Morphlabs, which as built itself up as a provider of OpenStack products designed for service providers and enterprises, has launched a modular, OpenStack-based public cloud platform. Designed for cloud services providers, mCloud Osmium enables them to quickly implement highly-scalable public clouds without the need for large amounts of research, development or capital investments.

In addition to launching a public cloud offering for its service provider customers, Morphlabs also announced an update to its mCloud Helix private cloud platform, which the company claims provides 2.5 times the compute power over the previous version.

Morphlabs' mCloud Osmium was developed as a multi-tenant, scalable public cloud offering with built-in billing software to give service providers the ability to compete with Amazon Web Services in both price and performance. Of course, the real trick there is Morphlabs is trying to make that possible for providers with minimal investment -- but that's one of the reasons open-source projects come in handy.

The new mCloud Osmium enables service providers to build a public cloud in 100 vCPU and 15 TB blocks, but they can scale as needed. Additionally, it's meant to eliminate complex software licensing for the provider. Service providers can subscribe to the software for $1,000 a month -- the equivalent of $10 per vCPU per month.

If the software lives up to its promises, then it may give service providers a quick and easy way to get into offering OpenStack-based PaaS offerings, which would be a boon to new cloud service providers struggling with finding the capital to build out their own public cloud offerings.

On the private cloud front, mCloud Helix 2.0 more than doubles the previous version's capacity and scaling. Available in hosted and on-premise configurations, the private cloud solution moves internal storage and compute power from 3 TB to 4 TB and 80 vCPU to 200 vCPU, respectively.