OpenStack 101: The cloud is now in session (online!)

Grazed from PistonCloud. Author: PR Announcement.

Over the last year, Piston has been training users on the setup, administration and management of OpenStack from our home city of San Francisco. This two-day course has been a great way for us to share our expertise and hear about how companies are using OpenStack inside their organizations, but holding it here in San Francisco meant that access was limited to those with the time and budget to travel.

I’m happy to announce that Piston’s training program is now available online, and our first course, “OpenStack 101,” is scheduled for August 28th. We’re accepting registrations now. This three-hour interactive instructor-led course will cover everything from the basics of cloud computing to a comprehensive look at the components of OpenStack. Students will have hands-on access to OpenStack clouds powered by our software, Piston OpenStack...

The Great OpenStack-Amazon API Debate

Grazed from LinuxInsider. Author: Jay Lyman.

The discussion and debate over open source cloud software's compatibility with cloud leader Amazon's proprietary APIs was just beginning when the 451 Group released "The OpenStack Tipping Point" in April. With the advancement of the OpenStack software and community -- along with lingering questions about the desired level of compatibility with Amazon's cloud -- the matter is heating up. However, the issue of Amazon cloud compatibility is largely a non-issue.

Enterprise customers are focused on solving their computing and business challenges. They typically center on promptly providing their customers and internal users and divisions with adequate resources and infrastructure; speeding application development and deployment; and avoiding so-called "Shadow IT," which normally involves use of Amazon's cloud...

This Open Cloud Pioneer Says The Stack Wars are "Nonsense"

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: John Casaretto.

If you’re like me and you like to read about the latest emerging tech stuff, you’ve probably noticed all the debate around these “stack wars”. There is a lot of movement to embrace this evolving concept of cloud interoperability. The debate is around what will be the winning standard for legions of infrastructures around the world. Cloud computing is digging deep into the enterprise and one of the further issues being raised beyond just cloud portability is how to answer the struggles of integrating older applications with new cloud-based apps. That’s where we see these names come on, OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, OpenNebula and the companies backing this side or that like Rackspace, Amazon AWS, IBM, and so on.


OpenStack seems to have a lot of momentum going for it right now. One very public example had PayPal moving their platforms recently to OpenStack, and has built up their operations into the thousands of servers, with an operating base of hundreds of developers working with this architecture. XFINITY, Comcast – whichever one goes first, they’ve moved to OpenStack as well. There is still a lot of turmoil it seems...

HP Offers OpenStack-Based Cloud OS, New Cloud Services

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Editorial Staff.

It's getting cloudier over at Hewlett-Packard. On Wednesday, HP announced new additions to its Converged Cloud portfolio that deepen its position in the OpenStack camp and position the company as a facilitator for hybrid clouds in the enterprise.

HP's announcements focused on its next phase of OpenStack-based architecture for its private, managed and public cloud offerings, as well as new software and services for cloud implementations. In its announcements, HP noted research it had commissioned, which found that "it is expected to be a hybrid world," with 75 percent of enterprise IT to be "delivered across private, managed and public clouds" within three years...

SwiftStack Unveils Software Defined Storage for OpenStack

Grazed from The Var Guy. Author: Christopher Tozzi.

Another private cloud storage offering based on OpenStack hit the channel in recent days as SwiftStack announced the general availabililty of its Swift object storage system. The solution, an example of software defined storage, is poised to challenge alternatives running in the public cloud, which SwiftStack says it can match in scalability and beat in price.

The Swift object storage system is a software defined storage platform that runs on commodity hardware. That strategy allows the company to keep costs low while still delivering scalability, flexibility and extensive control over data stored in the cloud...

GigaSpaces Cloudify Increases Integration with OpenStack

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

GigaSpaces Technologies is introducing additional layers of integration with OpenStack clouds in the latest version of its Cloudify, which is an open source framework for deploying, managing and scaling applications in a cloud environment.

Available for free, GigaSpaces Cloudify was designed to be an application management platform that is meant to enable the seamless migration of applications to OpenStack-based clouds. As OpenStack continues to gain traction in the customer, partner and vendor worlds, it's critical to have platforms that integrate with the system, and migration to OpenStack clouds is of great importance. But this is something GigaSpaces has provided in Cloudify for awhile, so what's new?...

OpenStack project TripleO speeds deployment, may threaten some third party tools

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Nancy Gohring.

One of the biggest barriers in OpenStack right now is deployment. It’s complicated. That’s why companies like Mirantis and eNovance that help businesses build OpenStack deployments are getting millions in investments. It’s why most of the marquee enterprise OpenStack deployments you hear of are at huge organizations that have the staff – or the deep pockets to hire a team of consultants – to build their OpenStack clouds. And it’s why companies like Puppet and Opscode have a big presence at OpenStack events, where they have a growing base of customers that use their products to help with deployment of OpenStack clouds.

That all could change. OpenStack now has an official program around TripleO, a project apparently largely funded by HP to develop tools that make it easy to deploy OpenStack. I suspect this isn’t welcome news for some of the third party tools designed to ease deployment, although it's possible the two tool sets can work together...

OpenStack Celebrates 3 Years of Building Open Source Cloud Platform

Grazed from CIO. Author: Thor Olavsrud.

Today, OpenStack turns 3. The open source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform, released under the Apache license, launched in July 2010 with a seemingly simple idea: to deliver a ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. Launched in July 2010 with code donated by Rackspace and NASA, OpenStack has become one of the fastest growing open source efforts in technology: More than 500 individuals from more than 200 different companies contributed to its latest release, Grizzly.

Developers have contributed more than 1 million lines of code, and the stack currently has more than 70,000 contributions from more than 120 countries—an average of 238 contributions per month. The first OpenStack Design Summit & Conference, held in July 2010, boasted 75 attendees. The most recent conference, held in April, had 3,000, and the next one is expected to have more...

Can Red Hat Hijack OpenStack (In A Good Way)?

Grazed from TheVar Guy.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Now that Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is available, The VAR Guy has some advice for the open source company: Red Hat (RHT) needs to hijack OpenStack and the open source cloud conversation -- for the good of channel partners. Here's why.

As The VAR Guy's Chris Tozzi reported earlier this week: Red Hat will be building a partner program around its OpenStack offering, beginning with "a small set of pilot solution provider and systems integration partners in select geographies" and scaling up from there.  That's fantastic news as OpenStack enters its third chapter...

CERN's Hadron Collider Research Fueled By OpenStack

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Charles Babcock.

CERN, the birthplace of the World Wide Web, is rebuilding its Large Hadron Collider and re-architecting its data center infrastructure on OpenStack Grizzly as it continues its pursuit of the Higgs Boson particle and other advanced physics.  
At the end of the process, it will be able to collect twice as much data from a research experiment in the collider as before, and that data will be uploaded to a "federated" Grizzly OpenStack cloud. Grizzly is the name of the OpenStack project's seventh and latest release, which came out in April.

CERN's federated cloud will encompass 15,000 servers in two locations, Budapest, Hungary, and Geneva, Switzerland.  The collider is being rewired and rebuilt with stronger magnets to run at twice the power level at which it ran before, and that means, says Tim Bell, CERN infrastructure manager, it will generate twice as much data as it did when it was taken offline earlier this year, after a breakthrough in particle physics on March 14...