Snapdeal has announced the launch of its own hybrid cloud platform, Snapdeal Cirrus, powered by OpenStack. It is the first cloud platform in India to adopt open source with OpenStack at its core and the company says it's also one of the largest OpenStack deployments to a hybrid cloud in the world.
Snapdeal Cirrus spans three data center regions and uses 16 PB of storage, 100G SDN infrastructure and 100,000 cores, making it a platform that is almost incomparable on an investment scale.
In the company's blog, Snapdeal's chief technology officer Rajiv Mangla, says that traditionally public cloud becomes cost-inefficient. As a result, the company built its own scalable and secure private cloud in just ten months.
“Snapdeal Cirrus is a fully automated software defined data center and cloud platform, where infrastructure is built and managed as code. We are extremely proud of what our team has achieved — Snapdeal Cirrus is one of the few successful examples globally of a large hybrid cloud built at a scale of public cloud, purely using open source technologies like OpenStack and Ceph," Mangla says.
Snapdeal states that the cloud solution will also help manage online traffic through its e-commerce website, particularly through big data analysis, more personalized experience and business growth through platform security.
The company says Cirrus will also benefit India through performance gains and more reliable and 'frictionless' services.
Snapdeal is one of India's largest online marketplaces. E-commerce in India reaches around 80 million online shoppers and expected to grow to 175 million in the next four years.
“At more than 100,000 cores and 16 petabytes of storage, Snapdeal Cirrus is one of the largest OpenStack deployments globally. Retail is one of the fastest growing vertical markets for OpenStack, and Snapdeal is among a growing group of ecommerce players outside of North America who are embracing OpenStack and the open source approach in delivering services and innovation to their customers,” concludes Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation executive director.