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OnRamp Helps Startups Thrive with Free Cloud Program

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OnRamp Access, LLC, a HITRUST-certified cloud infrastructure provider, is pleased to announce the release of OnRamp’s Cloud Innovation Program with the goal of helping startups innovate, scale and thrive. Eligible startups receive six months of free resources on OnRamp’s HITRUST-certified virtual private cloud (VPC) built on OpenStack technology and access to OnRamp’s rich set of resources, including security and compliance expertise, an extended community of partners, and marketing opportunities.

The program is open to all startups, but is best suited for software startups developing a SaaS-based product or service that’s subject to security and compliance mandates, such as HIPAA and PCI.

Ericsson to Automate Cloud Execution Environment (CEE) for NTT DOCOMO

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Ericsson has been selected by NTT DOCOMO, INC. to automate the deployment of Ericsson's virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) solution, Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment (CEE) based on OpenStack, at commercial sites in Japan. The deployment will rapidly improve installation, sanity testing, and deployment times for Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi).

The Fulfillment-OSS NFVi Provisioning solution will significantly reduce manual CEE deployment time and will enable end-to-end and efficient project implementation across NTT DOCOMO's network function virtualization platform system.

OpenStack 'Queens' Release Expands Support for GPUs and Containers to Meet Edge, NFV and Machine Learning Workload Demands

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The OpenStack community today released Queens, the 17th version of the most widely deployed open source cloud infrastructure software. A packed release resulting from a six-month development cycle, Queens offers advancements benefiting not only enterprises with mission-critical workloads but also organizations investing in emerging use cases like containers, NFV, edge computing and machine learning. The software now powers 60 public cloud data centers and thousands of private clouds at a scale of more than six million physical cores.  

Enterprise adoption of cloud continues to expand, and by next year, 60 percent of enterprise workloads will run in the cloud, according to 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation, Workloads and Key Projects survey. 451 Research also reports that enterprise adoption of OpenStack is expanding in parallel, with enterprises in nearly all verticals and regions now running mission-critical workloads on OpenStack software. To support these workloads, the Queens release includes robust, enterprise-oriented features, most notably the multi-attach feature in Cinder.  

RADCOM Collaborates With Red Hat to Accelerate Operators' Transition to Cloud-Native Assurance

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RADCOM Ltd., today announced it is collaborating with Red Hat to provide operators with a fully virtualized network visibility solution running on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. As operators transition to NFV, a critical first step is gaining end-to-end network visibility. This collaboration enables operators to attain cloud-native network visibility without the hassle of building their own private cloud infrastructure. Moreover, once the operators' transition to NFV mature, integration efforts with the operators' NFV and MANO infrastructure can be simplified.

"Our customers see deploying network visibility as their top priority in beginning their journey to NFV-based networks. Customers want to deploy cloud-native service assurance as their first virtual network function (VNF) to test all other VNFs during the early POC(s) stage as well as when as the operator deploys them on the network," said Rami Amit, RADCOM's CTO and Head of Product. "However, not all operators have mature cloud environments. In collaborating with Red Hat, RADCOM is providing operators a solution that allows them to achieve network visibility more rapidly, whether they have cloud environments or not. This solution provides operators with an ideal cornerstone on which to build their next-generation NFV networks and ensures complete end-to-end network services visibility from day one."

Platform9 Enables Cadence to Optimize a Cloud-First Approach for Its Internal Engineering Infrastructure

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Platform9, the next-generation open cloud company, today announced Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has deployed Platform9's open cloud solution to transform its legacy IT environment to a cloud environment. Designed to provide operational flexibility and ease of use, Platform9's open cloud platform delivers a full stack of cloud technologies, including OpenStack and Kubernetes, that can manage across any infrastructure and help customers achieve rapid time to value at enterprise scale.

As Cadence's business has evolved to enable more complex solutions for semiconductor and system companies, high-performance computing (HPC) became a critical need for its engineering team. This, along with the need to enhance internal engineering productivity and consolidate legacy and modern business apps, prompted the Cadence team to simplify and modernize its IT operating environment with a cloud-first approach.

"As we continue to challenge traditional thinking in the industry, we needed a solution for scaling our IT operations that would meet strict industry guidelines, enhance developer productivity and align with our long-term product delivery strategy," said Carl Siva, vice president of IT at Cadence. "After considering several products and services, we selected Platform9 because it delivers widely used cloud frameworks such as OpenStack and Kubernetes, spans multiple regions across the globe, lets us easily establish a cloud environment in compliance with semiconductor industry requirements, and ultimately, provide our engineering team with resources on-demand via an automated self-service platform."

Nuage Networks to Support the Fujitsu Cloud Service K5's Global Expansion

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Nokia's software-defined network (SDN) venture, Nuage Networks, has been chosen by Fujitsu to expand its Cloud Service Fujitsu Enterprise Cloud Service K5. The world's largest OpenStack cloud service, K5 provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) using both virtual machine (VM) and bare metal services, with the latter managed by OpenStack Ironic, in a global commercial first. The powerful combination of OpenStack and the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) provides Fujitsu and its enterprise customers with massively scalable and highly available virtual networks.

The Nuage Networks next-generation overlay SDN solution will help Fujitsu expand its deployment of its K5 cloud-based services beyond its current data centers in Japan, Europe and North America, to new centers in Singapore and Australia. Starting with the data center in Japan, Cloud Service K5 will enable Fujitsu's enterprise customers to accelerate their digital transformation by moving their existing server infrastructure into K5 data centers. This allows them to quickly migrate to a cloud-native architecture running on OpenStack Ironic and the Nuage Networks VSP. In addition to 'on-demand' delivery of services, it will assure them greater security, manageability and availability of the cloud, as well as full support for non-cloud-native applications running on fully integrated bare metal services.

The OpenStack Foundation starts to look at projects beyond OpenStack

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Over the last few years, we’ve seen the launch of a number of open source foundations like the Cloud Native Compute Foundation, the Cloud Foundry Foundation and others. Most of these run under the Linux Foundation, but one of the largest open source foundation outside of that group’s orbit is the OpenStack Foundation, which — at least until now — has solely focused on the development of the OpenStack cloud computing platform.

Times are changing, though. After spending the last few days at the bi-annual OpenStack Summit, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the OpenStack Foundation is starting to look beyond the OpenStack platform and that the future of the organization may just look a bit more like the Linux Foundation, though with a more streamlined vision that will have the group focus on open infrastructure projects that align with its current interests but that don’t necessarily need to be part of the OpenStack platform or follow the current guidelines for these projects.
 

ZTE Releases the New-generation Cloud Platform TECS 6.0 at the OpenStack Summit Sydney

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ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, officially released TECS 6.0, the new-generation Cloud Platform, at the OpenStack Summit Sydney. Based on the latest OpenStack Pike, TECS 6.0 features cloud native microservice architecture and edge DC design. It also employs FPGA hardware acceleration technology and boasts powerful ICT convergence resource orchestration capability.

TECS 6.0 has the following characteristics:

Juniper Networks Democratizes the Telco Cloud with Contrail Cloud Enhancements

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Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced enhancements to Contrail Cloud to help service providers mitigate the challenges in building and operating distributed and scalable clouds. These updates, including integration of OpenStack Platform and Ceph Storage from leading open source solutions provider Red Hat, built-in AppFormix automation and visibility, pre-validated virtual network functions (VNFs) and new end-to-end support services, give carriers a far simpler path to delivering business, IoT and mobile services in the cloud.

Some of the world's largest service providers have already proven that leveraging cloud architectures to offer business and mobility services can yield immense benefits, including service agility and speed of innovation, as well as considerably lower risk and costs. However, the road to a distributed, scalable and always-available cloud is paved with operational challenges. Tedious procurement processes, complexities in building clouds, integration and interop, coordinating support across multiple vendors, and IT skills gaps in managing carrier-grade service level agreements (SLAs) can all complicate the journey. In a poll among Juniper customers, the company found:
Respondents said "lack of visibility for all parts of cloud networks" is their top challenge in migrating to the cloud (nearly 40 percent ranked it No. 1); operational complexity ranked second; skills gaps among engineers third and rip-and-replace costs came in fourth.
 

OpenStack Adoption, Deployments Surge as Enterprises Increasingly Favor Multi-Cloud Strategies

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Surveys conducted by five organizations, including the OpenStack Foundation User Survey, document acceleration of OpenStack adoption across industries and regions, and attest to the open source software's "essential" role in multi-cloud environments, NFV and IoT/edge computing.

Key Findings:

  • In the OpenStack User Survey, respondents indicated that users from 48 percent of deployments are also interacting with another cloud. Additionally, the diversity of users was demonstrated in year-over-year analysis showing growth among non-IT, mainstream industries, including significant growth among the financial and government industries, as well as growth in research, retail and telecom.
  • Cloudify-sponsored survey of nearly 700 enterprise cloud professionals found that OpenStack was the most widely deployed cloud infrastructure. Results also upheld the multi-cloud trend demonstrated in the User Survey, reporting that 51 percent of organizations are deploying more than one cloud and the second most popular two-cloud combination is AWS and OpenStack.
  • In a recent SDxCentral report, 87 percent of respondents said that OpenStack would be used to manage edge infrastructure.
  • Heavy Reading survey focused on telecom operators found that 96 percent of those who already deploying an NFV strategy find OpenStack essential or important.
  • SUSE-sponsored survey of more than 1,400 senior IT professionals found that OpenStack is in production in 23 percent of organizations (up from 15 percent in 2015). A total of 82 percent are using or plan to use OpenStack in the future.