OpenStack News Roundup: Archive

In ww04-2014, Robert J. Morrison of the Intel Software & Services Group started posting these weekly news roundups about OpenStack:

 

ww38-2014

OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

OpenStack Ironic Approved for Kilo Integrated Release

An official vote by the OpenStack Technical Committee on September 16 .. has confirmed that Ironic will in fact be part of the OpenStack Kilo release in 2015

 

What’s driving OpenStack’s rise as a viable cloud alternative?

OpenStack technology revenue will soar from $883m in 2014 to $3.3bn in 2018, representing a 40% growth rate in six years, analyst firm 451 Research has forecast….  Billed as the Linux of the cloud world, OpenStack is the open-source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) that allows enterprises to create and manage large groups of virtual private servers in a datacentre…. As the market for OpenStack-related products and services is set to quadruple in size by 2018, here are six key factors pushing OpenStack to the mainstream.

 

How OpenStack may offer Asia an edge in the cloud

The OpenStack cloud platform is gaining momentum around the world, according to Mirantis, a pure-play OpenStack vendor. In an announcement earlier this month, Mirantis says it has become the largest provider of OpenStack products and services for the telecommunications industry, with a customer list that includes the likes of AT&T and Orange. Also identified as customers were Pacnet, headquartered in Hong Kong, and China’s Huawei. … So what exactly is the impact of OpenStack in Asia, and how can organizations in the region leverage it to gain a competitive edge in the cloud?

 

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

Cisco to Acquire OpenStack-as-a-Service Provider Metacloud

IT giant Cisco Systems (CSCO) today announced plans to acquire Metacloud, a Pasadena, California-based OpenStack cloud service company. Metacloud deploys and operates private clouds for global organizations via an OpenStack-as-a-service model that delivers and remotely operates private clouds in a customer's data center.

 

Will Iocane make the difference? Piston Cloud releases OpenStack 3.5

… Piston has taken the open source OpenStack Icehouse release and added a highly-secure stateless Micro-OS, Iocane, so that OpenStack components and workloads are protected and secure. The company points out that the new release also is the first commercial OpenStack software to support Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT).

 

Red Hat extends its management reach to OpenStack and AWS

Red Hat Inc. is bringing the centralized management and reporting capabilities of its Satellite platform to the hybrid cloud in a continuation of its efforts to expand beyond the operating system….  Red Hat Satellite 6 extends the consolidated controls that its users have come to know and love to a host of new platforms, most notably the company’s OpenStack distribution. The offering plays a central part in Red Hat’s long-term growth strategy, combining the capabilities of the project with its already well-established Linux flavor and virtualization solution in a tightly integrated bundle.

 

Nokia Networks and Red Hat extend collaboration to deliver OpenStack-powered telco cloud

Nokia Networks and Red Hat have extended their collaboration to enable mobile operators to create a more efficient and flexible telco cloud infrastructure. The agreement bundles Nokia Networks' carrier-grade virtualized core applications and cloud application management products with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. This latest collaboration enables efficient operation of the Nokia virtualized core network functions and management systems on top of Red Hat's OpenStack technology, with commercial joint solutions expected to be available in early 2015.

 

StackOps Announces Chargeback, Its Turnkey Solution for Rating and Billing for OpenStack

StackOps … announced the launch of StackOps Chargeback, a Rating and Billing solution used to assign costs to resources in the data centre and to calculate overall costs based on actual usage. StackOps Chargeback has been designed to work with different versions of OpenStack, starting from Essex and up to the latest Icehouse. This ability to run on different versions also includes multiple distributions from different manufacturers. It works on any OpenStack deployment without the need for configuration changes or the deployment of intrusive components.

 

ww37-2014

OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

Piston Delivers 'Management Free' Private Cloud. But Is There Room For This Many OpenStack Vendors?

Seemingly every day another vendor pops up that promises to deliver robust private cloud to enterprises. Many of these vendors leverage the OpenStack open source cloud platform, add some secret sauce with it and roll it out to the world. ….Latest up is Piston Cloud, the OpenStack-based platform that delivers private clouds built on commodity servers. Piston claims customers such as Swisscom, Intemage, Radio Free Asia and Solidify as customers but, as is often the case, many customers will trial a product but not necessarily use it in production.

 

HP gulps cloud upstart Eucalyptus, says Helion is all-in for ... OpenStack

HP has acquired open-source hybrid cloud software maker Eucalyptus, in a surprise move to bolster its Helion cloud offerings – but what that means for the Eucalyptus software is anyone's guess.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a Reuters report cited an unnamed source who claimed it went down for less than $100m. Once the deal closes, which is expected to happen by the end of HP's fiscal year in October, Eucalyptus CEO Mårten Mickos will join HP as the new senior vice president of its cloud division.

See also: Does Eucalyptus give HP carte blanche on AWS compatibility?

 

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

StackStorm Partners with Mirantis for OpenStack Collaboration

StackStorm, a software company leading the third wave of operations automation, today revealed a strategic partnership to integrate StackStorm products with software and services from Mirantis, the largest OpenStack systems integrator. StackStorm has also increased its commitment to the OpenStack community, becoming an official sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation.

As part of the partnership with Mirantis, StackStorm will be compatible with this leading OpenStack distribution. StackStorm is a leading contributor for Project Mistral, the OpenStack workflow as a service project.

 

Piston and Mirantis release dueling OpenStack upgrades

Two new editions of OpenStack hint at how vendors are trying to bring in customers by alleviating OpenStack's common pain points: installation, upgrades, and maintenance. But the larger question of when those problems can be solved for all OpenStack users, not only those of a given distribution, remains open.

 

ww36-2014

 

OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

The results are in - Manila is an OpenStack incubated project!

In today's meeting  …. the technical committee formally accepted the creation of shared file systems project, as well as the incubation of the Manila project.

See also: OpenStack Manila project Approved for Incubation

 

Deploy OpenStack via one of these options and skip a management headache

If your organization doesn't have the resources to manage the install and upgrade process of OpenStack, read about two easy deployment options that let you keep data on-premises…. Customized distribution or hosted management

 

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

Cisco, Red Hat broaden partnership, eye integrated OpenStack systems

Cisco and Red Hat … announced integrated systems designed for OpenStack cloud deployments. The companies also said they would collaborate more on OpenStack as well as Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud efforts. The news comes amid Cisco's Unified Computing System revamp that broadens the networking giant's product line into scale-out deployments as well as the midmarket.

 

Canonical partners with IBM on a pain-free OpenStack

The Ubuntu Linux maker's BootStack offering can be on-premise, or it can be hosted via a partnership with IBM Softlayer. Canonical's got a new stack -- a managed version of OpenStack, that is, with plans for on-premise and remotely-hosted incarnations. The company calls it BootStack, though according to V3.co.uk, it was originally named Your Cloud in a preliminary announcement at the OpenStack Summit held in Atlanta back in May of this year. A datasheet released by Canonical says BootStack has three key elements: Build, Operate, and Transfer.

 

Windows Server users now get to build OpenStack clouds on Ubuntu

Canonical says it has completed work with Microsoft on the software necessary for Windows Server to run on top of OpenStack and Ubuntu. The company behind the Debian-based Linux operating system has announced the availability of virtualised drivers that allow Windows guest OSes to run on KVM hypervisors and subsequently on the OpenStack cloud computing platform.

 

Mirantis Counters VMware OpenStack's Openness

How open is the OpenStack cloud computing distribution that VMware recently launched? Not very, according to OpenStack vendor Mirantis, which is loudly touting its own ability to integrate its "pure-play" OpenStack distribution with VMware infrastructure while keeping the cloud open. Mirantis promotes its OpenStack distribution as "the most open, flexible distro, built for zero lock-in." And it is eagerly using that characteristic as a basis for responding to VMware's decision to launch a new OpenStack distribution tightly bound to the VMware software stack.

 

Mirantis: Telcos See Success in OpenStack for NFV

OpenStack has been finding its way into a variety of verticals for cloud deployments, but most of the deployments are focused, either solely or mostly, on devops. But in the growing cloud telecommunications market, OpenStack has found a new function—specifically, network functions virtualization (NFV), according to Mirantis.

See also: After Strong Growth in the First Half of 2014, Mirantis Emerges as the Largest OpenStack Provider for Companies in the $1.6 Trillion* Telecommunications Industry

 

Fujitsu to ship storage appliances based on Intel hardware and Ceph software

Fujitsu plans to deliver storage appliance nodes based on Intel Xeon hardware and the open-source Ceph software-defined storage platform, in order to provide a highly scalable solution for customers dealing with large volumes of data. …  Exponential data growth is pushing today's storage architecture to its limits, according to Fujitsu. For this reason, switching to a software-based distributed-storage system that can scale easily and cost effectively is seen as the answer. Because Ceph integrated with the Linux kernel and the OpenStack cloud-computing framework, Fujitsu claimed that its new appliances also serve as the ideal storage architecture for OpenStack users.

 

HP broadens OpenStack portfolio with professional services

HP has broadened its Helion portfolio with the launch of a professional services practice geared towards helping enterprises implement OpenStack-based cloud platforms, joining the likes of Mirantis and IBM in offering OpenStack-focused engineering consultancy services.

See also: HP offers OpenStack services offerings

 

ww35-2014

OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

Your baby is ugly! Picking which code is required for Commercial Core

There’s no point in sugar-coating this: selecting API and code sections for core requires making hard choices and saying no.  DefCore makes this fair by 1) defining principles for selection, 2) going slooooowly to limit surprises and 3) being transparent in operation.  When you’re telling someone who their baby is not handsome enough you’d better be able to explain why. [Blog from lead of DefCore project]

 

OpenStack Announces First Superuser Awards Recognizing Team Accomplishments in 2014

OpenStack, the open source software for building clouds, today announced the Superuser Awards, recognizing one outstanding team using OpenStack to improve their business while contributing meaningfully to the OpenStack community. Any company or individual may nominate a team for consideration, including their own. The call for submissions is now open.

 

A track for everyone at OpenStack Summit

On Tuesday, the OpenStack Foundation released the schedule for the upcoming summit in Paris, France. It's a monster of an agenda, featuring over 150 accepted talks and sessions, out of more than 1,100 proposed and voted on by community members. Sessions are divided into 19 distinct categories to make them just a little bit more manageable. Topics include cloudfunding, community building, compute, enterprise IT strategies, hands-on labs, how to contribute, keynotes, networking, operations, planning your cloud, products, public and hybrid clouds, related open source projects, security, storage, sessions targeting applications, telecom strategies, and tools and services. We've given you some highlights of a few of the categories below.

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

VMware prepares OpenStack for enterprise use

VMware wants to bring enterprise-class reliability to OpenStack by releasing a distribution of cloud hosting software that runs on top of the virtualization stack. ….  John Gilmartin is VMware’s vice president and general manager for the company’s software-defined data center business unit. “Today, standing up OpenStack requires a lot of customer development and integration work. It takes a lot of time and is expensive to do. We address a lot of challenges with OpenStack by providing an out-of-the-box solution that runs on top of VMware components.” The distribution, VMware Integrated OpenStack, is available as a preview for select customers and should be available for full release in the first half of 2015.

See also: VMware’s OpenStack strategy: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

See also: VMware plays nice with OpenStack, unveils a VMware-powered data-center-in-a-box

 

What’s New in Mirantis OpenStack 5.0.1

The 5.0.1 maintenance release for Mirantis OpenStack, which has now reached general availability, represents a big milestone for the product.  For those who have already installed Mirantis OpenStack 5.0, this will be the first time that you can upgrade the Fuel Master Node in place and retain management of your existing 5.0 environments.  No need to redeploy! 

 

Red Hat Continues OpenStack Innovation in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5

Red Hat … introduced updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5… An updated, robust installer and new high availability capabilities are designed to enable devops and IT administrators to more easily produce a healthy and fault tolerant Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform deployment. Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5 debuted in July 2014, featuring an extended three-year product support lifecycle and enhanced support for VMware infrastructure.

See also: Red Hat Counters VMware With OpenStack Software Appliance

 

ww34-2014

OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

Cloud Platforms: Will Juno become the ruler of the cloud gods?

… In Servers and Virtualization Wave 13, cloud platforms were in the top position on the TheInfoPro technology heat index …. Part of the problem is that this is an extremely dynamic market ….  With that in mind, the following chart is a preview of cloud platform data from our as yet unpublished Cloud Wave 7 survey.

 

More OpenStack Certifications - Because Interoperability Is Key

One of the issues with an open source initiative is often described as the herding cats conundrum. Any open source initiative wants to get as many people as possible involved, but in doing so increases the risk that all of those contributors will means a bunch of different, poorly integrated parts that make a Frankensteinian monster…. This has long been held up as one of the concerns around the open source OpenStack project and was one of the reasons that many were positive when OpenStack’s RefStack compatibility guide, and initiatives from OpenStack vendor Mirantis went live to try and clarify interoperability across the different offerings. This move has now been emulated for OpenStack’s database as a service (DBaaS) project Trove.

 

Scott Sanchez on OpenStack: Shifting a Mindset

OpenStack, which turned 4 years old this summer, began as a twinkle in Scott Sanchez's eyes….  He joined Rackspace in early 2011 and was part of the team that developed OpenStack. .. "My mission was simple. It was to make OpenStack win. My goal was always to make OpenStack a viable commercial alternative, even though it was open source," Sanchez told LinuxInsider. He recently brought his passion for growing the OpenStack ecosystem to MetaCloud…  In this exclusive interview, LinuxInsider discusses with Sanchez his vision for OpenStack technology and the impact he sees OpenStack making in the market.

 

Top 10 Automaker Turning Customer Insights Into Action with OpenStack

The auto industry is projected to be the second largest generator of data by next year. One innovative manufacturer saw the opportunity to leverage massive amounts of data telematics produced by cars and drivers to plan new features and gain competitive advantage.

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

Hewlett-Packard takes its Helion OpenStack Cloud to China

The cloud land grab (cloud grab?) in China continued this week with news that Hewlett-Packard inked a deal with a local provider to build and operate HP Helion–based clouds for Chinese customers. Beijing UnionRead Information Technology Ltd., the local partner, is a big CDN and hybrid cloud operator in China and gives HP the “feet on the street” that U.S. companies need to build presence in this key market.

 

HP Enables Rapid Adoption and Deployment of Storage for the Software-defined Data Center

Virtual storage appliances, OpenStack cloud integration and entry-level all-flash array enable more agility in virtualized environments. HP today announced new storage offerings for the software-defined data center (SDDC) that simplify deployment of scale-out storage for cloud computing and virtual server environments. … HP … is  featuring HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) as a fully integrated storage option for HP Helion OpenStack and HP Helion OpenStack Community Edition.

 

Red Hat Introduces Open Virtual Appliance for Seamless OpenStack Evaluations

Red Hat …. announced Open Virtual Appliance for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, enabling organizations with VMware-based infrastructures to easily and rapidly deploy and evaluate Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform for proof of concept deployments. Designed to meet growing interest in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform from users, Open Virtual Appliance for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is designed to enable users to have a working deployment of OpenStack in mere minutes.

 

Nexenta Object Storage Targets OpenStack, Big Data

Software-defined storage specialist Nexenta launched the first version of it block and object storage package designed to provide inline data compression and deduplication on petabyte-scale clusters. The scale-out storage solution targets OpenStack and big data infrastructures, the company said. The Santa Clara, Calif, storage management vendor said its NexentaEdge 1.0 storage platform is tailored to next-generation infrastructures based on OpenStack as well as big data repositories requiring greater performance and scaling.

 

ww33-2014

OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

The Cloud World Gets A Shock, Eucalyptus Joins The OpenStack Love Fest
There are two camps when it comes to cloud operating stacks. On one side you have the OpenStack crew who believe their products give users the greatest degree of flexibility and deliver the most choice. On the other you have those who claim that Amazon Web Services have already won the public cloud battle and that any private cloud that wishes to succeed should emulate the AWS APIs. See also Marten Mickos’ blog: Why Is Eucalyptus Keynoting At An OpenStack Conference?

Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) Gets Behind OpenStack Cloud Software Project
QCT, global provider of hardware to cloud datacenters, has signed on as a corporate sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation. … The company becomes the first of the cloud-native datacenter hardware providers to announce support for the OpenStack Foundation.

Hey, biz bods: OpenStack will be worth $3.3bn by 2018
OpenStack looks like it will inject some $3.3bn into the market by 2018, growing from $890m this year ….. Much of that (roughly 70 per cent) will be from public cloud providers …  but a fair amount will come from private cloud build-out. Unless sentiment changes, companies will be looking to keep cloud safely ensconced on their own enclaves- our surveys* show companies consistently preferring private and hybrid cloud deployments over purely public cloud. We're seeing strong interest in OpenStack for these private clouds.

Brocade's Tom Nadeau: OpenStack deserves a champion
A mature open source reference platform should be led by a principal player, balanced by an assembly of possibly competing interests, says one of all networking's principal architects.

OpenStack adds hosted private cloud category to marketplace
OpenStack has just added a new Hosted Private Cloud category to its Marketplace vendor comparison site, in a move it says represents growing interest in the option from customers. The new category includes products and service from Aptira, AURO, Blue Box, IBM, DataCentred, Metacloud, Mirantis, Morphlabs, Rackspace and UnitedStack.

If You Have Enough Fast, Anything Is Possible: How Disney built a modern cloud with open source.
… Chris Launey from Disney gave a wonderful talk that outlined how his organization built a modern cloud with open source. As the session description aptly put it, “in this massively heterogeneous world, interoperability is key.” Chris and his team worked over the last 18 months to reboot the delivery and consumption of technology services at Disney. He is no doubt a Superuser in the best possible sense of the word, and his journey is worth retelling ..

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

SUSE Hooks Ceph, VMware To Cloud 4 OpenStack
The latest version of SUSE Cloud, the variant of the OpenStack cloud controller developed by commercial Linux distributor SUSE Linux, adds support for the Ceph distributed storage system along with VMware capabilities. In rolling out SUSE Cloud 4, the Linux distributor said new automation features are intended to smooth the adoption of OpenStack in enterprise datacenters. Cloud 4 is based on “Icehouse,” the latest OpenStack release unveiled in April.
See also: SUSE releases Icehouse OpenStack cloud
Press Release: SUSE Cloud 4 Now Available, Featuring Ceph Distributed Storage

VMware vets launch Platform9 to mash up best of AWS, Docker and OpenStack
Platform9 aims to give IT admins management and automation capabilities for virtualised and containerised environments in one place …[the company] emerged from stealth mode Tuesday and announced it has secured $4.5m in funding from Redpoint Ventures. The company said it aims to AWS-style public cloud capabilities in-house to VMware, OpenStack, KVM and Docker with its cloud management and automation platform.

Cisco CVD Documents Hadoop as a Service for Ubuntu OpenStack
Canonical has won Cisco Systems' (CSCO) stamp of approval for deploying Hadoop as a service on Ubuntu OpenStack, the open source, Linux-based cloud server platform. Now, enterprises can access detailed documentation provided by Cisco for configuring Hadoop and other Big Data software on Ubuntu.

 

ww-32-2014

OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

OpenStack Summit Heads to Europe; Community Voting Underway on 1,100+ Speaking Proposals

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

 

How to Effectively Contribute to An Open Source Project Such As OpenStack Neutron

… 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.

 

Ceph and Swift: Friends, not enemies

…. 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

 

Bringing New Intelligence to Cloud Orchestration with Cloudify 3.0

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 ACS connect multiple cloud environments in 40 seconds

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 and Datavision Join Forces to Optimize OpenStack® Deployment and Performance

… 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.

 

Now It's Easier Than Ever to Implement Piston OpenStack in Europe

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 Aims To Automate Cloud Troubleshooting

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 does the math, moves from bare metal to OpenStack cloud

… 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. 

 

ww-31-2014

OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

OpenStack execs: Red Hat, Yahoo, Comcast are our adopters -- and contributors

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 Commits to Cloud Foundry and OpenStack for Innovative Development in the Cloud

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

 

OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator

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.

 

The rise of OpenStack in the cloud

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 Builds Their Open Cloud with OpenStack

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 Raises $10M Series B Round For Its IT Management Automation Service

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 Announces Intelligent Security Integration With OpenStack

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.

 

ww-30-2014

OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

And the K cycle will be named... Kilo !

[Posting from the Foundation on the naming for the K release, and why the name was chosen]

 

DefCore brings a definition to OpenStack

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

 

Mirantis Announces Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

“… 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 CEO Whitehurst on VMware, OpenStack and CentOS

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 adds erasure coding in Inktank Ceph Enterprise v1.2

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.

Press release: Red Hat Adds Sophisticated Tiering and Data Protection Features to its Industry-leading Storage Platform for OpenStack

 

ww-29-2014

OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

Here’s what Swift’s ‘most significant update’ brings to OpenStack

One capability that stands out in particular is storage tiering, which the likes of IBM and HP have been offering for quite some time and makes it possible to automatically match specific workloads to the most appropriate media type. Now, Swift makes it possible to relegate frequently used “hot data” to flash for rapid access and store lower priority “cold data” stored on disk or tape to reduce costs all with minimal human intervention.

See also: New release of OpenStack Swift brings storage policies

 

Just drop your fantasy of a king of OpenStack — there won’t ever be one

… As of late, the fantasy topic of “who’s dominating OpenStack” seems to be tops on the speculation list. Speculation, hype, and colorful personalities have always generated a large amount of individual attention within OpenStack, but a particularly hot topic lately seems to be who will take control of the project and become the dominant OpenStack-based solution. Despite the assertions and commentary, there is no “king of OpenStack” — and there never will be.

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 5 Delivers Long-Term Support of Icehouse

Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat today announced the general availability of its Red Hat OpenStack Platform (OSP) 5.0 release. The new release follows the OSP 4.0  release by seven months and is based on the recent OpenStack Icehouse cloud platform that debuted in April.

Among the biggest changes in the new Red Hat release is the fact that Red Hat is now doubling the support length from the 1.5 years that was available in OSP 4.0 to three years with OSP 5.0.

See also: RHEL OpenStack 5: Red Hat hogs the OpenStack spotlight

See also: Red Hat moves forward with new OpenStack release

Press Release: Red Hat Announces General Availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5

 

Oracle Upgrades Virtualization Server For OpenStack

Oracle has released the 3.3 version of Oracle VM Server with support for an OpenStack cloud distribution included. But the version of OpenStack offered is not ready for production systems, the Oracle website warns. Oracle will support Oracle VM with its OpenStack technology preview distribution of the open source cloud software, giving enterprise cloud implementers the option to test the use of Oracle's hypervisor as the basis for a virtualized database system in a private cloud setting.

 

Midokura Announces Partnership With Fujitsu

….  The companies will offer a joint solution that integrates Midokura's MidoNet network virtualization software with Fujitsu's private cloud platform software, Fujitsu Software ServerView Resource Orchestrator (ROR). The combined technology, based on the popular open source cloud management system, OpenStack, allows enterprise customers to simply and seamlessly build scalable and fault-tolerant multi-tenant private clouds.

 

DT Teams With A10 for NFV Advance

Deutsche Telekom has teamed up with application delivery platform specialist A10 to develop an OpenStack-enabled IPv4-over-IPv6 solution as a virtual network function, a development set to ease the delivery of cloud services across the operator's revolutionary TeraStream network model….. DT wanted to develop capabilities that would enable it to deliver IPv4 services in a native IPv6 environment. …. "Producing IPv4 as a service is ideal, because we can react based on our current load and we don't need to drastically overprovision the way you might in a physical appliance scenario."

 

 

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OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

Case study: OpenStack hybrid cloud powers CERN’s experiments with universe

IT scale, big data challenges and high-throughput compute needs are of a different order of magnitude altogether for CERN, the organisation that aims to find out what the universe is made of by conducting experiments in its Large Hadron Collider (LHC). For one, the LHC detectors at CERN produce a staggering one petabyte (1PB, equivalent to a billion gigabytes) of data per second when running…… But data management is only one challenge; providing IT resources on demand is another for the IT team ….. The organization chose open source private cloud computing platform OpenStack to run IT resources at scale two years ago. The aim in moving to a large-scale infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) OpenStack-based cloud was to help CERN expand its compute resources significantly and support scientists worldwide using the infrastructure to unlock the secrets of the universe. 

See also: Rackspace and Cern update OpenStack with federated cloud support

 

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

GoGrid Head Sets Eyes on Open Cloud Orchestration Engine

GoGrid founder and CEO John Keagy is hoping to bring together companies interesting in open source cloud that feel threatened by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create an open cloud orchestration engine. His project, which was recently unveiled, has been dubbed OpenOrchestration.org—more or less following suit with most open source cloud projects that have been launched over the last few years.

 

HP and Canonical issue reference architecture for OpenStack cloud deployment

Engineers from HP and Ubuntu developer Canonical have published a reference architecture aimed at organisations looking to build out their first OpenStack cloud deployment. Aimed at HP customers, the technical white paper HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS details how organisations can plan to start deploying private cloud infrastructure based on Ubuntu's build of OpenStack and HP servers. 

 

 

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OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

Debate: How Many Open Source Platforms Are Enough?

Representatives of competing open source cloud controllers debated the merits of each and whether multiple open cloud platforms are even needed. The platform debate often comes down to which application-programming interface (API) is supported along with overall platform stability and ease of use.

 

Cray Joins OpenStack Foundation

At the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Company has joined the OpenStack Foundation as a Corporate Sponsor. Cray will contribute to OpenStack and work to integrate open source capabilities into future Cray products and services.

 

From incubation to integration in OpenStack

In a large open source project made up of lots of interacting pieces developed by different teams, how do you decide what officially becomes a part of the core release and what stays outside? In OpenStack, a formal process of incubation helps prepare fledgling projects for integration into the main code body as they develop and mature.

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

Rackspace Intros Dedicated Servers That Behave Just Like Cloud VMs

Seeking to make cloud infrastructure performance more predictable for its customers, Rackspace is launching a new “bare-metal” server offering, giving users the ability to spin up and down dedicated servers just like they spin up and down virtual machines in its OpenStack cloud…. Currently, companies that start on cloud infrastructure, move into colocation data centers when they start growing and need to scale to avoid this problem. As they move, however, they lose the elasticity of cloud. This predicament is what Rackspace is trying to address with its new OnMetal service, offering dedicated machines with all the utility-computing benefits of Infrastructure-as-a-Service

 

Canonical Debuts 'Orange Box' for Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud Demos

Canonical's Orange Box, the portable server cluster that the company intends to use to showcase OpenStack, MAAS, Juju and other aspects of the Ubuntu Linux-based cloud, is out. Here's what it's all about.

 

SUSE and UShareSoft Introduce First Hybrid Cloud Solution Based on SUSE Cloud

SUSE® and UShareSoft today announced UForge for SUSE Cloud, the first ready-to-run hybrid cloud solution based on SUSE Cloud, the first enterprise OpenStack distribution, with an integrated store for enterprise application templates and easy-to-use tools for software onboarding. SUSE and UShareSoft have collaborated to ensure SUSE Cloud and UShareSoft's UForge are fully integrated and optimized to work together out of the box …. SUSE customers can install UForge instantly for SUSE Cloud, allowing them to create and manage custom software and applications for SUSE Cloud and hybrid environments, migrate live servers to SUSE Cloud and hybrid environments in less than 30 minutes, and enhance SUSE Cloud with an enterprise application catalog.

 

PLUMgrid Secures OpenStack With Networking Suite

PLUMgrid's new OpenStack Networking Suite is an attempt to provide virtual networking and security through the use of a number of innovative technologies. The OpenStack cloud platform is made up of multiple components, including the Neutron networking project. The PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite plugs into Neutron, enabling cloud administrators to create and manage a virtual cloud network

 

 

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OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

Case study: How eBay uses its own OpenStack private cloud

Online marketplace eBay runs one of its most crucial workloads – its website – on an OpenStack private cloud platform developed by itself. Three years ago, eBay’s website was operated fully in its on-premises datacentre infrastructure. “Today, 95% of eBay marketplace traffic is powered by our OpenStack cloud. It was zero three years ago,” said Suneet Nandwani, head of cloud engineering at eBay, during the sixth annual Cloud World Forum conference in London.

 

Survey: Enterprise Private Clouds Driving OpenStack Adoption

OpenStack, the open source cloud operating system, is not the most widely deployed private-cloud platform. But it's a close second, according to a new survey from database vendor Tesora, which also said the rise in OpenStack adoption is helping push organizations toward scalable database and database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solutions. The survey results indicate that among responding organizations, 15 percent are running private clouds on VMware, followed by 11 percent using OpenStack.

 

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

Virtustream pushes toward dual OpenStack-VMware cloud management

Virtustream, which made its name bringing enterprise customers’ lifeblood financial applications  to the cloud, now offers a version of its cloud management software that will run atop OpenStack/KVM as well as vCenter/ESX. The goal is to offer the same sort of enterprise service level agreements (SLAs) and support to OpenStack implementations as it does to the more established VMware vCenter world.

 

Red Hat looks to the OpenStack cloud with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4

Yes, Red Hat is embracing Docker containers for application virtualization, but it's still strongly supporting Linux's built-in Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) in its just released Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.4. After all, Red Hat sees both as bridges to an OpenStack cloud-based future. In this latest RHEV release, Red Hat states that it brings new "enhancements for traditional virtualization infrastructure, guest support for the newly released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7, as well as advanced OpenStack [cloud] support across compute, storage and networking."

 

SwiftStack 2.0 Accelerates Enterprise Object Storage Adoption

SwiftStack, the object storage software leader, today announced the launch of SwiftStack 2.0. This launch provides enterprise IT with the modern data storage they need to make massive scale easy, and make available any data and application that will drive their businesses forward. SwiftStack 2.0 software defined storage platform is sold with Swift, the OpenStack object storage project that powers the largest cloud deployments.

 

Red Hat to Acquire eNovance, a Leader in OpenStack Integration Services

Red Hat …. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire eNovance, a leading provider of open source cloud computing services. Combined with Red Hat's existing leadership in OpenStack, the addition of eNovance's systems integration capabilities and engineering talent is aimed at meeting growing demand for enterprise OpenStack consulting, design and deployment. As noted by IDC analysts Laura DuBois and Ashish Nadkarni in their recent recap of the spring 2014 OpenStack Summit, "Integrators such as eNovance will continue to assist cloud service providers and enterprises in building large OpenStack clouds. ...”

 

Rackspace announces bare metal cloud based on OpenStack Project Ironic

Rackspace announced the launch of OnMetal Thursday, a single-tenant infrastructure as a service that can tap into the full range of APIs available in the OpenStack ecosystem. The company … [said] that the service represents a “step change” for the cloud industry because it breaks dependence on virtualization and alters how the industry thinks of “the cloud.” OnMetal is effectively a commercial implementation of an OpenStack subproject, Project Ironic, which looks to give all of the benefits of using OpenStack as an orchestration, scaling and metering platform without requiring a hypervisor layer to run applications and workloads on top.

 

 

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OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

HP Cloud Chief: OpenStack and Cloud Foundry a Match Made in Heaven

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.

 

OpenStack Designate Brings DNS as a Service Into Incubation

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.

 

Openness And Honesty From Eucalyptus CEO Mickos

… 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.

 

Using OpenStack for scientific research

…  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

 

Mirantis to offer on-demand OpenStack private cloud

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.

See also: Mirantis, IBM partner on Openstack-based private cloud

 

AT&T taps into HP’s OpenStack, Cloud Foundry portfolio

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.

 

Delivering an Open, Enterprise-Ready Cloud based on OpenStack with Intel and HP

… 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. 

 

HP calls in the cavalry for OpenStack cloud confederation

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.

See also: HP rounds up partners to push its Helion cloud strategy

See also: HP seeks partners for Helion cloud platform, Intel and BT on board

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OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

Is OpenStack a Clear and Present Danger for Tech Incumbents?

By all estimates attendance at the OpenStack Summit has doubled since last year. Where does all this attention come from? OpenStack promises users an open source, scalable, portable and free or low cost way to deploy private and public clouds with the same agility as many of the leading public cloud providers. There is a widespread speculation that OpenStack is going to sideline VMware and other proprietary private cloud technologies? Even more importantly, vendors and some users see OpenStack as an important counterweight to the dominance of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the public cloud market.

 

5 Ways OpenStack Improves Enterprise IT

Enterprises can leverage OpenStack to extend AWS investments, drive IT transformation, as a negotiating tool in enterprise license agreements, and for other benefits…. Today, every enterprise has a significant number of legacy workloads that must be supported, but they have increasingly been moving -- especially on the customer-facing side -- to a lightweight, web-scale deployment model ….  the challenge has moved from "How do we deploy and manage these new kinds of applications?" to "How do we integrate that process into our operational model, so that enterprise IT as a whole improves?" Enter OpenStack and my top five ways it can make enterprise IT better   

 

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

Mirantis OpenStack 5.0 is Here: Finally, Fuel for Icehouse

This week, we released Mirantis OpenStack 5.0, which includes the Fuel project and the Icehouse release of OpenStack — thoroughly tested, hardened, and ready to deploy.  There’s always confusion between Mirantis OpenStack and Fuel, so let’s clear that up.  Mirantis OpenStack is made up of three facets: Fuel for OpenStack, Mirantis OpenStack hardened packages, Mirantis Support.

See also: Mirantis Launches OpenStack Icehouse Distribution

 

CPLANE NETWORKS Announces General Availability of Dynamic Virtual Networks

CPLANE NETWORKS … today announced the general availability of Dynamic Virtual Networks (DVN).… DVN is a software-only solution that seamlessly integrates with the OpenStack framework. “We replace the standard OpenStack Neutron network service with our scalable SDN controller to create high performance, highly available virtualized networks,” said John Casey, CTO and VP of Engineering. “We’ve eliminated a performance bottleneck and single point of failure in the Neutron network service – the Network Node. With DVN routing between virtual machines is now only a single hop.”

 

Canonical and Mirantis Partner On Enterprise OpenStack

Canonical and Mirantis, both OpenStack distribution providers, announced they were partnering to accelerate enterprise adoption of OpenStack, the open source cloud architecture. The two are collaborating on private cloud solutions based on Mirantis OpenStack and Ubuntu GuestOS.

Press Release: Mirantis and Canonical Collaborate to Accelerate Enterprise OpenStack Cloud Adoption

 

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OpenStack Momentum/Foundation/News

 

Fastest Supercomputer Runs Ubuntu, OpenStack

Although cloud is still widely considered a technology for the masses, the proliferation of cloud within HPC now goes all the way to the highest echelons of supercomputing. China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), which oversees reining TOP500 chart-topper, Tianhe-2, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, have entered into a partnership to support both Ubuntu and OpenStack on Tianhe-2. [This will end up as a large OpenStack deployment, over 6400 nodes]

 

Brocade and Huawei Propose OpenStack Solution for Multitenant, Multi-site Clouds

Networking giant Brocade is proposing a new OpenStack service to simplify manageability and efficiency of inter-data center multitenancy for cloud service providers or companies with geographically distributed pools of shared resources. The proposal, which Brocade developed jointly with Huawei and announced at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, Ga., is for a flexible and automated solution that addresses the challenge of maintaining connectivity and policy context for virtual machines migrating between data centers.

 

Metacloud Survey Confirms Growth in Big Business Acceptance of OpenStack

Larger companies are among the fastest-growing segments of OpenStack users and advocates. In fact, a survey conducted by Metacloud, Inc. reported that 72 percent of respondents at the OpenStack Summit 2014 in Atlanta last week were attending this event for the first time. Of those first-time attendees, 65 percent are employed by companies with 2,500 or more employees, signifying a shift in the sizes of businesses that are embracing OpenStack as a private cloud option. [Click through to infographic in the article]

 

OpenStack ecosystem sees momentum + friction

.. A series of developers interviewed in theCUBE discussed holes that need to be filled in OpenStack’s code, in particular the need for a strong user interface. Their message was that companies seeking to use it today will need to invest considerable programming in the project. In the day three wrap up, Stu Miniman said that at least half of the people he had talked to were developers who “had been at [the OpenStack summit six months ago in] Hong Kong and will be at [the Summit six months from now in] Paris,” implying that the Summit is still a developers’ meeting .. He said he did talk to a few users. Brocade CTO and Chief Scientist David Meyer said .. Comcast, the largest U.S. TV cable and last-mile home Internet provider, is configuring all its set-top boxes with OpenStack.

 

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

Oracle … strategy for its OpenStack development

The latest releases of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM will come integrated with OpenStack, a free and open source cloud computing platform primarily deployed as infrastructure as a service, a move in contrast to the company's previous lock-in strategy and efforts…  The latest versions of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM will be able to take advantage of OpenStack's capabilities. Both Oracle Linux and VM are currently in beta, but Ronen Kofman, Oracle product development director, said they will move to production-grade releases in the next several months.

 

CYAN COLLABORATES WITH TELEFÓNICA AND RED HAT TO BUILD DETERMINISTIC NFV ARCHITECTURE

Cyan, provider of SDN, NFV, and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today announced that it is collaborating with Telefónica and Red Hat to develop a network functions virtualization (NFV) architecture to support the deterministic placement of virtualized network functions (VNFs). Cyan is delivering the NFV orchestrator that will make use of enhancements being made to OpenStack developed by Red Hat in close collaboration with Telefónica.

 

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OpenStack Momentum/News

OpenStack security myths tackled with 'Win the Enterprise' campaign

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]

 

The mid-year OpenStack temperature check

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: Still waiting for the users

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.

See also: 4 years on, OpenStack still can't get in the door

 

Company, Product and Solutions Announcements/Analysis

 

Intel Launches Performance Monitoring Software for OpenStack Clouds

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

Video:  Chip Shot: Intel Helps IT Manage Software Defined Infrastructure, Ensure Reliability

Website: Intel® Datacenter Manager: Service Assurance Administrator

 

Fujitsu Enhances Suite of Private Cloud Platform Products with Support for OpenStack

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.

 

How VMware sees OpenStack as a standard

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.

 

Interest in block and object OpenStack storage picks up

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]

 

Do OpenDaylight and OpenStack compete or complement?

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."

 

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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 Unveils Marketplace to Increase Transparency, Adoption

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.

See also: OpenStack Marketplace aims to end confusion around open-source cloud options

 

OpenStack Foundation Launches Online Publication “Superuser”

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?

 

 

OpenStack Momentum/News

 

OpenStack Dominated By Tire Kickers, Code Testers – For Now

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]

 

Red Hat Plays Hardball on OpenStack Software

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

 

Dell to HP: You’re Doing OpenStack Wrong!

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.

 

OpenStack Neutron gets a negative charge from IT pros

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 great OpenStack conundrum: with 15,000 members, why is adoption lagging?

… 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.

 

Rackspace: OpenStack is the 'Rebel Alliance' in fight for future of cloud

… 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]

 

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Rackspace is looking towards Openstack cloud exit

… 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 Announces OpenStack Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

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]

See also: Oracle's Support of OpenStack on Both Linux and Solaris Is Smart Move

 

IBM Intros Cloud Manager With OpenStack

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.

See also: IBM turns OpenStack into just another app on the app store

 

Canonical and Ubuntu in the OpenStack Landscape

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]

 

Canonical offers 'Chuck Norris Grade' OpenStack private cloud service

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.

 

Red Hat ramps up OpenStack via collaborations with NetApp, eNovance

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 Builds an OpenStack-powered Public Cloud

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.

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HP Announces Helion Hybrid Cloud--Runs its own OpenStack

 

Deploying OpenStack made easy with Puppet

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 Raises $15M to Give Customers More Flexibility in Clouds

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 Announces Quanta QCT as Certified Piston OpenStack Hardware Vendor

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 Announces OpenStack Collaborations With Open Source Leaders, Red Hat and MongoDB

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

 

Four things to watch for at next week’s OpenStack Summit

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]

 

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Oracle Previews OpenStack-Solaris Hybrid

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

Press release: Oracle Introduces Oracle Solaris 11.2 -- Engineered for Cloud

 

Red Hat Acquires Ceph ISV, InkTank

 

Tesora, Database as a Service, and OpenStack Trove

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 and Red Hat Deliver Enterprise-Grade, OpenStack Private Cloud Solution, Extend Co-Engineering to Deliver OpenShift and Linux Container Solutions

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]

 

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OpenStack Icehouse Cloud Debuted With Heavyweight Support

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 Red Hat Cloud Combo For Dev/Test

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]

 

eRacks Announces Launch of Their Largest Cloud Server Ever, the New 432TB eRacks/NAS72

"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."

 

OpenStack Icehouse Supports Rolling Upgrades and Tighter Overall Integration

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.

 

Microsoft's 'evil open source' man on life as HP's top cloud-wrangler: Sweating the assets and building up OpenStack

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.”

 

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OpenStack Icehouse Release

Official press release:

Voice of the User Reflected in New Features of OpenStack Icehouse 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.

Release webinar:

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\.  

 

News Roundup:

OpenStack Icehouse cloud platform adds database service, better support for Containers

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’s latest Icehouse release hits the streets

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.

 

OpenStack Icehouse Features a Trove of Open-Source Cloud Updates

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.

 

Icehouse: New OpenStack cloud arrives

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.

 

OpenStack's latest release keeps the DIY private cloud features coming

'Icehouse,' the newest edition of the open source IaaS, adds more features, but uptake with enterprises and competition with public cloud vendors remain thorny

 

OpenStack Targets Enterprise Workloads with Icehouse

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 Icehouse: IT'S ALIVE! – live migration, that is

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.

 

Other News

Red Hat Continues OpenStack Momentum with Global Enterprise Deployments

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.]

 

More evidence that the Linux wars have moved to OpenStack

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.

See also: Ubuntu Beefs Up OpenStack Support

See also: Ubuntu chases after Red Hat with OpenStack and Docker bundles

 

Giving rise to the cloud with OpenStack Heat

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].

 

Focus Or Breadth? Broadening OpenStack With Trove And Tresora

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 extend partnership in OpenStack cloud solutions

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.

 

OpenStack's French Connection: eNovance

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.

 

Red Hat: We don't need no stinking dictator to make money out of OpenStack (in late 2015)

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.

 

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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, Parallels Partner on OpenStack Distribution

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.

See also: Mirantis and Parallels Partner to Help Service Providers Monetize OpenStack

 

Affordable-cloud pioneer Nebula nabs $3.5M for OpenStack hardware

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.

 

Cisco Plans to Build a Giant Cloud Network, But Why on OpenStack?

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?

 

Ringing In The Cloudy Changes At Red Hat - Predicting The Perilli Future

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.

 

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Ericsson-Mirantis Deal a Milestone for OpenStack Software

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 Reduces the Complexity of Bringing OpenStack into the Enterprise with New Cloud Concierge Service    

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’

 

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Cisco and partners to build US$1bn global OpenStack cloud

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.

See also: Cisco’s Intercloud: For when one cloud isn’t enough

 

A sneak peek of OpenStack Icehouse

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 launches high density switch and OpenStack controller for SDN

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 Enterprise Virtualization promises more OpenStack integration

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.

See also: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta: On-ramp to cloud computing

 

Just call red-hot Red Hat the 'OpenStack' company

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.

See also: Red Hat Banking on OpenStack for Future Growth

 

OpenStack in Asia – Where Business Agility Trumps Cost Savings

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.

 

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How Openstack stores data in the cloud with Cinder

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.

 

Look out, Amazon -- OpenStack jobs are on the rise

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.

 

Hadoop Coming to OpenStack Juno in October 2014

Savanna was recently renamed to Sahara …..  Sahara has now been formally voted on to become an integrated part of the Juno release.

 

Maybe OpenStack has legs after all: Red Hat taps once-skeptical Gartner analyst to lead group

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.  

 

Mirantis OpenStack 4.1 is Now Available for Download

New release of Mirantis OpenStack uses Fuel for deployment on CentOS or Ubuntu [but not Red Hat].

 

Mar 4 OpenStack Foundation Board Meeting

[Blog post with notes from the latest board meeting. Not the official minutes, but a good read]

 

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Is Red Hat now the boss of OpenStack? Should it be?

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? 

 

See, Mirantis Does More Than Just Stir. Certification Program A Hit With OpenStack Users

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.

 

New name, sharp focus on Trove for startup Tesora

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.

 

Mark Shuttleworth blog:  Ubuntu is the #1 platform for production OpenStack deployments

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:

OpenStack Oslo

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.

 

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OpenStack networking and orchestration: What's possible?

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 Becomes OpenStack Sponsor

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 Delivers High-Performance OpenStack Networks to Accelerate Cloud Application Deployments

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

 

Dell Plans for Big NFV, SDN OpenStack Push

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 turns to Metacloud for brawny OpenStack hybrid cloud

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.

See also: Metacloud to provide Ooyala with OpenStack-based private cloud

 

eNovance: why enterprises are building OpenStack clouds  

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.

 

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Mirantis and IBM team up on OpenStack benchmarking tool

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.

See also Mirantis and IBM Set New OpenStack Benchmark, Standing Up 75,000 Live VMs in Multi-Datacenter Cloud

 

Examining the latest OpenStack spat

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.

 

Red Hat Shows How Not To Win Friends And Influence People

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 Announces OpenStack 3.0 - The Last OpenStack You'll Ever Try (Maybe)

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]

 

OpenStack converges around Cloud Foundry, future of Solum in question

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.

 

Open source cloud will outshine AWS, says OpenStack founder

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 Introduces the World's First UnCrashable Disaster Recovery powered by OpenStack

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.

 

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OpenStack Cloud Goes Open for Vendor Certification

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.

See also: Opening OpenStack: A New Certification Initiative Challenges Red Hat

See also: Mirantis pushes for “open-source” certification of OpenStack drivers

 

OpenNebula vs. OpenStack: User Needs vs. Vendor Driven       

[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 does OpenStack with SUSE Cloud 3

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.

 

Rackspace adds much-needed budget management tools to OpenStack

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.

 

Storage policies: Coming to an OpenStack Swift cluster near you

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.

 

Kontron joins OpenStack, takes open source cloud to telcos

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 to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

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:

How to contribute to OpenStack

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. 

 

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PrivateCore Locks Down OpenStack Servers

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.

 

Wind River Advancing Carrier Grade Cloud Infrastructures as a Corporate Sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation

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).

 

Database startup Parelastic rebrands as Tesora, embraces OpenStack

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.

 

Piston Partners With Tokyo Electron Device to Accelerate OpenStack Private Cloud Adoption in Japan

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.

 

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OpenStack is crucial for HP’s strategy

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,”

 

OpenStack pioneer Chris Kemp says enterprise cloud headed for revolution

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 Ceph Enterprise 1.1 upgrade is certified for Red Hat OpenStack

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.

 

7 Ways in which OpenStack Adoption Parallels Linux

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. 

 

Oracle and Pluribus Networks Collaborate on OpenStack Plug-Ins for Software Defined Networking Products .

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]

 

IBM looks to end the OpenStack wars with Jumpgate — a bridge to public clouds

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.

 

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OpenStack: The Project, The Products, And The Services

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 launches an OpenStack cloud running on open source servers

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.

 

The OpenStack Blog: OpenStack Commitment to Interoperability

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!

See also: OpenStack Retools to Engage More Cloud User Feedback, Interoperability

 

Executive Viewpoint 2014 Prediction: Red Hat - Potential Realized: Four Reasons OpenStack Will Become an Enterprise Force in 2014

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.

 

OpenStack still has an enterprise problem

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.

 

OpenStack’s journey to the enterprise : Remaining challenges, proprietary issues

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.

 

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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:

 

VMware: Citi Ups to Buy on Enterprise Enthusiasm, Waning of OpenStack Threat

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.”

 

Red Hat: We CAN be IaaSed about OpenStack cloud

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.

 

GoDaddy may go OpenStack

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.

 

OpenStack development projects aim to crumble adoption barriers

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)

 

IBM Explains Its Participation on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors

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)

 

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