Online marketplace Snapdeal has launched its own private cloud platform, Snapdeal Cirrus.
Snapdeal Cirrus is a hybrid cloud, which expands seamlessly to the public cloud and allows various applications to be dynamically assigned to run in different parts of the cloud. It is a fully automated software-defined data centre and cloud platform, where infrastructure is built and managed as code.
Commenting on the launch, Rajiv Mangla, Chief Technology Officer, Snapdeal said, “Snapdeal was born in the cloud, but public clouds stop being cost efficient after a scale, which became the case for Snapdeal sometime last year. In a short span of 10 months, we have succeeded in building an extremely resilient, scalable and secure solution. Snapdeal Cirrus is one of the few successful examples globally of a large hybrid cloud built at a scale of public cloud, purely using open source technologies.”
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Cirrus is built entirely on open source with OpenStack at the centre. Snapdeal Cirrus spans across three data centre regions, with a highly dense server architecture of 100,000 cores, 16 PB (petabytes) of storage and a robust 100G Software-Defined Networking infrastructure. The private cloud solution has been built and operationalised in under a year. It is timed to handle long-term growth in traffic.
Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation said, “At more than 100,000 cores and 16 petabytes of storage, Snapdeal Cirrus is one of the largest OpenStack deployments globally. Retail is one of the fastest growing vertical markets for OpenStack, and Snapdeal is among a growing group of ecommerce players outside of North America who are embracing OpenStack and the open source approach in delivering services and innovation to their customers.”
The launch will meet the fast growing demand for crunching Big Data to build personalised and relevant experiences for consumers. This move will enable Snapdeal to ensure that business growth is augmented with platform speed, security, and stability. It is expected to yield cost savings and will also lead to exponential performance gains across its applications.