Deep in the Cloud, Hopper shuffles some papers and notes before Brad Hart walks into the room. Brad Hart is the Project Manager for Cloud provider Thermo.io’s systems.
Today, Hopper and Brad are going to be talking about Thermo.io, the Cloud, and how fluffy the seating is.
Hopper: Hi Brad, glad to have you here in the Cloud.
Brad: Yes, it’s very fluffy. Much better than my couch back home.
Hopper: That’s probably why the Cloud has become so popular. Anyway, let’s get down to business. I’m going to get straight to the point and ask: What is Thermo.io?
Brad: Thermo.io is a cloud computing service developed with the client in mind. We found that there was sometimes a disconnect between a client’s needs and their cloud provider. We wanted to address that by being a cloud provider which cares about more than just making sure that a client’s VM is online.
Hopper: You said VM, what is that?
Brad: Sorry, Hopper! A VM is a virtual machine. Essentially, when we talk about the Cloud, we’re talking about a huge number of different machines connected together. Then, we split all those machines into smaller “virtual” machines through software. This way, we can allocate resources where they’re needed, when they’re needed.
An easy way to think about it might be like a power station. There are several different generators, but they all combine to create a power grid. With the Cloud, we have access to the “grid” and not just a single generator.
” [Cloud is] like a power station [except] with Cloud, we have access to the “grid” and not just a single generator.”
Hopper: How can Thermo.io help clients more than other cloud providers?
Brad: We call our experts Thermo.io physicists because they know a lot. Physicists are a clever bunch! They’re always on hand to assist with any problems clients are having with their VMs, from helping to get a client migrated from a previous provider or plan to performing basic networking tasks.
The Thermo.io physicists are also able to help with other, more complex problems for a small $3 fee. (Physicists have to eat too!) This includes installing or uninstalling software, updating a VM’s kernel, recompiling PHP, and much more.
They don’t do application development or more complicated debugging, but we do know some developers we can connect you with!
Hopper: I’ve been seeing the words IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS around a lot. What are these and which one is better?
Brad: These are different ways in which cloud providers handle and offer the Cloud to clients. With Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), the hardware is the main focus. With Platform as a Service (PaaS), the hardware and infrastructure are all managed but anything software-wise is left up to the client. With Software as a Service (SaaS), most of everything is done for you including software installs and updates. You just have to upload the content.
Thermo.io is a Platform as a Service. We manage all of the hardware and infrastructure requirements so that clients can start programming and developing whatever it is they need.
Hopper: So you’re basically offering a reliable cloud computing service which leaves a client free to do what they do best: program? So, what can a programmer do with Thermo.io right now?
Brad: When you open an account with Thermo.io, what we’re giving you is essentially an open sandbox. There’s nothing complex, just a scalable cloud server which you can use for whatever you want.
A couple of examples of what you can do which spring to mind include web hosting, file storage, application development, or offsite backups. However, I’m sure that there are many more. Unlike some of the other cloud providers out there, Thermo.io is designed to be incredibly malleable. That means it’s there to change and revolve around the needs of the user. There are potentially a lot of uses for Thermo.io which we haven’t even considered!
Hopper: What are the future possibilities of Thermo.io?
Brad: Theoretically, they’re limitless. As I just said, Thermo.io can currently be used for any number of cloud computing requirements; cloud hosting, cloud storage, cloud backups, cloud applications, and a lot more.
Over time, we’re working towards new applications for Thermo.io. One of those being Cryptocurrency and vGPU provisioning. This will mean clients will be able to use their Thermo.io server to mine crypto in the future. We’re working on it and recent developments in OpenStack are starting to show a lot of promise versus traditional blockchain mining methods.
Ultimately, Thermo.io will continue to evolve with its clients, so if you’re looking for something which it seems Thermo.io can’t do, just get in touch! Like I said before, we’re different than other cloud providers because we offer more than just a server.
” Theoretically, [the possibilities of Thermo.io] are limitless “
Hopper: What do you think is one of the best things about Thermo.io?
Brad: I think that the fact that Thermo.io runs on OpenStack is great! Open Source should be the future of pretty much anything digital; with a large community behind a piece of software it opens up so many new possibilities.
Not only does OpenStack give us the ability to give our clients more control, it also means lower costs, high quality, and a community which is as helpful as it is large.
Hopper: Thanks for the time today Brad. Anything you want to add before I get back to monitoring the Cloud?
Brad: Just that Thermo.io is really all about creating a service which revolves around the user. We’re not the biggest cloud provider, but that works to our advantage because it means we are able to give much better and tailored support. When it comes to support, Thermo.io is definitely one of the top cloud providers.
Also, you really are lucky to have such great seating arrangements up here!
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Originally published April 17, 2018.