In ww04-2014, Robert J. Morrison of the Intel Software & Services Group started posting these weekly news roundups about OpenStack:
For the first time, the OpenStack Summit is coming to Europe. The 10th OpenStack Summit will be held November 3-7, 2014 at the Palais de Congrès and the Le Meridien in Paris. … More than 1,100 submissions were received in the call for papers, covering topic areas including:
Cloud application developers and applications, Telco cloud strategies, including network function virtualization (NFV), Enterprise case studies and best practices on the path to enterprise cloud adoption, Data sovereignty and privacy issues
… Since being elected as the OpenStack Neutron PTL, I’ve been mostly heads down working to ensure the Neutron project has a successful Juno release. Increasingly, and especially near OpenStack Juno milestone deadlines, I’m seeing frustration from new contributors around their contributions to Neutron. I sent an email to the openstack-dev mailing list this morning addressing this in a terse form, this blog is an attempt to expand upon that email.
…. While each has its’ advantages, Ceph provides both block storage and file storage capabilities, while Swift focuses on object storage. Yet, individual preferences don’t answer the fundamental question: “Is Ceph better than Swift?” This is a shortsighted way of thinking. The reality is that Ceph and Swift aren’t competitors and certainly don’t have to be rivals. While there is a bit of feature overlap, they are two different technologies with different purposes. More importantly, Ceph and Swift can amicably cohabitate in the same deployment.
Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis
GigaSpaces Technologies today announced it has completely re-architected its Cloudify offering to provide Intelligent Orchestration of applications on the cloud. With this product rewrite, the new Cloudify orchestration platform simplifies the application deployment, management and scaling experience on OpenStack, VMware vSphere and other clouds and environments.
AT&T, IBM and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) have developed technology that is designed to connect multiple clouds in 40 seconds. The prototype will enable organizations that seek to connect disparate cloud environments to reduce the labor, cost and time it takes to integrate. This prototype was built on the OpenStack platform, and leverages an on-demand bandwidth format to ensure unnecessary resources aren’t wasted with constant connectivity.
… CPLANE NETWORKS Dynamic Virtual Networks (DVN) delivers high performance OpenStack virtual networks that are easy to deploy and scale to the demands of mega-scale data centers. Datavision's SDN Now services accelerate OpenStack deployments through unified planning, design and technology integration. When combined with DVN's "zero-touch" configuration and management, customers can dramatically shorten the time and resources required to deploy private and hybrid clouds.
Neophase Technologies Limited …. has entered into a partnership with Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., to distribute Piston OpenStack in Europe. The partnership combines the power of Piston OpenStack, the company's agile OpenStack private cloud software, with Neophase's cloud computing expertise to help businesses across Europe meet their business objectives. [Piston is a smaller distro, but has some traction]
Cloudify introduced the 3.0 version of its cloud monitoring system this week, bringing together what had previously been two separate functions in managing cloud-based applications: orchestration and monitoring. By capturing knowledge of how the application is configured, Cloudify is in a stronger position to know what to do when something interferes with its effective operation. GigaSpaces founder and CTO Nati Shalom, says Cloudify is "OpsWorks for OpenStack private clouds" and other, non-Amazon clouds.
… Tapjoy, a mobile app marketing firm based in San Francisco, did its due diligence and decided to move a big chunk of its workload from bare-metal servers … to OpenStack — but to OpenStack managed for it by Metacloud…. according to Tapjoy Head of Operations Wes Jossey … “We wanted the efficiency and the flexibility of a cloud environment but OpenStack was too complicated to do on our own without hiring a lot of new people.” And that’s the rub on OpenStack: It can probably do everything you want, provided you know how to set it up and deploy its many modules properly. It is complicated and upgrades and migrations from one version to the next can be a bear.
OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform for both public and private clouds, has been generating a lot of buzz in the IT world, garnering supporters ranging from AT&T, Rackspace, and the Linux Foundation to IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, and Yahoo. But it has been viewed as lacking critical capabilities in networking and usability. InfoWorld Editor-at-Large Paul Krill met up with Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the foundation, and Mark Collier, the foundation's COO, at the recent O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore., to talk about where OpenStack stands and its future.
SAP today announced that it has become a sponsor of two key open source communities: Cloud Foundry®, the industry-leading open platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and the OpenStack Foundation, delivering the industry-leading open infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). In addition, SAP announced new cloud-based developer tools SAP HANA® Answers and SAP® River Rapid Development Environment. The announcements were made at the O'Reilly OSCON Open Source Convention , held July 20-24 in Portland, Oregon.
See also: SAP throws in with the OpenStack crowd
When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years, the crucial OpenStack project has struggled with governance at least as much as with the technical and organizational issues of coordinating inputs from thousands of individuals and many companies.
Organisations are constantly told that they need to be leveraging the cloud and all the apparent business advantages it brings. But the wealth of services and infrastructures on the market makes devising an appropriate cloud strategy a complex challenge. Just what is the best fit for your business? The answer may be the scalable, versatile OpenStack model that's proving increasingly popular in the enterprise. David Fishman, global VP of marketing for cloud vendor Mirantis, told us where the technology is currently at and where it's heading.
Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis
GoDaddy needed a cloud platform that would keep up with rapid growth. The cloud platform had to be scalable, flexible and agile …. “OpenStack provides a broad collection of key services with great community and multiple vendor support. It is the best long term choice.”
Intigua …. has raised a $10 million Series B round led by Intel Capital. … The company helps large organizations manage their infrastructure by making it easier for IT to provision, configure and update their management stacks. While projects like OpenStack, for example, help companies manage their services, storage and networks, Intigua takes care of then assigning and configuring them with the right agents, security certificates and settings according to a company’s policies.
Catbird, a software vendor that offers security policy automation and enforcement solutions for virtual machines, started shipping its first product Tuesday to intelligently protect OpenStack-powered clouds. The … company previously offered logic-based security only for networks powered by VMware. This week’s upgrade of the company’s flagship Catbird 6.0 release came in response to feedback from customers, especially large Internet service and telecommunications providers, who built their private clouds with OpenStack running atop the KVM hypervisor.
[Posting from the Foundation on the naming for the K release, and why the name was chosen]
What's in a name? Quite a bit, actually. To ensure compatibility between products sharing the same name, it's important that users can expect a core set of features to be consistent across different distributions. This is especially true with large projects like OpenStack which are made up of many interlocking components. Rob Hirschfeld is working to solve this problem. He serves as co-chair of the OpenStack DefCore committee, which is leading the effort to create a firm definition to OpenStack by defining the capabilities, code, and must-pass tests for all OpenStack products.
Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis
“… With this announcement our joint customers can choose Oracle Linux as their operating system and Oracle VM Server as their hypervisor of choice and build an OpenStack deployment with end to end support. Customers can now use the most advanced capabilities in Oracle Linux like Ksplice and Dtrace and achieve better scale and performance with Oracle VM Server as well as receive 24/7 support directly from Oracle”.
Red Hat has been on an acquisition run with the aim of building an open source stack that leads the hybrid data center. The primary rival: VMware. How the Red Hat vs. VMware duel plays out remains to be seen, but Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, argued that open source will ultimately define the enterprise IT architectures of the future.
Red Hat has upgraded its OpenStack storage software distribution Inktank Ceph Enterprise (ICE) to version 1.2. It will include erasure coding data protection to provide cost efficient backup and archive use, as well as tiered storage functionality…. To date, all data in ICE has been subject to triple-mirrored replication for data protection. This provides a high level of resilience of data and rapid recovery from existing full copies, but at the cost of a 3x premium on storage capacity. Now, using open-source Jerasure erasure coding libraries, data protection for backup and archive can be achieved by use of only around 50% extra capacity in addition to the original copy.
There are two open source technologies that form the foundation for HP’s newly minted cloud strategy it calls Helion. They are OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.… as Manav Mishra, director of HP Helion, put it, “Any PaaS layer still needs an infrastructure.” Speaking at the Cloud Foundry Summit in San Francisco Tuesday, Mishra said that OpenStack, the popular open source cloud architecture, was the perfect way to build that infrastructure layer.
From the "It's about time' files: ….. This week Designate was finally approved to be an official incubated project at OpenStack, which is great news. This means that it's now on track to be an official integrated project, though likely not until 2015 in the OpenStack 'K' release that follows Juno this October.
… Recently Mickos showed real openness when answering a simple question. When asked who will win the open source cloud war, OpenStack or Eucalyptus, Mickos went into great depth in an effort to explain the dynamics he sees in the marketplace. Starting off more generally, Mickos posited that when the two initiatives compete, open source wins. He gave an insight into the market forces at play and what happens in real customer pitches explaining the reasons that either side lose a deal against the other. Broadly, OpenStack’s positives are around the momentum for the project and the anointment by industry big hitters. Eucalyptus on the other hand can point to AWS compatibility and the ease of deployment as its biggest differentiators.
… It should come as no surprise that OpenStack is a powerful tool for managing scientific infrastructure; after all, OpenStack was originally created as a joint project between Rackspace and NASA…. Several institutions have shared their methods for managing their infrastructure publicly … here is a look at three organizations putting OpenStack to work powering their infrastructure for scientific research.
Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis
In a bid to speed enterprise adoption, Mirantis OpenStack Express claims to offer private cloud as a service that’s easy to deploy and consume… Mirantis aims to change that with OpenStack Express, which it claims will let a company, or even an individual without a ton of IT expertise, order and deploy a private OpenStack implementation and pay for it as it’s used…. [from] one of three IBM/SoftLayer data centers — in San Jose, Amsterdam or Singapore.
AT&T added HP Helion to its cloud ecosystem as the entperise IT giant unveiled an SDN application based on OpenStack…. In another step forward for HP’s open source cloud offerings US carrier AT&T has added HP’s Helion offerings to its network-enabled cloud ecosystem, allowing customers to use their VPN to connect to the HP Helion portfolio of cloud services.
… The companies have a technology development roadmap to pool our resources to accelerate OpenStack maturity. Initially, we will collaborate to improve code quality and resiliency on all core projects, and augment the capabilities for live migration and hardware meta-tagging. Our efforts will then be fed back into the OpenStack trunk to benefit the entire ecosystem. Intel will also be a part of HP’s Helion network, and work with like-minded partners to deliver open standards-based hybrid cloud services to meet the full range of enterprises’ in-country and cross-border requirements.
Hewlett-Packard is filling in more of the check boxes on its cloud to-do list, lining up an array of service providers and other partners to give its OpenStack-based Helion cloud scale and worldwide presence. The goal is a global federated network of clouds so that customers in one country can order up instances anywhere in the world via HP’s partners (or HP itself) and get one bill, one service agreement and the proverbial one throat to choke. That phrase is meant to appeal to customers who don’t want to deal with vendors’ finger pointing when the you-know-what hits the fan.
The OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors has identified gaps in the open source cloud computing platform as part of a behind-the-scenes campaign called "Win the Enterprise." Intel's IT staff kicked off the initiative with a phone meeting of the board on April 30, according to sources inside the foundation. They created a list of gaps between enterprise expectations and what OpenStack currently delivers, according to PowerPoint slides obtained by SearchCloudComputing. [Report also highlights Mirantis presentation featuring Intel® Trusted Execution Technology]
These days, the news flowing out of OpenStack and OpenStack Summits seems to be pretty encouraging. The standards organization that’s about to turn 4 years old has some pretty strong players on the team, such as Red Hat, HP, and IBM. Many of those players are betting the cloud-computing farm that OpenStack is the right wagon to hitch to… What’s new about [HP] Helion is that nothing is actually new. The cobbling together of different cloud-based technologies and calling it something innovative is getting a bit tiresome at this point.. While OpenStack, including Rackspace, HP, IBM, and many startups, is clearly the darling of the cloud tech community, the number of installations within traditional IT shops has been lackluster.
OpenStack has an impressive list of corporate backers. Red Hat, Rackspace, HP, IBM and AT&T are contributing thousands of lines of code to the open source project and helping deliver an updated version of the cloud computing platform twice a year to allow for easier installation and better manageability. Vendors such as HP, Ubuntu, VMware, Yahoo, NetApp, Juniper Networks, Cisco and Dell are all contributing to OpenStack. Even Comcast, Avaya, F5, EMC, Fujitsu, Oracle and Alcatel Lucent have given money and code to the project. … Thousands of developers contribute to its code each year and vendors line up to get their sponsorships in with it. But if the project needs one thing, it’s end users.
Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis
Intel has added another member to what is now the Data Center Manager family of products, announcing a fine-grained server performance monitoring and management capability for OpenStack environments…. this week, the company announced the addition of monitoring capabilities for hardware running OpenStack clouds. Sold directly as a stand-alone product and through third-party vendors, the DCM Service Assurance Administrator installs an agent on each node in an OpenStack environment and reports that node’s performance, expressed in the number of instructions per second it processes. It also includes security and capacity management features.
Official release: Intel Helps IT Manage Software Defined Infrastructure
Fujitsu today announced that it is offering private cloud products and services that support OpenStack, the open cloud environment, to meet diverse customer cloud needs in the era of cloud computing. To support an open cloud environment, Fujitsu is offering a private cloud platform product based on OpenStack technology and an integrated service catalog management portal product for hybrid cloud environments that combine private and public clouds. The company is also offering support services for building and operating Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the OpenStack distribution from Red Hat, Inc.
VMware is not necessarily known as a company that thoroughly embraces open source, but one of its top CTOs says OpenStack could play an important role as a standard in the cloud computing market. The pronouncement reflects VMware’s efforts to support non VMware-workloads in its management products, something that may have seemed far out just a few years ago. Chris Wolf, CTO of Americas for VMware …… says VMware is committed to supporting OpenStack workloads, with the goal of having customers run and manage OpenStack clouds using VMware’s automation software.
All signs pointed to continuing momentum for OpenStack storage technology -- including Cinder block storage and Swift object storage -- last week in Atlanta at the semiannual conference devoted to the open source software... OpenStack Block Storage, known by its code name Cinder, held an edge over OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) in deployments by a split of approximately 60% to 40%, according to the survey data. In production, the most popular OpenStack Block Storage drivers remained the default logical volume manager (LVM) for Linux, followed by open source Ceph, NFS, NetApp, GlusterFS and EMC. [Also highlights Intel Atom processor based SwiftStack public test cluster]
If both OpenDaylight and OpenStack can provision and manage virtual networks, and the two open source technologies work together, where does OpenDaylight stop and OpenStack begin? That's a question cloud pros grappled with at the OpenStack Summit last week -- but solid answers are still a work in progress. "The division of labor is not clean right now. It is rapidly evolving," said David Meyer, CTO and chief scientist at Brocade, and chair of OpenDaylight's (ODL) Technical Steering Committee. "The way I look at it, OpenDaylight is the control piece and OpenStack will be in the orchestration domain. But right now, OpenStack wants to configure parts of the network, and that's where it's kind of messy."
This week was the OpenStack Summit - many news announcements were made and stories written. Several were featured in the daily Intel Library roundup emails so are not being repeated here. Due to the large number of interesting reports for this week they are grouped into Foundation news, industry momentum/news, and product and solutions announcements/analysis
OpenStack Foundation News
OpenStack Marketplace allows users to browse and compare products, services and training courses related to OpenStack to more easily match services to business needs. … Bryce says that the Marketplace was designed to be the go-to spot for information-gathering in the early stages of Openstack adoption and for evaluating various production options. Users can search through five separate categories, including Public Clouds, Distributions & Appliances, Training, Consulting & Systems Integrators, and Drivers. They can then browse through service providers, research a full list of features, and compare vendors to determine which is a better fit for their business needs.
Superuser is a new online publication created by the OpenStack Foundation to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborative problem solving among individuals who are running OpenStack clouds of all sizes, across all industries. Topics will range from actionable how-tos and case studies to broader issues like organizational culture and vendor management.
See also: What makes a superuser a superuser?
In the most recent survey, which coincides with the beginning of development on the “Juno” release of OpenStack scheduled for this fall, 1,780 people responded to the survey, covering a total of 506 OpenStack deployments. The United States and Canada accounted for 195 of the OpenStack clouds, with Europe having 143 and Asia having 107. Across all of those sites, there are 210 development/test clouds, 218 proofs of concept clouds, and 209 production clouds that are managing real workloads.[Latest survey of OpenStack users, released every Summit. PDF of the foil deck is attached]
Rivals Fear That Software Maker Is Using Linux Dominance to Block Use of Alternative Cloud Software…. In its quest to sell OpenStack, Red Hat has chosen not to provide support to its commercial Linux customers if they use rival versions of OpenStack, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The company's support, which includes providing bug fixes and helping customers if they run into technical problems, is a key reason people use Red Hat rather than free versions of Linux. [Includes some interesting views and quotes from HP and Mirantis and IDC]
Red Hat Response: On OpenStack and Open Source
In the wake of Hewlett-Packard’s big cloud-computing announcement today, one competitor was quick to hammer HP for its plan to offer two tiers of the OpenStack cloud computing operating system. In what amounts to a denominational spat between two adherents of the open-source religion, Dell, the privately held computing giant founded by Michael Dell, issued a statement ahead of HP’s Web conference, chiding HP’s plan to offer a commercial version of OpenStack in addition to the free Community version.
Large enterprises that use OpenStack took to the stage here this week to sing the praises – and point out the faults – of the open source cloud management platform, particularly when it comes to networking. OpenStack’s Icehouse release is the first in which the previous networking API, Nova-network, has been deprecated in favor of Neutron, which allows software-defined networking vendors to plug their wares into the OpenStack infrastructure. But it appears OpenStack Neutron has stumbled out of the gate. The much-lauded support for rolling upgrades in Icehouse doesn’t extend to upgrades between Nova-network and Neutron, according to one keynote
See also: HP: OpenStack's networking nightmare Neutron 'was everyone's fault' [From The Register, naturally, but as always good insights behind the headline]
… The past year has, however, seen disappointing uptake, especially considering that some of the world’s largest and most influential companies have joined the OpenStack community … ‘The large number of corporate vendors that are part of the ecosystem instills confidence, as well as the nature of the project being open source.’ But whether that instilled confidence has translated to enterprise uptake is another matter: adoption had, frankly, been expected to be better.
… the OpenStack technology they're working on is aiming to do to cloud computing what Linux did to operating systems – that is, provide a stable, sensible, free alternative to proprietary stuff. This is an extremely difficult thing to do, and four years in, OpenStack is only now showing glimmers of the riches its founders NASA and Rackspace promised the community would find in the tech. [The Register delights in provocative headlines, but the article raises some good points on the slower than hoped/expected uptake in the enterprise]
… The company has confirmed that it is looking at strategic partnerships as part of its future direction. In a statement, the company said, "In recent months, Rackspace has been approached by multiple parties who have expressed interest in a strategic relationship with Rackspace, ranging from partnership to acquisition."
Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis
Oracle today introduced a technology preview of an OpenStack(R) distribution that allows Oracle Linux and Oracle VM users to work with the open source cloud software. This provides customers with additional choices and interoperability while taking advantage of the efficiency, performance, scalability, and security of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The distribution is delivered as part of the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Premier Support offerings, at no additional cost. Oracle plans to work with the OpenStack community to develop and enhance its enterprise-class capabilities to meet customer demands. [Oracle previously announced OpenStack support for Solaris. This extends support to Oracle Linux (based on Red Hat) and may have greater uptake across their enterprise customer base due to the Unbreakable Kernel/Ksplice]
IBM announced its new IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack, which provides open-standards-based cloud management with support for the full IBM server portfolio while it increases integration with the OpenStack cloud platform. IBM, which announced the new offering at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, is expanding its support of open technologies by providing advanced OpenStack integration and cloud virtualization and management capabilities across the company's server portfolio.
Canonical, famous for its distribution of the Linux operating system called Ubuntu, has also been very active with the popular open source cloud operating system OpenStack. The company announced a number of things at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta this week. Some announcements demonstrated the strength and speed of Ubuntu on OpenStack at hyperscale and some were aimed at making it easier to adopt OpenStack and improving interoperability.
[Article features the “Orange Box” cloud-in-a-box offering. Canonical also showed OpenStack running on a 64-bit ARM (Applied Micro X-Gene) server. Video of that demo can be found here]
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu Linux, announced in a keynote speech at OpenStack Summit, that Canonical was moving into the hosted private cloud business. This move isn't as surprising as it might first seem. As Shuttleworth said, Canonical was one of the first Linux companies to back OpenStack. In the three years since, Shuttleworth said, Ubuntu is now the most popular operating system, with 70 percent on public clouds, and more than half of OpenStack cloud deployments using it.
Collaboration with NetApp aims to make OpenStack a hybrid framework for interoperating with public clouds, and could set it up for a new level of enterprise usage… [Red Hat and eNovance] are collaborating to add telecom and network functions virtualization (NFV) features to OpenStack
Internap introduced its massively scalable, high-performance, next-generation AgileCLOUD that exposes native OpenStack API and delivers "out of the box" virtual and bare-metal hybridization. The new Internap AgileCLOUD, which is one of the first public cloud services to be featured in new OpenStack Marketplace, aims to meet the demands of large-scale, performance-intensive application environments. Internap provides the added flexibility to hybridize AgileCLOUD with Internap colocation and hosting infrastructure, all of which can be monitored and managed through a single-pane-of-glass portal.
HP Announces Helion Hybrid Cloud--Runs its own OpenStack
When it comes to managing infrastructure deployments of a certain size, even a ninja sysadmin can't do it all without some help. In fact, one might argue that knowing when and how to use IT automation tools for managing infrastructure is a prerequisite to getting your admin blackbelt. Enter Puppet.
Puppet is an open source framework for templating repetitive tasks to save time and make them easy to document, modify, and replicate. And it's backed by a company that provides enterprise support while still conducting their development out in the open. [Interview with Chris Hoge, Senior Software Engineer for OpenStack at Puppet Labs. Puppet is only one deployment option, but is closely aligned with the OpenStack project]
Metacloud Inc., which gives customers private clouds that can integrate with Amazon.com Inc.’s public cloud, raised another $15 million in funding, the company told Venture Capital Dispatch. Metacloud is built on OpenStack, the cloud computing software that was originally developed by Rackspace and NASA and then put into open source. It’s now supported by a community of more than 300 vendors and is able to interface with Amazon Web Services, which is Amazon’s public cloud.
Piston certifies hardware vendors to support Piston OpenStack, available as a per-server license with an annual support subscription from the company. This custom cloud system configuration from Quanta QCT includes all cabling, power management, networking, and servers required to deploy and operate a Piston OpenStack-powered private cloud.
Tesora, developers of OpenStack enterprise-class, scalable database as a service (DBaaS) platform, today announced collaborations with Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, and MongoDB, the leading provider of NoSQL technology, to collaborate on bringing the power and flexibility of the Trove database as a service platform to their customers implementing OpenStack such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.
See also: OpenStack now does NoSQL
Is the state of OpenStack too many distributions for too few customers? We need to hear more on this at next week’s OpenStack Summit.
[Next week’s newsletter will feature a round-up of key news from the Summit]
Software giant Oracle is not hesitant to leverage open source software … The company has created a fairly substantial Linux distribution, controls the MySQL database, and participates in a number of file system projects. While Oracle has backed off on the plans of the former Sun Microsystems to open up Solaris to compete against Linux on a level community playing field, Oracle knows that Solaris needs to do the things that Linux can do. One of those things is OpenStack, and it will be coming to Solaris.
See also: Oracle adds OpenStack to updated Solaris
Red Hat Acquires Ceph ISV, InkTank
Tesora's CEO, Ken Rugg, stopped by to discuss the ninth release of OpenStack, Icehouse, the concept of Database as a Service (DBaaS), and the newest release of Tesora's own Database Virtualization Engine (DVE). Tesora's goal is to help organizations create and deploy database-based OpenStack applications without their having to have a great deal of expertise with database administration; in short, to make database just another service rather than a central focus.
Dell - Red Hat Cloud Solutions available for customers at various stages of OpenStack evaluation and deployment. Dell and Red Hat to enable enterprise application developers and hybrid cloud environments through OpenShift solutions
Dell and Red Hat now are collaborating on next-generation Linux Container enhancements from Docker [The Dell – Red Hat deal has received a lot of coverage, this release gets more granular on the solutions they will offer]
The OpenStack Foundation officially debuted its Icehouse release on April 17 providing enterprises, service providers and end-users with new and enhanced cloud computing features. The Icehouse release is the ninth release of OpenStack since the project officially debuted and enjoys the support of many of the world's leading tech vendors, including IBM, HP, Dell, Cisco, AT&T, Intel, VMware and many others. With the Icehouse release, in addition to more features, there was more development activity across multiple metrics. In this slide show, eWEEK examines release data from the OpenStack activity dashboard and the Bitergia data report on the Icehouse release. [By the numbers data: commits, contributors, tickets closed, and so on]
Dell and Red Hat have coengineered a set of enterprise-grade private cloud solutions based on OpenStack. Known rather cleverly as the "Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution", this is a RHEL OpenStack platform for elastic and dynamic IT services to support and host non-business critical applications — including mobile, social, and analytics — and dev/test environments. These solutions include "rapid on-ramps" to OpenStack private clouds for Proof of Concept Configuration — designed for customers looking to explore OpenStack capabilities; and Pilot Configuration — designed for testing cloud applications, and for customers beginning a production environment. [Dr.Dobbs reporting on the announcement from last week]
"With the confluence of the highest storage density available, 'Green' miserly power usage, and sheer storage size, the eRacks/NAS72 brings an unprecedented level of utility to the cloud marketplace," said Joe Wolff, CTO and Founder of eRacks. "When combined with our available OpenStack pre-installation/pre-configuration services, it's a truly unbeatable Enterprise-class turnkey Petascale private cloud."
Icehouse focuses on maturity and stability as illustrated by its attention to continuous integration (CI) systems, which featured the testing of 53 third party hardware and software systems on OpenStack Icehouse …. Icehouse also features a "discoverability" enhancement to OpenStack Swift that allows admins to obtain data about which features are supported in a specific cluster by means of an API call. On the networking front, OpenStack now contains new drivers and support for the IBM SDN-VE, Nuage, OneConvergence and OpenDaylight software defined networking protocols. Meanwhile, OpenStack Keystone identity management allows users to leverage federated authentication for "multiple identity providers" such that customers can now use the same authentication credentials for public and private OpenStack clouds. In total, Icehouse constitutes an impressive release that focuses on improving existing functionality as opposed to deploying a slew of Beta-level functionalities.
He brought Microsoft the open source it had viewed with such dread and now former Redmond man Bill Hilf is challenging the thinking at Hewlett-Packard … Engaging with the community is important in terms of making its cloud successful rather than just a vehicle to flog more servers. That means committing paid HP programmers to work on the open-source OpenStack code, code that might also help other companies – including potential rivals. Hilf claims he’s hiring a “ton” of people in dev and testing to deliver and OpenStack product HP can credibly claim it's able to support. The firm is now the third largest single contributor to OpenStack – behind Rackspace and Red Hat – with “others” the largest block. Hilf promised HP would “invest a lot” in things like stability, QA and hardening of the OpenStack code to build an infrastructure that’s “enterprise ready.”
OpenStack Icehouse Release
Official press release:
Rolling upgrades, federated identity and tighter platform integration reflect software maturity; continuous integration process drives software reliability.
Top companies contributing code to the Icehouse release were Red Hat, IBM, HP, Rackspace, Mirantis, SUSE, OpenStack Foundation, eNovance, VMware and Intel. Top users contributing code also included Samsung, Yahoo! and Comcast.
A webinar highlighting the new features in Icehouse, plus key end users Das from Intel and Troy Toman from Rackspace, is available for playback at https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/499/107965\.
The OpenStack project has officially released Icehouse, the latest version of its cloud computing framework, with a focus mainly on stability and consolidation. However, it does add new features such as a database service, improved support for Containers, and early support for Hadoop deployments on OpenStack clouds.
OpenStack releases a new version of its open source cloud computing code twice a year. And today is the day for Icehouse, the first release of 2014. OpenStack leaders say they are excited about how many of the changes in the Icehouse release have been influenced by end users of the platform. "We've worked hard to build a community of developers and users, and they're the ones driving the priorities of how the software evolves," says COO of the OpenStack Foundation Mark Collier. Large scale enterprise end users want improvements related to reliability, ease of use and upgradability.
Database-as-a-service technology, live upgrades, storage improvements and federated identity are part of the new open-source cloud platform release. The new Icehouse comes six months after the OpenStack Havana release came out in October 2013. As part of Icehouse, the OpenStack platform is now gaining a new project with the inclusion of the Trove database-as-a-service (DaaS) technology.
OpenStack, an extremely popular open source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud program, has just released its latest version: Icehouse. According to the OpenStack Foundation, the ninth release of OpenStack comes "with new features reflecting a community-wide effort to bring the voice of the user into the rapidly maturing open source cloud software platform." This is a major release that includes many minor improvements and new features. Perhaps the most welcome for OpenStack administrators is that you can finally do "rolling upgrades in OpenStack Compute (Nova). Rolling upgrades simplify the process of upgrading to new versions of the OpenStack software by not requiring virtual machine (VM) instances to be shut down in order for upgrades to install.
'Icehouse,' the newest edition of the open source IaaS, adds more features, but uptake with enterprises and competition with public cloud vendors remain thorny
The OpenStack Foundation on Thursday released its planned Icehouse build of the open source cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) operating system. In all, the Icehouse release includes 350 new features and 2,902 bug fixes. The OpenStack Foundation credited the tighter platform integration in Icehouse to a focus on third-party continuous-integration (CI) development processes, which led to 53 compatibility tests across different hardware and software configurations.
OpenStack's Icehouse release has arrived, bearing stress-busting gifts for hollow-eyed cloud administrators. The distribution was released on Thursday, and – finally – gives admins some upgrading features for shifting OpenStack's "Nova" compute component to the new version without having to pull the plug on their entire install.
SAN FRANCISCO – RED HAT SUMMIT 2014 – April 15, 2014 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced significant momentum for its OpenStack-powered product offerings focused on delivering an open hybrid cloud. Since their introduction in June 2013, Red Hat’s enterprise OpenStack offerings have emerged as industry-leading solutions for building scalable private clouds with streamlined management. Several dozen organizations have embarked on proof-of-concept deployments for Red Hat’s OpenStack offerings, with customers around the world now moving to enterprise deployments. [Press release from Red Hat Summit highlighting OpenStack deployments. 4 of the 5 examples given are universities.]
As Red Hat Summit gears up, Canonical drops news of a new Ubuntu Linux release — but with most of the focus on OpenStack. It’s sort of funny that the press release announcing the new Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS release seems as focused on Ubuntu OpenStack as on Linux per se. It’s studded with partner testimonials from Cisco, Mellanox, NTT Software, Brocade lauding Ubuntu OpenStack. But then again, that makes sense given that the vendor battlefield has shifted from core operating system to core cloud infrastructure, where Canonical OpenStack has gained traction with Hewlett Packard and other big cloud providers.
Setting up an application server in the cloud isn't that hard if you're familiar with the tools and your application's requirements. But what if you needed to do it dozens or hundreds of times, maybe even in one day? Enter Heat, the OpenStack Orchestration project. Heat provides a templating system for rolling out infrastructure within OpenStack to automate the process and attach the right resources to each new instance of your application. [Interview with Steve Baker, PTL for the Heat project during the Icehouse release cycle and senior software engineer at Red Hat].
Despite a ton of well-funded startups, the anointment buy some mega-vendors and huge market attention, OpenStack is yet to deliver any massively compelling customer stories. So a tension exists within the OpenStack ecosystem – should members focus on building a strong compute and storage platform that actually delivers on the needs for a robust AWS alternative, or should they innovate to match AWS’ breadth of functionality? It’s a topic ripe for discussion today since Trove, an OpenStack project that delivers Database as a Service on top of OpenStack, is now an official OpenStack project.
Dell and Red Hat have extended their partnership in OpenStack-based cloud solutions for the enterprise, with co-engineered infrastructure to help customers get started. The pair are also collaborating on Red Hat's OpenShift application platform and on Container technology based around Docker.
One of the few services available for implementing OpenStack clouds is eNovance, a major contributor to the OpenStack project. Like other major contributors Red Hat, Rackspace, and Mirantis, it's also a member of the OpenStack Foundation board of directors. Unlike those firms, however, eNovance is based in Europe, with offices at 10 rue de la Victoire in Paris. It's the only European member of the board, and typically the seventh largest contributor of modules of code to OpenStack.
Open source company Red Hat thinks it might start making significant money out of OpenStack in the Autumn of 2015 and it won't need a Linus Torvalds-like dictator to keep the project focused.
The company told El Reg on Wednesday at the OpenStack summit that it will turn the data center management cloud technology into serious money toward the end of next year. Red Hat recently re-organized its business units to help it push OpenStack into the enterprise, with the hope of creating the same lucrative market for the data center management and provisioning tech as it did for Linux half a decade ago.
Sneak peek at Icehouse Release [No link]
OpenStack Icehouse releases April 17th. The OpenStack Foundation Marketing Group gave a sneak preview of the release this week (plus an overview of how projects move from incubated to integrated). Deck is attached. Key highlights include improved upgrade support, the ability to target machines by affinity (e.g. these machines require fastest possible interconnectivity), object storage discoverability, improved object store replication performance, tighter integration between compute and networking.
Mirantis and Parallels are hoping to make it easier for service providers to offer OpenStack infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings to customers via the Parallels Automation platform. The companies have partnered to integrate the Mirantis OpenStack distribution with Parallels Automation.
Cloud infrastructure startup Nebula claims its cloud hardware can undercut Amazon Web Services by 90 percent. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company deploys complete private clouds for enterprises based on OpenStack (open source cloud computing software) and commodity hardware. The resulting implementations cost as little as $100,000, which is cheap for an enterprise-capable data center. Now the company has taken on an additional $3.5 million in debt funding, according to a Form D filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday. We aren’t sure who ponied up the funds, but we’d put our money on Silicon Valley Bank, which provides Nebula with debt and credit facilities.
Giant networking equipment manufacturer Cisco has finally decided to jump on the cloud bandwagon. The company has announced that it is planning to invest $1 billion over the next two years to build a federated ''intercloud'' network infrastructure on the OpenStack framework, together with partners such as Australian telecom carrier Telstra, European cloud company Canopy, Canadian communications services provider Allstream, Indian IT company Wipro, and wholesale communications technology distributor Ingram Micro. Cisco's other partners will, presumably, build out the giant cloud atop Cisco's hardware. But, the question that begs for an answer is, why did Cisco opt for OpenStack instead of VMware, with which it has already entered a joint venture? The second question is, why did Cisco decide to get into an already crowded market? Is OpenStack really ready for the mainstream?
When Gartner analyst Alessandro Perilli wrote a post last year detailing exactly why he believed OpenStack was broken and unable to sell into enterprise, shockwaves reverberated around the cloud industry. Analysts from traditional firms tend not to make such sweeping and pointed criticisms – instead their language tends to be more moderate and considered. It’s fair to say that Perilli lit a fire under the broader OpenStack community. That fire got all the more interesting when, only a few months later, Perilli announced that he was leaving Gartner to work for Red Hat and would be in charge of the strategy and overall product direction for the company’s open cloud initiatives In light of this I reached out to Perilli to get his take on the Red Hat opportunity and, frankly, to work out just why Red Hat picked up the guy that has been most vocal about OpenStack’s lack of viability in the enterprise market.
OpenStack, a kind of operating system for computer rooms, is emerging as an increasingly important piece of software. A move by Ericsson stands to provide another big push. The Swedish giant has signed a deal with a startup called Mirantis to use OpenStack as the software foundation for its telecommunications network, internal data centers and cloud computing services that Ericsson will offer its customers.
Cloudscaling … today announced its new Cloud Concierge Services .. Cloud Concierge provides enterprises with the services and resources required to predictably and reliably deploy a modern, OpenStack-powered private or hybrid cloud solution. Cloud Concierge Services can be employed with any version of OpenStack, including do-it-yourself deployments created in-house. The service is available to any organization looking to evaluate an existing private or hybrid OpenStack cloud deployment or implement a new cloud starting at ground zero. Cloud Concierge, along with the company's Open Cloud System (OCS), makes Cloudscaling the first in the OpenStack cloud market to have a comprehensive product and services offering. [Another entry into the “make OpenStack installation easier” business]
VMware: Price Tag versus OpenStack Immaterial, Says ISI
ISI Group networking and telecom analyst Brian Marshall …. writes that in talking to someone [at Interop in Las Vegas] working at a so-called hyperscale data center “we did collect an interesting nugget of information pertaining to the costs of deploying VMWare (VMW) cloud management framework vs. an alternative open-source OpenStack solution.” [one person’
Promises to support any workload, any hypervisor, any cloud
Cisco on Monday announced that it will build a global public cloud business together with its partners, which will provide a wide variety of on-demand services that will compete with cloud providers across the board, from Infrastructure- and Platform-as-a-Service offerings by the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft to specific business application services, such as VMware's Desktop-as-a-Service offerings or security, network management and collaboration software offered as services by a multitude of providers out there.
Today I’ll be giving a sneak peek to just some of the changes made in one of the two projects that made up the original OpenStack release and today is still one of the largest—showing no signs of the innovation slowing down—OpenStack Compute (Nova). OpenStack Compute is a cloud computing fabric controller, a central component of an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) system. It is responsible for managing the hypervisors on which virtual machine instances will ultimately run and managing the lifecycle of those virtual machine instances. This list is by no means exhaustive but highlights some key features and the rapid advances made by the contributors that make up the OpenStack community in a six month release cycle.
Dell is putting more grunt into software defined networking (SDN), releasing a high-density next-generation spine switch with 132 40GbE ports and targeting the carrier and cloud space with an OpenStack fabric controller it said simplifies network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments. Speaking in London ahead of the launch, Dell Networking VP of product management and marketing Arpit Joshipura said Dell’s new Z9500 switch, with more than 10Tbps throughput and 600 nanoseconds latency, is the highest density switch on the market today.
Red Hat just released a beta version of the latest rev of its server and desktop virtualization solution, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV). Based on KVM, which Red Hat acquired from Qumranet in 2010, Red Hat has revved RHEV roughly every six months, and the latest update ties right into another big-name Red Hat offering that's become almost as big as RHEL itself: OpenStack.
Even Jim Whitehurst is surprised at how the world is embracing OpenStack from Red Hat. "We'll we're seeing, actually - I kind of I'll say surprisingly strong interest across the board," the Red Hat CEO told an analyst Thursday evening.
Enterprise customers are frustrated with growing costs and limitations of traditional IT software. This problem is exacerbated when start-ups appear out of nowhere to compete with agile businesses powered by the cloud. To meet customers' needs, I have seen a number of legacy IT vendors extend the OpenStack cloud platform to give their customers a viable cloud computing operating system that does not lock customers in with a single provider and limited options.
Without solid storage, the data of the cloud lives only in the moment. Within OpenStack, storage comes in two flavors: object storage, which stores chunks of information, and block storage, which is more analogous to the traditional idea of a disk drive image. Block storage in OpenStack is handled by Cinder, which provides the infrastructure for managing volumes and sharing them with the other components in OpenStack. Meet John Griffith. He is currently serving as the Program Technical Lead (PTL) for the Cinder project. John is a software engineer at SolidFire, and he has been an active user and contributor to open source software for almost ten years. We chatted with John to better understand how the Cinder project functions within OpenStack, why it is important, and what is on the roadmap for the Icehouse release.
Amazon EC2 specialists can take their pick of the most job openings, but OpenStack engineers are closing the gap
Cloud skills are unquestionably one of the hot new areas for IT job seekers, with a bevy of career possibilities available. But which skills for what specific cloud architectures are most in demand? As you can imagine, it's Amazon followed -- now very closely -- by OpenStack.
Savanna was recently renamed to Sahara ….. Sahara has now been formally voted on to become an integrated part of the Juno release.
Alessandro Perilli will help Red Hat push its enterprise hybrid cloud plan. The company hopes to become to OpenStack cloud what its been for Linux.
New release of Mirantis OpenStack uses Fuel for deployment on CentOS or Ubuntu [but not Red Hat].
[Blog post with notes from the latest board meeting. Not the official minutes, but a good read]
Was the Cloud Foundry Foundation set up to promote the open-source PaaS or to thwart Red Hat OpenShift? Or a little bit of both?
Mirantis’ certification is a vendor non-specific course that helps IT pros learn how to deploy and operate OpenStack and (shock, horror) it’s a certification that isn’t tied to any particular OpenStack distribution – certificate recipients have to prove proficiency at configuring OpenStack within RHEL, Ubuntu and CentOS environments, across multiple hypervisors (KVM and vSphere), multiple storage paradigms (Ceph, NetApp, EMC) and differing network topologies.
Tesora is the Italian word for treasure. And by adopting that new name last month, the Cambridge-based startup formerly named ParElastic intends to reflect its strategic shift to support Trove, the database as a service component of OpenStack, the massive open source cloud-computing infrastructure project.
OpenStack has emerged as the consensus forum for open source private cloud software. That of course makes it a big and complex community, with complex governance and arguably even more complex politics, but it has survived several rounds of competition and is now settling down as THE place to get diverse vendors to work together on a IAAS that anybody can deploy for themselves. It is a big enough forum with sufficient independent leadership that no one vendor will ever control it (despite some fantastically impressive efforts to do so!). In short, OpenStack is what you want if you are trying to figure out how to build yourself a cloud. And by quite a large majority, most of the people who have actually chosen to deploy OpenStack in production, have done so on Ubuntu. [Blog from the Canonical CEO, some competitive comments and a look ahead to Ubuntu 14.04LTS/OpenStack]
Also of interest:
Consistency—a necessity when it comes to any large-scale, open source project. Sharing source code and libraries between the different components of OpenStack is critical to its rapid evolution and fast-paced development. The Oslo program is what holds it all together and brings consistency to OpenStack. We wanted to learn more about Oslo and what is does for OpenStack. So we asked the program lead to share his thoughts.
OpenStack, the most popular open source cloud infrastructure platform, has evolved rapidly in a few short years to become a major factor in the growth and adoption of cloud computing. But while much of the attention has been on OpenStack's compute functions, it has also opened up a new world in networking, enabling engineers to automate and orchestrate network resources the way they would virtual machines. At the heart of these capabilities is OpenStack's Neutron application programming interface (API), which can be used to integrate the provisioning and management of these network resources into the orchestration of the overall IT infrastructure.
GoDaddy, the world's largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, today announced it has sponsored the OpenStack Foundation, a global community of developers collaborating on cloud architecture and an open source cloud operating system. This is a key step in GoDaddy's strategy to invest in the most scalable, simple-to-implement and feature-rich cloud technology.
CPLANE NETWORKS, the leader in high-performance software-defined networking (SDN), today announced the availability of a new network virtualization platform for enterprises and cloud service providers. Dynamic Virtual Networks (DVN) transforms static physical networks into virtualized resource pools that can be allocated on demand, significantly reducing the time and cost to deploy cloud applications. DVN is Built for OpenStackTM, the leading open source computing platform for private and public cloud service orchestration
It looks like Dell has big plans for the network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) space. Some of those plans revolve around the open source world; and that shows with Dell's latest OpenStack-related announcement. A partnership formed in December 2013 with Red Hat (RHT) is being expanded. Together, the two companies will be working on co-engineering NFV and SDN for OpenStack, specifically for the telecommunications market segment. But Dell is also collaborating on such endeavors with Calsoft Labs to deliver NFV and SDN within Dell OEM products.
Ooyala deals with lots and lots of digital video. It serves up about a billion (with a “b”) videos per month to about 200 million viewers across 130 countries. …. Ooyala is always looking for the most efficient way to deploy those workloads on private and public clouds. Much of the variable workload stuff, including transcoding, runs in the public cloud — Ooyala tends to rely on Amazon Web Services. But, its big data stack of Hadoop, Cassandra and Spark, on the other hand, runs on bare metal at its west coast data center. And that workload is moving onto a private cloud running Metacloud’s OpenStack CarbonIOS implementation.
It’s logical for larger enterprises to build their own cloud, according to Nick Barcet, VP of products at eNovance, a French consultancy that is a leading authority on OpenStack architectures. This is not a question simply of number of employees or revenues, he told me when we met last week at Cloud Expo Europe in London. What matters is that you have a business need for IT that operates at scale.
Mirantis, in partnership with IBM's SoftLayer, just announced the availability of a benchmark test designed to help IT decision makers better understand key performance, scalability and manageability criteria of the OpenStack environment and that environment executing in an IBM SoftLayer cloud computing data center.
So what’s the real deal with OpenStack driver compatibility efforts? Last week, Mirantis stepped forward, pushing what it called a multi-vendor open-source driver certification effort for drivers that work with OpenStack. The goal is a no-brainer — making sure software and hardware from many companies can easily work in the OpenStack cloud ecosystem. Mirantis co-founder Boris Renski told me that VMware, Netapp, Dreamhost and other companies were aboard. Interestingly, driver certification — indeed certification of all kinds — is a point of pride for Red Hat, another OpenStack player, and the one that, arguably, has become the most influential in the OpenStack cosmos. Red Hat’s name was conspicuously absent from the Mirantis list and about an hour before Mirantis announced this effort, Red Hat posted a blog of its own, touting the value of its certification efforts.
There’s a perception that the open source world is fueled by altruism, collectivism and good will. Some news from the OpenStack community this week questions that perception. The Register carried the exclusive story of the somewhat sordid goings on between OpenStack contributors Red Hat and Piston Cloud.
Piston Cloud is an interesting company. And not just because its founder and CTO Josh McKenty has perhaps the smartest dress sense in the cloud industry. Take a company that contains much of the brains behind the original project that morphed to become OpenStack, add a business model that sees them ignore the public cloud monster and rather aim for the arguably more lucrative enterprise space and throw in board memberships of both the OpenStack foundation and the Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board and there is much opportunity for interesting conversations. It’s a claim that has got the attention of others in the OpenStack ecosystem, last week it was reported that Red Hat made the questionable move of cancelling Piston’s sponsorship of their upcoming summit. They eventually rescinded the decision but, frankly, all the move does is shows that Piston’s offering is indeed credible and that Red Hat, far from being the nice community-minded open source guys we all thought, are a big bad evil empire [matches the point above!]. Who would have figured? Anyway, I spent some time last week talking with McKenty in the lead up to the company’s launch of its 3.0 product. 3.0 is a release that is being called, not too modestly, “the last OpenStack you’ll ever try”.
See also: Piston coats OpenStack in secret Red Hat–killing sauce [This distribution sports automation, upgrade in place, and support for SDN plug-ins]
Following lots of confusion regarding platform as a service in the OpenStack world last year, it's clear that the community is converging around Cloud Foundry. Yesterday, Pivotal announced that it would build an open governance model for Cloud Foundry. It might surprise people who have been following the OpenStack PaaS market to learn that Rackspace, HP and ActiveState are three companies sponsoring the effort. Those vendors have been behind a separate OpenStack PaaS project known as Project Solum. The effort has been a source of confusion for many people, starting with exactly what its goals are.
OpenStack launched three years ago at the right time: Open source was going mainstream, and cloud was beginning to take off. Within the next three to five years, OpenStack community member Rackspace believes, the majority of clouds will be built on OpenStack. But the Amazon Web Services constituency would likely say otherwise as the battle between AWS and OpenStack heats up. Here, Jim Curry, senior VP and general manager of Rackspace's private cloud business, explains OpenStack's lofty plans to take over the cloud market, RackSpace's strategy, the new stack that has emerged and the revelation that not everything works better in a cloud infrastructure.
Servosity UnCrashable TM Disaster Recovery allows Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to backup and launch an entire enterprise network or data center and server infrastructure instantly. Servosity … today officially launched its UnCrashableTM Disaster Recovery Cloud. UnCrashableTM Disaster Recovery (UnCrashableTM DR) is the first Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) where servers are now UnCrashableTM. Servosity also announces it is now a sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation and will contribute its knowledge of disaster recovery cloud with the OpenStack community.
An effort led by Mirantis could reshape the way vendor certifications are done in the cloud. The way that IT certifications have long worked is that they have largely been vendor-specific. That's something that is about to change with the open-source OpenStack cloud platform.
Rather than relying on vendor-specific certifications, a new effort being led by OpenStack vendor Mirantis is aiming to open-source certification for the cloud. For example, if an IT person has EMC storage in-house and wants it managed via OpenStack, there will be a place for that person to now go and see what specific EMC storage products work with what version of OpenStack.
[Ignacio M. Llorente is from the OpenNebula Community, and freely admits the article is biased towards OpenNebula. However, some of the points raised about OpenStack are not without merit, and can be a useful guide to some of the objections OpenStack faces]
We’ve crafted this post to answer a recurring question we’ve been hearing lately, specially from organizations planning to build their own private cloud: How do you compare OpenNebula with OpenStack?… This is indeed a complex question. There is no single answer because open-source projects and technologies present several dimensions. But we are far from afraid to answer it: the short, tl;dr version would be that they represent two different open-source models. While OpenNebula is an open-source effort focused on user needs, OpenStack is a vendor-driven effort.
Suse's OpenStack attempts to quell long-standing deployment headaches, adds more hypervisor options than Red Hat
Like Linux before it, OpenStack is manifesting via different vendors, each a product of a different development philosophy and target market. Now, the creator of a major business-grade Linux -- not Red Hat, but Suse -- is revving its own edition of OpenStack. Dubbed Suse Cloud 3, this distribution of the Havana edition of OpenStack supports two of the big new features rolled out for OpenStack this time around: its orchestration (Heat) and telemetry (Ceilometer) components.
Cloud Cruiser's financial management solution for OpenStack on Rackspace provides insights into usage, billing, chargebacks, and demand forecasting
The hardest part about creating a private cloud isn't creating it, but managing it, and sometimes the hardest management tasks aren't the technical ones, but the budgetary ones. How much of this cloud is actually getting used, and to what end? Cloud Cruiser has been answering that question since around 2011, when it first invited companies to try out its cloud computing chargeback and usage management solution. Now it's making that solution available to OpenStack users on the Rackspace Private Cloud.
OpenStack Object Storage (code named Swift) has a fairly frequent release schedule for improvements and new capabilities but naturally, there is always significant gravity around integrated releases for any OpenStack project. Even though the Havana release was very big for OpenStack Swift, with new support for global clusters, the upcoming Icehouse will be the biggest release yet for the OpenStack Swift project. Since the project was open-sourced over three years ago, the community of contributors has grown significantly. Every new release is bigger than any prior release given the vibrancy of developer participation. Recent contributions have come from companies including HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Rackspace, and SwiftStack. Icehouse is targeted for a major set of new features, and many improvements to replication and metadata. The standout new capability though is storage policies, a new way of configuring OpenStack Object Storage clusters so that deployers can very specifically match their available storage with their use case.
Embedded computing developer Kontron has joined the OpenStack foundation as a sponsor and is working to integrate its cloud-based application infrastructure with the open source cloud provisioning and orchestration platform. Kontron said the move is a “significant milestone” in its long-term strategy in the software defined infrastructure space, an area telcos, cloud service providers and vendors are paying more attention to as of late.
Alcatel-Lucent has decided to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), as the common platform for its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution, CloudBand.
Also of interest:
Like any open source community, OpenStack has its local quirks when it comes to getting involved in the project. This is further complicated, in the case of OpenStack, by the fact that it's actually a collection of numerous smaller projects which are linked together via shared APIs, but which have independent objectives and developer communities. This article isn't comprehensive, by any means, but it's an attempt to show you some of the places where you can plug into the community.
vCage Software Establishes Trust and Protects Servers from Persistent Malware and Insider Threats
PrivateCore, the private computing company, today announced the general availability of its vCage software which audits platform integrity and protects OpenStack clusters from persistent malware, malicious hardware devices and insider threats. vCage validates the integrity of OpenStack infrastructure and protects servers using memory encryption to secure data in use across private, public, and hybrid clouds. …. PrivateCore vCage supports Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) hardware-based root of trust technology to validate the entire platform environment. Enterprises and service providers can create trusted computing pools in the cloud knowing that they are running on servers for which the integrity of the server firmware, BIOS, hypervisor and operating system code has been verified.
As part of the OpenStack community, Wind River will help apply OpenStack to telecommunications infrastructures and collaborate with other members to further promote and support open source cloud infrastructure advancements across industries. Wind River is helping the industry apply OpenStack to network functions virtualization (NFV) environments for carrier infrastructure. By leveraging its deep experience in telecommunications, Wind River is able to develop extensions to OpenStack that can address carrier needs that are required to maintain the level of carrier grade service level agreements (SLAs).
In a pivot, Parelastic morphed into Tesora and will make its current database virtualization middleware a plug-in for OpenStack. The company, which launched in 2010 to attack the MySQL scalability problem, is renaming itself Tesora and casting its lot with the OpenStack community to build atop the OpenStack Trove database-as-a-service project.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 12, 2014) - Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack™ company, today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Tokyo Electron Device to distribute Piston OpenStack™ in Japan. Tokyo Electron Device (TED), a technical trading firm that provides semiconductor products and business solutions, also commissions the design and development of its own brand products. The partnership combines the power of Piston OpenStack™, the company's global-scale private cloud software, with TED's superior technical support and unmatched quality assurance to help customers meet their critical business objectives.
William L. Franklin, Vice President of OpenStack & Technology Enablement, Cloud with HP… ““OpenStack is very crucial for HP’s strategy. HP believes in the hybrid cloud. Public cloud is really crucial for a lot of what people are doing with cloud. HP runs an OpenStack-based public cloud, but we also sell technology – software, hardware, storage, networking to service providers around the world. But we recognize that sometimes for compliance and security reasons – and sometimes for ego reasons – people want their own private cloud. In order to burst move workloads from a private cloud to a managed cloud to a public one and back-and-forth, we wanted a common architecture and a common set of tools we could use across all of this. HP has a very long history in open source, so we looked at different options and chose OpenStack. We were involved with folks at NASA and folks at Rackspace, helping create the foundation. We’re trying to move and more towards where we think hybrid is going,”
theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante wrapped up the recently concluded OpenStack Enterprise Forum with an in-depth discussion on the private cloud featuring Chris Kemp, an open source visionary who led the development of OpenStack as the CTO of NASA. He went on to found Nebula, a startup that develops appliances for managing scale-out environments. Hyperscale is growing beyond market boundaries as data volumes continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, impacting every segment from financial services to the entertainment industry, according to Kemp. The technologies pioneered by web-scale giants such as Facebook and Microsoft to keep up with this information explosion are now being democratized through the Open Compute Project and OpenStack, with vendors like Nebula packaging the individual components into production-ready solutions.
Inktank Storage Inc. has announced an incremental upgrade to its Ceph Enterprise software-defined storage system, offering improvements to the graphical manager component and formal certification for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.1 is the first formal update to the subscription-based software since last October's debut release. The product combines open source Ceph software for object and block storage, and graphical management tools and support services; it is designed to run on commodity server hardware. With the update, Inktank Ceph Enterprise is officially certified as a storage back end for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0, the supported OpenStack distribution that Red Hat launched last year. Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.1 also supports Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 as a hypervisor platform for Ceph's Rados Block Device.
By, Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat
In spite of its considerable momentum, there are still skeptics about whether OpenStack will ultimately succeed. My colleague Bryan Che tackled some of that skepticism in a blog post late last year and I’m not going to rehash his arguments here. Rather, I’m going to make some observations about how OpenStack is paralleling and will likely continue to parallel the adoption of another open source project that I think we can all agree has become popular and successful—namely Linux.
With Oracle Solaris 11 Running on Pluribus Networks' Freedom Server-Switches, Customers Can Take Advantage of Oracle Solaris Capabilities and Stability Across OpenStack Compute, Network and Storage. The cooperation between Oracle and Pluribus Networks is designed to help create unique customer value by offering customers the ability to use OpenStack(TM) plug-ins to manage their cloud environments based on Oracle Solaris and Pluribus Networks' Netvisor. [Also references Oracle decision to integrate OpenStack features into Oracle Solaris. Further proof point that this is not just a Linux play]
As open-source cloud software OpenStack picks up more and more momentum, public-cloud providers are thinking hard about how much they should support OpenStack when many of them already have their own proprietary systems. IBM is looking to make that an non-issue. The company’s SoftLayer cloud business has come up with middleware to connect the application programming interfaces (APIs) that OpenStack uses with the APIs that public clouds use. And the company has released that middleware, called Jumpgate, under the MIT open-source license.
A blog that succinctly draws the distinction between OpenStack as an open source project, as a product, and as a service in terms of deployment, management and support. A useful primer that can be used to clear up some of the confusion in the market.
IO, which is known for its modular data center designs and specialized data center management software, is getting into the cloud provider space with a new service called IO.Cloud. It’s very open at the foundational level, at least, running OpenStack software on Open Compute hardware.
OpenStack began with the mission to produce a ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform. A key component of that mission is building not only software, but a large OpenStack ecosystem that would support its growth and add value to the core technology platform. In carrying out that mission, the Foundation has been taking key steps to define the core technology platform and advance OpenStack interoperability. Now that we have tons of users, we need to make sure all (downstream) products labeled “OpenStack” have a certain set of core capabilities, and we need to verify those with automated tests just like we do upstream. End-users should be our focus, and ensuring they get what they want and expect out of the platform once it’s running as a service is paramount. The goal is to define the first set of tests in time for the May 2014 Summit in Atlanta. If this matters to you, get involved!
By Chuck Dubuque (Red Hat)
The definition of potential is “latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.” That's a great way to describe virtualization and, particularly, OpenStack adoption in 2013. Indeed, both solutions saw their potential skyrocket this past year, as greater numbers of organizations began exploring ways IaaS tools like OpenStack can help them achieve large-scale cloud deployments. Now, it's time for that potential to be fully realized – and it will be in 2014. It will be the year we see OpenStack make a big move from being a platform with a great deal of interest and hype, to something that is a very tangible option for public and private organizations that wish to build their cloud infrastructure.
After trotting out some impressive enterprise users at its conference in Portland, Oregon, early last year, OpenStack hasn't been able to showcase many additional big names. Supporters tried to address "the debate about the opportunity for OpenStack in the enterprise" at a half-day conference yesterday that was held at the Computer History Museum and webcast. The speakers ended up highlighting a few of the challenges holding back OpenStack deployments.
The OpenStack and Enterprise Forum, focusing on deploying OpenStack in the Next Generation Data Center, took place on January 29, 2014 at Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Here’s a recap of one Panel, discussing the remaining challenges OpenStack faces in going mainstream.
See also: Where do we go from here? Ken Pepple, CTO of Solinea. Over the course of his interview, Pepple expounded on several of the points he addressed during his earlier keynote panel discussion.
Red Hat Announcements, January 22
On Wednesday Red Hat announced the release of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0, which included RHEV 3.3 and RHOS 4.0. Under the banner “Building an integrated cloud infrastructure”.
Formal Red Hat press releases:
Some press coverage:
Shares of VMware (VMW) are up $1.36, or 1.4%, at $99.69, after Citigroup’s Walter Pritchard this morning raised his rating on the shares to Buy from Neutral, and raised his price target to $120 from $87, writing that his conversations with software resellers, and “deeper modeling work” suggest to him that growth trends seen in the latter half of 2013 “remain sustainable into 2014.”
10 years after Red Hat got serious on enterprise Linux, the company is re-organised for enterprise cloud. The Linux distro last week scraped up its Linux, virtualisation, OpenStack and cloud management businesses into a new infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) unit.
Also created in the shuffle was an applications platform group responsible for JBoss and OpenShift. The existing storage and big data units continue as before. The purpose of the reorganisation? To drive “consistent strategy and story to customers” of a cause Red Hat calls the “hybrid cloud” according to the new infrastructure unit’s chief, Tim Yeaton.
A job ad indicates GoDaddy plans to adopt OpenStack. It looks like GoDaddy is planning to use OpenStack internally. The company has been advertising to hire an engineering director who will “lead GoDaddy’s internal infrastructure-as-a-service project by adopting and contributing to OpenStack,” according to an ad posted to LinkedIn and the OpenStack Foundation website.
As a new year dawns, OpenStack development focuses on fixing the problems that hold the open source cloud platform back from enterprise adoption. OpenStack developers have created projects to mitigate usability and scalability issues, and increase enterprise production instances of OpenStack, though these projects are still either in incubation or were very recently released. Most prominent is a multi-project program called TripleO, or OpenStack on OpenStack. (also includes link to Rally benchmark)
VIDEO: Todd Moore, director, IBM Standards and Partnerships, discusses his participation as a member of the OpenStack board of directors. (Interesting take from IBM rep to the board on how the board and OpenStack Foundation operates)