Joyent Unveils Its Next-Gen Cloud System

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-19 Print this article Print

The company says SmartDataCenter is currently utilized by many customers on Joyent's public cloud,, and in Dell Data Center Solutions.

Cloud system software maker Joyent Jan. 19 introduced a new version of what it calls its cloud operating system, SmartDataCenter 6, an integrated suite of software and services for enterprises and service providers to launch and maintain public, private and hybrid clouds.

The company said SmartDataCenter is utilized by thousands of customers on Joyent's public cloud,, and Dell Data Center Solutions.

Service providers deploying the suite can manage the compute, storage and network of multitenant cloud environments through a single development platform. This system enables the data center to work like a single unified computer allowing for optimal data center management, Joyent said.

Key features of the platform include complete automation of the data center, with virtualization that supports complex, multidevice architectures, virtual LANs, load balancing, routing and virtual private networks (VPNs); a Web-based portal to manage the entire collection of cloud services; scalability that delivers unlimited scalability in a multitenant cloud; and an environment that ranges across numerous physical data centers.

Joyent uses lightweight virtualization for Web stacks (PHP, Java, Ruby on Rails), and offers as high as 70 percent higher utilization rates, the company said.

Dell was the first customer to license Joyent's SmartDataCenter in March 2010, and the company currently delivers public and private cloud services to its customers. Joyent also services China Cache, a service provider in mainland China using the platform to deliver to customers the latest in cloud services.

SmartDataCenter 6 will be generally available in March 2011, though service providers can currently get access to the technologies through Joyent and its partners.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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