OpenStack Business and Technology News – April 2016

Business News

Mirantis scores huge OpenStack win with VW. TechCrunch. April 5th. Mirantis, one of the last pure play OpenStack startups left standing announced a major win earlier this month when VW chose them over Red Hat for an enormous OpenStack implementation. The project is massive involving dozens of data centers and tens of thousands of nodes, according to Boris Renski, CMO and co-founder at Mirantis.

Cumulus, Dell and Red Hat Partner on Open Source DevOps for OpenStack. The VAR Guy. April 14th. To demonstrate the value of DevOps for OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform, Cumulus, Dell and Red Hat built an OpenStack cluster containing more than 300 nodes. Dell provided the server hardware and networking switches, Cumulus delivered the operating system (Cumulus Linux) and Red Hat’s OpenStack distribution completed the cloud environment. The companies said they were able to build and provision the cluster in six hours using only standard open source DevOps tools.

Nexenta and Canonical extend partnership on SDS for OpenStack. April 11th. Nexenta and Canonical announced that they are furthering their partnership in creating joint solutions for OpenStack environments. The two companies plan to create solutions combining Nexenta’s SDS solution NexentaEdge with Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack platform.

Volkswagen chooses OpenStack for private cloudNetwork World. April 6th. The second largest car manufacturer in the world, Volkswagen Group, will use the open-source cloud computing platform OpenStack to build a private cloud that will host websites for its brands VW, Audi and Porsche, and be a platform for innovating automotive technology, the company announced today.

A Look Into IBM’s OpenStack Meritocracy. eWeek. April 28th.  In a video interview with eWEEK, Angel Diaz, IBM’s vice president of Cloud Architecture and Technology, discusses the role that IBM plays in the OpenStack community and why it matters to IBM’s overall business.

OpenStack Grows Up: Observations From The OpenStack Summit. Forbes. May 2nd.  Six years ago it was 75 attendees and a bunch of servers in a pickup truck. This year, 7,500 descended on my adopted city to revel in the fact that OpenStack is finally growing up.


Technology News

OpenStack Mitaka Aimed at Simplifying Cloud Operations. eWeek. April 7th. Mitaka, the first OpenStack cloud platform release of 2016, is now out after six months of development and the participation of a global community of 2,336 developers from 293 organizations. The goal with Mitaka is to help enable easier integration and management of all the projects in the OpenStack Big Tent model by way of a project known as the OpenStack client.

TripleO Evolves for OpenStack Deployments. ServerWatch. April 14th. TripleO, an OpenStack development tool based on OpenStack itself, is evolving as a go-to deployment tool for developers.

65% of OpenStack deployments now in production. InformationAge. April 13th. Two-thirds of OpenStack deployments are now in production – a third more than a year ago, according to a new survey from the OpenStack Foundation. Containers continue to be a major interest for the OpenStack community, with 70% of respondents reporting interest in them for their OpenStack projects. The survey also revealed that Ubuntu Linux continues to dominate, with 55% of the production OpenStack clouds.

Red Hat, QCT partner on OpenStack hardware system. InformationWeek. April 11th. Red Hat and Quanta Cloud Technology, a hardware supplier to cloud providers, have teamed up to create a prepackaged version of OpenStack, Linux, and the Ceph open source storage system as a combination that’s ready to be plugged in and go to work.

New arrivals seek to simplify OpenStack private clouds. TechTarget. April 8th. Building an OpenStack private cloud can be challenging, but new options like Rackspace’s OpenStack Everywhere and ZeroStack aim to help enterprises do it without a headache.

DreamHost’s OpenStack-powered EC2 rival comes out of beta. TechCrunch. April 5th. DreamCompute, which combines OpenStack with the Ceph storage system and Dreamhost-incubated Project Astara network orchestration service, is a direct challenger to Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service. DreamHost charges for machines on a per-hour basis, but you never pay for more than 25 days per month. Pricing starts at $4.50 per month. Detailed pricing information is available here.

CoreOS and Intel to collaborate on OpenStack with Kubernetes. SDTimes. April 1st. CoreOS and Intel have announced plans to deploy and manage OpenStack, the open-source software for building clouds, with Kubernetes, the open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and operations of applications.

Red Hat continues cloud transformation with new OpenStack and Cloud Platform Suite products. Tech Crunch. April 20th. Red Hat made it clear a few years ago that it couldn’t rely on its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) glory forever. It needed a path to transformation and it saw a way with OpenStack and the hybrid cloud. Today it continued its steady march toward fulfilling that cloudy vision with the release of OpenStack Platform 8 and the Red Hat Cloud Suite.

Midokura’s network virtualization technology now available as value added enhancement to the Dell Red Hat OpenStack cloud solution. Market Wired. April 20th. Midokura, the global innovator in software network virtualization, today announced that Dell is offering the open-source Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM) as an optional performance accelerator for the Dell Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solution, the on premise cloud offering based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

Canonical courts enterprises, developers with new Ubuntu release. Silicon Angle. April 20th. With a newly signed deal with long time antagonist Microsoft under its belt, Canonical Ltd. is rolling out the sixth major release of Ubuntu Long-Term Support (LTS), adding features that should improve the Linux distribution’s appeal to developers and enterprises. Version 16.04 features the new ‘snap’ package format that Canonical originally rolled out in late 2014 as well as the LXD pure-container hypervisor based on the recently released OpenStack Mitaka.

Mirantis unlocks OpenStack appliances with Quanta and Supermicro. Server Watch. April 19th. Mirantis today is announcing the expansion of the Unlocked Appliances program to include Quanta and Supermicro. The new QCT QxStack Mirantis Unlocked Appliance for Cloud Native Applications includes a QuantaGrid D51B-1U server with dual Intel Xeon E5-2670 v3 CPUs and 384GB of memory.

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