Hosted Private Cloud

The Industry's First On-Demand Private Cloud: Flex Metal

  • Deploy Your Hosted Private Cloud in 15 Minutes
  • Built-in Security and Governance
  • Scale Up and Down as Needed
  • Total Cost of Ownership that Beats Public Clouds
  • Expand and Test Drive Your Infrastructure

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Private Cloud Hosting

Flex Metal Cloud provides an open source cloud for system administrators to
cost effectively supply cloud resources to their company or their customers.

How Does Flex Metal Cloud Work?

Flex Metal (Private) Cloud uses OpenStack, an enterprise-grade open-source cloud computing platform, to let users provision full private clouds with all the on-demand scaling and flexibility of public clouds. Plus, you can still have your bare metal servers in your cloud as well for your workloads that do not require virtualization or that need further isolation.

How Do I Start?

All Flex Metal Clouds start with a minimum of 3 HyperConverged servers. These three servers provide the overall management (Control Plane) and supply Compute and Storage. Start with 3 and scale to hundreds on demand.

HC Standard

The HC Standards can run everything from small high performance HyperConverged Clouds to very large disaggregated clouds.

  • Processor: Xeon D - 2.20/3.00Ghz Turbo 8C/16T
  • RAM: 128GB
  • Storage: 3.2TB NVMe SSD
  • Network: 2X10GBIT

HC Small

HC Smalls are perfect for small production clouds, test clouds, and training purposes.

  • Processor: Xeon E3 - 3.50Ghz/3.90Ghz Turbo 4C/8T
  • RAM: 64GB
  • Storage: 960GB SATA SSD
  • Network: 2X1GBIT

Private Cloud Starter Clusters

Many variables affect the recommended number of VMs and usable storage listed below. These numbers will vary based on your use cases. Additionally, we recommend running Hosted Private Clouds at around 80% of total capacity, and have used that in our own calculations. Running closer to max is possible, but can lead to undesired behavior.

Resources Recommended # of VMs and Storage
Flex Metal Cluster Price
(Daily/30 Day Discounted)
HyperConverged Small
3 Server Cluster
44 VMs
$21.00/day or
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3 Server Cluster
100 VMs
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3 HC Standard +
3 Compute +
3 Storage Blended
560 VMs
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3 HC Standard +
6 Compute +
4 Storage Blended
1020 VMs
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Flex Metal Central Portal Options

  • Manage access to your cloud resources and create self-service access for staff or departments.
  • Configure default virtual machine images and flavors.
  • Add or remove servers from your deployment.
  • View performance, usage, and overall health of your deployments, including configuration alert triggers to popular incidence management systems.
  • Access our Support Team via tickets or configure joint communication systems via a shared Slack channel with your deployment team.
  • Access our Ansible Tutorials for managing servers.

Flex Metal Scale Options

  • Scale Up Compute - Add additional compute by selecting a matching server from our pool, and adding to your Hosted Private Cloud network. Decide how to use that new server from command line automation or the Horizon interface.
  • Scale Down Compute - Remove compute by instructing OpenStack to depopulate that control node. Then use Flex Metal or our APIs to remove from your Hosted Private Cloud network.
  • Scale Up Storage - Add additional Storage by selecting a matching server from our pool and adding to your Hosted Private Cloud network. Then instruct Ceph to extend its cluster to include the new server.
  • Scale Down Storage - Remove storage by instructing Ceph to rebalance all data away from the server in question, then return that server.

Cut Cloud Costs in Half

Total Cost of Ownership that Beats Public Cloud Providers

Flex Metal helps IT leaders navigate complex infrastructure decisions by making cloud more cost effective.

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Source: “The Emerging Three-Tier Pricing Model For Private Cloud”

451 Research Cost Summary:
Private clouds owned and self-managed by enterprises can be cheaper than public cloud. The magic number to beat is about $25 per VM-month at 100% utilization. If the cost of the whole stack comes in under this number, then even with the addition of labor to manage that private cloud, it should be cheaper than public cloud.

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Flex Metal is a Clear Winner

Mid-Size deployments can reduce costs down to $10 per VM-month.

Obviously, with better labor efficiency, unit costs versus public cloud are lowered further, and the relative value of benefits increases.

Enterprises unable to achieve a labor efficiency of 300 VMs per engineer are unlikely to beat public cloud on price.

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Flex Metal is a Clear Winner

Scale up to 800 VMs per engineer with large Flex Metal deployments.

Power Your Enterprise

Ready to explore our Flex Metal Cloud Enterprise solution? Apply for the beta program today! Qualifying businesses may be eligible to save between $2,000/mo to $20,000/mo for up to 6 months.

Enterprise and Data Center Operation Options

Our Hosted Private Clouds can also be deployed in your data center. On-demand scaling is supported with restrictions based on logistics and distance from our hardware depots. Minimum footprints apply.

You want to run a cloud cluster in your data center.

Keep your capital expenses down and protect yourself from scale issues. Work with our team to size your cloud. We’ll even run your cloud if you wish.

You currently run a data center/colocation
and want to offer cloud to customers.

Explore new ways to fill your data center. Sell public cloud offerings like VMs and Storage, or complete racks as private clouds. Open new revenue streams fast and with low capital out.

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