Amsterdam, October 1st, 2018
Nexedi launched today the beta phase of rapid.space, a low cost, high performance cloud service entirely based on Open Hardware, Open Source / Free Software and circular economy. For 25EUR, developers can reserve immediately a dedicated Open Compute Project (OCP) server with 256 GB of RAM, 20 Intel Xeon core, 4 TB SSD, 10 Gbps network and 1 Gbps shared internet transit. The server is charged 195EUR / month as soon as it is delivered with 390EUR paid upfront.
Jean-Paul Smets, CEO of Nexedi, explains: "rapid.space slashes cloud costs for developers, startup companies, government and corporations. Just like a low cost airline, everything was designed in rapid.space to reach the lowest possible price by removing any non essential feature, component or process. Compared to traditional dedicated hosting and public clouds, rapid.space is 30% to 95% cheaper."
Jean-Marie Verdun of ITRenew, says: "rapid.space utilizes our groundbreaking Sesame products. By applying circular economy practices, we have created the first and only line of high-performance, recertified compute servers and storage systems that meets the same business objectives as new hardware. We start with systems built for the most sophisticated hyperscale data centers and designed according to OCP standards. Then, using our unique processes and IP, we engineer the hardware into a line of products with reliability, quality, and LTV performance comparable new OEM systems but available at less than half the price."
Steve Helvie, VP of Channel Development at Open Compute Project: "Jean Marie and the team at ITRenew continue to do a great job enabling local partners like Nexedi through a circular economy business model focused on OCP solutions."
Rafael Monnerat, VP for rapid.service, explains: "rapid.space is entirely based on Open Source / Free Software. This means that any of our customers can contribute to any part of rapid.space platform: provisioning, monitoring, disaster recovery, accounting, billing, etc. It also means that any of our customers could copy our platform and become their own cloud provider. And, thanks to Zero Knowledge technology, we make sure that we do not store in our platform any sensitive customer information."
Jean-Paul Smets concludes: "rapid.space is the first cloud operator that implements full transparency of its platform through full source code disclosure. Our target market consists of developers looking for big servers at low cost. rapid.space applications include: big data, A.I., continuous integration, disaster recovery, ERP backend, e-commerce backend, Virtual Radio Access Network (VRAN), etc."
Open Compute Compute Foundation endorsement of Rapid.Space as new community member.
Steve Helvie, VP of Compute Compute Foundation, with Rafael Monnerat, COO of Rapid.Space.
IT Renew booth at OCP Summit in Amsterdam.