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Midokura Releases Enterprise-Grade MidoNet Marked By Support For IaaS Platforms In Addition To OpenStack

On Wednesday, Midokura announced the latest release of its Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM) platform that delivers network virtualization for IaaS clouds. Wednesday’s release constitutes the first major release since Midokura’s decision to open source its network virtualizaton technology in November. MEM supports not only OpenStack but also VMware vSphere and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6 as illustrated below:

The innovation of this commercial release consists of the platform’s deep integration with additional IaaS platforms such as VMware vSphere, for example, which subsequently allows enterprises to use MidoNet for both proprietary and OpenStack-based IaaS deployments as evinced in hybrid cloud infrastructures, for example. Co-founder and CEO of Midokura Dan Dumitriu remarked on the significance of MEM’s support for platforms beyond OpenStack as follows:

Our latest Enterprise MidoNet release marks the next step in our product evolution by offering support for platforms that are already proven and well-entrenched in modern enterprise data centers. The result is that businesses can make the most of their technology investments with Midokura’s open, scalable network virtualization for heterogeneous hypervisors and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds.

As Dumitriu notes, the most recent release of MidoNet throws open the door for MidoNet to be used in a variety of datacenters that collectively leverage “heterogeneous hypervisors” for their IaaS platforms. MidoNet’s decision to support a variety of IaaS frameworks means that, while it stands to benefit from its early traction amongst the OpenStack community, it also now positions itself to support a more diverse range of cloud platforms and amalgamations of IaaS infrastructures and subsequently make an even stronger case for its prominence amongst OpenStack deployments by virtue of its extensibility to other environments that may variously complement OpenStack. As of this release, MEM also supports OpenStack Juno and includes enhancements such as Load Balancing as a Service for the OpenStack Neutron project. Available immediately, Midokura is offering a 30 day free trial of MEM including enterprise-grade support and the MidoNet Manager interface.

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Kubernetes Integrates With OpenStack Through Collaboration Between Google And Mirantis

On Tuesday, Mirantis announced the integration of OpenStack with Kubernetes, the open source framework developed by Google to manage containers. The integration between OpenStack and Kubernetes enhances the portability of applications between the private cloud infrastructures typical of OpenStack and public cloud environments such as the Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure that support Kubernetes. Even though Docker containers are well known for enhancing the portability of applications across infrastructures, transporting applications and workloads from private clouds to public clouds remains challenging. The availability of Kubernetes within (OpenStack) private clouds in addition to public cloud environments now renders it easier to transport containerized applications from private to public clouds and subsequently obtain a greater return on investment from deploying hybrid cloud infrastructures.

Moreover, the integration between Kubernetes and OpenStack facilitates container management on the Mirantis OpenStack platform by automating and orchestrating the management of Docker containers within an OpenStack-based IaaS infrastructure. The integration between Kubernetes and OpenStack depends on the OpenStack Application Catalog Murano, which manages the infrastructure for Kubernetes clusters and deploys the Docker application to the Kubernetes cluster. As the application and Kubernetes cluster scale, Murano manages the interplay between OpenStack compute, storage and networking resources and the application to ensure support for the infrastructure needs of the application and its attendant Kubernetes cluster. Tuesday’s announcement underscores the burgeoning power of containers, container management frameworks such as Google’s Kubernetes, the significance of OpenStack within the private cloud space as well as the increasingly urgent need for technologies that promote communication across cloud infrastructures toward the end of realizing the true potentiality of hybrid cloud environments. The integration of Kubernetes and OpenStack’s Murano will be available for preview on the Mirantis OpenStack Express platform in April 2015.

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Tesora Trove Database As A Service Achieves Certification For Mirantis

As of December, Tesora boasts an OpenStack Trove Database as a Service (DBaaS) product that is certified for the Mirantis distribution of OpenStack. Trove, recall, refers to OpenStack’s Database as a Service technology that enables customers to provision and manage databases within OpenStack Nova instances. Trove allows OpenStack users to auotmate tasks such as the deployment, configuration, patching and backup of relational and non-relational databases. Tesora has collaborated with the OpenStack Trove project to deliver an enterprise grade Trove product that features support for multiple databases such as MySQL, MongoDB, Redis and Cassandra. Tesora’s certification of its Trove DBaaS product on Mirantis represents an addition to its exisiting certifications with Red Hat and Ubuntu OpenStack distributions and consolidates its positioning within the commercial OpenStack Trove space. Formerly called ParElastic, the Cambridge, MA-based company joined the OpenStack community as a corporate sponsor in 2013 and focuses on delivering the industry’s premier, enterprise-grade, Database as a Service platform for OpenStack. Tesora is currently the only OpenStack Trove implementation certified by Mirantis, one of the industry’s leading OpenStack distributions.

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Nebula Launches Latest Release Of OpenStack-based Nebula Cosmos Enterprise

Nebula today announces an enhancement to Nebula Cosmos Enterprise, its turnkey OpenStack product that streamlines and simplifies the deployment and management of OpenStack private clouds. Notably, the latest release of Nebula Cosmos Enterprise brings the power of VLANS to OpenStack by allowing for the creation of VLANs within Nebula that connect to VLANs that are already part of a customer’s networking topology. By bringing VLAN technology to OpenStack, Nebula Cosmos Enterprise enables customers to benefit from its segmentation of network traffic and the attendant operational advantages of managing discrete networking pathways. Moreover, the latest release of Nebula Cosmos Enterprise boasts enhanced identity management functionality and integration with LDAP and Active Directory. Nebula Cosmos Enterprise also features advanced monitoring and performance management tools as well as integration with the NetApp storage infrastructure as illustrated by the graphic below:

The Nebula Cosmos Enterprise platform strives to bring the performance and economies of scale enjoyed by internet giants such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo to enterprises by means of turnkey solution for private cloud deployment, management and monitoring. While the goal of bringing the computing power, operational simplicity and economics enjoyed by Facebook and Google to the enterprise has morphed into the holy grail of contemporary cloud computing, the latest release of Nebula Cosmos stands to make its mark in the commercial OpenStack space by optimizing the operationalization of OpenStack-based private cloud deployment and management. Given that enterprises typically begin their cloud adoption journey by means of private clouds, Nebula’s VLAN technology promises to deliver one of the few OpenStack products with an enterprise-friendly networking infrastructure that allows customers to choose to avoid the complexities of software defined networking. As such, Nebula may well stand in line for acquisition by a larger technology player keen to get its hands on productized OpenStack technology as exemplified by EMC’s acquisition of Cloudscaling and Cisco’s purchase of Metacloud.

Categories: Nebula, OpenStack

iwNetworks Announces OpenStack-based Go Cloud IaaS Solution

Fremont, CA — Thursday, October 23, 2014iwNetworks today announces the general availability of the Gemini Open Cloud (Go Cloud) in the U.S., an OpenStack-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering that allows customers to create IaaS cloud-based infrastructures for use cases that include application development, workload migration and disaster recovery. Delivered as a software application that customers install on their hardware, the Go Cloud solution enables customers to create IaaS-based private clouds that they can subsequently utilize to create virtual data centers as illustrated by the graphic below:

As shown in the graphic above, customers can use Go Cloud to provision and deploy virtual data centers for cloud storage, web content management, high performance computing and application development in conjunction with the monitoring of their physical and virtual resources. Key features of Go Cloud include:

•Self-service capability to provision and manage cloud infrastructures
•An integrated management console that provides customers with visibility into the utilization and performance of their IaaS infrastructure
•Functionality for service providers to create a platform as a service (PaaS) infrastructure using Go Cloud that customers can use to obtain access to preconfigured technology stacks and infrastructures
•Transparent N-way replication
•Autoscaling
•Event triggering based on raw sensor data
•Log-based intrusion detection

Go Cloud enables customers to realize a high degree of resource efficiency by creating private clouds alongside their on premise datacenter environments. In addition, the platform enhances customer agility, delivers a high availability infrastructure and provides a user friendly platform for the migration of legacy applications to the cloud. Targeted toward the SMB market, Go Cloud delivers the power of IaaS-based private cloud computing in conjunction with a degree of simplicity and performance at a “fraction of the cost of others,” as noted by company spokesperson Mark Hayfield.

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“We are pleased to bring the cloud computing power to IT departments and system integrators at a fraction of the cost of others. IT managers now have performance, scalability, visibility, and reliability without the cost and complexity of current architectures.” – Mark Hayfield, Company Spokesperson

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iwNetworks provides high-performance enterprise-class private cloud and software defined network (SDN) solutions.

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Categories: iwNetworks, OpenStack

OpenStack Vendor Mirantis Raises $100M In Series B Funding And Sets Record For Open Source Investment

Mirantis recently announced $100M in Series B funding in a round led by Insight Venture Partners. August Capital and existing investors Intel Capital, WestSummit Capital, Ericsson, and Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures). The investment marks the largest Series B funding round in the history of open source software. As a result of the funding raise, Insight Venture Partners Managing Director, Alex Crisses, will join the Mirantis board of directors. Crisses remarked on the investment as follows:

OpenStack adoption is accelerating worldwide, driven by the need for low cost, scalable cloud infrastructure. 451 Research estimates a market size of $3.3 billion by 2018. Mirantis delivers on OpenStack’s promise of cloud computing at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional IT vendors, and without the compromise of vendor lock-in. Their customer traction has been phenomenal.

Mirantis intends to use the funding to accelerate product development and enhance its international expansion to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Mountain View-based company has helped over 130 companies implement OpenStack and claims bragging rights to the largest OpenStack deal to date in the form of a five year licensing agreement with Ericsson. The company has experienced meteoric growth in recent years with revenue increasing from $1M a month to $1M a week. With an extra $100M in the bank, Mirantis is enviably positioned to deliver one of the most productized, turnkey distributions of OpenStack on the marketplace and to subsequently assume a leadership spot in the intensifying battle for OpenStack market share. Notably, the Series B funding raise also enables Mirantis to increase its contributions to the OpenStack community and assert more influence on the direction of the open source IaaS collaboration. Whatever comes next, however, the $100M investment represents a watershed moment in the history of open source computing and suggests that open source may well hold the key to the larger future of software and IT infrastructure services more generally.

Categories: Mirantis, OpenStack, Venture Capital

EMC Acquires OpenStack Startup Cloudscaling

Last week, Bloomberg reported that EMC planned to acquire Cloudscaling, the commercial OpenStack vendor, for “less than $50M” according to unidentified sources close to the deal. Founded in 2006, Cloudscaling has raised approximately $10M in capital to date from sources such as Trinity Ventures, Juniper Networks and Seagate. The deal represents the second major acquisition of an OpenStack startup following Cisco’s recent acquisition of Metacloud for an undisclosed sum. By acquiring Cloudscaling, EMC stands to benefit from the addition of Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias to its cloud services team. Bias, a well known cloud luminary and OpenStack evangelist, will strengthen EMC’s positioning within the IaaS space by giving the company enviable cloud credentials and thought leadership from day one of Cloudscaling’s integration into the EMC ecosystem. Details of the acquisition have yet to be disclosed although, given EMC’s ownership of VMware and Pivotal, the purchase of Cloudscaling is likely to have significant repercussions for the cloud and Big Data spaces, particularly given Joshua McKenty’s recent transition to Pivotal from Piston Cloud Computing as field CTO. With McKenty and Randy Bias on its corporate or spinoff roster, in conjunction with Cloudscaling’s technology and cluster of talent, EMC looks set to make an aggressive move to combine cloud technologies with big data application development in ways done by almost no entity except Amazon Web Services. More generally, EMC’s acquisition of Cloudscaling illustrates how OpenStack startups are suddenly morphing into hot cakes that are likely to be snapped up by larger vendors intent on getting a larger piece of the OpenStack pie. The industry should expect OpenStack-related acquisitions to proliferate as OpenStack matures and the startups that entered the space three to four years ago increasingly productize and perfect the deployment of their IaaS platforms.

Categories: Cloudscaling, OpenStack

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