Sovereign Cloud Stack

Sovereign Cloud Stack (SCS) is federated cloud technology built entirely with Open Source Software — putting users and providers in control.

StackHPC is one of the leading OpenStack consultancies working with research institutions worldwide. Formed in 2016, StackHPC has established a formidable reputation with eminent organisations developing OpenStack for their benefit and enabling OpenStack client teams to support their mission critical operations. StackHPC is a committed member of the Open Infrastructure Foundation and SCS Community. Our focus is on the Research or Scientific Computing landscape where the demands of high performance computing can place exacting requirements on the underlying configuration of the infrastructure, especially when dealing with the software-defined complexities of modern on-premise cloud infrastructure, together with extending this model to hybrid cloud environments. While Research Computing remains our focus, we also support clients across the industrial, retail and financial sectors who share a similar mission in performance.

Installation

We provide design and installation services based around the deployment of OpenStack infrastructure using Kolla-Ansible and a rigorous release methodology for CI/CD day 1 and day 2 operations. OpenStack systems can range from traditional virtualised infrastructure to large-scale bare metal systems.

Training

We offer workshops for clients to build up the local skill set, capabilities and confidence in order to help teams tasked with OpenStack administration become effective and self-sustaining as quickly as possible. More details can be found here.

Support

We provide 3rd-level support to our OpenStack and Ceph clients with built-in upgrades to the latest OpenStack releases.

Operations

We provide extensive Operations workshops with topics including: Step-by-step deployment of an OpenStack control plane into a virtualised lab environment (“A Universe from Nothing”); A deep dive into the control plane to understand how it fits together and how it works; Operations and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) principles. Best practices for operating cloud infrastructure. Monitoring and logging for OpenStack infrastructure and workloads

Consulting

Deployment and support of numerous OpenStack platforms for secure and trusted (e.g Clinical Medicine); Assisting organisations on the migration of HPC workloads to Public and Hybrid Cloud; Performing technical assurance and mitigation strategies for OpenStack deployments

Other

Community and Dissemination Activities include Contributions upstream to OpenStack Project Technology Lead activities in OpenStack projects Chairmanship and participation in the OpenStack Scientific SIG