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Upgrade Issues? Not with VIO!

An OpenStack cloud upgrade can be a challenging task for administrators as they manage numerous considerations:

  • How do I upgrade each service’s components while mitigating user impact?
  • Can I skip one or more OpenStack releases during my upgrade, or must I upgrade to every single release between my current implementation and the latest community release?
  • Which control plane services are implemented in the OpenStack deployment and need to be upgraded?
  • How does each OpenStack service’s high availability configuration alter my upgrade process?
  • What is my change control window and will any required service outages remain within required service level agreements (SLA)?

At each OpenStack Summit, there are multiple sessions that discuss these topics, and the Austin Summit was no exception with VMware participating in an upgrade experts’ panel. Continue reading

OpenStack 2.5: VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.5 is GA – What’s New?

We are very excited about this newest release of VMware Integrated OpenStack, OpenStack 2.5. This release continues to advance VIO as the easiest and fastest route to build an OpenStack cloud on top of vSphere, NSX and Virtual SAN So, what’s in this release? Continue reading to learn more about the latest features in VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.5, which is available for download now.

  1. Seamlessly Leverage Existing VM Templates
  2. Smaller Management Footprint
  3. Support for vSphere Standard Edition with NSX
  4. Troubleshooting & Monitoring Out of the Box
  5. Neutron Layer 2 Gateway Support
  6. Optimized for NFV

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OpenStack Cloud Design on VMware

OpenStack private clouds are still a new concept for some VMware Administrators. Periodically, our team gets questions regarding why VMware is participating in the OpenStack Foundation or how mature the cloud framework really is.

Steve Tegeler is the DIrector of NSBU Systems Engineers with responsibility for OpenStack customers. He recently presented on these very topics to help VMware users understand the value of OpenStack as well as understand how success can be achieved with OpenStack deployments on VMware infrastructure.

You can see the recordings of his talks in the videos that follow.

Why OpenStack Cloud?

 

VMware Integrated OpenStack Architecture and Stability

 

Want to learn more about VMware Integrated OpenStack? Check out the VMware Integrated OpenStack product page and our free Hands-On Lab!

Vote for OpenStack Sessions for VMworld 2016

Vote for OpenStack VMworld Sessions!On May 3, 2016, the VMworld team opened up the vote system for the 2016 Call for Papers submissions. This is your chance to let the team know which sessions you would like to see at the US and Europe shows.

The VMware Integrated OpenStack Team has many exciting updates that we would like to present to you including which OpenStack release will next be incorporated into our distribution. All of our session submissions can be found by clicking here. Remember that voting closes on Tuesday, May 24 at 11:59PM PDT.

You can look forward to hearing from Product Managers, System Engineers, Professional Services Engineers, and, most importantly, customers to learn how VMware Integrated OpenStack can help your private cloud initiatives succeed.

Thank you for your votes, and we look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas and in Barcelona!

OpenStack Summit Austin 2016 Session Videos

The VMware Integrated OpenStack team enjoyed their time in Austin speaking with customers, partners, contributors, and analysts at the Summit. It was great to be in the city that started it all to experience the momentum with which the community continues to drive the project forward!

If you were not able to attend, the talks are live on the Foundation’s YouTube channel. The list below comprises the sessions that our team members and customers spoke at.

Want to learn more about VMware Integrated OpenStack? Check out the VMware Product Walkthrough and the VMware Integrated OpenStack product page.

 

 

No Dynamic Routing in OpenStack? No Problem!

Today’s blog post discusses how VMware NSX can enable dynamic routing for VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) deployments. This article was written by Marcos Hernandez, one of the OpenStack specialists in VMware’s Networking & Security Business Unit (NSBU).

One of the main concerns that we hear from customers when explaining the native capabilities of OpenStack Neutron is its lack of dynamic routing support. This is especially serious when we consider that many Enterprises implementing OpenStack are not delegating IP subnetting to their tenants, but instead prefer to remain in control of the IP allocation, mainly due to the fact that their applications will often sit on routable IP address space. This is one of the assertions that both Wells Fargo and VMware will be presenting at the OpenStack Summit in Austin. There is also a comprehensive superuser article on the topic: Provider Networks vs Tenant Networks.

We can typically get away with just using static routing, but if a customer really wanted to use dynamic routing, Neutron does not currently offer native capabilities to do so. Continue reading

Webinar: OpenStack and VMware Are Better Together

This week’s webinar covered how VMware Integrated OpenStack can help our customers succeed with their OpenStack deployments. Pete Cruz, the VMware Integrated OpenStack Product Marketing Manager, and I covered important information about OpenStack and VMware interoperability, and you can catch the replay here: OpenStack vs. VMware: A False Choice. Its VMware AND OpenStack.

OpenStack and VMware Benefits from webinar

 

We discussed how IT organizations, who are interested in OpenStack, can benefit from leveraging the VMware infrastructure technologies they already have in-house. This can help customers get their OpenStack clouds up-and-running quicker than if they were starting from scratch with different infrastructure components. Common administrative tasks such as capacity expansion, software updates, and OpenStack upgrades can also be simplified.

Learn more about VMware Integrated OpenStack on our product page. Sign-up for our newsletter to receive information about the next major version of the product when it releases. Last, if you have questions about the product, you can interact with our Engineers and with our other customers on VMware’s OpenStack community page.

OpenStack Summit Austin – Customer Session Preview – HedgeServ

HedgeServ is a customer of VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO). They will be speaking at one of our OpenStack Summit sessions on Monday, April 25 at 5:30PM (click here for session details). The following customer testimonial provides a preview of the content they will be presenting at the Summit.

HedgeServ is a service-driven global fund administrator that offers a broad portfolio of SaaS products and services to the alternative investment industry. HedgeServ sets the industry benchmark for client satisfaction by focusing on service and a continuous investment in technology.  Our culture is underpinned by the most experienced client service teams in the industry and an unmatched track record of delivering accurate information to managers and investors.  We support all alternative investment strategies and fund structures from a single, real-time technology platform.

OpenStack provides us a unique platform to both increase our agility and present a scalable, unified, API-driven software defined datacenter.  This allows us to scale uniformly in both the private, and, where applicable, public clouds.  Developing a true hybrid cloud infrastructure that allows for more continuous delivery.  OpenStack is tricky and problems abound with its implementation, more so if you need to design it for VM reliability and stability.

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VMware @ OpenStack Summit Austin 2016

OpenStack Summit Austin Logo

The OpenStack Summit is returning to the city where it began: Austin! The VMware Integrated OpenStack team will be on hand to share customer testimonials as well as information about the work we’ve done in our distribution and drivers since the Tokyo Summit.

We look forward to seeing you in Austin at the VMware booth!

Here is a list of the summit sessions where you can hear more from our customers and team members:

Monday, April 25

Tuesday, April 26

Thursday, April 28

See you at the Summit!