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OpenStack Summit 2016 Re-Cap – An Introduction to OpenStack for VMware Administrators

So, you’re a VMware administrator providing IT resources to developers who want API-driven access to your compute, network, and storage infrastructure. If that’s the case, you should definitely check out the VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) product homepage, the VIO Hands-on Lab, or go ahead and download and install VIO yourself.

But you might first want to view VMware Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Trevor Roberts Jr.’s talk at the 2016 OpenStack Summit.

 

In “OpenStack for VMware Administrators,” Roberts offers a valuable overview of what makes VMware technologies ideal for running OpenStack workloads and explains how VIO supplies everything you need to install, upgrade, and operate an OpenStack cloud on top of the VMware technologies you already own.

He opens with a review of VMware’s longtime commitment to OpenStack development and a reminder that the cloud platform must run on some kind of virtual infrastructure that supplies the underlying hypervisor, networking, and storage. VMware’s infrastructure technologies, he notes, are just as valid an option for OpenStack clouds as any other infrastructure platform.

 

VIO is a distribution of OpenStack that enables the open source drivers for VMware infrastructure by default, reliably connecting your cloud with signature VMware products like vSphere for compute and storage, NSX for networking, and vRealize management solutions for operations.

Most crucially, Roberts argues, VIO lets you pair your current VMware solutions with your new, OpenStack cloud, saving the time and cost of adopting additional infrastructure technologies and increasing the scalability, availability, and reliability of your existing applications.

 

VMware supports customers whether they prefer a tightly-integrated approach (using VIO) or a more loosely-integrated framework (using another OpenStack solution, for example). “We want you to be successful with OpenStack on vSphere regardless of the distribution that you use.” Roberts says.

But VIO offers many distinct advantages for administrators already running VMware technology, he explains, including speed, reliability, ease of use, a single point of contact for support, and regular upgrades.

Roberts then hands over to, Ken Rugg, CEO of database-as-a-service (DBaaS) platform company Tesora, to show how VIO is extended through partnerships with specialist organizations. Tesora enables and simplifies access for to up to 15 popular databases from an OpenStack cloud via an enterprise-hardened version of OpenStack Trove.

The presentation ends with a brief demonstration of how to create a Trove database instance with Tesora – showing how the combination of Tesora + VIO makes it simple to provision a database for your application without deploying, configuring, and managing the database binaries yourself.

OpenStack Summit 2016 Re-Cap – Amadeus’ OpenStack Journey: Building a Private Cloud with VMware Integrated OpenStack and NSX.

How does a company build a private enterprise cloud using VMware Integrated OpenStack and NSX? You’ll find a great example in this 2016 OpenStack Summit presentation by VMware NSX product manager Sai Chaitanya and Arthur Knopper, associate director of the Amadeus IT Group.

The Amadeus IT Group is a multi-national IT service provider to the global travel industry with over 3 billion euros in revenue. Two years ago it embarked on a transformation project to modernize its infrastructure.

In their talk, Chaitanya and Knopper outline some of the business drivers for the project, which included readying their infrastructure to deploy next generation cloud native applications based on containers and building an entirely new, highly-reliable hotel guest reservation system using RedHat OpenShift PaaS.
Those drivers established a set of business requirements, such as speeding service delivery, instigating end-to-end automation and ensuring 99.999% service uptime, along with technical requirements that included a fault-resilient application architecture based on OpenShift and Kubernetes, and fast and automatic provisioning using OpenStack Heat.

Knopper details the variety of options (public cloud, alternative service providers etc.) that Amadeus considered for meeting their requirements. But their best option, he explains, was to build a product architecture featuring an underlying VMware infrastructure running OpenStack loads via VIO and NSX.

VMware’s technical reliability and the support it offered were crucial factors, says Knopper, as was Amadeus’ ability to leverage its existing experience with vSphere to get the project moving quickly.

 
The results have been impressive. Where it used to take weeks to bring up an application, Knopper notes, “with the solution we have at hand, this has been reduced down to around 50 minutes.” The new approach delivers the fault tolerance required and lets Amadeus deliver more frequent updates to their end users.

The talk winds up with suggestions for best practices for building private OpenStack clouds with VIO based on Amadeus’ experience, and an outline of their plans for continued technical improvement in partnership with VMware.

“What’s really important for success with OpenStack is having a clear driver for what you are trying to do, and then translating that into clear requirements,” emphasizes Chaitanya in conclusion. “Then if you have a very clear execution plan and break it into phases, your chances of success are high.”

 

To try VMware Integrated OpenStack for yourself, check out our Hands-on Lab, or download and install VMware Integrated OpenStack direct.