When I think about open source software, Red Hat is first name that comes to mind. At Tesora, we’ve been working to make our Database as a Service Platform available to Red Hat OpenStack Platform users, and now it is a Red Hat certified solution. Officially collaborating with Red Hat in the context of OpenStack, one of the fastest growing open source projects ever, is a tremendous opportunity.
One of the benefits of OpenStack is the ability to deploy the software on standard x86 hardware, and thus not be locked-in to custom architectures and high prices from specialized vendors.
Before you select your x86 hardware, you might want to consider how you will resolve hardware/software related issues:
Is my distribution of OpenStack and the underlying Linux, certified to run on the hardware I use?
Will the vendor of my OpenStack distribution work with my hardware vendor to resolve issues?
There was a panel session (Cisco, Ooyala, Sprint, and Shutterfly) on OpenStack use cases at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, May 2015. At the end, an audience member asked “How important is it that the OpenStack distribution is certified to run on the hardware you use?”
This week we announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 allows organizations to deploy an IT infrastructure that services traditional virtualization workloads while building a solid base for modern IT technologies.
Because of its open standards roots, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 enables IT organizations to more rapidly deliver and deploy transformative and flexible technology services in 3 ways:
Deep integration with Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Delivery of standardized services for mission critical workloads
Foundation for future looking, innovative, and highly flexible cloud enabled workloads built on OpenStack
Deep integration with Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 is co-engineered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux including the latest version, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, which is built to meet modern data center and next-generation IT requirements. Due to this tight integration, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 inherits the innovation capabilities of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform.
The energy from the latest OpenStack Summit in Paris is still in the air. Its record attendance and vibrant interactions are a testimony of the maturity and adoption of OpenStack across continents, verticals and use cases.
It’s especially exciting to see its applications growing outside of core datacenter use cases with Network Function Virtualization being top of mind for many customers present at the Summit.
If we look back at the last few years, a fundamental role fueling OpenStack adoption has been played by the distributions which have taken the project OpenStack and helped turn it into an easy to consume, supported, enterprise-grade product.
At PLUMgrid we have witnessed this transformation summit after summit, customer deployment after customer deployment. Working closely with our customers and our OpenStack partners we can attest how much easier, smoother, simpler an OpenStack deployment is today.
Similarly, PLUMgrid wants to simplify and accelerate the deployment of OpenStack network infrastructure, especially for those customers that are going into production today and building large-scale environments.
If you had the pleasure to be at the summit you have learnt about all the new features that were introduced in Juno for the OpenStack networking component (and if not check out this blog which provides a good summary of all Juno’s networking feature).
The reality is that IT is serious money – IDC estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) market alone will hit $7.1 trillion by 2020! But a lot of that money is due to the IT industry practice of “lock-in” – trapping a customer into a proprietary technology and then charging high costs, in some instances up to 10X cost, for every component For some reason, customers object to having to pick one vendor’s approach, being subject to limitations – whether technological or otherwise, paying high markups for every incremental extension, then having to pay high switching costs for the next solution at end of life in five years or less.
As a consequence, many of those customers are taking a good, hard look at open source software (OSS) that can minimize vendor lock-in. OSS communities also encourage the development of software solutions that run on industry-standard and reasonably priced hardware. In particular, OpenStack has been well received by businesses of all sizes, and the OpenStack community is growing by leaps-and-bounds with 625% more participating developers and 307% more business members as of its fourth birthday! Since OpenStack can orchestrate operations for an entire datacenter, it offers a vision of the future where customers are free from server, network, and storage lock-in.
However, legacy naysayers have always articulated three catches with OSS:
1) Making it enterprise-grade in terms of scalability, reliability, and security
2) Ensuring that the code base grows over time so that others can move the ball forward
3) Getting enterprise-class support for the code base
Recently there has been a flurry of activity in the Open Source community – blog posts, articles, tweets. The discussion is about Application deployment and Policy enforcement in the data center. Why all the banter? Reason – it is simpler for developers to set up services using an application-centric view rather than a network-centric view; and it allows them to do so without sacrificing application or data security. Nuage Networks has been a strong advocate of an Application Centric Policy framework. As a result, the Nuage Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) supported integrated policy from day one when we launched our product a year ago. We have continued to enhance this policy framework, which aligns with the current trends.
We are delighted that the Open Source community is beginning to share our point of view. This is reflected with the Neutron Group Policy extension work in OpenStack. Nuage is strongly committed to supporting this effort by contributing to the Neutron Core development. As part of this effort, we will also be providing support for Nuage VSP as a Network Policy provider in OpenStack
Why you need billing and chargeback for Openstack and what to expect from Red Hat and Talligent.
There is a cloud price war going on and the impact is felt across all IT service delivery, public and private. The big players such as Google,Amazon, Microsoft, and Centurylink, have all recently announced dramatically lower prices and new functionality. Market pundits expect that these announcements are just the beginning of falling prices as cloud providers move to take advantage of the massive shift of IT services to the cloud and work to grab market share.
These are the hot buzzwords of the last year or two, yes, but not without cause. Cloud is finally becoming real, albeit a bit differently than many envisioned a few years ago: the relative aggressiveness of public providers compared to most enterprises has created a functional chasm that small and midsize enterprises are unlikely, at this point, to try to fill—it’s easier to outsource many workloads.
The economic realities of the cloud marketplace dictate that service agility trumps almost everything else. Until very recently, this could be accomplished via tight (and expensive, and often lengthy) integration between the physical infrastructure and some sort of cloud management framework, most of which were retrofitted to deal with VMs. Generally the best way to make this work was rigorous standardization of the physical infrastructure.