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...

OpenStack vs CloudStack: The Latest Score

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panettieri.

OpenStack remains the largest and most active open source cloud computing project, Network World notes. But research from Chinese blogger Qingye "John" Jiang suggests that momentum is building for CloudStack, and interest in Eucalyptus and OpenNebula remains strong. For cloud services providers (CSPs) and consultants, it's critically important to track each of the four open source cloud platforms. Here's why. During Q4 2012, interest in CloudStack grew faster than rival open source cloud platforms. But Jiang's data shows that:

  • OpenStack has the largest total population, followed by Eucalyptus, CloudStack, and OpenNebula;
  • OpenStack has the largest active population during the past quarter, followed by CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and OpenNebula;
  • OpenStack has the largest active population during the past month, followed by CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and OpenNebula...

EMC follows VMware, rest of world, into OpenStack

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

With the storage leader now formally aboard the OpenStack Foundation, it’s almost easier to count the IT vendors who have not climbed aboard this open-source cloud bandwagon.

EMC has joined the OpenStack open-source cloud effort. The news hits three months after VMware — 80 percent owned by EMC — signaled its intention to back the initiative. EMC joins as a corporate-level member while VMware is a higher-level gold member...

Cloud Computing: OpenStack - An Overview

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Frank J. Ohlhorst.

Back in July 2010, Rackspace Hosting and NASA jointly launched a new open-source cloud initiative known as OpenStack. The ultimate goal was to enable any organization to create and offer cloud computing services that run on standard hardware. Since that date, approximately six revisions of OpenStack have been released, and more than 150 companies have signed up to support the platform.

Simply put, OpenStack is a "cloud operating system" designed for the data center. What's more, OpenStack is also viewed as the kernel for cloud operations, on which vendors can build all sorts of software to run on in the cloud...

What on earth is OpenStack? Your guide to the Linux of cloud computing.

Grazed from TechRadar. Author: Graham Morrison.

It was back in 2010 when Rackspace, the company famous for hosting lots of websites, got together with NASA, the agency famous for pretending to send astronauts to the moon. The whole project kicked off after a single blog post by a NASA contractor. The post read: "Launched NOVA - Apache-Licensed Cloud Computing, in Python. It's live, it's buggy, it's beta. Check it out."

Together, NASA and Rackspace went on to create a kind of online fantasy world, where storage, resources and performance would be no object, and small startups could build their ivory towers in the clouds, knowing that when their day came, they'd be able to scale everything up, quickly and efficiently, before quickly selling their stock to Facebook...

Cloud Computing: Nebula promotes NASA vet to oversee OpenStack effort

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Jesse Andrews, an OpenStack veteran who’s done stints at NASA, ANSO Labs and Rackspace, will lead Nebula’s plug-and-play OpenStack development effort as it nears launch, the company said. Companies pushing OpenStack love to boast that they have former NASA technologists on staff. After all, NASA, along with Rackspace, incubated the open-source cloud stack. In that vein, Nebula, which is led by former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, is naming Jesse Andrews as VP of product management. In that capacity Andrews will oversee the entire Nebula project as the company prepares it for launch.

Andrews has a great OpenStack pedigree. He was also formerly CEO of ANSO Labs, the NASA spinoff, where he worked with Kemp and the rest of the team behind the Nova compute engine underlying OpenStack. ANSO was acquired by Rackspace in February, 2011 and Andrews worked on that company’s Cloud Builder program while continuing to contribute to OpenStack. In fact, Andrews is not totally new to Nebula: He was one of the half dozen or so former ANSO people at Rackspace who decamped to Nebula last July...

CloudStack: Filling Two Niches In Open-Source Enterprise Cloud Management

Grazed from ReadWriteCloud. Author: Brian Proffitt.

If you look at cloud computing, you might think, based on the hype, that enterprise-cloud management systems like OpenStack, OpenNebula or Eucalyptus have things wrapped up. But ignore CloudStack at your own peril, because this is a product that deserves a look by IT organizations ready to move into the cloud. All of these products belong to a class of software known as enterprise cloud management, and they are what large companies use to create a hybrid or private cloud environment. They are all - importantly - also open source. That matters because virtualization giant VMware wants to play in this space, too, with it's own proprietary solutions. More on that later.

CloudStack's readiness was demonstrated quite clearly earlier this week with the release of Apache CloudStack 4.0.0-incubating, a rather unfortunate name that undercuts the serious maturity of this cloud orchestration platform and its capability to be a big star on this increasingly crowded stage...