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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.

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