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17/09/2014
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RunAbove, developers talking to developers


In April 2014, the OVH group launched RunAbove, a high performance public cloud offer for developers and DevOps. Meeting with three architects of this new brand: Adélaide Moulière, Maxime Hurtrel and Pierre Ourdouillé



How did you get the idea to create RunAbove&#160?

Adélaïde Moulière : On the cloud market, developers are people who, in addition to resources, need special support. And they do not necessarily end up on the OVH.com site. So we wanted to approach them differently, while building on the strengths of the OVH group such as its network and hardware.

Maxime Hurtrel : The arrival of profiles "DevOps" also changed the situation: the developer also thinks about the start of production of its application, even in charge. But he does not want to do the job of system administrators. RunAbove is then the ultimate solution: DevOps do not have to worry about the constraints of the hardware, while not sacrificing the performance.


But why create an independent brand? Did the RunAbove offer not have its place at OVH.com&#160?

Pierre Ourdouillé : RunAbove marque l’adaptation du groupe OVH à une nouvelle ère informatique. Sans connaître le métier d’administrateur systèmes, nos clients peuvent orchestrer des infrastructures «  scalables  » haute performance, à partir d’une ou de plusieurs centaines de machines virtuelles (VM). Pour répondre aux besoins de cette cible différente, nous avons donc créé une identité différente. Avec une équipe indépendante dans ses choix et sa manière d’opérer.




"Without knowing the job of systems administrators, customers can orchestrate a « scalable » high performance infrastructure"



Who is behind RunAbove ?

A. M. : This is a multicultural and multilingual team of 14 people, based in Wroclaw, Poland; Brest and Roubaix, France; and Montreal, Canada. Most of these enthusiasts have participated in hubiC success, another brand of the OVH group. One of our other strengths is that there is no "hats" with programmers on one side and marketing on the other. Here, developers talk to developers.


How is RunAbove different from other public cloud offers ?

A. M. : Several companies are in this niche, but performance is rarely appointed. Above all, these companies only respond to some needs, with calculation-centered offers (VM supply), while RunAbove also offers storage and, in the coming months, more and more products will be added to the "orchestration" (automated management of complex infrastructures, NDR).

M. H. : Regarding the global leader in public cloud, it is difficult to understand its rates. It is full of "what if’s”. There is even a business around it, with paying solutions to simulate quotes! RunAbove, offers a simple pricing. Users can project in time and know how much their service will cost them at the end of the month.


How do you guarantee RunAbove performance ?

P. O. : There is only one VM per physical host. This is what allows even certain customers to get a better performance compared to that of a dedicated server; all that with the advantages of virtualization: high availability, rapid recovery of activity, OpenStack-compatible API, etc.


Why OpenStack in order to manage RunAbove infrastructure ?

M. H. : OpenStack has quickly established itself as a reference tool. We deliberately made the open source choice and we intend to participate actively in this community.

A. M. : These technologies are also popular because they are standardized and interoperable. A user can easily switch their data with us, and vice versa.

P. O. : Not to mention that we have a good knowledge of OpenStack with the development of hubiC. It is not because we are creating a brand that we have to start from scratch: our "object storage" already has over 2 billion items in production!






What are the main news to come ?

M. H. : We offer cloud IaaS, but we are moving towards PaaS. It is a strong demand from our users. The goal is to be compatible with all technologies that allow developers to access a personal PaaS platform. Regarding services, we will provide new advanced network features such as high availability with floating IP.

A. M. : We are also preparing a "cold storage" service for data archiving. We are still distinguished by a very aggressive pricing and a clear billing.


You announced the support of Docker, a containers software system. What is the point ?

A. M. : Current technologies allow a developer to stop wondering whether its application will adapt to a physical server, an instance or other. Docker disregards all that. It also offers the possibility to disregard the infrastructure provider. This facilitates an improved orchestration.

M. H. : Specifically, the developer application packages all the software layers below it: the correct version of Ruby, the good Ruby on Rails gem... in short, the entire environment. Later, as in shipping, it embarks its containers on the vessels of its choice. It can for example be divided into two suppliers, one in Europe and one in Asia to better connect these two markets, all this without repackaging.