The World's Largest and Fastest-Growing Open Cloud Community

OpenStack Journal

Subscribe to OpenStack Journal: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts newslettersWeekly Newsletters
Get OpenStack Journal: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories

OpenStack Integration Some people worry that OpenStack is more flash then substance; however, for many customers this could not be farther from the truth. No other technology equalizes the playing field between vendors while giving your internal teams better access than ever to infrastructure when they need it. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will talk through some real-world OpenStack deployments and look into the ways this can benefit customers of all sizes. He will also talk through Nutanix's OpenStack integrations and show how together these technologies give IT professionals a new way to approach infrastructure in today's cloud world. Speaker Bio Chris Brown is a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix. He has 6 years of IT experience, with the majority of that time being spent in technical support. Cur... (more)

You Need #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit @DMacVittie #CD #APM #Monitoring

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)

Is Cloud Interoperability a Myth? | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #OpenStack

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 environment. 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)

Day 1 Keynote at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley | Open Cloud – Place Your Bets!

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! Both OpenStack.org and the OpenStack ecosystem intend to go into orbit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley today, November 5th. Jonathan Bryce, the Executive Director of the newly-formed OpenStack Foundation, and who has spent his entire career building the cloud, is to give the opening November 5 keynote today at 11th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, November 5-8, 2012. With this important Keynote – combined with its Diamond Sponsorship of the entire event – the OpenStack Foundation is pinpointing Cloud Expo as being THE conference so far as the intersection of Enterprise IT and Cloud Computing is concerned. The OpenStack Foundation promotes the development, distribution and adoption of the OpenStack cloud operating system. As the independent home for Open... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley Keynote Speaker Profile: John Engates – Rackspace

With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA - co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo - let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the West Coast conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing & Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the world of Enterprise IT? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: John Engates TWITTER: @jengates ORGANIZATION: Rackspace Hosting 11TH CLOUD EXPO OPENING KEYNOTE TITLE: An Open Cloud Discussion KEYNOTE DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/2368617 BRIEF... (more)

Cloud.com Adopts the OpenStack Object Storage Platform

Cloud.com, a provider of open source private and public cloud computing software, on Wednesday announced it is collaborating with leaders in open source and cloud computing on OpenStack, an open source cloud platform designed to foster the emergence of technology standards and cloud interoperability in both the hosting industry and the enterprise. The initiative was launched by Rackspace and includes key technology contributions from NASA’s Nebula platform as well as broad industry support from leading technology companies such as Citrix. (see related release from July 19). As a founding member of the OpenStack initiative, Cloud.com has committed to engage with the community, collaborate on standards projects and contribute code that enhances the community efforts around cloud orchestration and management. In the short term, Cloud.com is planning to adopt the OpenS... (more)

Setup File Server with Amazon S3

You have a file server for your team to share. You have heard of cloud storage and the leading service such as Amazon S3. Now you are considering how to extend your file server with cloud storage services. Objectives There are several objectives to combine a file server with cloud storage service. First, you want your team to continue to have the same user experience with the file server since they are already familiar with the file server. Second, you will like to extend the file server’s capacity with cloud storage so you don’t need to buy internal hard drives. Third, possibly backing up some existing folders on the file server so in case anything happen to the file server, you can quickly replace it and restore the files and folders.   Install Gladinet CloudAFS Gladinet CloudAFS installs a virtual file system on Windows Server. on top of the virtual file system, ... (more)

Online Gaming Using OpenStack at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! This case study explores Sony Computer Entertainment America's experience with building an open source cloud infrastructure to provide online game hosting solutions for our internal customers. Topics include SCEA's history with online game hosting, the challenges we faced along the way, some of our mistakes, what we learned from them, how we came across OpenStack and why we decided to use it to provide flexible hosting solutions and what our plans are with it going forward. In his session at the 9th International Cloud Expo, Krisztian Mizser, Manager, Global Hosting at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), will discuss SCEA's history with online game hosting, the challenges faced along the way, some of their mistakes, what they learned from them, how they came across OpenStack and why they decided to use it to provi... (more)

Amazon Partners with Eucalyptus

Amazon Web Services has been quietly reaching out to big business recently looking for business, sources have told us. And in that vein Thursday it agreed to work with open source private cloud peddler Eucalyptus Systems so companies can have an on-premise cloud that nicely migrates workloads to Amazon. It's a big concession for Amazon which has regarded private and hybrid clouds as heretical. It's bowing to corporate demand for personal control, fostered heavily by safety concerns and crashes, reckoning it's just a stage that companies will eventually grow out of along with their data centers and increasingly creaky legacy investments as they get used to the cloud. While it waits, it's going support Eucalyptus and help it extend the compatibility of its existing AWS APIs. Amazon said customers should be able to "take advantage of a common set of APIs that work w... (more)

The Accessibility of the Cloud

"Cloud made Big Data what it is today," stated Scott Morrison, CTO at Layer 7 Technologies, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "Cloud gave us the massively scalable infrastructure necessary to practically do Big Data," Morrison continued, "as well as the engineering mindset that made it a front-of-mind solution for organizations that may not have considered it before." Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it is about saving time. - Agree or disagree? Scott Morrison: It's about both, but one or the other may be the driving motivator depending on the organization. Cloud Computing Journal: How should organizations tackle their regulatory and compliance concerns in the cloud? Who should they be asking/trusting for advice? Morrison: Definitely look to the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) for independent a... (more)

Object Storage Is THE Big Thing

In my opinion, Object Storage officially broke through this month. It went from being the “next” big thing to being “the” big thing. Why? Because Larry said so. Well, technically he didn’t: someone else had to do it for him as he skipped the Oracle Open World Keynote to see Team USA win the America’s Cup in the most exciting regatta of all times. So I’ve been told. I wasn’t there and I’m not a sailor. I kite surf, like Richard Branson. What has Larry Ellison to do with Object storage and how is he an authority on the topic? Isn’t object storage about unstructured data, rather than databases? Well, correct: I don’t expect a whole lot from Oracle’s object storage technology. They are a database company and they are pretty damn good at that. But they haven’t been exceptionally successful with the Sun storage legacy other than the tape part of that business. Oracle’s o... (more)