Friday, January 21, 2011

Cluster or Cloud???

Recently, Universidad del Valle acquired a bunch of machines. I'm in charge of determining the best software solution for those machines. The acquired equipment is 10 BL645C G6 HP worker nodes and one DL385 G6 HP head node. Those computing elements come along with a storage solution with 4 TB of capacity.

This equipment will be dedicated to different research activities at Engineering Faculty. Initially, I decided to install a cluster-based operating system, e.g. Rocks; however with new open source cloud solutions I'm not sure what is the "best" choice. On one hand, OpenStack looks a strong candidate because it is totally open but I'm not sure how many troubles could arise during the deployment of that solution. On the other hand, Eucalyptus is a strong candidate but it could show restrictions on the community edition.

I would appreciate hear about your experience and any advice related with what technology is best suitable for attending the new coming computational demands.

Thanks so much for your help,

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