This presentation explains the different options of Rapid.Space in China. It is intended for international companies with presence in China that are looking for a resilient infrastructure with global presence.
We will first introduce Nexedi, its track record and its presence in China.
Then we will then the concepts of open compute project and open networking, both in terms of ecosystem and case study.
It should then become obvious that anyone could save tremendous amount of money by relying on Rapid.Space or similar approaches compated to traditional cloud and networking solutions.
Nexedi is probably the largest Free Software publisher with more than 10 products and 15 million lines of code. Nexedi does not depend on any investor and is a profitable company since day 1.
Nexedi clients are mainly large companies and governments looking for scalable enterprise solutions such as ERP, CRM, DMS, data lake, big data cloud, etc.
Rapid.Space (https://rapid.space/) is a high performance, low cost cloud infrastructure that provides:
It is available in Europe and soon in China through partner company. It is based on SlapOS and Open Compute Project (OCP) hardware, the same as the one used by Facebook, Yahoo! Japan, Booking.com, etc.
Everything about Rapid.Space is public.
Nexedi focuses on entreprise projects of mid to large size. We have now nearly 20 years of entreprise IT.
Big&Go is our largest project with 100.000 invoices generated per hour on a distributed database hosted on both Rapid.Space cloud and OVH cloud..
Nexedi has implemented an edge computing box for an autonotive company. This edge computing box includes an ERP and MES that can be used to manage a small factory. All services are deployed automatically, including low latency IPv6 network and CDN.
Teralab is a big data infrastructure which provides various services including AI French government. It is powered by Nexedi's SlapOS software and ITRenew's OCP servers. See: https://www.nexedi.com/success/slapos-IMT-Documents.Teralab.Success.Case.
RapiSpace.cn will block any illegal use in China.
open source hardware
everyone can copy
2X00€-3X00€ / server (24 core, 256 GB RAM, 4 TB SSD)
69€ / server / month
Used by Facebook, Yahoo Japan, Booking.com, etc.
Server itself costs about 2500€ fully equipped (256 GB RAM, 4 TB SSD, 40 vcores). This price is possible by using re-certified hardware. The hardware is based on OCP standard, the same standard as the one Facebook is using. We use Splitted Desktop (SDS) as our supplier. We actually launched Rapid.Space to also help SDS showcase their technology, since OCP only makes sense economically if one purchases a complete rack (it is incovenient to operate a single server).
This is how Rapid.Space hardware platform looks like. It is mainly a console to order and monitor Rapid.Space services such as virtual machines or CDN.
open source hardware - everyone can copy
16 x 40 Gbps - X00-X000€
Used by Facebook, Microsoft Azure, Tesla in China
Replaces traditional routers at Tencent
Powered by Broadcom, Bigfoot, Cavium, Mellanox
We now need a switch. Ideally, we would prefer an unmanaged switch (cheaper, safer, more stable) because all networking is software based on SlapOS. But we would find for less than 500€ a 16 port 40 Gbps managed switch (also open hardware). With the right splitting cables, this is same as a 64 port 10 Gbps switch.
re6st was created to fix problems of current Internet through an IPv6 overlay network.
In today's Internet, latency is usually sub-optimal and telecommunication providers provide unreliable transit. There are lots of network cuts. DPI systems introduce sometimes data corruption in basic protocols (ex. TCP). Governments add censorship and bogus routing policies, in China for example. There is no way to ensure that two points A and B on the Internet can actually interconnect. The probability of connectivity fault is about 1% in Europe/USA and 10% inside China. It is too much for industrial applications.
Without re6st, SlapOS (or any distributed container system) can not work. If one has to deploy 100 orchestrated services over a network of edge nodes with a 1% probability of faulty routes, the overall probability of failure quickly becomes too close to 100%. There is therefore no way to deploy edge without fixing the Internet first.
This is very easy to understand in China. But it is also true in Europe and USA (maybe not yet in Japan).
re6st routing provides one solution to that. re6st is available in China (license: 中华人民共和国增值电信业务经营许可证：沪A1-20140091). Nexedi has the right to provide global low latency high resiliency IPv6 network for IoT.
In addition to re6st, we use buffering to that we do not lose data sent by edge nodes (gateways or sensors) in case of application server failure for example:
Both re6st and fluentd are used in all IoT deployments done by Nexedi and based on SlapOS.
At least one 100 Mbps Internet access per site
Two or more access from different suppliers on large sites