F5 Joins OpenStack Community

Grazed from F5. Author: PR Announcement.

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced today it is joining the OpenStack Foundation as a Corporate Sponsor. By supporting the rapidly emerging and popular OpenStack cloud software, F5 is demonstrating its commitment to evolving standards-based cloud platforms and providing customers with greater choice and flexibility in deploying public and private cloud solutions.

OpenStack is an open source cloud computing platform that helps organisations manage compute, storage, and networking resources in private and public cloud environments. Service providers, enterprises, government agencies, and academic institutions around the world use OpenStack to power demanding production workloads...

OpenStack's new code release packed with enterprise features

Grazed from IDG. Author: Brandon Butler.

The latest code release of OpenStack's cloud computing platform named Havana is packed with features that organizers say appeal directly to enterprise audiences. OpenStack is a turning into a broad project with more than a dozen open source components. While it started with basic compute and storage functionality, it's grown to support virtual networking, identity and access management, and now new to this week's release are tools to help better manage and deploy clouds.

Havana's release has two major new components, and updates to a variety of others. One major new project is code-named Heat, which is an orchestration platform that allows users to more easily provision OpenStack-based clouds. Using Heat application developers can feed templates into the program and it will automatically deploy the resources. It can launch applications, create virtual machines and it automates the entire process, they say. It also provides cross-compatibility with Amazon Web Service's orchestration platform named CloudFormation, which means AWS templates will work in OpenStack environments...

Ubuntu 13.10 Delivers Faster Cloud Setup and Management for Scale-out Environments

Grazed from Canonical.  Author: PR Announcement

Canonical today announced that the next version of Ubuntu for server and cloud environments will be released on 17 October 2013.

“Ubuntu 13.10 delivers the latest and best version of OpenStack, and is the fastest, most flexible platform for scale-out computing,” says Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu and VP Products for Canonical. “Ubuntu is typically used in very large scale deployments. In this release we’ve tuned the cloud deployment experience for very small clusters as well, to support dev-and-test environments.” This 13.10 release makes it possible to deploy a full OpenStack cloud on only 5 servers and offers a sophisticated Landscape dashboard for the management of Ubuntu OpenStack clouds no matter their size.

Cloud Computing Battle Pits OpenStack Camp Vs. Amazon

Grazed from Author: Reinhardt Krause.

Cloud computing services providers backing the OpenStack software standard aim to build momentum with the upcoming release of Havana, an upgrade aimed at speeding up OpenStack adoption by the biggest companies.

Due this month, Havana is expected to iron out some of the technical issues uncovered by enterprises that have been testing OpenStack in data centers. Cloud services providers rent servers and storage to enterprise customers via the Internet cloud. Open-source software licensed freely, OpenStack connects data centers to cloud services...

Datadog Pinpoints Issues in AWS, HP Cloud and OpenStack Environments

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Datadog, the SaaS-based monitoring and data analytics platform that provides a unified view of IT infrastructure, announced today monitoring for auto-scaling Amazon Web Services (AWS), HP Cloud and OpenStack cloud environments. Modern cloud infrastructures adjust to application demand by auto-scaling. It guarantees IT resource capacity, for applications, but has also created difficulties for legacy monitoring tools which require system administrators to continuously update these systems manually.

Additionally, legacy tools have not been built to monitor collections of servers working together as a single unit. The modern cloud environment requires aggregated data analysis and automated monitoring adjustments that instantly reflects the infrastructure that is being monitored...

How OpenStack Block Storage differs from traditional block storage

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Carol Sliwa.

Open source, software-based OpenStack Block Storage, also known by the code name Cinder, takes a different approach from the traditional block storage products that enterprise IT shops are intimately familiar with. Ashish Nadkarni, a research director in the storage systems practice at Framingham, Mass.-based International Data Corp., likened OpenStack Block Storage to storage virtualization from vendors such as Hitachi Data Systems and IBM in its ability to provide an abstraction layer to integrate third-party arrays and pool storage resources, but in an open source format.

In this interview, Nadkarni also explained the provisioning model, hardware options and the role OpenStack Block Storage plays as part of the open source OpenStack cloud computing and management platform...

Managed OpenStack Cloud Services: Here They Come

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Joe Panettieri.

I've been waiting for this: The MSP market is finally converging with the OpenStack cloud market. An example: Blue Box is making noise as an MSP that allows customers to deploy hosted OpenStack private clouds. So where do managed services enter the picture?

Blue Box says its platform manages the underlying OpenStack orchestration, including monitoring and release management, allowing customers to focus on using OpenStack instead of managing it. OpenStack is an open source platform for building public and private clouds...

OpenStack Cloud Training, Certifications Emerge for VARs

Grazed from The Var Guy. Author: Editorial Staff.

OpenStack, the open source cloud platform, is facing a shortage of trained technology professionals. But that challenging reality could be changing, thanks to growung efforts like the OpenStack Training Marketplace and training guides associates, developers, operators and architects.

The VAR Guy has been careful not to hype OpenStack -- even as big-name companies like Rackspace, Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat and even Oracle have vowed to support OpenStack in various capacities...

IBM cloud VP talks SoftLayer and OpenStack

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

IBM made waves in the cloud computing market when it acquired SoftLayer for $2 billion in early June. Three months into the integration process, SearchCloudComputing spoke with Dennis Quan, IBM's vice president of SmartCloud Enterprise, to discuss Big Blue's plans for its new Infrastructure as a Service property.

Quan is responsible for the technology platform underlying all of IBM's cloud services. His involvement in cloud computing started in 2007, when his team built IBM's first cloud with Google and the National Science Foundation, and he has held numerous technical leadership positions with IBM over the past 14 years...

Suse updates its OpenStack cloud build with easier deployment and Hyper-V integration

Grazed from Author: Daniel Robinson.

Linux developer Suse has released a new build of its cloud computing platform based on the OpenStack framework, adding new capabilities to make deployment easier. It is also the first OpenStack distribution to add full support for Microsoft's Hyper-V, the firm claimed.

Available now, Suse Cloud 2.0 is an updated version of the firm's enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution for building private infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud computing environments. Among the chief enhancements is a more robust installation process. This has been delivered through integration with the open source Crowbar project for bare-metal deployment. Used in conjunction with a set of Chef recipes, predefined scripts, and autoYAST, this can be used to rapidly provision and configure a complete private cloud, according to Suse...