OpenStack: The Philosophical Divide

The open source cloud software has spawned a variety of perspectives on the best way to implement it.

The OpenStack Summit last week in Barcelona culminated with a new release of the cloud software, dubbed Newton. Although it appears to be a unified solution that everyone rallies around, the truth is more complex. During a keynote, participants of an interoperability challenge demonstrated that they can all run a common LAMP stack app. Participants included AT&T, Canonical, Cisco, DreamHost, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Linaro, Mirantis, OSIC, OVH, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE, and VMware. This looks like one happy family, right? Well, if you look closer, you'll find they have philosophical differences.

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Topics: Cloud Computing Networking openstack OpenStack Summit

Is OpenStack private cloud weird?

It may be all too fitting that the OpenStack organization chose Austin as the venue for this year’s annual North American Summit. One of Austin’s many slogans is “Keep Austin Weird”. And to many traditional IT organizations, OpenStack may seem to be a bit of a tech oddity.

According to a recent ESG survey on hybrid cloud trends, only 14% of 308 IT professionals surveyed indicated that they were planning on utilizing open source solutions, like OpenStack, as the foundation for their private cloud environments. The vast majority (85%), on the other hand, stated they planned to use proprietary private cloud software, like VMware and Microsoft, as the basis for their private cloud strategy.

Topics: openstack OpenStack Summit

OpenStack as a service — provisioned locally, orchestrated in cloud

Network services are typically considered to reside on-premises or in the cloud, but rarely bridge the two.

Systems like OpenStack are thought of as something you run locally (your own private cloud), out in the cloud and as an end-user (let's say you are using Rackspace or Dreamhost). But it's possible to take a hybrid approach in which some cloud services run in the cloud, and the private cloud resides on-premises.

Topics: Networking openstack platform9

Do we still need VM-specific backup tools? [video]

This is one of the big questions in 2016 (and each of the past few years as well). 

Have the “traditional” unified data protection solutions caught up in reliability and agility to the degree that the need for “point products” that only protect VMs are no longer necessary? To help answer the question, I've recorded a short video:

Topics: Data Protection VMware Information and Risk Management Jason Buffington Video openstack Hyper-V Server Virtualization VM-backup-recovery

PLUMgrid CloudApex - Network Visualization and Monitoring

I have written an ESG brief on PLUMgrid CloudApex. The brief is available to ESG subscription clients only, but I have summarized a few points below.


Right before OpenStack Summit in Tokyo and on the heels of landing major telecom service provider NTT (SmartConnect) as a customer, PLUMgrid announced the availability of CloudApex, a modern cloud network visualization platform that provides:

Topics: Networking openstack PLUMgrid

Will Googles’ Kubernetes become the GodFather of OpenStack Cloud Container Management?

Google’s recent announcement to become a sponsor of the OpenStack foundation was a virtual coup for the open source community. With the likes of traditional technology vendors like IBM, HP, Cisco, EMC, Red Hat and others already onboard the OpenStack bandwagon, adding Google to this prestigious mix nicely rounds out the foundation’s “Who’s Who” of technology luminaries. 

Topics: cloud google openstack kubernetes containers

Looking forward to Cisco Live - Listen to many, speak to a few

I will be visiting Cisco Live in sunny and dry San Diego next week. Cisco has recently announced that Chuck Robbins will succeed John Chambers as CEO along with some additional changes in the executive ranks. I wonder what else will be in store...

Topics: Internet of Things Networking openstack Cisco Live

NFV, Telecom, and Enterprise: We know what we are, but know not what we may be

I attended the NFV World Congress, and I found the continuation of the increased intersection between Enterprise and Telecom Carrier Ecosystems. Traditionally, the world of telecom has been about signaling, switching circuits, radios, and the like. The introduction of NFV (network functions virtualization) had nudged the telecom world closer to the land of data center networking and cloud computing.

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking openstack nfv

Why Red Hat’s Investment In VMTurbo Matters

In a bid to help accelerate the adoption of the Open Stack cloud computing platform in traditional enterprise data centers, Red Hat recently made an undisclosed investment in VMTurbo, a Boston-based software company focused on automated virtualized and cloud infrastructure resource management.

Topics: cloud Virtualization hybrid cloud openstack Red Hat virtualization computing infrastructures

What DellWorld 2014 says about Dell’s future in 2015 and beyond

I recently had the opportunity to attend DellWorld 2014 in my hometown of Austin, Texas. One year after going private, Dell seems, at least to this outside observer, to be filled with excitement and optimism for the future. The positive atmosphere comes as a welcome change from what seems to be a sea of turmoil encompassing the remaining server-storage players in the IT market these days. HP recently announced plans to split the company into two, separating the consumer and enterprise pieces. This news comes in the wake of IBM selling its X-series server business to Lenovo. The list of end-to-end IT providers is rapidly shrinking.

Topics: IBM Microsoft VMware nutanix HP Lenovo software-defined data center software-defined storage openstack Quest Software Swift Nexenta