Lithium Using Mirantis OpenStack and OpenContrail to Offer SDN-Based Social Platform as a Service

By Laura Stotler July 22, 2015

Lithium has unveiled a cloud-native Web application architecture designed to deliver a “Social as a Service” platform. The company specializes in enabling customers to embed customizable social networking functionality into their websites as well as a host of other features key to sales and marketing initiatives.

The company’s SaaS platform enables everything from marketing campaign management to tracking free-range conversations through a variety of global social networks. Customers may also use the solution to track websites and brand social health using metrical indices, as well as to drill down to analyze social metrics. The result is deriving optimal return on investment from social media marketing efforts.

Lithium began development of its architecture using the Mirantis OpenStack solution to build a production IaaS cloud featuring the OpenContrail Apache open networking design, which enables SDN. The company is now incorporating a container-based model using Docker along with Kubernetes for container orchestration and clustering. This enables development, testing and deployment on a single platform for speed, scalability and ease of use.

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The result of these development efforts is that Lithium has built out a hybrid solution that works on multiple IaaS platforms, including Mirantis OpenStack, AWS and Google Compute Engine. OpenContrail SDN capabilities offer network support across the board, ensuring the platform runs smoothly and efficiently.

According to Lachlan Evenson, team lead for cloud platform engineering at Lithium, the next step in development will be to derive services from Mirantis OpenStack to help evolve its hybrid cloud platform architecture. This will also be useful for deploying a single, unified SDN as the underlying infrastructure for virtual machines and containers. Evenson added that using the IaaS SDN in this way provides major efficiencies as well as flexibility and scalability.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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