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.
Platform9 and SolidFire have partnered to integrate Platform9’s OpenStack as a Service with SolidFire’s all flash storage platform. The integration takes advantage of Platform9’s deployment of Platform9 Managed OpenStack Cinder integration, which uses OpenStack Cinder to allow customers to select a block storage option to support the storage needs of their OpenStack deployment. SolidFire represents the first storage partner for Platform9’s SaaS OpenStack solution that boasts compatibility with both KVM and VMware vSphere hypervisors. Notable about SolidFire is that it supports disparate workloads that differentially take advantage of deployments based on both the KVM and VMware vSphere hypervisor. As noted in a Platform9 blog post, Platform9 chose Cinder because it “exposes all the functionalities in its solutions through RESTful APIs,” thereby aligning with Platform9’s predilection for Open APIs, in addition to a scale-out architecture that can deliver high performance and availability for mission critical workloads. The integration between Platform9 and SolidFire features a streamlined user interface that allows users to deploy SolidFire’s all flash storage infrastructure as part of the point and click process of using Platform9’s SaaS interface to set up a fully managed OpenStack cloud as illustrated below:
Expect to hear more details about Platform9’s use of Cinder in conjunction with technical details of its partnership with SolidFire in coming months.
On Monday, Intel announced its intent to lead a $100M capital raise for Mirantis, one of the few pure play commercial OpenStack vendors in the market today. Intel leads the investment alongside Goldman Sachs and existing investors August Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Ericsson, Sapphire Ventures and WestSummit Capital. The investment marks the second $100M capital raise on the part of Mirantis in the space of a year given that Insight Ventures led a $100M funding round with Mirantis less than a year ago. The October 2014 $100M capital raise led by Insight Ventures represented the largest funding raise in the history of open source computing and, as such, this year’s investment marks another notable milestone in the history of capital raises for open source-based technologies. Intel’s decision to lead the $100M capital raise builds upon its support of OpenStack as a Platinum member of the OpenStack consortium as of 2015. Today’s investment constitutes another emphatic affirmation of OpenStack that promises to transform the cloud computing landscape significantly by giving Mirantis the capital to innovate with respect to its commercial distribution of OpenStack. As one of the only remaining pure play OpenStack vendors in the marketplace, the investment bolsters the valuation of Mirantis and empowers it to consolidate its positioning as a distributor of an enterprise grade platform for building private, IaaS clouds that interoperate with other OpenStack-based cloud platforms.
Platform9 recently announced the release of Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere as a SaaS solution. Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere facilitates the deployment of OpenStack private clouds that leverage VMware vSphere virtualization technology. By using a virtual appliance to integrate OpenStack with vSphere resources, VMware enterprise customers now have the ability to spin up an OpenStack-based cloud that integrates with VMware vSphere resources. Developers interested in self-provisioning resources or accessing their applications will interface directly with the OpenStack cloud, whereas IT and Sys Admins will work on vSphere infrastructure resources. The Platform9 solution empowers developers to build automation into their workflows and applications in addition to using orchestration tools and APIs to construct relationships between workflows. Most importantly, however, the solution boasts 100% interoperability between VMware vSphere and OpenStack and supports vSphere-based API automation and compatible third party products. Overall, Platform9’s support of VMware vSphere represents an important milestone in OpenStack’s trajectory, particularly given the way in which the acquisition of OpenStack startups such as Cloudscaling, Metacloud and Piston Cloud Computing by the likes of EMC and Cisco threatens to slow the pace of innovation within the OpenStack space. Platform9’s ability to deliver OpenStack via a SaaS interface and give customers an unprecedented degree of flexibility regarding the configuration of their deployments. Expect the industry to deepen the integration between VMware and cloud-based environments as more and more cloud platforms come to terms with the reality that enterprises based on VMware vSphere prefer to maintain their fleet of virtualization infrastructure resources while they expand their investments in private and public cloud deployments.