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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)

Breqwatr Introduces Hyper-Converged Cloud Appliance | @CloudExpo @Breqwatr #IaaS #Cloud #OpenStack

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)

How Not to Build a Cloud | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DevOps #OpenStack

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. Wrong people "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 OpenStack Cloud 6 Now Available | @CloudExpo @SUSE #Cloud

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 Expands OpenStack-Powered Bare-Metal IaaS Footprint | @CloudExpo @Internap #Cloud

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)

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)

Rackspace OpenStack Leader | @CloudExpo @Rackspace #OpenStack

"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)

Session Topics: 12th Cloud Expo / Cloud Expo New York

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? Register to attend 12th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York and get your questions answered June 10-13. Here's what you can look forward to, expressed numerically: 1 Convenient Venue – Jacob Javits Center, New York City 3 Interlocking Themes – Cloud Computing, Big Data, & Software-Defined Networking 4 Content-Packed Days – June 10–13, 2013 6 Keynotes by Leading Industry Execs 9 Distinct Parallel Tracks 175 Breakout Technical & Strategy Sessions 204 Expert Speakers & Panelists 90,000 Square Feet of Expo Floor and 1 Not-To-Be-Missed Opening Night Welcom... (more)

Cloud Player: Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer Rackspace Part 1

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 startup space. 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)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Ceph and DevOps in the Cloud

Cloud Expo® Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! 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, scalabili... (more)

Choosing #OpenStack By @BlueBox | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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 Engineer... (more)