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Integrating OpenStack Cloud Nova Volume storage with Isilon

What do you use to store your OpenStack volumes? If you're building an OpenStack cloud, you'll need that block level storage to give to your instances through an iSCSI session by default. If  you want to have intelligent, flexible, scalable, and reliable physical storage for this purpose, one alternative you might consider is the Isilon IQ clustered storage system. We've created …

Guest Post: Protecting OpenStack

The following is a guest post by Tristan Goode, OpenStack Foundation Board member and CEO of Aptira. I believe a key role of the OpenStack Foundation is to protect the brand that is OpenStack. I also believe that training is of key importance to advancing OpenStack. Recently Rackspace advertised offering "Rackspace Certified Training for OpenStack". In some media this was interpreted as …

Configuring a multi-region cluster for cloud object storage with OpenStack Swift

Recently, SwiftStack published an interesting overview of their approach to multi-regional OpenStack Swift Object Storage clusters. This approach is perfectly aligned with a design we have been working on with Webex for a geographically distributed Swift cluster with a reduced number of replicas (3+1 instead of 3+3, for example). I'd like to go over our approach and elaborate on the …

8 OpenStack Questions? Answered.

Yesterday GigaOm's Barb Darrow intrigued the cloud community with her 8 questions about OpenStack as the next summit approaches. As always, I have the answers to all of them. 1. What’s IBM’s play?  They are a big company and it takes them a long time to do anything. They haven’t figured out their OpenStack play yet. They only know that OpenStack is …

Mirantis is on the move

Cloud and OpenStack never stand still, and neither does Mirantis. And so comes a change of address – as Mirantis moves into our new offices. We're still located in the same fine location at 888 Villa Street in beautiful downtown Mountain View, just off of Castro street. Our new offices are up on the fifth floor, affording us a little …

OpenStack Cloud Folsom Webcast: Followup on your questions

Many thanks to all of you who attended our webcast on 'What's new in OpenStack Folsom' this past Thursday October 4. There were more questions than we had time for in the allotted hour, so I transcribed them and did my best to address them here. If you had a question that didn't get answered, look for your initials with …

Integrating OpenStack Nova-network with Infoblox IP Address Management

What is Infoblox? I think everybody reading this post knows or has heard about such network services as DNS and DHCP. These are core services and they are used everywhere. In a virtual environment such as OpenStack they built into the foundations. Infoblox is an appliance-based, integrated DNS, DHCP, and IP address management product that solves a growing, critical problem in enterprise …

StackOps: Merging ease and flexibility with OpenStack Cloud

In my previous post, DevStack vs Alamo, I compared tools that could deploy OpenStack easily for test and demo environments. These tools simplified deployment by stripping out configurations that make OpenStack deployments complex. As a result, these tools lacked some features and flexibility and were substantially easier to understand and use than installing OpenStack manually using bins. StackOps takes a different approach. They …

What Gartner can’t – or won’t – tell you about OpenStack Cloud

Gartner is a church of the IT industry. Those, who make large donations to “Gartner Church” get the blessings. Those who don’t are shunned and excommunicated. On a related note, Gartner recently released its “beware of OpenStack” manifesto. Despite being written by Lydia Leong, whom I consider to be the most credible priest of the Gartner  Church, from my vantage point …

Object Storage approaches for OpenStack Cloud: Understanding Swift and Ceph

Overview Many people confuse object storage with block-level storage such as iSCSI or FibreChannel (SAN), but there is a great deal of difference between them. While SAN exposes only block devices to the system (the /dev/sdb linux device name is a good example), object storage can be accessed only with a specialized client app (e.g., the box.com client app). Block storage is …

Implementing Encryption Architecture with Cisco Webex for OpenStack Swift object storage

This post is the first of an ongoing series on our engagement with Cisco Webex on their OpenCloud platform. One of the requirements for data center security is protection of "at rest" data. Usually this protection is about encrypting client-generated contents, including objects stored in the Swift cluster. In most cases, clients themselves could carefully encrypt their data; however, this requires …

Mirantis Cloud talks selected for OpenStack Summit San Diego 2012

We're priveleged to have had 3 talks based on our work selected for presentation at the OpenStack Summit October 15-18 2012. Check out these presentations, and we look forward to seeing you in San Diego! OpenStack Super BootCamp Monday October 15, 2012 3:40 pm - 6:00 pm Kirill Ishanov, Mirantis, Director OpenStack Services Engineering Built on the materials from the popular Mirantis OpenStack BootCamp …

Configuring Bare-metal Switches in OpenStack Cloud Networks: Bare-metal provisioning, part 4

In previous blog posts, we outlined a bare-metal provisioning framework for OpenStack (see: Beyond virtual machines and hypervisors,  Placement control and multi-tenancy isolation and Preparing images for bare-metal nodes using OpenStack Cloud). This time, we want to talk about networking. Normally, when you run virtual instances, OpenStack does the networking configuration for you. This is not the case with bare-metal provisioning, since …

Preparing Images for Bare Metal nodes using OpenStack Cloud: Bare-metal provisioning, Part 3

Recently we began a series of blog posts on OpenStack provisioning bare-metal instances (see: Beyond virtual machines and hypervisors and Placement control and multi-tenancy isolation). While installing VMs is relatively easy, as they support common image formats like OVF and qcow2, bare-metal servers are not always that simple. This article describes how to prepare images for bare-metal nodes. In the case …

What’s new in OpenStack Folsom: Webcast Thursday 4 Oct 2012

Date: Thursday 4 October 2012 Time: 9am PT/12 Noon ET/6pm CET The last six months have seen tremendous acceleration for OpenStack. Highlights include the RackSpace public cloud launch, Suse's and RedHat’s announced OpenStack distros, VMWare’s arrival and the OpenStack foundation launch. Now, with baseline features set and hardening for enterprise usage in place, the Folsom release marks OpenStack’s transition from a service provider …

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