Rise of the Bare-Metal Clouds

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced it is implementing two high-power clouds – called  "Chameleon" and "CloudLab" - that will enable researchers to develop and experiment with "novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications" of cloud computing. Chameleon is a large-scale, reconfigurable experimental environment for cloud research, built on 650 cloud nodes with 5 petabytes of storage. CloudLab is a large-scale distributed infrastructure, designed to enable researchers to construct many different types of clouds. Each site will have unique hardware, architecture and storage features, and will connect to the others via 100 gigabit-per-second connections on Internet2's advanced platform, NSF says.

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