The project aims at producing a European Cloud Database Appliance for providing a Database as a Service able to match the predictable performance, robustness and trustworthiness of on premise architectures such as those based on mainframes.
The project will evolve cloud architectures to enable the increase of the uptake of cloud technology by providing the robustness, trustworthiness, and performance required for applications currently considered too critical to be deployed on existing clouds.
CloudDBAppliance will deliver a cloud database appliance featuring:
1. A scalable operational database able to process high update workloads such as the ones processed by banks or telcos, combined with a fast analytical engine able to answer analytical queries in an online manner.
2. A Hadoop data lake integrated with the operational database to cover the needs from companies on big data.
3. A cloud hardware appliance leveraging the next generation of hardware to be produced by Bull, the main European hardware provider. This hardware is a scale-up hardware similar to the one of mainframes but with a more modern architecture.
Our solution is designed for data intensive applications.
Many applications are being migrated to the cloud because of its convenience and ease of use. However, there is still a subset of applications, which are not widespread in the cloud. They are mainly data-intensive and time critical applications.
Data intensive applications, if ever migrated, experience bad performance in the cloud as current cloud database infrastructure fails to satisfy high loads and does not provide predictable performance. The lack of predictable performance, in turn, leads to inability of time critical applications to satisfy strict Service Level Agreement (SLAs) requirements imposed on them.
Many of today’s critical applications run on mainframes due to their high resilience and high performance. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent to them in the cloud till today.
This is precisely the vision of CloudDBAppliance: creating a cloud database appliance, which can replicate the performance and resilience of mainframes in cloud data centres. The goal is not only to match their performance and resilience, but also to expand their current capabilities.
CloudDBAppliance will deliver a European appliance with a leading-edge hardware platform, the new Bullion generation equipped with an ultra-scalable operational database, LeanXcale boosted with its ultra-efficient storage engine able to scale up linearly to 1,000+ cores and integrated with ActivePivot that will provide real-time analytics over the operational data of LeanXcale.
The CloudDBAppliance outcomes will be validated through five real industrial use application scenarios in three verticals: Finance/Banking: Real-Time Risk Analysis, ATM Optimization,
Telco: Cell phone number mobility, Retail: Proximity marketing and real-time pricing.