OpenStack

OpenStack Icehouse Supports Rolling Upgrades and Tighter Overall Integration

On April 17, the OpenStack Foundation announced the availability of the ninth release of OpenStack, the open source, Infrastructure as a Service collaboration. Codenamed Icehouse, the release boasts 350 new features, 2,902 bug fixes and contributions from over 1200 contributors. Icehouse focuses on maturity and stability as illustrated by its attention to continuous integration (CI) systems, which featured the testing of 53 third party hardware and software systems on OpenStack Icehouse. The hallmark of the Icehouse release consists of its support for rolling upgrades in OpenStack Compute Nova. With Icehouse’s support for rolling upgrades, VMs need not be shut down in order to install upgrades. Icehouse “enables deployers to upgrade controller infrastructure first, and subsequently upgrade individual compute nodes without requiring downtime of the entire cloud to complete.” As a result, upgrades can be completed with decreased system downtime, thereby rendering OpenStack significantly more appealing to enterprise customers that can afford little to no downtime for mission-critical applications and services. Icehouse also features a “discoverability” enhancement to OpenStack Swift that allows admins to obtain data about which features are supported in a specific cluster by means of an API call. On the networking front, OpenStack now contains new drivers and support for the IBM SDN-VE, Nuage, OneConvergence and OpenDaylight software defined networking protocols. Meanwhile, OpenStack Keystone identity management allows users to leverage federated authentication for “multiple identity providers” such that customers can now use the same authentication credentials for public and private OpenStack clouds.

In total, Icehouse constitutes an impressive release that focuses on improving existing functionality as opposed to deploying a slew of Beta-level functionalities. OpenStack’s press release claims “the voice of the user” is reflected in Icehouse but the real defining feature of this release is a tighter integration of OpenStack’s computing, storage, networking, identity and orchestration functionality. Just when Google Compute Engine, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure looked set to turn the battle for IaaS market share into a three horse race with some impressive functionality announcements and price cuts, the release of OpenStack Icehouse serves as a staunch reminder that OpenStack continues to innovate aggressively and systematically in its bid to assert feature parity with respect to proprietary IaaS platforms. This release, for example, announced three incubator projects in the form of OpenStack Sahara, OpenStack Ironic and OpenStack Marconi. OpenStack Sahara enables the provisioning of Hadoop clusters within an OpenStack environment, OpenStack Ironic provisions bare metal physical servers as opposed to virtual machines and OpenStack Marconi aims to deliver “highly-available messaging to web applications that run on OpenStack” in ways analogous to the Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS). The bottom line here is that OpenStack is rapidly catching up to its competitors while making a compelling case for inter-operability given the volume of contributions from Red Hat, IBM, HP, Rackspace, Mirantis, SUSE, OpenStack Foundation, eNovance, VMware and Intel in the Icehouse release. The key thing OpenStack needs now is more production-grade deployments and case studies of customer success that compel even more innovation and credibility within the IaaS space.

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Mirantis Partners With Parallels To Integrate OpenStack Into Parallels Automation

Mirantis recently announced a partnership Parallels whereby the Mirantis OpenStack distribution will be integrated into Parallels Automation, a hosting and cloud automation platform for cloud service providers. As a result of the partnership, cloud service providers can deliver IaaS solutions based on OpenStack to customers all over the world. The partnership stands to further accelerate OpenStack adoption by providing prospective customers with streamlined access to OpenStack provisioning and monitoring technologies. Moreover, the integration of Parallels Automation with OpenStack enables the use of parallels container technology as an additional container technology used in OpenStack deployments alongside Docker. Existing Parallels Automation customers can also enjoy the benefits of a unified billing experience for their OpenStack-based deployment that converges with billing for other hosting and cloud services they may have purchased. In conjunction with its $30M deal with Ericsson to license Mirantis OpenStack for a five year period, the Mirantis partnership with Parallels represents an aggressive move to assert the primacy of its OpenStack distribution in a climate that has seen less in the way of major announcements about OpenStack deals than might be expected given the tech industry’s overwhelming support for the open source IaaS collaboration.

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Ericsson and Mirantis Partner To Close One Of The Largest Deals In OpenStack’s History

Ericsson, the Swedish provider of communications technology and services, recently signed a five year software licensing deal with Mirantis for OpenStack Infrastructure as a Service technology. According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal is valued at $30 million and consequently vies for the designation of the largest commercial OpenStack deal in the platform’s history. Ericsson intends to use OpenStack as the infrastructure technology for its internal data centers, telecommunications network and cloud computing services. Ericsson’s director of cloud systems and platforms, Jason Hoffman, noted that the company had begun using OpenStack since its inception and plans to collaborate with Mirantis to improve the resilience, durability and performance of OpenStack. The Swedish technology giant is considering development of an OpenStack-based cloud for its telco customers in response to telco pressure and feedback for Ericsson to deliver infrastructure-related innovation. Ericsson is a gold sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation and an investor in Mirantis, a Mountain View based company that specializes in helping other companies successfully implement OpenStack. Mirantis, which finalized $20M in Series A funding last year, boasts its own OpenStack distribution known simply as the Mirantis OpenStack Distribution.

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Amazon Web Services Continues To Increase IaaS/PaaS Market Share According To Synergy Research Group

A recent article by the Synergy Research Group (Synergy) claims that Amazon Web Services continues to dominate the IaaS and PaaS space in terms of revenue. According to Synergy, Amazon Web Services increased its quarterly revenue by 55% to over $700M in Q3 of 2013, whereas the aggregate of revenue for Salesforce, IBM, Windows Azure and Google was less than $400M for the same time period. Worldwide, total IaaS and PaaS revenues exceeded $2.5 billion for the quarter, with IaaS accounting for 64% of cloud revenues, a surprisingly small proportion given the limited penetration of platform as a service within the enterprise. Synergy Research’s John Dinsdale remarked on the company’s findings as follows:

We’ve been analyzing the IaaS/PaaS markets for quite a few quarters now and creating these leadership metrics, and the relative positioning of the leaders really hasn’t changed much. While Amazon dwarfs all competition, the race is on to see if any of the big four followers can distance themselves from their peers. The good news for these companies and for the long tail of operators with relatively small cloud infrastructure service operations, is that IaaS/PaaS will be growing strongly long into the future, providing plenty of opportunity for robust revenue growth.

Here, Dinsdale remarks that the “race is on to see if” Salesforce, IBM, Microsoft and Google can decisively secure second place in the battle for IaaS/PaaS market share. Strikingly, Microsoft, Google and IBM have revenues that are very close to one another, even though one might reasonably expect Microsoft’s Azure platform to edge out its competition given its earlier entry into the market than IBM and Google’s Compute Engine (GCE). That said, IBM’s sizeable IaaS revenue derives largely from its acquisition of SoftLayer, which itself had a rich and venerable history that predated IBM.

Synergy’s chart illustrating Q3 IaaS and PaaS revenues is given below:

Notable omissions from the findings include Rackspace, HP, Oracle, Pivotal One and Red Hat, the middle three of which (HP, Oracle and Pivotal One) are still relatively nascent, and hence justifiably excluded from the present calculation. As Dinsdale notes above, however, “the good news for these companies” and for remainder of the space is that revenues are set to increase significantly in the near term. Going forward, one of the key questions for subsequent IaaS market share analyses will be whether OpenStack’s momentum and gradual maturation propels disproportionate growth amongst OpenStack-based cloud platforms for vendors such as HP, IBM, Oracle, Rackspace and Red Hat.

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OpenStack Havana Brings Orchestration And Metering To The Table

The OpenStack community recently celebrated the release of OpenStack Havana, the eighth release of its open source Infrastructure as a Service platform. Orchestration and Metering represent the key components of the Havana release. OpenStack Orchestration enables the automation of compute, storage and networking resources by leveraging pre-configured templates. Meanwhile, OpenStack Metering provides administrators with a unified picture of data usage across the entire OpenStack platform including activities like “enterprise chargebacks and feeding systems monitoring tools.” This release includes Firewall-as-a-Service as well as SSL support for all service APIs. Havana also features support for Docker containers as part of OpenStack Compute, which enables users to spin up containers rather than virtual machines and thereby benefit from improvements in efficiency and performance. In total, OpenStack Havana contains 400 new features from 910 contributors, which represents a 70% increase in contributors as compared to the previous release, Grizzly. Interested users can learn more about Havana and the next release, Icehouse, at the upcoming OpenStack summit in Hong Kong from November 5-8.

The following overview of OpenStack Havana is provided courtesy of the OpenStack Foundation:

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OpenStack Foundation Launches Training Marketplace To Accelerate Acquisition Of OpenStack Skills

On Monday, The OpenStack Foundation launched a Training Marketplace that provides a centralized platform for developers to locate Foundation-approved, high quality OpenStack training vendors and materials. The launch of the training marketplace is in keeping with the Foundation’s purpose as noted by Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation:

The goal of the Foundation is to eliminate barriers to OpenStack adoption, create more OpenStack experts and ensure that OpenStack has a positive impact on the careers of our community members. We want to grow the community, accelerate the availability of training programs worldwide and help close the OpenStack job gap.

Aptira, hastexo, The Linux Foundation, Mirantis, Morphlabs, Piston, QSTC, Rackspace, Red Hat and SwiftStack represent the list of organizations offering OpenStack training that are currently featured in the training marketplace. Users can search OpenStack training by topic, course location and level of difficulty. The training marketplace additionally contains links to documentation by OpenStack about topics such as OpenStack installation, configuration, application development, operations and security. The next OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong is also expected to provide hands on workshops and training sessions from November 5-8, 2013.

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Red Hat Announces OpenStack IaaS Certificate And Integration Of CloudForms 2.1 With OpenStack

On Monday, Red Hat announced a Certificate of Expertise In Infrastructure as a Service that qualifies IT professionals to install the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The certification builds upon Red Hat’s launch of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform in June and its release of the Red Hat OpenStack Administration course earlier this year. Because the certification is tailored to Red Hat’s OpenStack distribution, it doubles both as a training vehicle and marketing platform to accelerate adoption of its OpenStack platform. Red Hat is positioning its relationship to OpenStack as analogous to its relationship to Linux by characterizing OpenStack as the “next Linux” and touting its experience commercializing open source software for the enterprise. In a press release that described its IaaS Certification, Iain Grey, VP of global services noted that Red Hat’s “goal is to bring our enterprise experience to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market and provide an OpenStack platform that our customers can trust.” Meanwhile, at VMware 2013, Red Hat revealed details of CloudForms 2.1 (Beta), a platform for the management of hybrid clouds. CloudForms 2.1 features integration with Red Hat’s OpenStack platform.

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