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How to Run OpenStack in Production Environments: Security, Processes, and Customizations Required The industry is rapidly changing with the adoption of Emerging Technologies and companies are searching for tools that allow them to run efficiently while reducing costs. OpenStack has positioned itself as a platform where workloads could be deployed in a secure, efficient and reliable way. But a big question remains: How do you run OpenStack in production environments? What is required? In this presentation, you will learn first hand what works and what doesn't while architecting and deploying OpenStack. Some of the topics will include:- best practices for creating repeatable deployments of OpenStack- multi-site considerations- how to customize OpenStack to integrate with your existing systems and security best practices. Speaker Bio Julio Villarreal Pelegrino is an ... (more)

Emulex Announces Ethernet Networking and Converged Network Adapters for the Open Compute Project

New OneConnect OCm14000-OCP Adapters Maximise Application Performance with RDMA, Support Overlay Networks for the Cloud and Enable SDN with Open Programmable APIs INTEROP, LAS VEGAS and COSTA MESA, Calif, 1 April 2014 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management and a proud member of the Open Compute Project (OCP), today announced it has released its next generation of high performance Ethernet connectivity solutions to the open source community. Now, data centres are able to utilise Emulex 10Gb Ethernet and 40Gb Ethernet (10GbE/40GbE) adapters on OCP based hardware platforms that support global cloud platforms running OpenStack or CloudStack. The new Emulex OneConnect® OCm14000-OCP 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet (10/40GbE) Network Adapters and 10GbE Converged Network Adapters (CNAs), enable higher virtual machine (VM) densit... (more)

OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus and OpenNebula

We described in a previous post our experience about the different types of cloud models, and our view about how the main open-source Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs) are targeting their needs. Our aim was to demonstrate that we will see an open-source cloud space with several offerings focused on different environments and/or industries, due to the fact that no single CMP can be all things to all people. The four open-source CMPs will coexist and, in some cases, work together in a broad open cloud ecosystem. This article tries to answer another quite common question in open-source cloud computing discussions and presentations... which CMP is the most open? Of course such analysis should go beyond just considering the openness of the code (which as far as we know is fully open-source in the four projects) and the development process to additionally address the persp... (more)

What Independence in the Cloud Looks Like

Happy July 4th everybody! In celebration of our Day of Independence, Gathering Clouds thought we would explore what it takes to gain vendor freedom in the cloud context. Vendor lock-in is a much discussed issue in the cloud. But on some level, the choices your company makes can determine the degree of lock-in you either exist in or feel on a day-to-day basis. Freedom in the cloud has some costs associated with it, though different costs than freedom overall... There’s a strategic imperative around be agile in your cloud vendor relationships. Lock-in can be detrimental, especially when you reach the point that you do need to transition out of a certain cloud, due to scale or other requirements. Perhaps your company has reached the scale where buying hardware and depreciating the costs are a smarter decision compared to continuing to rent infrastructure through AWS. ... (more)

Cloud Computing: Rackspace Acquires Anso Labs

"This acquisition marks a significant step forward in our investment in the success of OpenStack," wrote OpenStack's GM Jim Curry Wednesday as he confirmed that Rackspace has acquired Anso Labs, best known for its work with NASA to help build their Nebula cloud platform, the code behind which NASA contributed to the open source community as the basis for OpenStack Compute last summer. "We believe OpenStack is the right cloud operating system for the industry, and we are committed to the continued evolution of this open platform and to powering our own cloud with OpenStack for many years to come," Curry added. Since Anso Labs is a participant in the OpenStack project and has already contributed substantially to its success, it further underlines how strongly Rackspace believes the world needs a truly open cloud platform and is committed to helping build it. Curry wa... (more)

Cloud Storage APIs & Universal Connectors

When it comes to cloud storage, there are many standards out there in the market. For example, Amazon S3 is the leader and many are using S3 API to create a S3-clone service. Rackspace Cloud Files and OpenStack are trying to create its own standard by giving away the software to open source community. Microsoft has its own standard in Azure Storage, incorporating Table storage and SQL storage, in addition to blob storage.  There are also other technology heavy-weights that are trying to setup CDMI as the cloud computing standard. In this race, every party has a different edge. For example, Amazon is expanding S3 API to include support for IAM (Identity and Account Management) with its edge in offering the most maturing and most adopted services in its platform. OpenStack has an edge in Open Source, which potentially can be adopted by many organizations looking to h... (more)

Citrix Throws a Spanner in the Cloud Market

Citrix has announced that it is submitting the popular CloudStack platform to Apache Foundation. This comes as a surprise as Citrix has acquired Cloud.com only last year by investing a few hundreds of millions of dollars! With this, Citrix is also dumping its own distribution of OpenStack called Project Olympus. This move has shaken the industry and the analysts. Till now, OpenStack enjoyed all the attention and is aiming to become the Open Source Cloud monopoly. Though Eucalyptus has been around for a while, it failed to garner as much industry support as OpenStack. With CloudStack moving to Apache Foundation’s stable, there comes a credible and serious open source Cloud offering which can be a true alternative to OpenStack. This announcement will certainly force Rackspace to relook at their strategy. Rackspace has been successful in rallying the bigwigs of the indus... (more)

Tutorial: Build a Private Cloud in Twenty Minutes

OpenStack is an open-source cloud framework for building on-demand Infrastructure as a Service. This tutorial in essence distills from this two-page set of instructions for setting up devstack on a single server primarily for use by developers. Hardware I used a DELL 1950 with 8 GB of RAM, internal hard-drives and two 1000 MB NICs. Download and Set Up Ubuntu Download Ubuntu 11.10 from here and burn to DVD Boot the server from the DVD and start the install. I installed the BASE SYSTEM and only one optional package, the OpenSSH Server. I named my server "ubuntu-server" I configured eth0 with a static ip address of 10.202.181.21. This will be important as the HOST_IP address of devstack. Create a user named "stack". Log in as "stack" See next page for how to Install Devstack... Install Devstack stack@ubuntu-server:~$sudo passwd to set the root password stack@ubuntu-ser... (more)

The Open Source Cloud

"Open source cloud is enabling a vast developer community that is today building applications to solve the points of integration in this growing area," stated Bennett Bauer, Director of Cloud Marketing at DreamHost, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "Pure, built-in-the-cloud applications that resolve the social, mobile, analytics lifecycle through the cloud," Bauer continued, "and applications that are not hamstrung by trying to integrate traditional corporate data and custom functionality are proliferating." Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it is about saving time. - Agree or disagree? Bennett Bauer: It's about both, even in these early days. Shifting workloads gradually over to the cloud, starting from the easiest to the hardest to move, can start the money and time savings immediately. For a ... (more)

Big Data and Cloud – A Perfect Match

"Like any successful software space in the technology world, open source in the cloud has and will be playing an important role in the overall success of cloud," stated Sanjay Sharma, Principal Architect at Impetus Technologies, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "OpenStack, like open source technologies, enforces commercial vendors to continuously enhance their offerings while providing end users with a lot of options to choose from." Cloud Computing: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it's about saving time - agree or disagree? Sanjay Sharma: Totally agree. The move to the cloud not only saves money but also enables saving time and transforming business to be truly Agile to meet an ever-changing market and customers' demands. Cloud Computing: How should organizations tackle their regulatory and compliance concerns in t... (more)

Meet @StackIQ November 4-6 at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley [#Cloud]

SYS-CON Events announced today that StackIQ will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Contact @StackIQ for your FREE @CloudExpo pass. StackIQ offers a comprehensive software suite that automates the deployment, provisioning, and management of Big Infrastructure. With StackIQ’s software, you can spin up fully configured big data clusters, quickly and consistently — from bare-metal up to the applications layer — and manage them efficiently. Our software’s modular architecture allows customers to integrate nearly any application with the StackIQ software stack. Two of the founders of StackIQ will also present at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley. Mason Katz / Co-Founder, CTO Mason Katz is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of StackIQ. Prior to joining ... (more)