ZeroStack today announced the availability of its zApp Store, a one stop shopping marketplace that delivers templates for applications that can be used for ZeroStack’s OpenStack-based, IaaS platform. ZeroStack’s zApp Store enables ZeroStack customers to download templates for Jenkins, Cassandra, Hadoop and Spark, thereby enabling users of the company’s Z-Block Cloud Appliance to accelerate the deployment of popular platforms in the contemporary database, automation and Big Data space. ZeroStack customers can use the zApp Store to download and deploy frameworks such as Hadoop and MySQL with one click and subsequently add value to their IaaS private cloud deployments in a matter of minutes. The graphic below illustrates some of the frameworks available to ZeroStack customers within its zApp store:
The availability of the zApp Store marks yet another differentiator for ZeroStack’s appliance-based, private cloud platform in the commercial, OpenStack-based IaaS space by delivering a turnkey private cloud solution that simplifies the process of operationalizing OpenStack-based clouds. The ZeroStack cloud runs on-premise, behind a company’s firewall, but is administered by the ZeroStack Cloud Portal, a SaaS application that manages upgrades, intelligent automation and the self-healing qualities of the infrastructure. Because the ZeroStack cloud runs on-premise, it delivers a degree of security that enables customers to onboard sensitive workloads while enjoying the elasticity and self-service capabilities of the cloud in conjunction with pricing that parallels the economics of the public cloud. As told to Cloud Computing Today in a phone interview with ZeroStack’s VP of Marketing, Steve Garrison, ZeroStack plans to release periodic announcements regarding additions to its zStore as part of a sustained effort to enhance and streamline the availability of widely used IT frameworks for its customers. Expect more exciting product enhancements from ZeroStack as it sharpens its differentiation in the commercial OpenStack space and builds upon the momentum from its May 10 global partner channel and reseller announcement.
This week, VMware announced the release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.5, a platform for building OpenStack clouds using VMware vSphere, NSX and Virtual SAN. As of this release, customers can import vSphere VM templates directly into the VMware Integrated OpenStack infrastructure. By importing VM templates into OpenStack, customers can enjoy the benefits of reduced data import time periods and accelerated deployments, as a result. This version also features support for VMware NSX and a simplified architecture that requires customers to commit few hardware resources to their deployments. The release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.5 solidifies OpenStack’s position in the IaaS space as the de facto architecture for private clouds that boasts increased capabilities to integrate with the VMware-based infrastructures that are ubiquitous within the enterprise. Conversely, the platform positions VMware as eminently capable of integrating with OpenStack and illustrates the potential for important synergies between VMware and OpenStack.
This week, the Volkswagen Group joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation as a silver member. By joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the Volkswagen Group will provide thought leadership and input about how Cloud Foundry can more effectively serve its needs and those of the automotive industry in general. The decision by the Volkswagen Group to join the Cloud Foundry Foundation as a silver member illustrates the trend of tighter integration between the automotive industry and cloud-based platforms that accelerate, streamline and simplify application development across public and private clouds. Moreover, Volkswagen’s sponsorship underscores and builds upon its commitment to open source cloud technologies as evinced by its April 6, 2016 announcement of its decision to select OpenStack as the IaaS cloud platform to undergird its IT innovation and automation projects. Expect more automotive manufacturers to support Cloud Foundry, going forward, as the platform increasingly supports the development and delivery of Internet of Things and telematics-related applications for automobile manufacturers and consumers, alike.
In preparation for OpenStack Summit in Austin, Cloud Computing Today decided to share a “Demonstration of Core Services” of OpenStack Mitaka, the 13th release of OpenStack from the OpenStack Foundation. Read the press release associated with its April 7 launch here as well as notes about the release from Mirantis and IBM. Key themes from the Mitaka release focus around improvements in user experience, manageability and scalability.
Red Hat today announces the general availability of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 and the Red Hat Cloud Suite. Based on OpenStack Liberty, the most recent release of OpenStack from the OpenStack Foundation, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 delivers an integrated cloud platform featuring enhanced customer accessibility to its storage and cloud management products, Red Hat Ceph and Red Hat CloudForms, respectively. In addition, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 boasts improved abilities to automate upgrades from previous to later versions of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 also delivers integrated capabilities for infrastructure and workload management courtesy of Red Hat CloudForms. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 customers can use Red Hat CloudForms to manage Red Hat Linux and Windows-based workloads that run on the OpenStack IaaS infrastructure and subsequently leverage the CloudForm platform’s orchestration, monitoring, reporting and governance functionality. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 comes bundled with Red Hat Ceph Storage and includes 64 TB of object or block storage. This release also features a preview of enhancements related to network virtualization functionality geared toward telcos. Expanding on the theme of product integration, Red Hat today also announces the availability of the Red Hat Cloud Suite, a portfolio of technologies that includes Red Hat’s container application platform, OpenShift, as yet another product option alongside Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 as well as a unified management experience and infrastructure analytics capabilities.
Overall, today’s announcements reveal an integrated cloud platform that bridges public and private clouds, IaaS and PaaS platforms and development and operations teams. While product integration represents the larger theme from today’s announcement, both Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 and the Red Hat Cloud Suite focus on delivering a turnkey, hybrid cloud portfolio of products that wisely avoids the trap of boiling the ocean by offering up an integrated cloud, Big Data and analytics infrastructure. Instead, Red Hat has chosen to focus on delivering an integrated platform for hybrid cloud deployment and management in conjunction with its OpenShift PaaS that gives customers a full stack of cloud infrastructure and application options that tap into its expertise and deep roots in productizing open source technologies for the enterprise.
On April 7, Rackspace announced details of OpenStack everywhere, a fully managed OpenStack cloud offering that allows customers to run an OpenStack-based private cloud in any data center in the world. OpenStack everywhere features an integrated hardware, software and professional services solution that absolves customers of the complexity of provisioning a private cloud or tapping into the scarce market of OpenStack technical resources in order to configure and manage an OpenStack deployment. In addition to taking responsibility for deployment of a modular, integrated hardware and software solution, Rackspace will manage the OpenStack-based private cloud in conjunction with delivery of its renowned fanatical support. The new offering from Rackspace accelerates the ability of customers to deploy OpenStack-based private clouds in data centers of their choosing while enjoying all of the benefits specific to Rackspace’s monitoring capabilities, professional support services and its 99.99% uptime SLA as elaborated in the video clip below featuring Rackspace’s CTO John Engates and Ryan Yard, Director of Solution Engineering:
Datadog today announced the integration of its cloud monitoring platform with OpenStack. As a result of the technology integration, customers can use Datadog’s technology to understand the health of OpenStack-based cloud deployments. The integration between Datadog and OpenStack is especially significant because OpenStack “is quickly becoming a preferred for private cloud environments” as noted by Amit Agarwal, Chief Product Officer of Datadog, in a press release. OpenStack administrators stand to benefit from Datadog’s out of the box capability to create dashboards that variously aggregate, synthesize and visualize the results of its metrics. Furthermore, OpenStack users can take advantage of Datadog’s advanced analytics for outlier detection that identify anomalies in host machine performance toward the end of preventing service degradation. The integration focuses on the Nova and Neutron components of the OpenStack platform, namely, the compute and networking components of OpenStack. More specifically, Datadog’s integration with OpenStack compute enables customers to access real-time data about the workload within a specific OpenStack environment, the number of VMs and instances, metrics about hypervisor performance and additional KPIs related to infrastructure performance such as RAM and CPU usage. Meanwhile, Datadog’s integration with OpenStack’s network management components features data collection about network performance in addition to Keystone, OpenStack’s Identity and Access Management service platform. The integration between Datadog and OpenStack gives the OpenStack community access to a powerful monitoring and data aggregation platform while Datadog stands to benefit by adding yet another major cloud platform to its venerable roster of supported cloud environments. As such, today’s announcement represents yet another step forward with respect to the onward march of contemporary cloud monitoring platforms and their ability to synthesize data from a multitude of cloud environments with increasing sensitivity and sophistication.