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...

Cloud Computing: Rackspace: In search of really huge accounts

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

With its OpenStack-based cloud coming online, Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier says the company can take on Amazon Web Services for the biggest of big accounts, provided those accounts want the sort of value-add service Rackspace provides.

OpenStack gives Rackspace the scale it needs to attack the biggest of big public and private cloud customers, according to CEO Lanham Napier. Now it just needs to snag a few of those customers...

OpenStack Fights Cloud Lock-In Worries

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

Jonathan Bryce may have started out as implementer of the original Mosso Cloud in San Antonio that became the Rackspace Cloud. But the new executive director of the OpenStack Foundation said the OpenStack open source project is the best way to avoid getting locked into a cloud vendor's operations.

The OpenStack project's claim that it will continue to provide freely available software is backed up by the project's overseeing body, the OpenStack Foundation, Bryce said in an interview on the opening day of Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday. While it is based on its Linux and Apache predecessors, Bryce said the OpenStack Foundation offers an advanced example of open source governance...

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...