HP Cloud Team Invading OpenStack Summit

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panettieri.

Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) top cloud computing executives are set to invade the OpenStack Summit (April 15-18, Portland, Oregon). HP's strong presence at the show will come at a critical time. Like IBM, Dell and other rivals, HP is building its public cloud atop OpenStack, the open source cloud platform. But it's difficult to judge just how much progress HP's Converged Cloud strategy is making -- especially as public clouds like Amazon Web Services seemingly gain momentum by the hour.

During previous OpenStack conferences, former HP Senior VP Zorawar 'Biri' Singh often delivered keynotes and led media briefings. Singh was an engaging speaker who could describe highly technical topics to aspiring HP partners. But Singh exited HP in January 2013 -- a move that surprised many HP and cloud industry pundits...

Cloud Computing: OpenStack Deployment Tool Goes Open Source

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

OpenStack is the open source success story of the contemporary era, a project that started as a gleam in the eye of Rackspace executives who wanted to compete with Amazon, and rapidly grew into a project with its own governing board and foundation.

It consists today of numerous distinct parts, all of them making progress on the problems that confront their individual areas of cloud computing. It's been criticized for lacking the beneficent dictator who, it used to be believed, was a necessary force behind a successful open source project. That was before the procedures of an open source development process -- and the ability to govern those seemingly chaotic procedures -- were well understood. The Apache Software Foundation and Linux kernel development process supplied the models...

IBM OpenStack Adoption Ushers In New Cloud Era

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

IBM's endorsement of OpenStack is both insignificant and more significant than it might have seemed on its March 4 announcement. IBM was already behind OpenStack. It joined the project in March 2012, taking a $500,000 seat on the board of directors in November. So wasn't too surprising when IBM 'fessed up earlier this month and said, "Hey, we like OpenStack."

But as Jim Curry, the early organizer of the OpenStack project at Rackspace, said, IBM's endorsement "is exactly what we wanted to happen -- build an open cloud platform for the world." As a matter of fact, he says, "I would have liked it if IBM had gotten on the list sooner rather than later." But IBM, like many companies, was concerned about the future of a cloud project that was under the initial control of one company, San Antonio-based managed hosting and public infrastructure provider Rackspace. Rackspace hadn't sought to end up as sole proprietor, but its founding partner, NASA, fell away from the initial July 2010 launch during the recession...

OpenStack: Vive la revolution!

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

InfoWorld's Eric Knorr made a good call last week, stating, "IBM would take the helm as the corporate steward of OpenStack, surpassing in importance even Rackspace -- which along with NASA gave birth to OpenStack three years ago."

Although IBM won't provide its own OpenStack-based product, it will offer piece-parts based on OpenStack. IBM's sheer size and influence will make it one of the biggest drivers of OpenStack, passing up Hewlett-Packard, Rackspace, and dozens of other smaller OpenStack upstarts. Remember how IBM was a major force in mainstreaming Linux and open source a decade ago? It has the same potential with OpenStack...

Piston Cloud To Offer OpenStack Training Courses

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Piston Cloud Computing is aiming to accelerate the adoption of OpenStack and its own Piston Enterprise OpenStack product with the announcement of a new OpenStack training series. The training series will kick off with "Deploying OpenStack for Cloud Administrators" in San Francisco May 8-9.

The first of the training courses will provide administrators with an introduction to OpenStack before diving into hands-on training labs to teach attendees about the installation and configuration of an OpenStack private cloud, instance management and migration, block storage, object storage and specific features for the enterprise...

Cloud Computing: OpenStack Summit 2013: Five Questions CSPs Must Ask

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panettieri.

OpenStack Summit 2013 is set to start April 15 in Portland, Ore. The open source platform seems to be gaining momentum with cloud services providers (CSPs). IBM (NYSE: IBM) has just placed a huge bet on OpenStack. Plus, Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) have each built their public clouds on the emerging software platform.

Some folks think today's OpenStack is a lot like Linux from a decade ago -- destined to emerge as a de facto standard for the next generation of computing. But in reality, OpenStack faces plenty of challenges. As Talkin' Cloud looks ahead to the conference, I hope the OpenStack community addresses these five issues head-on:...

Huawei launches FusionCloud for OpenStack cloud computing

Grazed from Huawei. Author: PR Announcement.

Huawei has launched FusionCloud, an open-source cloud computing platform compatible with OpenStack software. Developed in response to the industry trend towards openness and standardization, FusionCloud will enable carrier organizations to establish agile, efficient and open cloud platforms and services, Huawei said. FusionCloud features three core components, namely FusionSphere, FusionCube and FusionAccess.

FusionSphere is a Huawei-developed cloud operating system and part of Huawei's Distributed Cloud Data Center (DC2) architecture. FusionSphere is capable of integrating IT infrastructures from different vendors, and can run unified resources scheduling. FusionCube is a converged infrastructure that integrates computing, storage, and network capabilities to help carriers establish data centres or branch infrastructures. FusionAccess ensures seamless cloud connection, allowing users to access securely cloud services and applications from terminals over fixed or mobile networks. The new products follow Huawei joining the OpenStack Foundation in October 2012.

OpenStack: Seagate, HP Promote Cloud Platform Ahead of Conference

Grazed from Talkin Cloud.  Author: Joe Panettieri.

OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform, won praise today from Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) and Seagate Technologies (NASDAQ: STX). Call it a hunch but I bet Seagate's cloud backup business (EVault) makes some OpenStack moves, too. The applause comes as cloud services providers (CSPs) and the open source community prepare for a major OpenStack Conference in April 2013.

OpenStack seeks to offer a standard platform for public and private clouds, allowing partners and customers to move workloads more easily between various cloud systems. HP Public Cloud is built on OpenStack, and now Seagate has also endorsed the platform...

OpenStack Cloud Training: Here Comes Generation Y

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panettieri.

For OpenStack to succeed, the open source cloud platform will need a big ecosystem of trained experts and channel partners. Enter Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) and MIT, which this week are training 20 students as part of a 12-hour introduction to OpenStack. Although that's a small group, it's the latest wakeup call for channel partners that are trying to get their arms around public and private cloud business opportunities.

During a recent Tech Data TDCloud conference near Tampa, Fla., very few VARs and MSPs were familiar with OpenStack and its channel implications. At that conference, Hewlett-Packard officials described how HP's public cloud is built on the open source platform. And over time, it will become easier and easier to move workloads between corporate networks and the HP Cloud, the company asserted...

Cloud Computing: OpenStack Brain Trust Gains $10M In New Funding

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

Mirantis, a cloud consulting firm and one of the few OpenStack brain trusts outside of Rackspace, announced Thursday that it has received $10 million in funding from Intel, Dell and WestSummit Capital. The latter is a global investment firm with ties inside China.

Mirantis' story is a little different than other startups' because the three-year-old firm has successfully self-funded its own growth thus far. CEO Adrian Ionel said it could have continued to do so. Rather than a handful of entrepreneurs working in a garage, it's already a staff of 300 consultants and engineers with a list of pedigree customers building major cloud projects, such as PayPal and AT&T...