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

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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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Talligent provides key insights in cloud capacity, utilization, and costs across OpenStack and VMware clouds

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Talligent, the leading provider of cost and capacity management solutions for OpenStack and hybrid clouds, today announced the general availability of Openbook v3 and is scheduling demos and evaluations of its new functionality.  Openbook is cloud management software that simplifies the tasks of planning, charging, and predicting capacity requirements for cloud services.  Talligent gives the administrator and tenant real-time visibility of resources and accrued costs, as well as the ability to scale up or down according to budget and resource requirements.

Enterprise adoption of OpenStack is growing quickly, driven by the interest in providing on-demand cloud services behind the firewall.  Private cloud deployments increase the agility of IT departments to respond to infrastructure requests, increase control of company digital assets, and reduce the need for shadow IT services from public cloud providers.  In response to this increase in market demand, Talligent has added functionality to support private cloud use cases such as chargeback, utilization tracking for sprawl control, single pane of glass view of hybrid clouds, and capacity reporting to improve resource and budget planning of cloud growth.

Akanda joins the Canonical Charm Partner Programme

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Canonical is excited to announce that Akanda has joined the Charm Partner Programme (CPP). Canonical’s CPP helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling with a click of a mouse. The Juju Charm Store has over 300 cloud based applications ready to be used on most public and private clouds, as well as bare metal servers.

Akanda is the main contributor to the OpenStack project Astara, which they will be charming as part of the CPP. It is the leading open source network orchestration solution built by OpenStack operators for real OpenStack clouds. Astara eliminates the need for complex SDN controllers, overlays and multiple plugins for cloud networking by providing a simple integrated networking stack (routing, firewall, load balancing) for connecting and securing multi­tenant OpenStack environments.

Midokura Announces Integration of Its Network Virtualization Technology With Ubuntu OpenStack

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Midokura, the global innovator in software network virtualization, today announced the integration of its flagship Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM) technology with Ubuntu OpenStack. Now, users can benefit from the power of an integrated cloud solution that combines industry-leading technology from Midokura with one of the most widely deployed commercial distributions of OpenStack.

"Canonical continues to expand our SDN ecosystem to ease the deployment of OpenStack with an SDN. Midokura is an Ubuntu Cloud partner, and today Midokura Enterprise MidoNet is available to our customers through the MidoNet Juju Charm. The simplicity and agility inherent in MEM's distributed architecture is now easier to deploy with OpenStack," said John Zannos, Canonical VP of WW Alliances and Ecosystem. "With this seamless integration in place, Ubuntu OpenStack and MEM will be deployable in minutes using Juju and the MidoNet Juju Charm."

Cavium to Demonstrate Solutions for Cloud Infrastructure and Scale-Out Applications at OpenStack Summit Tokyo

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Cavium, Inc. a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, will demonstrate ThunderX and LiquidIO II based solutions for private and public cloud infrastructure and scale out applications at the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo.  The OpenStack Summit is a four-day conference for developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software and is held from Tuesday October 27th through Thursday October 29th.

Cavium Product Highlights and Demonstrations (Booth T31)

Cavium's LiquidIO II Intelligent Server adapters fully support and seamlessly integrate OpenStack software. This functionality includes:

SUSE Offers Beta Preview of SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6

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SUSE has launched beta testing of SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, giving customers an early look at the latest enterprise-ready technology for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds. Based on the OpenStack release Liberty, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 delivers high availability enhancements and non-disruptive upgrades along with Docker and IBM z Systems mainframe support to ease the transition of business-critical applications and data to the cloud. The Liberty-based beta will be demonstrated during this week's OpenStack Summit in Tokyo and at SUSECon in Amsterdam Nov. 2-6.

"The key enhancements in SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 are a result of SUSE listening closely to our customers and focusing on delivering the functionality they need to help their businesses thrive," said Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of global alliances and marketing. "They need a robust and stress-free cloud that drives innovation. Improved high availability, non-disruptive upgrades and the inclusion of Docker support directly address these concerns. As the OpenStack market continues its rapid growth, we're staying focused on enterprise customers and meeting their business-critical requirements."

Mirantis looks to China to fuel OpenStack growth

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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.