35:20 PM

We said it before, and we’ll say it again: It’s an exciting time to be a part of the OpenStack community!

Since its inception five years ago, OpenStack has become the de facto standard for open source cloud solutions. A 2014 Linux.com survey identified OpenStack as the world’s most popular open-source cloud project, and as enterprise use cases have accumulated over the past year, evidence continues to mount that OpenStack is here to stay.

“OpenStack is an open source cloud platform that has become a compatibility standard for the private cloud market,” wrote Forrester analyst Lauren Nelson in her May 18 report “OpenStack is Ready — Are You?,” citing “Notable Fortune 100 enterprises like BMW, Disney, and Wal-Mart have irrefutably proven that OpenStack is viable for production environments.”

That’s exciting stuff, and StackVelocity is “all aboard” the OpenStack train, but we share Daniel Chow’s sentiments, shared recently in Computerworld:

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Topics: OpenStack

Introducing our “Technology Insights” Series

Posted by Jose Zero on Aug 18, 2015 8:23:00 AM

Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. That sentiment, loosely attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in the late 1800s, still today—well over 200 years later—conveys the essence of our drive for innovation at StackVelocity. Instead of building mousetraps, however, we’re building agile cloud infrastructures that help organizations achieve hyperscale datacenter efficiency.

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Topics: Technology Insights

Driving Efficiencies in Data Center Applications Deployment

Posted by Jose Zero on Jul 10, 2015 9:43:24 AM

The old paradigm of selecting between "comprehensive support" or "no support" for firmware, OS, and tools in the areas of critical data center management is becoming redundant for most of Tier 1 and Tier 2 customers. This is especially true for Tier 2 customers who dedicate a chunk of their resources to a core competency, leaving little funds available for peripheral activities in the data center such as web server functionality, security and benchmarking. This trend will persist as part of the nature of the business.

From the customer’s point of view, StackVelocity fills that gap by providing topical software support, security, power management and benchmarking. These critical areas share common processes and activities across customers enabling scale out to harvest efficiencies. From the provider’s point of view, StackVelocity facilitates extended sales force and local support to key customers. StackVelocity is a win-win for customers and providers.

Let’s talk about concrete cases.

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An OpenStack-Powered Planet

Posted by Russ Lindsay on Jun 10, 2015 2:46:28 PM

In the past month I’ve had the opportunity to witness a bit of technology prophecy coming to pass.


In mid May, the StackVelocity team and I joined 6,000+ others at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. openstack-poweredPlanetTogether, we represented 55 countries and 967 companies that converged in Vancouver in support of the open source software for powering clouds.

During his opening keynote, OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce announced the momentum behind the latest OpenStack community achievement—interoperability testing and federated identity—saying, “This is really creating an OpenStack-powered planet.”
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StackVelocity and Canonical team up to deliver cloud economics with on-premise security.

Posted by Jeff DiCorpo, Director of Strategic Initiatives on May 19, 2015 7:54:36 PM

We have been visiting with a lot of customers both here at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver and through the normal course of business. One of the things we have noticed is that there are some instances where the customer would like to deploy a cloud on premise, but would like to achieve the cost profile of the public cloud. To address this issue, we have teamed up with Canonical and leading financial service institutions to deliver on premise Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud solutions with the cash flow profile of a public cloud.

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Vancouver Bound—Visit Us at the OpenStack Summit

Posted by Jason Wildt on May 4, 2015 10:57:00 AM

As the StackVelocity team gears up for the OpenStack Summit starting May 18 in Vancouver, I am getting excited to attend the show. All indications are that OpenStack is entering a new age of maturity, and from that solid platform innovations are accelerating.

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NEWS: StackVelocity and Cavium Partner to Bring Advanced ARM Processor Efficiency to Open Compute Project

Posted by Russ Lindsay on Mar 10, 2015 10:15:00 AM

ThunderX™ 64-bit ARM processors to power OCP and OCS-compliant servers by StackVelocity.

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10, 2015 — Open Compute Project U.S. Summit StackVelocity, a business unit of Jabil and Cavium, Inc., (NASDAQ: CAVM) today announced that they will partner to deliver Open Compute Project (OCP) and OCP inspired Open Cloud Server (OCS) platforms based on ThunderX™ line of processors. The objective of the partnership is to provide best-in-class ARMv8 based server platforms to support diverse Hyperscale datacenter workloads.

The ThunderX product family is Cavium’s 64-bit ARMv8-A server processor for next generation Data Center and Cloud applications that features high performance custom cores, single and dual socket configurations, high memory bandwidth and large memory capacity. The product family also includes integrated hardware accelerators, integrated feature rich high bandwidth network and storage IO, fully virtualized core and IO, and scalable high bandwidth, low latency Ethernet fabric, which affords ThunderX best-in-class performance per dollar and watt. The ThunderX processor family is fully compliant with ARMv8-A architecture specifications as well as ARM’s SBSA and SBBR standards and is widely supported by industry leading OS, Hypervisor and Software tool and application vendors.

StackVelocity customers continue to demand integration services that support an ever increasing level of performance per watt and performance per dollar efficiency. “Companies looking seriously at Open Compute are intensely focused on squeezing every ounce of performance and efficiency from their data centers,” said Doug Taylor, General Manager, StackVelocity. “Cavium’s ThunderX architecture was designed to drive exceptional efficiency and performance, so collaborating with them to bring their ARM platform to Open Compute for scale-out IT operators worldwide made perfect sense.”

“The combination of StackVelocity -- a global system integrator of client workload-optimized server platforms – and Cavium, with deep roots in the Open Compute community, creates a powerful partnership, “ said Rishi Chugh, Director, Data Center Processor at Cavium. “Our relationship with StackVelocity enables us to deliver workload-optimized, flexible, scalable and efficient ARM-based OCP/OCS-compliant Data Center server solutions to the OCP community.”

The two companies made the announcement today at the Open Compute Project U.S. Summit in San Jose, California. Visitors to the Open Compute Project US Summit can visit StackVelocity and Cavium in booths C11 & C12 to learn more about ThunderXbased product offerings.


About StackVelocity
Based in San Jose, Calif., StackVelocity is global provider of integration and validation services for hyperscale cloud computing data centers running next-generation workloads. With more than 60 facilities worldwide, the company’s rack-level integrated solutions are designed for customers with specific requirements for open source software and cost-optimized hardware. StackVelocity is engaged with tier   one and two customers in the public cloud market, as well as SaaS providers and large enterprises. StackVelocity delivers services from deployment and support through logistics and on-site repair. StackVelocity is a business unit of Jabil. More at www.stackvelocity.com.

About Cavium
Cavium is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in enterprise, data center, cloud and wired and wireless service provider applications. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access and service provider equipment. Cavium’s processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium’s principal office is in San Jose, CA with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and China. For more information, please visit: http://www.cavium.com.

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Orchestration With Eyes Wide Open

Posted by Russ Lindsay on Mar 9, 2015 3:44:09 PM
Those of us in the world of IT should have our eyes wide open, scanning the horizon. On the one hand, our technology and product choices keep improving, and like proverbial kids in the candy story, it is appropriate that we are occasionally overwhelmed by our choices.
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Topics: OpenStack