Cloud Inside DreamHost

DreamCompute Is Here

Today is an exciting day for us at DreamHost as DreamCompute exits private beta and moves to “advanced beta.”

DreamCompute is the public cloud computing service from DreamHost. While the word “cloud” is thrown around a lot these days, nobody can really agree on what “the cloud” is.  For us it’s about giving you, our customers, unparalleled power and control. It’s about creating on-demand virtual servers from pre-configured sizes and choosing their operating systems with full administrative privileges.

Lots of cloud providers are a black box – you have no visibility into how they’re running their services. If you ask, the response is usually “no comment” or “that’s proprietary” IF you’re lucky enough to get a reply at all. We do things differently here, we embrace open source software and practice shameless honesty. That’s why I’ve got no problem telling you that DreamCompute is powered by open source technologies OpenStack and Ceph . Ceph is the massively scalable storage technology created in the DreamHost Labs. We’ve even created some special sauce for our networking within OpenStack so that we can give you IPv6 support and L3+ services. Guess what? We open sourced that and put it on GitHub! We call it Akanda.

We took a different approach to pricing from other cloud providers, too – by using quotas. That means that you can launch as many instances as you’d like, create block storage devices, and allocate public IPs so long as you stay within the resource caps of the quota. It allows for a lot of flexibility without having to guess what your bill will be at the end of the month.

I think you’ll like our open approach to cloud computing. Our goal is to give you the power and features of a large-scale service provider with the personality, pricing, and concern for your needs of a small one. Check it out   and let me know your feedback!


And one more thing, you can hang out with us on IRC! #DreamCompute on freenode.


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Justin Lund