OpenStack News Round-up 10/11/13

Welcome to this week’s OpenStack News round-up!  We’ll be posting this every week; if you have any news you think should be included, please send it to news at mirantis dot com.

Canonical

The big news this week is the impending release of version 13.10 of Ubuntu Server.  Scheduled for release on October 17 to coincide with the release of OpenStack Havana, Saucy Salamander includes the ability to easily deploy OpenStack through a Juju GUI, and to manage an OpenStack cluster in real-time through Canonical’s Landscape management tool.

Much of this is accomplished through the use of JuJu Charm sets.  The ability to install “charms” for, say, Swift and Nova, was already available, but those individual charms still needed to be tied together with additional scripting.  The addition of charm sets, or bundles, eliminates the need for this final step, as evidenced in the OpenStack bundle.  “If OpenStack has had bad press it’s because it has been fairly complex to set up,” Ubuntu Server Product Manager Mark Baker said. “With the public cloud providers we work with, getting the initial deployment up and running can be a bit of a challenge … We’ve made steps to try to improve that.”

Users running Ubuntu 12.04 will be able to get OpenStack Havana through the 12.04 Cloud Archive. Ubuntu 13.10 will be available via download from http://www.ubuntu.com/download starting October 17, 2013. (http://gigaom.com/2013/10/10/canonical-wants-to-make-openstack-less-of-a-pain-to-deploy-with-ubuntu-server-13-10/, http://blog.canonical.com/2013/10/10/ubuntu-13-10-delivers-faster-cloud-setup-and-management-for-scale-out-environments/)

In other Ubuntu news, Kyle MacDonald, VP of cloud for Ubuntu / Canonical talked to Information Week about how many of the largest banks and organizations are moving to OpenStack.  In particular, he talked about the disruption potential of software defined networking.  “With API-level access into the network,” he explained, “[SDN] makes ‘magic bandwidth’ happen on the fly between two entities.”  He suggested that network virtualization will enable the use of less expensive equipment, and level the playing field for companies that don’t want to be held hostage by their networking vendor when it comes to new features. (http://www.informationweek.com/cloud-computing/platform/ubuntu-pushes-open-cloud-platforms/240162380)

Rackspace

Rackspace is leaning more and more towards the development of hybrid clouds these days.  “Look, nobody’s going to be 100 percent private, or 100 percent public. That really leads you to the end state of some sort of a hybrid cloud,” said Rackspace CTO John Engates.  Rackspace is a public cloud provider, but also works with enterprises to architect and deploy whatever cloud is most appropriate for the organization. (http://www.eweek.com/cloud/why-rackspace-is-focusing-on-the-hybrid-cloud-market.html/#sthash.qvZmT6xK.bjpDhfik.dpuf)

Rackspace also sponsored the Grace Hopper celebration of women in computing, where OpenStack recruited new contributors. About 4500 women attended the conference, where 200 participants from dozens of open source projects attempted to gain new members.  The OpenStack session, headed up by Documentation PTL Anne Gentle, gained 10 new contributors. (http://www.openstack.org/blog/2013/10/openstack-at-the-grace-hopper-conference/)

SUSE

Doug Jarvis, Cloud Solutions Marketing Manager at SUSE, sat down with Linux.com to discuss the areas of change SUSE has seen in the past year, and how that informed what went into their Cloud 2.0 offering.  Jarvis said that customer engagements had shown that customers were beginning to have much more specific requirements for their clouds, often going beyond simple Infrastructure-as-a-service, and pointed to the Ceilometer and Heat projects as examples of areas in which the community had responded.  He also specifically cited the need for better and easier deployment and management tools.  Customers, he said, had a need to integrate OpenStack with existing environments, leading to a need for multiple hypervisor support and, in particular, an Amazon AWS-compatible API.  “Our enterprise customers do not deploy a homogenous, open source IT environment and want to continue to get the most out of their previous investments in hardware, software and skills.  Additionally, they want as much choice as possible in determining how to meet their future IT requirements. Therefore, as a good partner, to meet customer needs today and tomorrow we provide as much interoperability as we can,” he said.  “We are not in the business of locking-in our customers to any one approach to computing.”  (http://www.linux.com/news/featured-blogs/200-libby-clark/741707-whats-next-for-suse-cloud-and-openstack)

Red Hat

Red Hat’s latest SEC filings offer some insight into how much the company is spending on OpenStack R&D.

“Research and development expense increased by 23.6% or $14.9 million to $78.3 million for the three months ended August 31, 2013 from $63.4 million for the three months ended August 31, 2012. The increase in research and development costs primarily resulted from the expansion of our engineering group as a result of both direct hires and business combinations as we continue investing in cloud management and our other emerging technologies such as Red Hat Open Stack infrastructure-as-a-service (“IaaS”) and OpenShift platform-as-a-service (“PaaS”) among others.”

Note that the filing offered the opportunity for some good-natured ribbing, as it improperly noted the name of the project as “Open Stack”, leading to some initial impressions that OpenStack wasn’t included in the filing. (http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/memo-red-hat-rht-openstack-not-open-stack)

Koenig Training

Koenig training is offering a 4 day course ($780) and a 7 day course ($1350) on OpenStack Implementation in India. These are the same course, but “regular” and “fast track”.  They offer “1 on 1 attention” for an additional $25-100/day.  They also have “Super Fast Track” for some courses (includes 1 on 1) but not for this class.  (http://www.koenig-solutions.com/cloud-implementation-linux-openstack.aspx)

 RightScale

RightScale announced that the latest release of their cloud management tool now includes support for Neutron networks, subnets, and ports in OpenStack Grizzy, as well as OpenStack availability zones.

 Datadog

Saas monitoring tool vendor Datadog has announced a new tool to provide monitoring and alerting for auto-scaling cloud environments such as OpenStack, AWS, and HP Public Cloud.  The tool requires that installation of an agent to start, though it may be installed on the user’s workstation, and after setup, the system provides APIs and a cloud implementation you can use instead. (http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1515329#ixzz2hKzepPuR)

Community

The quarterly competition report from Qingye Jiang of Eucalyptus is out, and OpenStack is still in the lead among the big 4 open source cloud ecosystems, OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus and OpenNebula.  Jiang uses several factors to compare the strength of these communities, such as participation in mailing lists and number of developers.  OpenStack is the clear winner in terms of code participation and number of people trying out the project, with CloudStack a distant second.  Eucalyptus and OpenNebula are far behind, and don’t look to be in a position to catch up any time soon.  CloudStack appears to be more popular in Europe at the moment (with development more focused on that continent), while OpenStack has the clear advantage in the US and Asia.  For the full report, see http://www.qyjohn.net/?p=3373.

In other news, the PTL elections have been completed (http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/openstack-announce/2013-October/000148.html) and the elections for the 11 open positions on the Technical Committee are now underway and will run through October 17.  All eligible voters should have received their ballot via email.

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