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OpenStack Support with Intel Inside

Posted by Jose Zero on Aug 20, 2015 3:35:20 PM

We said it before, and we’ll say it again: It’s an exciting time to be a part of the OpenStack community!

Since its inception five years ago, OpenStack has become the de facto standard for open source cloud solutions. A 2014 Linux.com survey identified OpenStack as the world’s most popular open-source cloud project, and as enterprise use cases have accumulated over the past year, evidence continues to mount that OpenStack is here to stay.

“OpenStack is an open source cloud platform that has become a compatibility standard for the private cloud market,” wrote Forrester analyst Lauren Nelson in her May 18 report “OpenStack is Ready — Are You?,” citing “Notable Fortune 100 enterprises like BMW, Disney, and Wal-Mart have irrefutably proven that OpenStack is viable for production environments.”

That’s exciting stuff, and StackVelocity is “all aboard” the OpenStack train, but we share Daniel Chow’s sentiments, shared recently in Computerworld:

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Topics: OpenStack

Orchestration With Eyes Wide Open

Posted by Russ Lindsay on Mar 9, 2015 3:44:09 PM
Those of us in the world of IT should have our eyes wide open, scanning the horizon. On the one hand, our technology and product choices keep improving, and like proverbial kids in the candy story, it is appropriate that we are occasionally overwhelmed by our choices.
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Topics: OpenStack

OpenStack on Open Compute: the Perfect Combination

Posted by Russ Lindsay on Oct 15, 2014 4:30:00 PM

OpenStack runs beautifully on a diversity of hardware, and a growing number of cloud builders are looking at the next frontier: OpenStack on Open Compute.

In our opinion, this has the makings of “peanut butter and jelly.” Or to put it another way, OpenStack on Open Compute is the perfect combination.

Why do we feel this way? Well, earlier today StackVelocity hosted a webinar to explain our reasoning. Joining me were 451 Research’s Jay Lyman, senior analyst of enterprise software, and Al Sadowski, research director for the service providers practice. Together we addressed the advantages of OpenStack and Open Compute, both individually and in combination.

Jay and Al did a great job of painting the picture of the OpenStack and Open Compute landscape. Here are a few highlights:

  • OpenStack: OpenStack is the clear leader among open source cloud deployment platforms. As the overall OpenStack market approaches $3.5 billion (source: 451 Research), the number of OpenStack enterprise use cases is growing. OpenStack’s appeal includes flexibility, modularity, cost and support for multiple hypervisors. In addition, OpenStack is a good match for private clouds, has major vendors backing the community, and offers the open source defense against vendor lock-in.

  • Open Compute: Likewise, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has many pluses to its credit. A new, collaborative approach to hardware and data centers, OCP offers 38 percent energy savings and 24 percent cost savings over a traditional, enterprise hardware approach.
Next, I presented StackVelocity’s experience in deploying OpenStack on Open Compute. I offered specific tips, shared lessons learned and recommended a unique and customer-validated approach to delivering the best of both OpenStack and Open Compute worlds.

I invite you to dig into the details.  Our webinar, “The Open Cloud Deserves Open Hardware: OpenStack on Open Compute,” is now available for viewing on demand.  

Take a look and give me a shout if I can address any questions.

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Topics: OpenStack

What an HA Deployment Looks Like, OpenStack Style

Posted by Russ Lindsay on Apr 29, 2014 4:36:00 PM

Working with our partner, Mirantis, we’ve just published a new whitepaper that addresses the question of how to deploy OpenStack in an HA (high availability) configuration with optimized hardware. It’s available for download here or in the sidebar to the right.

The whitepaper uses example requirements to establish VM capacity in a highly-leveraged hardware configuration for OpenStack. You’ll find a basic overview of what HA is all about, as well as the physical and logical network structure required to achieve intra-rack HA. It wraps up with useful information about service and support options.

If you’re considering OpenStack in an optimized hardware environment, but you’re bound by app SLAs that demand HA infrastructure, this paper is a great place to start.

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Topics: OpenStack

OpenStack Boot Camp: Recap from Interop

Posted by Russ Lindsay on Apr 2, 2014 6:24:10 AM

Boot camps and training sessions of various stripes have become popular in the OpenStack space. Some are good, many are vendor shill.

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Topics: OpenStack

Getting Going With OpenStack

Posted by Russ Lindsay on Mar 20, 2014 12:05:37 PM

There are five basic ways to consume OpenStack:

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Topics: OpenStack