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OpenStack Summit: All the biggest news from Red Hat to Rackspace & Dell EMC

Boston has been taken over for the past couple of weeks by open source focused events. Last week saw Red Hat hit the city and this week over 5,000 descended on the OpenStack Summit.

With such a large group of companies involved in OpenStack, 104 sponsoring companies are present and 1,014 companies are represented by attendees, it’s inevitable that there would be a flurry of news from the vendors involved.

To help to keep you up to date with the biggest news stories, CBR has compiled a list of of announcements from some of the biggest vendors in the OpenStack ecosystem.

 

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Rackspace & Dell EMC

In what the two are calling a revolution of the private cloud, Dell EMC and Rackspace have collaborated to deliver deliver OpenStack private cloud.

The offering will bring together Rackspace’s private cloud expertise with Dell EMC’s compute and storage solutions so that customers can create a private cloud-as-a-service offering.

Customers can use the Rackspace OpenStack Private Cloud with solutions such as VMAX Hbrid, VMAS All Flash and Dell Servers, there will also be support for ScaleIO in the future.

Scott Crenshaw, SVP and GM of OpenStack Private Cloud at Rackspace, said: “As a co-founder of OpenStack, Rackspace is committed to innovating OpenStack in a way that makes it easier for customers to consume and benefit from.

“Our collaboration with Dell EMC will do just this, combining the best of Rackspace expertise and Dell EMC technologies to allow customers to consume an OpenStack private cloud in a way that is more flexible and removes barriers to entry. Our organizations look forward to sharing more updates later this year.”

Red Hat

The open source company just had a big week in Boston with a number of announcements, but that’s not stopped it from coming out with the latest version of its OpenStack platform.

The Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11 is said to deliver enhanced support for upgrades with composable roles, offer new networking capabilities, and improved integration with Red Hat CloudForms.

Composable roles was introduced in version 10 and the company has expanded this offering by making it consistent and adaptable during upgrades.

This version also offers support for VLAN-aware VMs and upgrades to OVS and DPDK.

Read more: Top takeaways from the Red Hat Summit

Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, OpenStack, Red Hat, said: “As OpenStack deployments grow in scale and scope, enterprises need a clear path forward to embrace new innovations without sacrificing their existing deployment structure.

“Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11 helps to provide this path forward, with Red Hat OpenStack Platform Director helping to maintain stability through the upgrade process, while also adding new networking features, management capabilities, and storage support, bringing the powerful innovations of the OpenStack community to mission-critical enterprise deployments.”

 

SUSE

Having acquired OpenStack technology and talent from HPE, SUSE is now in a much stronger position in the community and is pushing new technology.

The SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring open source software is designed to make it easy to monitor and manage the health and performance of an enterprise OpenStack cloud environment and its workloads.

Key features are said to include a single dashboard to manage everything from, the ability to identify problems early with processing of OpenStack events, logs and metrics, graphical search, and analysis of historical data.

Michael Miller, SUSE president of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing. “As customers move to large-scale production they need operational tools to maintain their private cloud. The Monasca open source project makes this data manageable and valuable for enterprise users. We have worked closely with Fujitsu and other contributors to bring this capability to SUSE OpenStack Cloud.”

 

Mirantis & Fujitsu

Fujitsu and Mirantis have signed a global strategic partnership that’ll see the two work together in order to help customers to adopt open cloud infrastructure that’s based on OpenStack and other open source technologies such as Kubernetes.

Boris Renski, Mirantis’ Co-Founder and CMO, said: “Today, modern infrastructure is defined by public cloud vendors that give customers an experience where they don’t have to think about software.

“Infrastructure software is changing. Instead, customers will consume infrastructure as a service, where everything is API driven, managed and continuously delivered. We are very excited to find a strategic partner in Fujitsu who is eager to collaborate with us to bring its benefits to the broader market.”

Fujitsu is due to add a new privately managed global OpenStack based on Mirantis Cloud Platform.

 

Veritas

The information management company is now offering a software-defined storage solution that is designed to improve workload performance and protect data in OpenStack-based cloud environments.

The Veritas HyperScale for OpenStack is said to feature a patent-pending dual-plane architecture that distributes storage functionality between separate compute and data planes. The point of this is to increase performance by allowing data management tasks that are performed at the data plane to be decoupled from workload processing at the compute plane.

Mike Palmer, executive vice president and chief product officer, Veritas, said: “Today’s announcement helps customers achieve improved data management and protection independent of the hardware—on-premises or in the cloud. This is critical for enterprise adoption of OpenStack.”
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