In an exclusive interview with InternetNews, Simon Anderson, CEO of Dreamhost explained why his firm has chosen to embrace the open source OpenStack cloud platform and how it all relates to the existing business of web hosting.
Anderson said that Dreamhost was starting to get a lot of requests from customers to launch cloud services similar to Amazon. Dreamhost decided to go with OpenStack and began contributing code to the open source effort 18 months ago.
In comparison to co-location, virtual private server and shared hosting, the new DreamCompute cloud services are a bit different. Cloud offers distributed scale out storage as well as truly virtualized infrastructure.
“It’s also a big difference in the way the end user chooses to consume the services,” Anderson said. “We don’t see shared hosting or virtual private server (VPS) hosting going away, we see it continuing strong into the future.”