The OpenStack community has announced the formal launch of the new OpenStack Foundation to continue to promote the development and adoption of the open-source OpenStack cloud software. As the independent home for OpenStack, the foundation has already attracted more than 5,600 individual members, secured more than $10 million in funding and is ready to fulfill the OpenStack mission of becoming the ubiquitous cloud computing platform.
A new organization, the OpenStack Foundation, spawned from the cloud software originally developed by Rackspace, said today that it has launched with $10M in funding and a host of corporate sponsors. The group said it will promote the development, distribution and adoption of the OpenStack cloud software. OpenStack is a set of open source software which can be used to run public and private clouds.
Boris Renski, who is the co-founder of OpenStack integration consultancy Mirantis, told Network World that allowing VMware into the open source cloud project was a “huge mistake” that could damage the project’s market perception. Renski said that every enterprise he’s worked with so far has been interested in OpenStack because they view it as an alternative to VMware.
Boris Renski, co-founder of OpenStack integration consultancy Mirantis, says every enterprise he’s worked with so far has been interested in OpenStack because they view it as an alternative to VMware. The board’s vote earlier this month has now muddled the differences, he says. “If OpenStack isn’t an alternative to VMware, then what the hell is it?” Renski says. Renksi’s comments may reflect some tension, fueled in part by a blog post by VMware VP of Cloud Strategies Mathew Lodge in April comparing the open source projects, including OpenStack, to the three “ugly sisters,” which he says was in response to the projects claiming they are more open than VMware.
OpenStack is hot, but determining which companies are best poised to capitalize on its promise is hard to do. Says writer Prabhakar Gopalan: “…there’s also a third type of service provider — pure play professional services firms that build and deploy OpenStack clouds. Firms such as Mirantis have developed unique IP around their tools and process to accelerate the rollouts of OpenStack clouds. It will be interesting to see the larger impact these firms will have in driving the direction of the project.”
Mirantis Expands Training for OpenStack Cloud New private and customizable training on OpenStack Cloud for companies’ IT teams is added to popular public Boot Camps on OpenStack Mountain View, Calif., (PRWEB) August 20, 2012 Mirantis, a leader in engineering services for OpenStack™ Cloud, announced it will expand its popular training program for OpenStack to include private, … Continued
SUSE Announces Cloud Partnerships with Mirantis and B1 Systems New partners to help optimize SUSE’s private and hybrid cloud solution Nuremberg, Germany August 15, 2012 SUSE today announced that Mirantis, the leading systems integrator for OpenStack™ cloud deployments, and B1 Systems GmbH, a leading open source solution provider, have joined the beta program for SUSE’s upcoming OpenStack-powered … Continued
“Objectively speaking, it was a very complementary move for VMware,” said Boris Renski, co-founder of Mirantis Inc., a cloud systems integrator based in Mountain View, Calif. “With SDN, virtual machines wouldn’t care where they were [running] and, from the standpoint of the value to the customer, it’s absolutely a good thing.”
Dell, one of the very first backers of the OpenStack project (and soon to be one of the founding members of the OpenStack Foundation), has refreshed its creatively-named Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution with an update that brings the reference architecture and services up to Folsom, the latest release of the open source cloud platform.
And on the services side, Dell has recruited Canonical, Mirantis and enStratus to layer support and software on top of its cloud architecture. That’s in addition to Dell’s own recently open-sourced Crowbar tool for OpenStack deployment and configuration.
VSM: Why is this topic of comparing VMware and OpenStack so relevant today?
BR: When I meet people at conferences like OSCON, Structure, CloudConnect, and others, there’s one question I’m hearing more frequently: “we are currently using VMware, but it is too expensive… tell me how OpenStack can help.”
Structure 2012 featured a series of workshops, including one Wednesday taught by Roman Alekseenkov, a director of engineering at consulting firm Mirantis. He showed how an open source utility, CrowBar, can quickly install a pre-configured version of OpenStack across any number of servers. CrowBar is open source code produced by a team at OpenStack community member Dell.