What is a MicroCloud?
Deploy a fully functional cloud in minutes:
snap install microcloud lxd microceph microovn
MicroClouds are built with simplicity and automation in mind. With MicroClouds, both deployment and on-site operations are automated with low to no on-site maintenance, regardless of whether you're running it at the back of the office or at a hard-to-reach remote edge site.
Secure with hassle-free updates
While smaller in scale, your MicroClouds will still likely process big amounts of data. They may also run sensitive workloads. Security and prompt vulnerability updates are the key priorities to ensure your data is kept safe. MicroCloud components are packaged using snaps, providing an extra layer of isolation while enabling worry-free updates.
Cost and resource efficient
In addition to standard Ubuntu Server or Desktop, MicroClouds can also be run on Ubuntu Core – a lightweight OS optimised for the edge. Combined with Ubuntu Core, users get a truly lightweight cloud, giving you resource efficiency without compromising on performance, while keeping costs at bay.
Download the MicroCloud datasheet
What is the size of a MicroCloud?
MicroClouds are highly available by default, so a minimum of three systems are needed.
They can easily extend in site size and scale from a small three-node to larger 50-node clusters.
LXD is a modern infrastructure tool that has everything you need to run your virtualised workloads. In addition to regular VMs, users can run their workloads using system containers that behave similarly but consume fewer resources while providing bare-metal performance.
LXD is image-based. It supports a wide range of Linux distributions, as well as Windows VMs, and has a good mix of cloud-like features.
Ceph has become a de facto standard for open-source storage solutions. It provides interfaces for several storage types (block, file and object) within a single cluster, eliminating the need for multiple storage solutions. It is scalable and reliable, making it the perfect solution for any cloud.
OVN is a trusted open source software-defined networking solution. It provides virtual network abstractions, such as virtual L2 and L3 overlays, security groups, DHCP and other networking services. It was designed to support highly scalable and production-grade implementations.
- Highly available cluster deploys in minutes.
- Automatic security updates and streamlined upgrades.
- Runs virtual machines, or system containers for higher density.
- Remote authentication, RBAC, projects and multi-user setup.
- Easily replicated at scale.
- Fully open-source, commercial support available with Ubuntu Pro.