6WIND Virtual Accelerator Juju Charm Available for Rapid Deployment of High Performance OpenStack Networking

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6WIND, a high-performance networking software company, today announced a partnership agreement with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the leading OS for container, cloud, scale-out and hyperscale computing to distribute 6WIND Virtual Accelerator, which is hypervisor acceleration software for virtual networking, in its Juju Charm Store. 6WIND Virtual Accelerator has been validated on Canonical's Ubuntu platform to accelerate cloud networking performance. In addition, both companies worked together to integrate 6WIND Virtual Accelerator with Canonical's Juju, and a Juju Charm is now available to deliver the high performance and control demanded by Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) and other software networking workloads requiring low latency and high network throughput.

6WIND Virtual Accelerator software solves common hypervisor bottleneck problems that limit the adoption of NFV, data center virtualization and network appliance virtualization on Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) servers. It is installed on the KVM hypervisor to provide accelerated virtual switching and networking features to offer an alternative to SR-IOV or PCI passthrough that break virtualization. With 6WIND Virtual Accelerator, Network Operators can cost-effectively transition from legacy hardware to software-based applications leveraging OpenStack networking.

Veritas to Showcase HyperScale for OpenStack and Veritas Access at OpenStack Summit

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Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, today announced that it will showcase two of its software-defined storage solutions—HyperScale for OpenStack and Veritas Access—at OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, Spain from October 25-28, 2016.

With OpenStack quickly gaining traction as an open source software platform of choice for public and private clouds, storage management and support for enterprise production workloads is becoming critical for the successful adoption of OpenStack. Announced in September at the Veritas Vision 2016 conference, both HyperScale for OpenStack and Veritas Access help ensure reliability, accessibility and high workload performance within OpenStack environments—no matter the scale.

Ubuntu 16.10 released with Hybrid Cloud Operations and Unity 8 developer preview, from Canonical

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Ubuntu, the platform used in the majority of cloud deployments worldwide, today released version 16.10 with hybrid cloud operations, bare-metal cloud performance, the ability to lift-and-shift 80% of Linux VMs to machine containers, Kubernetes for world-leading process-container coordination, full container support in OpenStack, and telco-grade networking latency enhancements. 

"The world's fastest hypervisor, LXD, and the world's best cloud operating system, Ubuntu, together with the latest OpenStack and Kubernetes make for the world's fastest and best private cloud infrastructure" said Mark Shuttleworth, who leads Canonical's product team and the Ubuntu project. "Our focus is to enable true hybrid cloud operations, and this release further enhances the tools and platform that most companies depend on to operate effectively across all major public clouds and in one's own data center, from bare metal to cloud container."

86 Percent of Global Telecoms Report OpenStack Important or Essential to Their Success

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A survey recently conducted by Heavy Reading reveals that 85.8 percent of telecom respondents consider OpenStack to be essential or important to their success. The survey, commissioned by the OpenStack Foundation, explores current usage and adoption plans of communications service providers (CSPs) particularly with respect to NFV, 5G, IoT and enterprise cloud. Attend a webinar hosted by Heavy Reading senior analyst Roz Roseboro on November 9 for a deep dive into the survey results, and hear directly from telecoms at the OpenStack Summit Barcelona, October 25-28, 2016.

Facing unprecedented traffic and rapidly evolving customer expectations, telecom providers worldwide are accelerating their adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to increase network agility and mitigate costs, and OpenStack has emerged as the NFV infrastructure platform of choice. Already, numerous telecom providers and enterprise leaders have chosen to implement NFV with OpenStack. AT&T, Bloomberg LP, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT Group, SK Telecom and Verizon are among the organizations documented using OpenStack for NFV.

OpenStack Newton Release Advances One Cloud Platform for Virtualization, Bare Metal and Containers

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The OpenStack community today released Newton, the 14th version of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. New features in the Ironic bare metal provisioning service, Magnum container orchestration cluster manager, and Kuryr container networking project more seamlessly integrate containers, virtual and physical infrastructure under one control plane.

Featured Speakers Announced for OpenStack Summit in Barcelona as Adoption Continues Growth in Europe

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Today at OpenStack Day UK, OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce offered a sneak preview of speakers committed to the next OpenStack Summit, the must-attend cloud computing event, taking place October 25-28 at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain. Approximately 6,000 attendees from 50+ countries are expected to attend the Summit to discuss how the OpenStack open source cloud platform is helping companies increase agility and save money as software becomes more strategic to their business.

Featured speakers include OpenStack users and community members at Banco Santander, CERN, China Mobile, Comcast, Constant Contact, Crowdstar, Deutsche Telekom, Folksam, Google, Mesosphere, Sky UK, Snapdeal, Swisscom, Telefonica, United States Army, Verizon, Walmart and many more. View the full schedule, follow updates and register to attend at

IBM and Canonical Expand Hybrid Cloud Alliance as Ubuntu OpenStack is available today on all IBM Servers

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Canonical announces today that Ubuntu OpenStack is available for IBM z Systems, IBM LinuxONE and IBM Power Systems, including IBM's newly announced OpenPOWER LC servers, as it expands its work to deliver hybrid cloud capabilities with IBM.  

Canonical and IBM will deliver solutions built on Canonical's software and IBM servers through a deeper engineering, product and support collaboration.  This enables customers to leverage Canonical's portfolio across the z Systems, LinuxONE, Power Systems and OpenPOWER platforms with automated OpenStack management.

IBM and Canonical have a long and innovative alliance and have announced the availability of Canonical's Ubuntu OS, Ubuntu OpenStack and tooling on z Systems, LinuxONE, Power Systems and OpenPOWER. Ubuntu OpenStack is the most widely used private cloud platform among enterprises and service providers with over 55% of production OpenStack clouds, more than all other vendor solutions combined.

Mirantis Acquires TCP Cloud to Extend Managed OpenStack Capabilities

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Mirantis today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TCP Cloud. Headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, TCP Cloud employs 30 people and specializes in managed services for OpenStack, OpenContrail and Kubernetes. The acquisition will support Mirantis' initiative with Google and Intel to enable OpenStack on Kubernetes by equipping Mirantis to continuously deliver OpenStack to customer datacenters. The combined entity will solve the problem of upgrades, one of the primary burdens of on-premises infrastructure.

"The model for delivering infrastructure employed by traditional vendors is fundamentally misaligned with modern software development patterns. Disruptors of the digital era push new code to production multiple times a day, while traditional enterprise vendors ship infrastructure as packaged software once every few years and require forklift upgrades," said Alex Freedland, Mirantis CEO. "Mirantis empowers enterprises to embrace the new, continuously delivered infrastructure model on their terms. TCP Cloud's technology and expertise helps us accelerate that vision."

The Linux Foundation and edX Announce New, Free Introduction to OpenStack Course

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The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced its newest massive open online course (MOOC) is available for registration. The course, LFS152x - Introduction to OpenStack, is offered through edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The course is free and will go live this October.

This is the third edX MOOC offered by The Linux Foundation. Its first course, Intro to Linux, has reached more than 600,000 students globally and continues to grow in registrations. The second, Intro to Cloud Infrastructure Technologies, became available in June.

"To keep current with their profession, sysadmins of all stripes must have at least basic knowledge of cloud technologies, especially OpenStack," said Linux Foundation General Manager for Training and Certification Clyde Seepersad. "We knew edX was an ideal partner to help increase the pool of talent qualified in OpenStack by providing a platform to make high-quality education easily accessible to people looking to build rewarding careers managing OpenStack clouds."


Five common enterprise questions about OpenStack security

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The cloud can transform how your enterprise does business — poised to deliver improved reliability, flexibility, and performance. However, these benefits are all for nothing if you shift to a cloud environment and your company's confidential data is compromised.

For organisations thinking about a move to the cloud, security is the number one concern. In fact, a survey from Hytrust found that such worry is holding business and IT professionals back from a cloud migration.