As the industry matures, cloud computing will increasingly rely on
interoperability in order to grow and deliver more value to industry.
Assuming this is a fact, what does it mean when eighteen major OpenStack
vendors come together to work through the challenges involved with achieving
enterprise interoperability? Events at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona
helped provide a window into the promise of tomorrow's interoperable
In cloud computing, interoperability generally refers to the ability of
service models from different cloud service providers to work together.
Specifically: · Infrastructure-as-a-service o Access Mechanism - defines how
a service in cloud may be accessed by users and/or software developers, o
Virtual Resources - service delivery as a complete software stack of
installing a virtual machine, o Network - addressing and API, o Storage... (more)
Breqwatr has announced the general availability of its Breqwatr Cloud
Appliance 2.0. This turnkey, hyper-converged cloud appliance offers scale-out
infrastructure, cloud management tools and a uniquely designed user interface
that empowers its clients to deploy and consume Infrastructure-as-a-Service
(IaaS) without the complexity and time typically associated with alternative
private cloud solutions.
"Deploying OpenStack was something our team had discussed, yet did not have
the time or expertise to devote to it," said Shawn Flynn, Manager, IT
Infrastructure, Servers and Storage at Progressive Waste Solutions. "By
utilizing the Breqwatr Cloud Appliance, we were able to deploy an OpenStack
private cloud simply and in no time at all."
Breqwatr is a private cloud appliance allowing companies to quickly improve
business agility through controlled IT transformation. It p... (more)
Thomas Bitman of Gartner wrote a blog post last year about why OpenStack
projects fail. In that article, he outlined three particular metrics which
together cause 60% of OpenStack projects to fall short of expectations:
Wrong people (31% of failures): a successful cloud needs commitment both from
the operations team as well as from "anchor" tenants. Wrong processes (19% of
failures): a successful cloud automates across silos in the software
development lifecycle, not just within silos. Wrong metrics (10% of
failures): a successful cloud focuses on top line transformation by
accelerating delivery of innovative applications and services, not merely on
squeezing bottom line costs.
"Agile clouds need agile processes - and people are your biggest
supporters,or your biggest roadblocks." - Thomas Bitman
Many OpenStack projects start as technology pilots with pa... (more)
SUSE® has 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.
SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 addresses market needs
A recent study commissioned by SUSE found that more than 90 percent of large
companies say they have already implemented at least one private cloud within
their business, would use a cloud solution for busin... (more)
Internap Corporation has expanded 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 Agil... (more)
For those unfamiliar, as a developer working in marketing for an
infrastructure automation company, I have tried to clarify the different
versions of DevOps by capitalizing the part that benefits in a given DevOps
scenario. In this case we’re talking about operations improvements. While
devs – particularly those involved in automation or DevOps will find it
interesting, it really talks to growing issues Operations are finding.
The problem is right in front of us, we’re confronting it every day, and
yet a ton of us aren’t fixing it for our organizations, we’re merely
kicking the ball down the road.
The problem? Complexity. Let’s face it, the IT world is growing more
complex by the week. Sure, SaaS simplified a lot of complex apps that either
weren’t central to the business we’re in or were vastly similar for the
entire market, but once you get past those easy picking... (more)
"The demands of modern cloud architecture and workloads like Cassandra are
pushing the industry to find performance anywhere it can," said Jonathan
Ellis, co-founder at DataStax. "Running core infrastructure on hardware like
Rackspace's OnMetal is the closest thing we have to an assured advantage:
lower latency and more requests served with no changes to the code."
Rackspace® has announced the next generation of OnMetalTM 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
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 flexibili... (more)
What's the difference between "DBaaS" and "DRaaS"? What's the current status
of Hadoop? What's the US Government doing right now in the Cloud? How about
the financial industry? Why is the Cloud so important to the Big Data boom?
Which cloud model is right for your company? How can you turn your corporate
data into dollars?
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We recently had the pleasure to sit down for an extended conversation with
Robert Scoble, an all around tech guru and currently of Rackspace. Our
conversation covered a range of topics, from his focus in technology, to how
cloud computing has changed IT, to the way new innovation is occurring in the
This is the first of 2 parts. Check out Part 2.
Tech guru and Rackspace Startup Liason Officer Robert Scoble shares his
thoughts on cloud and more.
Gathering Clouds: You’ve been involved in the technology space for some
time. What has led you to where you are now from a career perspective, and
how has that paralleled the trends that you’ve been really interested in?
Robert Scoble: I’ve always been interested in new things ever since getting
an Apple II when I was in Junior High. My dad was an engineer and that got me
into the technology world of Silicon Va... (more)
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Is your IT organization being pushed to increase the tempo of your software
release cycles? Do you currently automate application builds and the creation
of staging environments? Do you always test thoroughly before pushing code
out to production? Does your hair catch on fire every time you put out a new
release? IT organizations large and small are turning to the set of
processes, technologies, and organizational practices called DevOps as a way
to deal with the need to release software more often and with less trouble by
changing the way the Development and Operations teams cooperate.
In his session at the 13th International Cloud Expo®, Rishi Vaish, VP of
Product at RightScale, will discuss how Ceph, a fully open source distributed
object store, network block device, and file system designed for reliability,
Choosing #OpenStack for Security and Sovereignty
Leysin American School is an exclusive, private boarding school located in
Leysin, Switzerland. Leysin selected an OpenStack-powered, private cloud as a
service to manage multiple applications and provide development environments
for students across the institution.
Seeking to meet rigid data sovereignty and data integrity requirements while
offering flexible, on-demand cloud resources to users, Leysin identified
OpenStack as the clear choice to round out the school's cloud strategy.
Additionally, the school sought a partner to provide OpenStack infrastructure
deployment and operations expertise. They ultimately selected Blue Box's
Private Cloud as a Service, powered by OpenStack, leveraging Blue Box's
Zurich, Switzerland data center.
In his session at DevOps Summit, Myles Steinhauser, a Software Development