Microsoft has taken the wraps off Azure Stack, its take on hybrid cloud infrastructure and response to the popular OpenStack open-source cloud computing package. Azure Stack will begin shipping in September.
Azure Stack was originally designed as a software-only product, much like OpenStack. But Microsoft has decided to add integrated hardware turnkey solutions from its certified partners such as Dell EMC, HPE, Lenovo, Cisco and Huawei.
Microsoft first announced Azure Stack at the Ignite Conference in 2015 and formally introduced it at the Inspire conference in Washington, D.C.
Azure Stack is basically the same APIs, tools and processes that power Azure, but it’s intended to be hosted on-premises in private cloud scenarios. By offering the same platform and tools both on-premises and in Azure, the company promises consistency and ease of deployment, whether it’s hosted locally or in the cloud.
Last week saw a few thousand devoted OpenStack community members flock to Boston to take part in the bi-annual OpenStack Summit. This summit marks a major turning point for the initiative. Since we all congregated in Barcelona last year, there have been some major pieces of news which have rocked the community. Only a couple of weeks before the event, Intel pulled out of a partnership with Rackspace to build an OpenStack-based test facility, and OpenStack poster boy Mirantis pivoted from a pure OpenStack strategy to one covering a number of open source initiatives.
Nate Baechtold, Enterprise Architect at EBSCO Information Services, says it was going to be too hard to automate the company’s VMware environment so the firm shifted to OpenStack, which natively abstracts underlying components much like AWS. But the next sticking point was how to enable developers to build in load balancing? A self-service model using the existing hardware-based system was too complex, Baechtold tells Network World Editor in Chief John Dix, but a new software-defined tool fit the bill.
The OpenStack Summit kickstarted in Barcelona, Spain on October 25, 2016. As usual it was a fully packed show with over 5,000 attendees. Mark Collier, Chief Operating Officer at OpenStack Foundation took to the stage and discussed where OpenStack is heading. Here are some major highlights from the first day of the show:
Forrester Research’s newly issued report, “The State of Cloud Platform Standard, Q4 2016,” regards OpenStack and AWS as the de facto standards for compute and storage in the cloud.
That by itself isn’t news. OpenStack has been regarded as a standard by Forrester since 2014, and AWS has been the top measure since it was considered clever to pair up talk about cloud computing with clipart of the sky.
But Forrester is watching how standards-setting bodies are using the existing base of open source projects as a starting point for real standards. The analyst firm also notes that OpenStack and AWS are far from the last words on their respective subjects.
It’s fascinating being a close observer of the OpenStack ecosystem. To be honest, the machinations and posturing among the different players feels almost like a John Le Carre novel with friends, enemies and seemingly dozens of shades in between.
Two companies that epitomized this are Mirantis and Red Hat. Red Hat, the 800-pound gorilla in the open source world, has had long-term success commercializing various open-source projects, initially Linux, of course, but a host of others since.
For its part, Mirantis is a much newer player and was borne after the advent of OpenStack. Mirantis is essentially trying to “out Red Hat Red Hat.” The two were, back in distant memory, close partners, with Red Hat investing in Mirantis and talking of potential acquisition plans. Red Hat went in a different direction, however, acquiring competing OpenStack service provider eNovance and embarking on a war of words with the upstart. In fairness, I have to point out that the war of words between the two has been mutual, with Mirantis doing its part to fuel the flames.
The next release of OpenStack made its debut on Thursday with a raft of new features for better scalability and resiliency.
Architectural and functional barriers can make it difficult for companies to scale their clouds up or down across platforms and geographies, but OpenStack’s 14th release — dubbed Newton — does away with many of those limitations. The open source cloud-building software now includes improved scaling capabilities in its Nova, Horizon, and Swift components, its makers say.
New improvements bolster the horizontal scale-out of Nova compute environments, while others add convergence by default in the Heat orchestration service as well as multi-tenancy improvements in Ironic.
Mirantis, the pure play OpenStack company, is one of the sponsors of OpenStack Days – Silicon Valley. I caught up with Mirantis co-founder and CMO Boris Renski to learn more about the upcoming event. Here is an edited version of that interview…
Can you tell us more about the event?
OpenStack – Silicon Valley is the event that we started three years ago. This is the third in the series. The OpenStack community in general, as you know, has a summit twice a year and then it has this concept of OpenStack Days, which are different regional events that are organized by various community members.
OpenStack – Silicon Valley has historically been the event that’s organized by the Silicon Valley community of OpenStack. It is essentially the largest community to date because the users from the early days of OpenStack are based in Silicon Valley. The NASA Research Center that started the Nova project is also based out of here. And a lot of engineers are here. It’s probably the second biggest OpenStack event out there after the main OpenStack Summit.
Rather than leave such features to a particular distribution, OpenStack has been attempting to integrate them into the project’s core mission. But another big OpenStack effort — its reorganization of the project’s management — is still drawing criticism.
Pulling it all together
A unified OpenStack command-line client is a key new feature intended to improve both management and user experiences. Each service, current or future, can register a command set with the client through a plug-in architecture. Previously, each OpenStack project had an individual CLI, and managing multiple aspects of OpenStack required a great deal of switching between clients, each with its own command sets.
OpenStack Foundation, the backer of an open-source project for software to build cloud services, has launched Project Navigator, an online tool to make it easier for new users to choose from the over 25 cloud-related services or projects offered under its aegis.
The tool provides data to new users to help them differentiate between the six core services most commonly deployed across every OpenStack cloud, such as Nova, Neutron, Cinder and Swift, and optional services that they may want to use depending on their specific requirements. The information for the website comes from OpenStack technical and user committees.
OpenStack has gained considerable popularity over the years for its open-source cloud platform, but this week it looks like one major user is seriously considering dropping the technology in favor of a proprietary alternative.
U.K.-based telecom giant BT Group said it will switch to a different option for delivering virtual enterprise services, according to a Wednesday report in Light Reading, unless OpenStack can address its concerns regarding six key areas: virtual network functions, service chain modification, scalability, security, backward compatibility and what’s known as “start-up storms” when numerous nodes all come online at the same time.
Here’s the TL;DR – Practitioners, vendors and analysts say the open source cloud platform is ready for enterprises, but it’s no cake-walk. OpenStack is not easy to deploy and manage. But then again, no private cloud is.
If there’s one part of the OpenStack market that never stops yielding enterprising newcomers, it’s the market for solutions to simplify OpenStack implementations. Not only could OpenStack still use help there, but such an approach nearly guarantees a revenue stream.
Newest to this table is ZeroStack, a freshly decloaked startup from VMware and AMD alumni, with a novel approach to OpenStack management for smaller and midtier outfits.
Your OpenStack is their business
ZeroStack’s idea is a mixture of an on-premises 2U appliance and a cloud-based SaaS portal. The appliance, a mixture of infrastructure and controller, is installed in the customer’s data center, and administration is done through ZeroStack’s cloud portal. Changes to the software are pushed out automatically to appliances from the cloud, and ZeroStack claims it can bring an existing OpenStack installation up to the latest revision of the product within two months of release.
Looking to fuel enterprise adoption of the cloud, Intel is playing a lead role in a $ 100 million investment in an emerging player in the OpenStack arena.
Intel announced today it was leading a $ 100 million funding round for a collaboration with Mirantis Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based cloud computing company, to boost its work in enterprise OpenStack distribution and adoption.
“We hear a lot about OpenStack being ready for the enterprise, and in many cases OpenStack has provided incredible value to clouds running in enterprise data centers today,” wrote Jonathan Donaldson, a vice president at Intel in a blog post. “However, when talking to the IT managers who have led these deployment efforts, a few key topics arise: it’s too complex, its features don’t easily support traditional enterprise applications, and it took some time to optimize for deployment.”
Red Hat has polished the open source OpenStack cloud hosting software so that it can be more easily deployed within enterprises.
The latest edition of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, released Wednesday, contains a number of new tools to minimize the amount of low-level configuration that must be done to get the complex stack running.
An open source project with numerous contributors, OpenStack is an integrated collection of management tools for running a cloud service, for internal or external use.
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