First Apache-blessed CloudStack code debuts

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

The first version of the CloudStack open-source cloud platform carrying the Apache Foundation imprimatur is now available for download. The new “Incubating release” 4.0.0 integrates CloudBridge Amazon API support and support for Ceph and Caringo storage options. Seven months after Citrix turned the CloudStack open-source cloud project over to the Apache Foundation, the first Apache-blessed code is out.

The new 4.0.0 “incubating release” of CloudStack adds CloudBridge, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) API extension, right into the CloudStack package so that users can “turn on” Amazon S3 and EC2 support if they want. There is also a bunch of support for other third-party technologies including Ceph and Caringo storage and the Nicira network virtualization platform. The code can be downloaded from the Apache site...

How The Cloud Can Unify The World: OpenStack and Nebula

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Jacqueline Vanacek.

Imagine a world in which researchers share data via one massive supercomputer to advance medicine, energy, agriculture … where nations respond in unison to natural disasters … and governments share services around the world.

This is what I envisioned as I spoke with Chris Kemp, founder and CEO of Nebula and co-founder of OpenStack. It’s a world in which business and government can deliver only their core competencies – while buying other services from global partners to fulfill their needs. As we increase the scale of cloud computing to manage big data, we increase our ability to “operate as one” — in research, business, government, everything. Chris Kemp confirmed that we are building the elements of a global cloud architecture that can make that vision real...

Rackspace breaks out OpenStack-based block storage with disk and SSD options

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Rackspace’s new OpenStack-powered Cloud Block Storage comes in spinning disk and faster SSD tiers and lets customers mix and match block size with compute instances as needed, says company CTO John Engates. Rackspace continued to roll out pieces of its OpenStack cloud Tuesday with the debut of Cloud Block Storage.

Unlike its current non-OpenStack storage, this offering lets customers mix and match sizes of block storage volumes as needed with their compute instances. “We used to offer block storage associated with our cloud servers but it came in pre-defined bundles — large servers got a lot of storage, small servers got a small amount. This decouples that decision,” Rackspace CTO John Engates said in an interview...

Cloud Computing: Did OpenStack Let VMware Into The Henhouse?

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babbcock.

OpenStack is the main initiative contesting VMware's growing dominance in running the enterprise cloud. OpenStack has both the momentum as an expanding open source project, and the right governance with the new OpenStack Foundation. It should be able to pose as a long-range alternative.

OpenStack provides the building blocks of cloud computing: compute, network, and storage management, with virtual machine provisioning built in. It has a monitoring/reporting system through its Horizon dashboard, plus image management in Glance. But it must compete with Amazon-compatible open source code from Eucalyptus Systems, and a more polished, OpenStack-like package in Apache's CloudStack, contributed by Citrix Systems...

Cloud Computing: Why OpenStack Works

Grazed from Datamation.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

The last two years have been very eventful for Jonathan Bryce. Bryce is the Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation, overseeing a project that has become highly influential since he helped create it two years ago.

Today at the OpenStack Summit, Bryce took the keynote stage to detail the progress and the path forward for the open source cloud computing platform.

OpenStack was jointly created by Rackspace and NASA. Now there are over 180 contributing companies and over 6,000 individual members. The core OpenStack code base has also grown in the last two years...

OpenStack Summit: Open Cloud Platform Gets Big Push

Grazed from PC Magazine.  Author: Michael J. Miller.

One of the more interesting trends in cloud computing is the emergence of OpenStack, a set of open-source projects to set up public and private cloud computing solutions. This was originally set up by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, but now has grown into a full platform run by the OpenStack Foundation and held its own summit this week.

Troy Toman, senior director for cloud compute engineering at Rackspace and a director of the OpenStack Foundation, said the major projects within OpenStack include Nova, an open-source cloud computing fabric; Glance, for managing server (virtual machine) images; and Quantum, for providing "network as a service" functions. The last one is an API for dynamically configuring virtual networks, effectively a method of software-defined networking (SDN), and is a big part of the latest release of OpenStack, known as "Folsom." (Companies such as Nicira, which is now becoming part of VMware, have been driving this.)...

Cloud Computing: NetApp adds clustering technology to OpenStack

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Mikael Ricknäs.

NetApp has contributed Data ONTAP 8 Clustering drivers to OpenStack, giving service providers and enterprises better resources when building private and public clouds based on the platform, it said on Monday.

The addition of drivers for Data ONTAP 8 Clustering to OpenStack Folsom, the latest version of the open source cloud platform, allows organizations to automate management of NetApp storage pools, or clusters, and to scale the cloud infrastructure. That will in turn allow enterprises to increase storage efficiency and reduce disk and power needs, the company said...

Cloud Computing: Cisco releases OpenStack distribution

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Further showing its commitment to the OpenStack project, Cisco has rolled out a free distribution of the open source cloud management platform, which it will package other services on top of, including virtual networking and high-availability features.

Cisco becomes one of a growing group of OpenStack member organizations that have released distributions of the open source code, joining the likes of Linux-distribution companies Red Hat, SUSE, Canonical and Ubuntu, as well as Rackspace and OpenStack pure-play vendor Piston Cloud Computing. The news comes as OpenStack backers meet this week at the semi-annual OpenStack Summit held in San Diego. Cisco VP and CTO of cloud computing Lew Tucker, who is also vice chairman of the newly formed OpenStack Foundation, says the value of the Cisco edition of OpenStack is around services that will be integrated into Cisco's OpenStack distribution, especially virtual networking...

OpenStack 'clock is ticking,' Forrester analyst warns

Grazed from PC Advisor. Author: Brandon Butler.

The OpenStack cloud computing project needs to get a move on it, says Forrester analyst James Staten. Specifically, he says member organizations need to start seeing a return on their investments, or else may become disinterested.

More than two and a half years old now, the OpenStack project has gained significant momentum in the past year, in large part because big-name companies such as VMware, Red Hat and IBM have joined the likes of Rackspace, Cisco, Dell and HP to contribute more than $10 million to the project. Despite the investments, Staten points out there have been relatively few "enterprise-ready" OpenStack-powered products on the market. Canonical, SUSE, Rackspace and Morphlabs are some of the companies with OpenStack distributions so far, he notes. Meanwhile, Rackspace and HP are two of the biggest companies to use the OpenStack code to power their own clouds...

New OpenStack clouds mean something for everyone

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

If there isn’t an OpenStack cloud you fancy, wait a second, there’s more — a lot more — in the pipeline. Cloudscaling, Metacloud and Dreamhost will all preview their take on the open-source cloud this week at the OpenStack Summit in San Diego.

Don’t fret if the OpenStack clouds now available from Hewlett-Packard, Rackspace, Internap and a handful of private-cloud-centric startups don’t suit your need. There will be more options to choose from very shortly. This week at the OpenStack Summit in San Diego, new flavors of the open-source cloud will be unveiled by Cloudscaling, Dreamhost and Metacloud, among others. Here’s a roundup of some of the noteworthy news:...