This week large part of our hardware was delivered to our premises. SAIL WPD (Work package Cloud Networking) has set out to build a large prototype of a cloud network spanning three different hosting sites. One of the sites will be in HP in Bristol, another one will be in Ericsson Stockholm and the last one will be in Institut Telecom, Paris. Additionally, we may connect the prototype to the existing infrastructure of GRID5000.
The hardware we chose for this testbed is based on powerful HP servers (D380) featuring 12 cores each @2.8GHz. Each of the servers has plenty of memory (48GB) to allow for a large number of virtual machines to be deployed. The servers feature Intel NICs (X520-DA2) with 2x10GbE ports and hardware support for virtualization (VMDq).
These servers are going to be connected locally through an HP E5406 switch and to the other sites via IPSec tunnels. The IPSec tunnels will be established using state of the art Clavister firewalls.
At Ericsson we are currently in the process of installing these servers. Soon we should have some blinking lights in the rack.
So why do we need all of this hardware? Well, look out for my next post.
Disclosure and disclaimer: I am engaged in SAIL, an ICT project around the Future Internet, on behalf of Ericsson. However the opinions expressed in this post are my personal, and not those of the SAIL project or my employer.