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Monthly Archives: August 2014

VMware Infrastructure: The Best Foundation for OpenStack Clouds

This week at VMworld® 2014, we announced VMware Integrated OpenStack, a solution that simplifies the deployment and operation of an OpenStack cloud, enabling IT organizations to quickly and cost-effectively provide developers with open, cloud-style APIs to access VMware infrastructure. The VMware Integrated OpenStack distribution leverages VMware’s proven software-defined data center technologies for compute, network, storage and management to build a powerful OpenStack cloud that your IT team can efficiently manage.

VMware Integrated OpenStack is designed for enterprise customers that want to provide their developers an experience similar to public clouds by providing cloud-style APIs on top of their private VMware infrastructure. Our customers are asking us about OpenStack, and our goal is to make our customers successful with OpenStack. We want to help them leverage their existing VMware investments and expertise to confidently deliver production-grade OpenStack, backed by a unified support from VMware. With VMware Integrated OpenStack we deliver a solution that maximizes a customer’s chances for success.

Choice and Simplicity for Enterprise OpenStack Adoption

With this announcement, there are now three ways that customers can implement an OpenStack cloud powered by VMware.

To start, any customer can go to the open source repositories and download the code to build an OpenStack deployment with VMware technologies. These are the true do-it-yourself shops. But with a few exceptions, most customers want commercial support for OpenStack. As a result, VMware has been working with distro vendors across the OpenStack ecosystem to make sure VMware vSphere® and VMware NSX™ are compatible with those distros. We have previously announced partnerships with Canonical and Mirantis, and this week at VMworld we announced a new partnership with HP. These partnerships are a great fit for customers who want a loosely-integrated model for how they build clouds, in which a customer buys a cloud layer like OpenStack from one vendor, and slots in compute, network, storage, and management components that are from other vendors or perhaps are built in-house. This model is prevalent among OpenStack early-adopters.

Over time, as we talked to a wider set of VMware customers, we found that many of them place the most value on simplicity, with a goal of providing development teams with OpenStack APIs and tools in the most straightforward manner possible. They want to get to a production environment quickly, and they want to minimize the need to add new headcount with specialty expertise.

These are the customers for which VMware Integrated OpenStack (Beta) is intended. Customers who are already using and familiar with vSphere and NSX can build on that expertise, providing the fastest and most reliable path to get to a production OpenStack environment.

OpenStack Runs Best on VMware

VMware’s strategy of embracing open frameworks rests on a single, simple premise that the innovation VMware delivers across compute, network, storage, and management provides differentiated value to our customers. Despite a lot of hype around “free” clouds, those who design and run large-scale, production-grade IT environments knows that the quality and capability of the virtual infrastructure have a direct relationship to:

  • The performance, reliability, and application-visible features (e.g., load-balancing) seen by application developers;
  • The work required to get the environment up and running at production-grade, including meeting SLA and security/compliance requirements and driving quickly resolving end-user issues;
  • The total-cost-of-ownership (CAPEX, OPEX) of the solution.

This is why VMware believe it can help customers build the most powerful OpenStack clouds. VMware stands out in the industry as the company that provides the most advanced virtualization technologies for building an OpenStack cloud. VMware vSphere is the most powerful and widely adopted compute virtualization platform in the world, our VMware NSX solution is widely seen as the most advanced network virtualization solution for OpenStack, and VMware offers both the most advanced ecosystem of storage partners as well as new hyper-converged storage options such as Virtual SAN, which leverage disks and flash directly in the hypervisor. Furthermore, VMware’s portfolio of cloud management tools like vCenter Operations Manager, Log Insight, IT Business Management, fill key gaps ranging from troubleshooting, to log analysis, to cost-visibility and more. The end result is a complete stack of enterprise-grade components, all helping your run the best possible OpenStack cloud.

You can learn more about our new VMware Integrated OpenStack (Beta) and request access to the beta here. We’ll only be accepting a small number of customers to start, but if you are interested in having VMware work with you to quickly deliver an enterprise-grade OpenStack cloud, we’d love to hear from you.

Amr

VMware and OpenStack – Dawning Of A New Day

Yesterday was an exciting day for Team OpenStack at VMware. Our CEO Pat Gelsinger used the VMworld opening keynote to make two exciting announcements that surely caught the attention of developers, IT and the technology community at large. First, he announced VMware Integrated OpenStack, our new distribution of the open source OpenStack code. Then, Pat announced a new collaboration with Google, Docker and Pivotal highlighting our commitment to making sure container-based solutions run great on VMware infrastructure.

OpenStack distributions? Open source software partnerships? This doesn’t seem to fit the oversimplified story you often hear in the media about “open source vs. VMware.”

In reality, the story is more nuanced, and in fact, over the past few years, VMware has developed a track record of embracing open software frameworks where they provide clear value to our customers. To understand the bigger picture, we first need to talk about the key role open frameworks are playing in the new era of software development.

Enabling Developer Agility Through Open Frameworks

Developers of next-generation applications have embraced a fully automated model of accessing data center infrastructure via APIs. When building these new apps, they use APIs to provision their apps, APIs to scale those apps up and down, and APIs to release the resources when they are done. Ultimately, this is about enabling agility: allowing them to build and modify their applications more quickly, thereby moving their business forward faster.

To simplify their lives, developers of modern apps don’t want to deal with the data center infrastructure directly. Rather, they want to leverage a framework that layers on top of that infrastructure, and gives them a more abstract model against which they build their application. These frameworks are often open standards or based on open source, because open frameworks have an easier time establishing mindshare and creating an ecosystem of associated tools, libraries, etc. and because open frameworks carry the potential to offer significantly improved workload portability across varied types of infrastructure.

Open frameworks come in all shapes and sizes, including Java frameworks (e.g., Spring) to data analytics (e.g. Hadoop), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (e.g., OpenStack), Platform-as-a-Service (e.g. Cloud Foundry) and containers (e.g. Docker). VMware has helped lead the creation of several of these frameworks while others are examples of where we recognized good work started elsewhere and moved to add support within our solutions. Either way, if our customers see strong potential in a framework, we have taken steps to enable them through products such as the vFabric Suite (Spring), vSphere Big Data Extensions (Hadoop), Pivotal CF (Cloud Foundry), and now VMware Integrated OpenStack.

VMware’s OpenStack Involvement

Part of enabling any open framework for customers is having skin in the game. VMware is investing its own development resources to help build the OpenStack framework. VMware has been a gold member of the OpenStack foundation since 2012, we are one of the largest companies contributing to OpenStack, adding code to integrate our technologies such as VMware vSphere and VMware NSX™ and enhance the project as a whole. In fact, in the latest release of OpenStack (Icehouse), VMware was the #4 contributor to the official set of “integrated” OpenStack projects, which are the core OpenStack projects like Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Glance, Keystone, Horizon, Swift, etc. that most people recognize. While such numbers only tell part of the story, it’s an indicator that VMware is investing considerably in OpenStack integration, and that data is available for all to see here.

VMware is committed to making sure that the best way to run OpenStack is on VMware. Whether a customer wants to consume VMware technologies as components along with the open source code or a partner OpenStack distribution, or chooses to use VMware Integrated OpenStack, they will achieve a new level of agility for developers by offering them powerful, vendor-neutral OpenStack APIs on top of VMware’s enterprise-class infrastructure.

Dan Wendlandt
Director of OpenStack Product Management

Our New Blog: VMware, OpenStack and the Software-Defined Data Center

By: Amr Abdelrazik

Developers of next-generation applications have embraced a fully automated model of accessing cloud infrastructure via APIs. They use APIs to provision their apps, APIs to scale those apps up and down, and APIs to release the resources when they are done.

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OpenStack is an open source framework that layers on top of virtual and physical infrastructure to provide a set of open, vendor neutral set of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) APIs and related set of tools + services to facilitate this developer-centric access. OpenStack allows IT to deliver this public-cloud like API experience to their developers on their private cloud, without necessarily giving up control of their infrastructure to the public could.

Nobody can disagree that OpenStack does have a tidal wave of marketing momentum behind it. And for the past several years, VMware has been continuously contributing to the community, all while listening to and engaging with customers about how and why OpenStack is something they felt they needed. The answers are as varied as the technologies from which you can choose to build an OpenStack cloud.

But with all its benefits, if an OpenStack cloud is not built on top of reliable, secure, and high-performance virtual infrastructure, running it as production-grade cloud can be quite challenging. This often requires building a large team of developers and administrators with deep experience in OpenStack, Linux, and Python programming, or paying hefty sums to bring in outside consultants with that expertise. Likewise, in the absence of the right management tools, operating an OpenStack cloud can be highly labor intensive, and require an investment in custom-built tools. Both factors have limited the ability of enterprises to adopt OpenStack.

We believe VMware’s software-defined data center technologies can help accelerate OpenStack in the enterprise. VMware is committed to making it easy for IT to deploy OpenStack on VMware’s enterprise-grade compute, network, and storage technologies, and enabling customers to leverage our management tools to deliver key capabilities in areas such as troubleshooting, log management, capacity planning and billback/chargeback. The end result will be OpenStack infrastructures that give developers the tools they want, and give IT the reliable and easily managed data center infrastructure they need.

So now that you know what we’ve done so far, where are we going from here? That’s what this blog will be about. We will, of course, use this blog to communicate information about future products and plans, but we are also looking to engage with our customers and ecosystem about the developments, trends and adoption of OpenStack as a whole. We will offer you a forward-thinking vision – from inside and outside of VMware – coupled with tangible and actionable information about how to build enterprise-grade OpenStack with the help of VMware’s technologies.

To get the ball rolling, if you happen to be one of the 23,000 folks VMware is lucky enough to be hosting at VMworld 2014 next week in San Francisco, here are a couple of OpenStack sessions that you don’t want to miss:

VMworld 2014

Spotlight Session

SDDC1580-S

What You Need to Know About OpenStack + VMware

Monday, Aug. 25

11:30 a.m.

Break-Out Sessions with Deep-dive OpenStack Content:

STO1491

From Clouds to Bits: Exploring the Software Defined Storage Lifecycle

Monday, Aug. 25

2:30 p.m.

SDDC2370

Why OpenStack Runs Best with the vCloud Suite

Tuesday, Aug. 26

2:30 p.m.

NET1592

Under the Hood: Network Virtualization with OpenStack Neutron and VMware NSX

Wednesday, Aug. 27

9:30 a.m.

SDDC2198

VMware OpenStack End-to-End Demo

Wednesday, Aug. 27

2:00 p.m.

Hands-on-Lab (Available also online 24/7):

SPL-SDC-1420

OpenStack with VMware vSphere and NSX

Hands-on-Lab (Available also online)

All day in the Hands-on-Labs area

We will also have an OpenStack booth within the VMware section on the expo floor, so please do drop by and say hello!