Author Archives: Dan Wendlandt

VMware Integrated OpenStack Sprints Out of the Gate


  • Update on VMware Integrated OpenStack Beta
  • CSC and VMware Partner on New OpenStack IaaS Offering

Just about eight weeks ago, we announced the beta program for our new VMware Integrated OpenStack distribution at VMworld US 2014. VMware Integrated OpenStack pairs developer-friendly OpenStack APIs with VMware’s proven software-defined data center technologies for compute, network, storage and management. The result is enterprise-class infrastructure that provides your cloud application development teams with powerful capabilities (e.g., control over network topology, tiered storage, workload high-availability) while providing those running the cloud infrastructure with the familiar and powerful management tools they need (e.g., troubleshooting, cost visibility, install/upgrade) to run a cost-effective and production-grade cloud.

We received an overwhelming number of requests to participate in the limited VMware Integrated OpenStack beta program, confirming that our product vision is well aligned with where the market is going. We’ve had the privilege of working closely with many of our most forward-thinking customers and partners, incorporating their feedback on how VMware Integrated OpenStack can make it simple to build a production-grade OpenStack cloud on top of their existing vSphere environment.

One beta participant even blew our own high expectations out of the water, completing the installation of a production-ready OpenStack on top of their standard vSphere build-out within 30 minutes. This was thanks to some very fast storage, as a normal install takes around an hour. Still this is impressive. Just to put this in perspective, customers traditionally spend several months and countless consulting dollars attempting to get a greenfield OpenStack implementation deployed, validated, and paired with the right management tools, performance characteristics, security controls for production use. Combining the strong foundation of our customer’s existing vSphere environments with the production-grade OpenStack reference architecture and installer from VMware Integrated OpenStack, we really can change the way an organization looks at rolling out an OpenStack cloud.



CSC and VMware Take OpenStack to Market

Following up on our successful launch of VMware Integrated OpenStack, our CEO Pat Gelsinger announced at VMworld EMEA that CSC has chosen VMware Integrated OpenStack as the foundation of their next-generation Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform. CSC will combine its Agility Platform with VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware’s enterprise-class compute, networking, storage and management solutions. Including VMware vSphere®, VMware NSX™, VMware Virtual SAN™ and VMware vCenter™ Log Insight™.  In building this platform based on a software-defined data center architecture and leveraging OpenStack with VMware technologies, CSC will meet the requirement of its enterprise customers who are looking for proven, highly-available infrastructures on which to develop and run cloud application workloads.

Finally, Team OpenStack @ VMware is gearing up to attend our 10th OpenStack Summit next week in Paris, France.  Whether you’re an old-timer or are going for the first time, I’d encourage you to stop by our booth as well as check out the great sessions we have on using OpenStack with VMware.

See you there!


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