Mirantis looks to China to fuel OpenStack growth

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Ben Kepes.

China is seen as a massive opportunity for cloud computing vendors, but with that massive opportunity comes huge difficulties. China is a protected market, cultural barriers are rife, and it has often been put in the basset labelled "awesome, but just too hard." Many cloud vendors have announced China operations, only to have the details of actual market success quietly disappear.

Given all this context, it is interesting to reflect on the announcement today that Mirantis, the high-flying OpenStack vendor, has partnered with UCloud, China's largest independent public cloud provider, to push OpenStack-powered clouds into large Chinese organizations. To give an idea of the size of the market opportunity in China, here are some recent stats:...

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Citrix Collaborates with Red Hat on New Product Integrations for Building OpenStack Clouds

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Customers are increasingly faced with the challenge of scaling their OpenStack deployments and are looking for production-grade infrastructure that supports the demands of their business. Today, Citrix is unveiling the integration and certification of its market-leading application delivery controller, NetScaler, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. For the first time, customers can now assemble their cloud infrastructure using best of breed components from Citrix and Red Hat. The joint solution provides customers with access to a broader portfolio of products to further boost the performance and scale provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform deployments.

NetScaler is used as core infrastructure for some of the largest cloud providers in the world, and this announcement brings the power of comprehensive networking infrastructure solutions to customers choosing to build their clouds on OpenStack. Earlier this year, Citrix joined the Open Stack Foundation with a view towards supporting industry and customer initiatives in building highly scalable public and private clouds. As customers drive towards building fully-integrated, “lights-out” datacenters with minimal manual configuration and intervention, this integration provides them with fully automated control over services through a single control point - the newly available NetScaler Control Center.

Internap Launches OpenStack-Powered Bare-Metal IaaS for High-Performance Applications

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Internap Corporation, a provider of high-performance Internet infrastructure services, today announced the general availability of the next generation of its bare-metal Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, AgileSERVER 2.0. A high-performance IaaS option, AgileSERVER 2.0 features significant hardware, networking and management advancements designed to meet the needs of enterprises and devops teams deploying mission-critical applications and big-data workloads on OpenStack.

Trends such as big data growth, the increase in rich media and the app economy are driving the need for high-performance infrastructure across nearly every major industry. Organizations are increasingly encountering performance limitations and spiraling costs with commodity public cloud platforms, particularly as they scale out their application environments. Since 2012, companies with performance-reliant workloads - such as eXelate, Taptica, Distil Networks, CrowdStar and more - have been turning to Internap's automated bare-metal service, AgileSERVER, to build global, scale-out application environments. AgileSERVER combines the dedicated processing power of bare metal with the agility of the cloud, allowing companies to achieve peak performance and scalability for mission critical workloads.

Akanda Releases New Version of Astara That Simplifies Networking for OpenStack Liberty

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Akanda, the major contributor and supporter of the recently launched OpenStack Project Astara, today announced Astara's Liberty release at OpenStack Summit Tokyo. The new version now available to OpenStack operators is the open source network orchestration platform's most substantial since its initial launch, and is Astara's first since becoming an official OpenStack project.

Astara's Liberty release gives OpenStack operators a vendor-agnostic network orchestration platform for layer 3 through 7 network services that radically simplifies the complexity and scale of Neutron implementations. The production-proven OpenStack project fully negates the need for multiple plugins and SDN controllers. By orchestrating network functions from different providers on bare metal, VMs, and containers, Astara provides unprecedented flexibility, agility, and stability to OpenStack cloud developers and service providers.

New Cloudify Features Expand App Management Options for OpenStack Users via Murano Plugin and Kubernetes Integration

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The roadmap for Cloudify orchestration software is taking users on a trip to some of the cloud’s most popular destinations, including OpenStack Liberty, Kubernetes container cluster management and out-of-the-box VMware integration.

Cloudify is the only pure-play open source orchestration software, built on the TOSCA standard. GigaSpaces, the corporate sponsor of Cloudify, is a provider of in-memory computing and cloud orchestration technologies, serving customers worldwide. Features now available and on the immediate Cloudify roadmap include: 

Dualtec Cloud Builders Selects Red Hat to Deploy Brazil's First OpenStack-based Cloud

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Dualtec Cloud Builders, part of the UOLDiveo group, has scaled its cloud environment and expanded its service offerings with a new Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. Working with Red Hat to design and deploy its integrated, OpenStack-based cloud environment in just 45 days, Dualtec has improved operational efficiency by 35 percent. Dualtec's deployment represents the first OpenStack-based public cloud in Brazil, following Dualtec's active participation in the upstream OpenStack community since 2011.

Dualtec originally launched as a telecommunication and Internet solutions provider for small and medium-sized businesses in Brazil. With more than 11,000 clients, Dualtec is a cloud computing pioneer in Brazil, understanding that an integrated environment for managing its cloud computing infrastructure efficiently would be critical to enabling the company to scale and grow without increasing operating or other costs. Believing that OpenStack is the best solution for the cloud, Dualtec decided to launch the first OpenStack-based cloud in Brazil, adopting the open source cloud operating system to control compute, storage, and networking resources. But, Dualtec had an aggressive goal to launch their new OpenStack cloud environment within 45 days – a timeline that included everything from designing the architecture to deployment.

Tintri Extends Support for OpenStack With Cinder Driver and Red Hat Certification

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Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, today announced expanded support for OpenStack. This includes a new Cinder driver and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform Ecosystem certification. It is now simpler than ever for organizations to deploy or grow their OpenStack footprint on Tintri storage.

Tintri is the first and only provider to offer VM-aware storage to OpenStack users. The Tintri Cinder driver, combined with Tintri's unique VM-aware storage technology, lets users analyze individual Cinder virtual machines and volumes from the Tintri user interface. Organizations can use Tintri's operating system and real-time analytics to manage and troubleshoot workloads at VM and volume level. This enables simple scaling with consistent performance, sub-millisecond latency and no noisy neighbors for each Cinder virtual machine and volume across every OpenStack tenant. The Tintri Cinder driver has been contributed to the OpenStack community and is part of the OpenStack Liberty release.

Newest OpenStack Release Expands Services for Software-Defined Networking, Container Management and Large Deployments

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Cloud builders, operators and users unwrap a lengthy wish list of new features and refinements today with the Liberty release of OpenStack, the 12th version of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. With the broadest support for popular data center technologies, OpenStack has become the integration engine for service providers and enterprises deploying cloud services.

Available for download today, OpenStack Liberty answers the requests of a diverse community of the software’s users, including finer-grained management controls, performance enhancements for large deployments and more powerful tools for managing new technologies like containers in production environment.

Akanda, Aptira and Cumulus Networks’ Partnership Gives OpenStack Cloud Operators Unprecedented Networking Simplification

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Akanda, the major contributor and supporter of the recently launched OpenStack Project Astara, today announced partnerships with Aptira and Cumulus Networks to provide OpenStack customers with innovative networking solutions that bring better consistency, performance, and flexibility to OpenStack clouds.  Together, Akanda, Aptira and Cumulus will help customers rapidly deploy the most comprehensive and supp

Huawei releases OpenStack-based cloud disaster recovery solution

Grazed from NetworksAsia. Author: Editorial Staff.

At the Huawei Cloud Congress 2015, Huawei released the industry's first OpenStack-based cloud disaster recovery solution. This solution provides disaster recovery capabilities for cloud data centers that employ an open architecture. In addition, the solution helps telecom operators and large-sized enterprises provide disaster recovery services for tenants.

The company also launched FusionSphere 6.0, an enterprise-class cloud operating system, which helps customers deploy virtual servers, private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, desktop clouds, and NFVI. Characterized by openness and convergence, OpenStack-based cloud data centers have attracted an increasing number of enterprise customers and have been actively put into use...