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Volkswagen chooses OpenStack for private cloud

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

The second largest car manufacturer in the world, Volkswagen Group, will use the open-source cloud computing platform OpenStack to build a private cloud that will host websites for its brands VW, Audi and Porsche, and be a platform for innovating automotive technology, the company announced today.

For the past two years VW officials at the company’s Wolfsburg, Germany, headquarters debated what platform to use. VW decided to first build out a private cloud based on OpenStack that will eventually span thousands of physical nodes across multiple data centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Eventually VW hopes to incorporate public cloud resources to create a hybrid cloud, said officials with VW’s consultant, Mirantis...

PLUMgrid Delivers SDN Services to Connect Docker and OpenStack Clouds

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PLUMgrid, a leader of secure and scalable SDN and NFV solutions for OpenStack clouds, today announced the latest version of its Open Networking Suite (ONS) 5.0 supporting OpenStack releases, Kilo and Liberty, for enterprises and service providers. Designed to deliver advanced SDN services that meet the production requirements of OpenStack clouds, ONS 5.0 delivers a rich set of new features and tools to simplify deployments and increase operational efficiency.

ONS 5.0 enables data centers with virtual machines, containers, and bare metal architectures to leverage SDN overlays to provide secure micro-segmentation for multi-tenancy, traffic isolation, and policy enforcement. It features SDN support for Docker containers, expanded gateway integration with Cisco Nexus 9000, IPv6, PLUMgrid SmartLogs and many new enhancements. ONS 5.0 further simplifies OpenStack operations with updated drag-and-drop configuration, rich automation, analytics, troubleshooting tools, and breakthrough SDN visualization and monitoring platform, CloudApex.

Cloud Strategy, Culture and Talent Development Key Themes of OpenStack Summit Austin



Speakers from OpenStack users including AT&T, OVH, SAP, Workday and Verizon will share how cloud computing has transformed their businesses at the 13th gathering of the OpenStack open source cloud community. More than 7,000 participants from 55+ countries are expected to attend the next OpenStack Summit in Austin, April 25-29, 2016, at the Austin Convention Center. Today is the last day to purchase OpenStack Summit tickets at a discounted rate.

Summit content will emphasize the foundational role that OpenStack now plays in enterprise IT strategies and service provider roadmaps, bridging cloud native software development with the optimization of legacy applications. The theme recognizes OpenStack as an integration engine to automate compute, storage and networking for a diverse set of technologies ranging from virtualization and bare metal to container orchestration like Kubernetes and Apache Mesos.

Unitas Global Announces OpenStack Liberty Availability for Its Enterprise Cloud Service

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Unitas Global, the leading enterprise cloud solution provider, today announces the availability of its newest Enterprise Cloud service built on OpenStack Liberty, the 12th version of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. This release further supports the company's mission of providing fully-managed and hosted cloud services to enterprise organizations looking to take advantage of open source hybrid cloud computing without traditional vendor lock-in and the challenges associated with building and operating production-grade cloud environments.

"OpenStack's 12th release represents a significant milestone in terms of technical maturity and enables even more enterprises to make the move to open, hybrid cloud computing environments," says Grant Kirkwood, Founder & CTO of Unitas Global. "Unitas helps architect and guide enterprise customers through deploying and operating custom OpenStack environments to create open, dynamic and production-grade clouds without the complexity and hassle associated with going it alone."

Rackspace Expands OpenStack Leadership With Next Generation Bare Metal Servers

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Rackspace today announced the next generation of OnMetal Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack -- bare metal, single-tenant servers that are API-provisioned in two minutes, providing near-instant scalability and elasticity. This latest version of OnMetal Cloud Servers delivers innovative connectivity between public cloud and dedicated hardware and enables unprecedented hybrid cloud performance. Both Microsoft and Linux workloads can now benefit from these next generation capabilities by capitalizing on the flexibility of public cloud with the performance and security of bare metal servers.

OnMetal Cloud Servers are an ideal solution for customers looking to run workloads such as Cassandra, Docker, Spark and Windows that require intensive data processing, raw compute power and the ability to quickly scale and deploy. This offering gives customers bare metal speed, with the control, security and consistent performance comparable to dedicated hardware. OnMetal Cloud Servers help increase efficiencies at scale, allowing customers to reduce the cost and complexity of their IT operations by consolidating workloads from many virtual environments to a few bare metal servers.

Infographic: 2016 State of OpenStack Adoption and Key Use Cases

VMblog and CloudCow surveyed nearly 700 technology professionals and members of organizational management in order to gauge people's understanding and adoption of OpenStack; as well, to find out how the market is using the technology.

The survey reflects a wide range of industries and company sizes, ranging from less than 10 to more than 10,000 employees.  Data was also representative across the globe, with the majority of respondents coming from North and South America, followed by Europe.

The survey results show that OpenStack adoption is growing; but it also shows there are still challenges to overcome such as the security model, lack of tools, and cost management. 

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New Talligent Industry Survey Highlights Key Areas of OpenStack Use and Adoption in 2016

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Talligent, the leading provider of cost and capacity management solutions for OpenStack and hybrid clouds, today announced the results of its inaugural ‘2016 State of OpenStack Report,' an independent survey focused on identifying the key use cases, barriers and what's driving OpenStack adoption.

The open source cloud computing project, OpenStack, has come a long way since NASA and Rackspace first launched it in 2010. However, with all of its recent successes, this survey shows there are still questions and debates that surround OpenStack that are worth answering.

Commissioned by Talligent through media firms CloudCow and VMblog, the 2016 State of OpenStack Report surveyed 647 virtualization and cloud IT professionals and executives from across the globe.  The survey found respondents in varying stages of familiarity with the cloud technology ranging from those currently using it to support projects or production workloads (30 percent), evaluating it (32 percent) or familiar with it but not yet implementing the technology (36 percent). But once in place, respondents stated they expect to quickly expand beyond development environments, with lab growth moving from 43 percent to 89 percent and QA/Test to grow from 47 percent to 91 percent, both within the next 12 months.

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 Now Available to Reduce Private Cloud Complexities

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SUSE today announced the general availability of SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, the latest enterprise-ready technology for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds with less stress on IT staff and resources. Based on the OpenStack release Liberty, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 delivers high availability enhancements and non-disruptive upgrades for future releases, along with Docker and IBM z Systems mainframe support to make it easier to move business-critical applications and data to the cloud. In addition, SUSE is offering new OpenStack training and certification for deployment and operation of OpenStack private clouds.

"The market has started to realize that do-it-yourself approaches to deploying private clouds are too time consuming, too expensive and too prone to failure," said Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE. "As the first to offer an enterprise OpenStack cloud distribution, SUSE continues to focus on providing the OpenStack solution of choice for businesses. We combine rapid and simple deployment, configuration, management and maintenance with enhanced high availability features and the widest hypervisor support in the industry to give our customers access to the benefits of OpenStack without the complexities that hold some companies back."

Internap Expands OpenStack-Powered Bare-Metal IaaS Footprint Globally

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Internap Corporation, a provider of high-performance Internet infrastructure services, today announced the expansion of its OpenStack-based bare-metal Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, AgileSERVER 2.0, to its data centers in Amsterdam, Dallas and Santa Clara, Calif. Launched in 2015 out of Internap's New York Metro data center in Secaucus, N.J., AgileSERVER 2.0 is now available in four locations globally, enabling enterprises and devops teams running mission-critical applications and big data workloads to build scale-out infrastructure environments that are higher performing and more cost-effective than commodity public cloud platforms.

"OpenStack has become the emerging platform for innovation and digital transformation, and Internap is focused on making this adoption seamless for companies worldwide," said Satish Hemachandran, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting, Internap. "Our next generation of OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD and AgileSERVER provides IT organizations a way to rapidly deploy a flexible public or private cloud environment using open standards and simplified management tools. This latest expansion of our OpenStack cloud footprint enables our customers to build out high-performance infrastructure environments for their applications on a global scale."

OpenStack: What businesses need to know

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Barclay Ballard.

Despite being launched more than five years ago and being supported by high-profile businesses of the likes of IBM, Intel, Yahoo, CERN, Disney, and hundreds of others, OpenStack is not particularly well known in business circles. This is largely because OpenStack is a cloud operating system that works behind the scenes delivering the infrastructure that organisations need to work effectively.

Speed and simplicity are its two main attributes, and since launching the OpenStack project has created thousands of jobs and benefitted countless organisations. With cloud computing continuing to grow in popularity all over the world, it’s vitally important that businesses have a strong understanding of what OpenStack can deliver...

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