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.
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.
Fremont, CA — Thursday, October 23, 2014 –iwNetworks 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
•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.
“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
iwNetworks provides high-performance enterprise-class private cloud and software defined network (SDN) solutions.
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.
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.
In a stunning announcement, Joshua McKenty, co-creator of OpenStack and co-founder and CTO of Piston Cloud Computing (Piston), revealed this week that he has accepted a position at Pivotal as field CTO. McKenty transitions to Pivotal after a three year stint at commercial OpenStack vendor Piston, during which time he was central to raising approximately $20M in capital, growing the team by a factor of 15 and increasing sales by a multiplier of 1000. McKenty helped build Piston from a “fledgling startup” into “a real business with an incredible group of customers, an established leadership team, and a mature product” as noted in a blog post reflecting on his tenure at Piston. More importantly, however, McKenty served as an OpenStack evangelist that demonstrated the commercial viability of OpenStack as a prominent alternative to proprietary Infrastructure as a Service technologies such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. As a former NASA luminary, McKenty’s position as an OpenStack board member and his outspoken elaboration of OpenStack’s potential gifted OpenStack with technical credibility that ultimately led to its adoption by companies such as IBM, Red Hat, HP, Ericsson and a slew of technology behemoths that now collectively contribute financial and engineering-related resources to the OpenStack project.
OpenStack’s success aside and notwithstanding, however, McKenty noted that his burning technical interest involves simplifying application development and deployment as follows:
This was the central issue that I was recruited into NASA to address in 2008—how to improve both security and efficiency by unifying NASA’s application development into a common platform. Originally called NASA.net, this project quickly ran into a then-common roadblock—the lack of agile and programmatic infrastructure to support this platform.
The past 5 years have been a detour to address this lack of agile infrastructure—a detour that could now be easily termed the “OpenStack” years.
Here, McKenty remarks on how his recruitment to NASA to work on unifying application development was derailed by the lack of adequate technical infrastructure, which ultimately led to the development and refinement of OpenStack over a five year period. McKenty commented further on the complexity of contemporary software development by noting:
Fast forward 30 years, and I now have two daughters, both of whom are trying to “learn to code”. And while the intervening decades have made computers vastly more capable, they have also made them more complex. What was once possible with a single machine (the one sitting in your living room or kitchen, no less), now requires the use of “the cloud”, and an arcane set of tasks with a poorly defined mental model called…deployment.
At Pivotal, McKenty will have precisely this opportunity to work on simplifying application development in conjunction with the Cloud Foundry project. Previously, he had worked with Pivotal on the integration of Cloud Foundry with OpenStack and confessed that much of his interest in OpenStack dissipated subsequent to the success of the integration of the two platforms. McKenty’s transition from Piston to Pivotal signals the end of an era in the history of OpenStack. On one hand, the OpenStack collaboration has already reached a tipping point such that it will continue with the momentum and innovation commensurate to its backing by the world’s most successful technology companies. Nevertheless, the OpenStack world will miss McKenty’s technical acumen, intellectual passion for open source technologies and unique ability to contextualize the place of one technology within the larger technology landscape. McKenty’s move to Pivotal aptly illustrates the story of a man following his passion and intellectual interests as enabled by a truly unique opportunity to join one of the most innovative and powerful technology companies in the world. While McKenty will be missed by the OpenStack community at large, his presence at Cloud Foundry promises to usher in a new era for application development marked by increased simplicity and streamlined processes that render it easier for everyone to write, or at least understand how to write code.
On Thursday, Cisco announced plans to acquire Metacloud, the provider of OpenStack-based on premise private clouds hosted either at a customer’s datacenter, or at one of Metacloud’s five global datacenters. Metacloud also offers hybrid cloud options based on a combination of its hosted and private cloud offerings. Cisco’s acquisition of Metacloud’s private cloud as a service strengthens its ability to execute its Intercloud strategy of building one of the world’s largest networks of cloud platforms. As noted in Cisco’s press release announcing the acquisition, given an IaaS landscape with “OpenStack gaining global acceptance through its ability to handle any workload on any hypervisor on any public or private cloud,” OpenStack constitutes a key component of Cisco’s Intercloud strategy. Cisco’s acquisition of Metacloud builds on its promise from March 2013 to invest $1B in the cloud and illustrates a growing trend whereby large technology companies are starting to acquire nimble cloud startups as evinced by HP’s recent acquisition of Eucalyptus. The bottom line here is that private and hybrid cloud services are increasingly indispensable for any technology company and that the allure of OpenStack as an interoperable IaaS technology platform is gradually achieving fruition. The acquisition of a commercial OpenStack vendor represents the safest bet for a large tech or telco interested in augmenting its portfolio of cloud products and services in contrast to the huge capital investment required to build a proprietary IaaS platform. All this means that OpenStack startups can expect their valuations to soar as large tech companies seek to cash in on cloud products and services before the market becomes saturated with an embarrassment of IaaS riches. As a result of the acquisition, Metacloud employees will become part of Faiyaz Shahpurwala’s team as Cisco’s SVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services. The acquisition is intended to close in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2015.