OpenStack

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 https://www.openstack.org/summit/barcelona-2016/.

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.

Veritas and Red Hat Collaborate to Support Requirements for Business Critical Applications on OpenStack

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Veritas, the leader in information management, and Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced a collaboration aimed at supporting business critical enterprise applications on OpenStack. Building on their long history of technology collaboration focused on business continuity, storage management and data protection solutions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization, the two companies plan to work together to offer predictable quality of service to OpenStack applications and workloads, regardless of scale.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform is a highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution that enhances OpenStack with advanced features needed for cloud environments. It is a co-engineered solution that integrates the proven foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat's OpenStack technology to form a stable, high-performing and production-ready cloud environment. Veritas has selected Red Hat OpenStack Platform to build OpenStack solutions that provide a highly predictable quality of service to meet the requirements of business critical workloads with cost-effective direct-attached storage (DAS) using Veritas storage management technologies. Through the collaboration, Veritas aims to bring the ability to execute data protection tasks through integration with backup software without impacting production operations to Red Hat OpenStack Platform environments.

Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by OpenStack Releases Version 13

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Rackspace, releases version 13 of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack to the market. The new version addresses key stability and security requirements for enterprise customers and is based on the Mitaka release.

In today's market, requirements like stability and security are critical for enterprise customers with an increased need for operational expertise in private clouds. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack allows customers to focus on IT transformation and application development while consuming their OpenStack private cloud as a managed service.

ZeroStack First to Build Enterprise Capabilities into OpenStack Based Hybrid Cloud Platform

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ZeroStack, a one-stop shop for hybrid cloud infrastructure that delivers agility without complexity, today announced that it is the first to build capabilities that enterprises expect for OpenStack-based hybrid cloud to support applications in production. The key functions now in the ZeroStack Cloud Platform include: 

  • Virtual machine (VM) high availability
  • Workload placement policies
  • Data protection
  • Support for external storage
  • zApp store delivering single-click application deployment – part of the click and go model

These developments, coupled with ZeroStack’s self-healing software, make the ZeroStack Cloud Platform the only complete enterprise-ready OpenStack-based hybrid cloud solution.

Platform9 Brings VMware-Like High Availability to OpenStack for Production Workloads

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Platform9, the company making cloud infrastructure easy, today released its High Availability capability for OpenStack users, supporting both traditional and cloud-native workloads. Platform9 will be showcasing this industry-first capability in its booth #649 at VMware's VMworld, taking place August 28 - September 1 in Las Vegas.

"High Availability is fundamental to enterprise customers looking to run production workloads on OpenStack. Given the massive demand we've seen from enterprise customers, we are excited to provide a solution with the industry's first High Availability capability for both traditional and scale-out workloads," said Madhura Maskasky, co-founder and vice president of product at Platform9. "This new capability makes it possible for customers to migrate to OpenStack for mission-critical workloads without sacrificing the powerful, enterprise-grade High Availability capabilities they've come to expect."

Cloud Computing: Cray’s latest supercomputer runs OpenStack and open source big data tools

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Cray has always been associated with speed and power and its latest computing beast called the Cray Urika-GX system has been designed specifically for big data workloads. What’s more, it runs on OpenStack, the open source cloud platform and supports open source big data processing tools like Hadoop and Spark.

Cray recognizes that the computing world had evolved since Seymour Cray launched the company back in the early 1970s. While the computers they are creating remain technology performance powerhouses, they are competing in an entirely different landscape that includes cloud computing where companies can get as many computing resources as they need and pay by the sip (or the gulp in the case of Cray-style processing)...