Author Archives: Amr Abdelrazik

About Amr Abdelrazik

Hi, I am Amr Abdelrazik and I am a senior product marketing manager @ VMware, working on SDDC, OpenStack, Cloud-Native Infrastructure (and a bunch of other cool products).

VMware & Rackspace Collaborate on an Interoperable OpenStack Cloud Architecture

This week at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco, VMware and Rackspace announced a new interoperable OpenStack cloud architecture. OK, that’s a big description for something that is actually very simple in concept, and highly valuable to customers who want to quickly get up and running with production-grade OpenStack clouds without a lot of the complexity associated with OpenStack implementations.

The basic premise of this architecture is that the end game for organizations is, and should be, a focus on delivering OpenStack Infrastructure as a Service to their users. If you write your applications and infrastructure automation using standard OpenStack APIs, then the automation should work with any OpenStack cloud regardless of the underlying technologies. This promise of OpenStack has enormous value for customers. If your application and infrastructure automation are portable, then businesses can move across clouds, leverage regional OpenStack clouds to expand business in new geos and/or swap out vendors to meet their business requirements.

With the interoperable OpenStack cloud architecture, customers can start with either VMware Integrated OpenStack or Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack. Customers can build all their infrastructure automation using standard OpenStack APIs on top of these platforms. Our two companies will work to ensure this automation works with the respective OpenStack clouds. This is inline with the direction the OpenStack Foundation is taking to enable multi-cloud environments via identity federation.

We are excited to announce the interoperable OpenStack cloud architecture and look forward to engaging with customers. Here’s what the architecture looks like:

VMW+RAX Interoperable_OpenStack_Architecture

For customers that want to run a heterogeneous infrastructure underneath the OpenStack API layer, we believe the best approach is to take a multi-vendor approach to their OpenStack deployment. In this way, their environments are optimized for the underlying infrastructure, which improves operations and simplifies deployment and management of their OpenStack clouds. We are collaborating with Rackspace on exactly this type of multi-vendor architecture for OpenStack – one that removes lock-in at the infrastructure layer.

Amr

Introducing VMware Integrated OpenStack 2

It is that magical time of the year again, when VMware is honored to host more than 23,000 OpenStack_Logoattendees at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco. The event is an annual destination for organizations looking to learn more about technology, innovation and how they can be more awesome in their job.

We are excited to announce VMware Integrated OpenStack 2 just six months after we released version 1.0 for general availability. Expected to be available before the end of Q3 2015 for download, here’s what’s new in this release:

  • Kilo-based: VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.0 will be based on OpenStack Kilo release, making it current with upstream OpenStack code.
  • Seamless OpenStack Upgrade: VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.0 will introduce an Industry-first seamless upgrade capability between OpenStack releases. Customers will now be able to upgrade from V1.0 (Icehouse) to V2.0 (Kilo), and even roll back if anything goes wrong, in a more operationally efficient manner.
  • Additional Language Support: VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.0 will now available in six more languages: German, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
  • LBaaS: Load Balancing as a service will be available supported through VMware NSX.
  • Ceilometer Support: VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.0 will now support Ceilometer with Mongo DB as the Backend Database
  • App-Level Auto Scaling using Heat: Auto Scaling will enable users to set up metrics that scale up or down application components. This will enable development teams to address unpredictable changes in demand for the app services. Ceilometer will provide the alarms and triggers, Heat will orchestrate the creation (or deletion) of scale out components and LBaaS will provide load balancing for the scale out components.
  • Backup and Restore: VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.0 will include the ability to backup and restore OpenStack services and configuration data.
  • Advanced vSphere Integration: VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.0 will expose vSphere Windows Guest Customization. VMware admins will be able to specify various attributes such as ability to generate new SIDs, assign admin passwords for the VM, manage compute names etc. There will also be added support for more granular placement of VMs by leveraging vSphere features such as affinity and anti-affinity settings.
  • Qcow2 Image Support: VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.0 will support the popular qcow2 Virtual Machine image format.
  • Available through our vCloud Air Network Partners: Customers will be able to use OpenStack on top of VMware through any of the service providers in out vCloud Air Partner Network.

Feel free to join us on many of the sessions at VMworld in SF, and for details about the VMworld sessions, check here.

We also encourage you to check out all of the great information we’ve put together for VMware Integrated OpenStack.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The OpenStack @ VMware Team

Community session Voting for the 2015 OpenStack summit Tokyo is now open

Hey Everyone,

Voting is now Open for OpenStack community sessions at the 2015 Tokyo summit, remember that all sessions will be recorded and can be viewed later so make sure you vote for your favorite sessions even if you are not attending. 

  1. How Amadeus Data Processing is using OpenStack to build global travel applications for millions of users
  2. Questions you need to ask for making the right choices while rolling out OpenStack in production
  3. Unlocking the true promise of OpenStack: Open, Standard APIs on a Multi Hypervisor Platform
  4. Paint Your Cloud Blue & Green: Easy Upgrades That Actually Work (And Save Your -IaaS When Something Goes Wrong)
  5. You Backed That -IaaS Up…Right? Resurrecting Your OpenStack Cloud From Failure
  6. Hyperconverged OpenStack – an “Instant Noodle” approach to OpenStack Private Cloud
  7. Tools, Tips and Tricks for Successfully Operating an OpenStack Private Cloud
  8. Getting the bang for your buck with Software-Defined Storage in OpenStack
  9. Integrating a scalable object storage solution with OpenStack on vSphere
  10. It Takes a Community: Interoperable Networking In OpenStack via DefCore
  11. Things will break! Ensuring that your OpenStack installation is up and running 24/7!
  12. Your Granny Could Operate It
  13. Hands on Lab: Learning all aspects of operating an OpenStack cloud
  14. Under the hood with Nova, Cinder and Neutron using the VMware drivers
  15. OpenStack Networking Introduction Hands on Lab
  16. OpenStack Networking Advanced Hands on Lab
  17. A Deep dive into Customizing Glance Tasks
  18. Leveraging vSphere Virtual Distributed Switches and NSX vSphere for Neutron
  19. Attaining Compliance with Micro-Segmentation using Neutron Security Groups and the NSX Distributed Firewall
  20. Infrastructure Updates with OpenStack on vSphere
  21. OpenStack for VMware Admins
  22. Advanced Neutron Networking with VMware NSX
  23. Neutron Networking for Containers with VMware NSX
  24. Why is Interop hard? Are we failing at closing Pandora’s Cloud?
  25. Topology Awareness in OpenStack
  26. Suits and Cloudy DevOps Neckbeards, Together At Last: Bridging Traditional Enterprise IT and DevOps for OpenStack
  27. OVN Networking Hands on Lab
  28. OpenStack Docs Done Right – Tips and tricks for contributing
  29. The Stack and Beyond: Analysis Paralysis
  30. Enabling Persistence for Docker with OpenStack Cinder and Flocker
  31. Up Your Availability Game With Cinder Data Services!
  32. Contributing as an OpenStack User
  33. Let’s talk Roadmaps – OpenStack Style
  34. Enabling My Company To Be OpenStack Powered! – A Skit with a Business Perspective
  35. OpenStack support for Federated (Local & Distributed) High Availability and Data mobility for Multiple Datacenter in Enterprise
  36. How to Protect your Data in the Cloud
  37. A Conversation with Cinder Developers
  38. Getting Involved with Cinder Development
  39. OpenStack Managed Cloud Foundry Service Marketplace
  40. Fluid Containers Movement in OpenStack: Docker + VM
  41. Converged Share Filesystem Storage for Magnum
  42. Crossing the Event Horizon – How to Build Upon Your OpenStack Dashboard
  43. OpenStack with NSX Advanced Deep Dive
  44. Avengers Assemble!  Building the Ultimate OpenStack Operations Team
  45. Something Broke, What Now? Managing and Troubleshooting OpenStack Environments
  46. OpenStack and SDN: An Adventure in Customer Use-Cases
  47. Interactive-tempest (itempest) – Exploring Openstack resources interactively
  48. OpenStack Networking Operator Hands On Lab
  49. OpenStack Networking Users Hands On Lab
  50. Under the hood with Nova, Cinder and Neutron using the VMware drivers
  51. Things will break! Ensuring that your OpenStack installation is up and running 24/7!
  52. Topology awareness in OpenStack
  53. How to write a Neutron plugin, if you really need to (Neutron stadium edition)
  54. OVN: Feature Complete and Ready to Test
  55. Evolution of Neutron plugin architecture
  56. Maximum Scale; Minimum Time: An Intro to VMware Integrated OpenStack and SolidFire

Domo Arigato (Thanks) and See you later

どうもありがとう, それではあとでね

Amr

Video Replay of VMware Sessions at OpenStack Vancouver Summit

Hi,

The VMware team just returned from a great OpenStack summit last week in Vancouver. We had a lot of fun interacting with customers, partners and contributors. We are also seeing very strong interest from customers who wanted OpenStack on top of VMware. You can also also check out what Nike and Adobe said about their journey with VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and how more and more customers think that VMware Integrated OpenStack is the fastest way to get to production OpenStack on top of VMware.

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VMware Booth at OpenStack Summit

If you didn’t have a chance to go to the summit this year or wanted to revisit some of the VMware Sessions, please see the links below:

Have a great day,
Amr

VMware @ OpenStack Summit Vancouver

OpenStack Summit Logo2015 is turning out to be incredible year for VMware and OpenStack. We released VMware Integrated OpenStack 1.0 in March 2015 and it has received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response across our customer base. Building on the momentum, VMware team is looking forward to the upcoming Vancouver OpenStack Design Summit, May 18-22. We have an exciting line up of sessions presenting great customer success stories, exciting product features and vibrant ecosystem around VMware and OpenStack.

Here are some of the sessions to add to your schedule, with the full list available here:

Monday, May 18

Tuesday, May 19

Wednesday, May 20

Thursday, May 21

See you at the summit.

The VIO Team

VMware Integrated OpenStack : First Look

Hello everyone,

We are very happy to announce the general availability of VMware Integrated OpenStack 1.0. Our engineering team worked very hard to deliver a beautiful OpenStack experience and we are very happy that we are finally able to share it with our customers and partner. Customers and partners with myvmware accounts can download it from here.

As of today, We are also starting a serious of blog posts with more technical details about the product, and we are kicking it off today with a guest blog post from our dear friend Juan Manuel Rey:

A first look into VMware Integrated #OpenStack 

VMware Integrated OpenStack,  beta announced during last year VMworld in San Francisco and has officially released last February by VMware, is now finally GA.

For me this is a very special release because I have been one of the lucky internal adopters and beta testers of VIO. I have spent many hours working with several VIO builds and trying to help our incredible engineering team. This is in my opinion a really solid and well designed product and will be a game changer in the OpenStack world. Honestly I cannot be more excited.

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VMware Integrated OpenStack is basically a VMware supported OpenStack distribution prepared to run on top of an existing VMware infrastructure. VMware Integrated OpenStack will empower any VMware Administrator to easily deliver and operate an Enterprise production grade OpenStack cloud on VMware components. This means that you will be able at to take advantage of all VMware vSphere great features like HA, DRS or VSAN for your OpenStack cloud and also extend and integrate it with other VMware management components like vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight.

VMware Integrated OpenStack components

VIO is made by two main building blocks, first the VIO Manager and second OpenStack components. It is packaged as an OVA file that contains the Manager server and an Ubuntu Linux virtual machine to be used as the template for the different OpenStack components.

The OpenStack services in VMware Integrated OpenStack are deployed as a distributed highly available solution formed by the following components:

  • OpenStack controllers. Two virtual machines running Horizon Dashboard, Nova (API, scheduler and VNC) services, Keystone, Heat, Glance, and Cinder services in an active-active cluster.
  • Memcached cluster.
  • RabbitMQ cluster, for messaging services used by all OpenStack services.
  • Load Balancer virtual machines, an active-active cluster managing the internal and public virtual IP addresses.
  • Nova Compute machine, running the n-cpu service.
  • Database cluster. A three node MariaDB Galera cluster that stores the OpenStack metadata.
  • Object Storage machine, running Swift services.
  • DHCP nodes. These nodes are only required if NSX is not selected as provider for Neutron.

Installation requirements

To be able to successfully deploy VMware Integrated OpenStack you will need at least the following:

  • One management cluster with two to three hosts, depending on the hardware resources of the hosts.
  • One Edge cluster. As with any NSX for vSphere deployment it is recommended to deploy a separate cluster to run all Edge gateway instances.
  • One compute cluster to be used by Nova to run instances. One ESXi host will be enough but again that will depend on how much resources are available and what kind of workloads you want to run.
  • Management network with at least 15 static IP addresses available.
  • External network with a minimum of two IP addresses available. This is the network where Horizon portal will be exposed and that will be used by the tenants to access OpenStack APIs and services.
  • Data network, only needed if NSX is going to be used. The different tenant logical network will be created on top of this, the management network can be used but it is recommended to have a separate network.
  • NSX for vSphere. It has to be setup prior to VIO deployment if NSX plugin is going to be used with Neutron.
  • Distributed Port Group. In case of choosing DVS-based networking a vSphere port-group tagged with VLAN 4095 must be setup. This port group will be used as the data network.

The hardware requirements are around 56 vCPU, 192GB of memory and 605GB of storage. To that you have to add NSX for vSphere required resources like the NSX Manager, the three NSX Controllers and the NSX Edge pool, if NSX is going to be used.

Anyway in a future post I will review in detail all the pre-requisites and their setup process for VMware Integrated OpenStack, and the integration between NSX-v and Neutron.

VMware Integrated OpenStack Installation

Now that we have seen a bit of VMware Integrated OpenStack I am going to show how to perform an installation.

Deploying VMware Integrated OpenStack Manager

The first step is to deploy VIO OVA on our management cluster. From vSphere Web Client launch the Deploy OVF Template wizard and enter the URL to the VIO OVA file.

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Accept the EULA and proceed to configure the template. First as with any OVA template enter the name and the folder,

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Select the datastore and the storage format.

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Select the network for VIO Manager.

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Now we will customize the template, this includes entering the VIO Manager server networking settings, NTP, SSO lookup service URL and Syslog server.

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Go through the next two screens, click finish and start the deployment. Once it is finished you will have a new vApp with the two virtual machines. Our next step is to register the management server with vCenter, power on the OMS vApp and when the management server is fully started logout of vSphere Web Client. Log in back to vSphere Web Client, you will notice a new icon in the Home page.

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Access the VIO plugin interface and in the Summary you should see that VIO Manager has automatically registered itself with vCenter.

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From this screen you can also change the VIO Manager server in case you need to re-deploy a new one. To do so select the management server in the pop-up and click OK.

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Accept the SSL certificate to finish the procedure.

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VIO Manager Server will now be displayed as connected in the Summary tab.

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Deploying OpenStack

With VIO Manager running and connected to our vCenter it is time now to deploy OpenStack. Proceed to the Getting Started tab and click Deploy OpenStack.

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A new wizard will be launched. In the first screen we must select the deployment type. VIO allows deploying a new OpenStack installation or deploying from a previously saved template file.

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Provide the vCenter administrative credentials.

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Select the management cluster where we are going to deploy VIO.

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Next you need to configure the Management and External networks. Select the appropriate vSphere port-groups for each network and fill in the network ranges, gateway, netmask and DNS server fields.

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Enter the values for the load balancer configuration:

  • Public Virtual IP address
  • Public Hostname, this hostname must resolve to the Public IP address.

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Add a cluster to be used for Nova.

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Add the datastores to be used by Nova to store the different instances. If you have a VSAN datastore keep in mind that to be able to use it with Nova the images stored in Glance have to be streamOptimzed.

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Select the datastore to be used by Glance image service.

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Configure Neutron networking. For Neutron there are two different options:

  • DVS-based networking
  • NSX networking

For DVS simply select the Virtual Distributed Switch where you created the port-group for the data network with the VLAN 4095 configured.

For NSX deployment you must enter:

  • NSX Manager IP address.
  • NSX Manager administrative username.
  • NSX Manager administrative user password.
  • VDN Scope. Basically the Transport Zone in NSX-v to be used as transport layer for data traffic.
  • Edge Cluster. A vSphere cluster to deploy the NSX Edge instances.
  • Virtual Distributed Switch for NSX networking.
  • External Network. This a port group to be used as external network by instances in OpenStack via a virtual router. This port group should be accessible from compute, management and edge clusters.

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During the Neutron configuration the wizard will connect to the NSX Manager with the provided credentials and will ask to accept the SSL certificate.

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In the next screen the wizard will ask for the OpenStack admin user, password and project. Also you can select the Keystone type option:

  • Database
  • Active Directory as LDAP Server.

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Finally set the syslog server, it is not mandatory to set this value but it is highly recommended.

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Review the configuration and click Finish.

The deployment will take some time, depending on your storage backend. In my testing lab took around one hour, but it is a nested environment running on NFS so you can expect much better times deploying in a real world setup. When it is finished you can review the different components of VIO with vSphere Web Client in VMs and Templates, there would be a new folder structure containing all VIO virtual machines.

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 Validate your VIO installation

In your favorite browser open an HTTPS session against the public hostname or virtual IP address configured during VIO installation. The Horizon portal login page will display.

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Enter the admin credentials and OpenStack admin Overview page will show up. The access the Hypervisors area and check that the selected cluster for Nova appears there.

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At this point VIO is setup and you can start to work in Horizon or using the CLI as with any other OpenStack distribution.

Have fun and happy stacking!

Juanma.

“Juan Manuel Rey is a Senior Consultant in the Professional Services Organization and a CTO Ambassador at VMware. He specializes in NSX and cloud architectures. Juan Manuel is highly experienced Unix and VMware professional and an OpenStack advocate internally and externally to VMware. In his spare time he is a Python developer, tries to contribute in some form to the broad OpenStack and VMware communities and blogs about Unix, NSX, OpenStack and VMware technical subjects.”

Session Voting is open for OpenStack Vancouver Summit

Hi Everyone,

As you may know, OpenStack summit selects its sessions using a community based voting system, we would love your help by voting for these awesome sessions.

  1. OpenStack + VMware: Enabling the evolution of enterprise applications at Adobe
  2. 404 Error: UnicornStack not found
  3. Practical Lessons from real world Multi-Hypervisor deployments
  4. User Panel: Neutron Considerations in Production environments
  5. Choices of deploying OpenStack on VMware
  6. OpenStack for VMware Administrator
  7. Supporting Virtualized telco functions with OpenStack
  8. DevOps for OpenStack In Production (or: ‘How I Learned to Quit Worrying and Love CI/CD’)
  9. Guided Lab for Learning All Aspects of OpenStack
  10. Leveraging vSphere Virtual Distributed Switches and NSX vSphere for Neutron
  11. OpenStack Networking Introduction Hands on Lab
  12. OpenStack Networking Advanced Hands on Lab
  13. Congress Hands on Lab
  14. Neutron – Past, Present & Future of Cloud Networking
  15. Advanced Networking Deep dive with VIO
  16. Diving Deeper into Nova and VMware ESXi
  17. Maximum Scale; Minimum Time
  18. Transitioning from vCloud Director to OpenStack

Also for a complete list of sessions submitted by VMware employees and Partners, please check Here

Happy voting,

Amr

VMware Integrated OpenStack Arrives

I know you might have been wondering where were we have been the last few months since we last shared with you some of the positive feedback from our VMware Integrated OpenStack beta program participants. Truth is, we have been very busy working behind the scenes on some very exciting announcements. We are very happy that we can now share them with you.

Today, our CEO Pat Gelsinger, and CTO Ben Fathi, announced the launch of VMware Integrated OpenStack to thousands of customers, partners and influencers around the globe.  After a very successful Beta program that included more than a thousand applications, as well as tremendous positive feedback from partners, analysts, vExperts and other influencers, we will be delivering our first-ever OpenStack distribution. VMware Integrated OpenStack will be available for use, free of charge, with VMware vSphere® Enterprise Plus, vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus and all editions of vCloud Suite.

As I wrote before, our customers have been asking us to help them deliver powerful OpenStack APIs to their developers. Our goal with VMware Integrated OpenStack has been to make our customers successful with OpenStack. We wanted 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. We focused our effort on simplicity and ease of use, or as we love to say it, you don’t need an OpenStack PhD with VMware Integrated OpenStack.

We believe that VMware Integrated OpenStack the fastest and easiest way to have production-grade OpenStack environments, and here’s a couple of points on why we believe so.

Streamlined Deployment and Upgrade

  • vSphere Web Client Based Deployment: VMware Integrated OpenStack is a downloaded virtual appliance that is deployed using the vSphere Web Client. The vSphere Web Client then deploys all the VMs and components needed to create a highly available, production grade OpenStack infrastructure in a few simple steps.
  • Automated Rolling Changes for OpenStack Deployment: Whether you are applying a security patch to the guest OS or fixing issues in OpenStack services, VMware Integrated OpenStack provides an easy, reliable and automated mechanism apply changes for OpenStack Services without extensive down time.
  • Power of the Ecosystem: VMware Integrated OpenStack can be deployed on any vSphere supported hardware. VMware Integrated OpenStack leverages any storage solutions supported by vSphere through vSphere datastores to implement Cinder and Glance, the OpenStack block and image storage services.

Optimized for the Software Defined Data Center

  • VMware vSphere®: VMware Integrated OpenStack leverages enterprise grade VMware vSphere features such as Dynamic Resource Scheduling (DRS) and Storage DRS through Nova, the OpenStack compute service, to achieve optimal virtual machine density. Features such as High Availability and vMotion are used to protect tenant workloads against failures.
  • VMware NSX™: VMware NSX provides a highly scalable network virtualization platform with rich features such as private networks, floating IPs, logical routing and security groups that can be consumed through Neutron the OpenStack networking service. This is a mandatory requirement for creating true three tier applications in development environments.
  • VMware Virtual SAN™: Virtual SAN uses server disks and flash to create radically simple, high performance, resilient shared storage for your virtual machines using x86 serves. The scale-out architecture drastically lowers your overall storage TCO while enabling administrators to specify storage attributes such as capacity, performance, and availability in the form of simple policies on a per-VM basis. Virtual SAN features are provided through Cinder and Glance, the OpenStack block and image storage services.

Integrated Operation and Management

  • Simplified Configuration and Operation: Pre-defined workflows automate common OpenStack operations such as adding/removing capacity, configuration changes, patching and upgrading.
  • Integrated Monitoring and Troubleshooting Tools: Out-of-the-box vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight integrations can provide faster and easier monitoring and troubleshooting of your OpenStack infrastructure.
  • Cost Visibility, Benchmarking and Financial management: Out of the Box integration with vRealize Business provides per OpenStack tenant/project visibility on capacity, cost and efficiency. vRealize Business also allows IT to accurately model the cost of services. IT can then benchmark the costs relative to peers in the same industry or public cloud offerings.

Free to use with vSphere Enterprise Plus

  • We are very excited to announce that VMware Integrated OpenStack will be available for free for all new and existing vSphere Enterprise Plus customers, including vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus and vCloud Suite. Production support for VMware Integrated OpenStack, which also includes supporting the open source code, is optional and can be purchased separately at $200/CPU (minimum 50 CPU).

What Early Users Are Saying

“The pace of adoption of our cloud is increasing at a substantial rate, and we needed to move to a self-service IT model. VMware Integrated OpenStack will enable us to deliver open API access to our VMware Infrastructure so users can quickly consume the resources they require, on-demand. VMware is providing us with a unified platform of virtualized compute, networking and storage. We can leverage an open cloud framework with VMware Integrated OpenStack, and combine it with vSphere for enterprise-class reliability and availability, and VMware NSX for secure micro-segmentation of our multi-tenant environment.” – Frans Van Rooyen, compute platform architect, Adobe 

“We want the ability for our developers to write applications once and deploy them anywhere, regardless of the underlying infrastructure, which is why the openness of the OpenStack framework is appealing. But to roll our own OpenStack cloud from the infrastructure up would be complicated and time consuming. With VMware Integrated OpenStack, that process literally takes the click of a mouse, which is really impressive. We like the idea of being able to combine our VMware expertise with a rich layer of open APIs to serve our developers.” – Chris Nakagaki, Technical Lead Engineer at Cox Automotive

“Most of our infrastructure is running on VMware, and we wanted to build a test and development environment that supported self-service for developers. We participated in the VMware Integrated OpenStack beta program and had a great experience. During our evaluation, we were able to set up a complete OpenStack environment on our production VMware clusters in less than 30 minutes. We have received great service and support from VMware, so we also like the fact that our OpenStack deployment will be supported by VMware directly.” – Hendrik Nehnes, Group Director IT Operations, Zanox AG

As we have gone through the Beta process, we have consistently heard from customers that they are interested in OpenStack, but not really interested in moving away from VMware as their core infrastructure. If VMware can deliver on the promise of the VMware Integrated OpenStack, it could truly be the best of both worlds for them. We have no doubt we’re up to the task.

Amr

VMware @ OpenStack Summit Paris

One of the most exciting things for our team coming up next week is the opportunity to share the results of our VMware Integrated OpenStack Beta program at the OpenStack Summit in Paris, November 3-7.

More to come on the Beta program a little later (that’s our cliff hanger), In the mean time, we’ve  created an easy to navigate online calendar of all of VMware’s sessions here.

Monday, November 3

Tuesday, November 4

Wednesday, November 5

See you at the show.

Amr

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