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Introducing VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0

We’re excited to announce the new release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 today at VMworld US 2017, as part of the VMware SDDC story. You can read more about it here.

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is an OpenStack distribution supported by VMware, optimized to run on top of VMware’s SDDC infrastructure. In the past few months we have been hard at work, adding additional enterprise grade capabilities into VIO, making it even more robust, scalable and secure, yet keeping it easy to deploy, operate and use.

VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 is based on Ocata, and some of the highlights include:

Containers support – users can run VMs alongside containers on VIO. Out-of-the-box container support enables developers to consume Kubernetes APIs, leveraging all the enterprise grade capabilities of VIO such as multi-tenancy, persistent volumes, high availability (HA), and so on.

Integration with vRealize Automation – vRealize Automation customers can now embed OpenStack components in blueprints. They can also manage their OpenStack deployments through the Horizon UI as a tab in vRealize Automation. This integration provides additional governance as well as single-sign-on for users.

Multi vCenter support – customers can manage multiple VMware vCenters with a single VIO deployment, for additional scale and isolation.

Additional capabilities for better performance and scale, such as live resize of VMs (changing RAM, CPU and disk without shutting down the VM), Firewall as a Service (FWaaS), CPU pinning and more.

Our customers use VMware Integrated OpenStack for a variety of use cases, including:

Developer cloud – providing public cloud-like user experience to developers, as well as more choice of consumption (Web UI, CLI or API), self-service and programmable access to VMware infrastructure. With the new container management support, developers will be able to consume Kubernetes APIs.
IaaS platform for enterprise automation – adding automation and self-service provisioning on top of best-of-breed VMware SDDC.
Advanced, programmable network – leveraging network virtualization with VMware NSX for advanced network capabilities.

Our customers tell us (consistently) that VIO is easy to deploy (“it just worked!”) and manage. Since it’s deployed on top of VMware virtualization technologies, they are able to deploy and manage it by themselves, without hiring new people or professional services. Their development and DevOps teams like VIO because it gives them the agility and user experience they want, with self-service and standard OpenStack APIs.

In most cases, in a short amount of time (few weeks!) customers trust VIO enough to run their business-critical applications, such as e-commerce website or online travel system, in production.

VMware Integrated OpenStack will be available as a standalone product later this quarter. For more information go to our website, check out the product walkthrough and try out the hands-on lab.

If you are attending VMworld, please stop by our booth (#1139) to see demos and speak with OpenStack specialists. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

OpenStack Sessions at VMworld 2017 Las Vegas

Don’t Miss Out!

VMworld 2017 Las Vegas is just around the corner and we can’t wait to meet our customers and partners, and explore all the great sessions, workshops and activities planned for next week. With over 500 sessions across all categories, it may be overwhelming to understand which sessions are most beneficial for you. Here is the list of all the OpenStack related session, make sure you register and mark your calendar in advance so you don’t miss out!

In addition, make sure to stop by the VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) booth (#1139) to learn more and see a demo or two.



Monday, Aug 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | South Pacific Ballroom, Lower Level, HOL 5

[ELW182001U] VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) – Getting Started Workshop
Monday, Aug 28, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Islander C, Lower Level

[MGT2609BU] VMware Integrated OpenStack: What’s New
It is not OpenStack or VMware; it is OpenStack on VMware.
Come and learn what is new in VMware Integrated OpenStack and our plans for the future of OpenStack on the software-defined data center.
Monday, Aug 28, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Islander F, Lower Level

[LDT1844BU] Open Source at VMware: A Key Ingredient to Our Success and Yours
Open-source components are part of practically every software product or service today. VMware products are no exception. And increasingly, IT departments are presented with many application roll-out requests that include large open-source components as part of the infrastructure on which they rely. From OpenStack to Docker to Kubernetes and beyond, open source is a reality of the enterprise environment. VMware is investing in open source both as a user of many components (and contributor to many of those projects) and as a creator of many successful open-source projects such as Open vSwitch, Harbor, Clarity, and many more. This session will talk about the what, the why, and the how of our engagement in open source: our vision and strategy and why all this is critically important for our customers.
Monday, Aug 28, 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Meet the Experts, 2nd floor foyer, Table #5 Wednesday, Aug 30, 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Meet the Experts, 2nd floor foyer, Table #5 Thursday, Aug 31, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Meet the Experts, 2nd floor foyer, Table #5

[MTE4733U] Implementing OpenStack with VIO
Meet Xiao Gao, VMware Integrated OpenStack expert. Bring your questions!
Tuesday, Aug 29, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Meet the Experts, 2nd floor foyer, Table #7

[MTE4803U] OpenStack in the Enterprise with Marcos Hernandez
Speak with Expert Marcos Hernandez about the benefits of running OpenStack in private Cloud environments.
Tuesday, Aug 29, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Oceanside D, Level 2

[MGT1785PU] OpenStack in the Real World: VMware Integrated OpenStack Customer Session
More and more customers are looking to leverage OpenStack to add automation and provide open API to their application development teams. In this session, VMware Integrated OpenStack customers will share their OpenStack journey and the benefits VMware Integrated OpenStack provides to development teams and IT.
Tuesday, Aug 29, 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | VMvillage – VMTN Community Theater

[VMTN6664U] Networking and Security Challenges in OpenStack
CloudsDecided it’s time to implement OpenStack to build your Cloud? Have you tested in the lab, evaluated the various distributions available, and hired a specialized team for OpenStack? However, when it arrives the time to put into production Neutron is not integrating with your physical network? If the above story closely resembles what you have been facing, this TechTalk is critical for you to understand the challenges of Networking and Security with any OpenStack distribution and what solutions are missing for your Cloud to fully works. NOTE: Community TechTalk taking place in VMvillage.
Tuesday, Aug 29, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Mandalay Bay Ballroom B, Level 2

[NET1338BU] VMware Integrated OpenStack and NSX Integration Deep Dive
OpenStack offers a very comprehensive set of Network and Security workflows provided by a core project called Neutron. Neutron can leverage VMware NSX as a backend to bring advanced services to the applications owned by OpenStack. In this session we will cover the use cases for Neutron, and the various topologies available in OpenStack with NSX, with a focus on security. We will walk you through a number of design considerations leveraging Neutron Security Groups and the NSX Stateful Distributed Firewall integration, along with Service Chaining in NSX for Next Generation Security Integration, all available today.
Wednesday, Aug 30, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Surf A, Level 2

[FUT3076BU] Simplifying Your Open-Source Cloud With VMware
Open source or VMware? Clearly, you can’t have both, right? Wrong. As open-source, cloud-based solutions continue to evolve, IT leaders are challenged with the adoption and implementation of large-scale deployments such as OpenStack and network function virtualization from both a business and technical perspective. Learn how VMware’s solutions can simplify existing open-source innovation, resulting in new levels of operations, standardization (app compatibility), and delivery of enterprise support.
Wednesday, Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Surf A, Level 2

[FUT1744BU] The Benefits of VMware Integrated OpenStack for Your NFV Platform
Communication Service Providers (CSPs) embracing network functions virtualization (NFV) are building platforms with three imperatives in mind: service agility, service uptime and platform openness. These capabilities require the cloud platform they choose to be able to easily model, deploy and modify a service, to run it on a tightly-integrated robust virtual infrastructure and migrate the service horizontally across cloud platforms when/if needed. Come to this session to learn about VIO, a VMware-supported OpenStack (OS) distribution, at the heart of the VMware NFV platform and how it can help CSPs meet those requirements. We will look in detail at the role of VIO as virtual infrastructure manager as well as its native integration with the other components of the VMware software-defined data center architecture (vSphere, NSX and VSAN).
Thursday, Aug 31, 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Meet the Experts, 2nd floor foyer, Table #8

[MTE4832U] How VMware IT Operates VMware integrated OpenStack
with Cloud Architect Chris Mutchler
Learn from VMware IT’s implementation of VMware’s Integrated OpenStack.

Vote for OpenStack Sessions for VMworld 2016

Vote for OpenStack VMworld Sessions!On May 3, 2016, the VMworld team opened up the vote system for the 2016 Call for Papers submissions. This is your chance to let the team know which sessions you would like to see at the US and Europe shows.

The VMware Integrated OpenStack Team has many exciting updates that we would like to present to you including which OpenStack release will next be incorporated into our distribution. All of our session submissions can be found by clicking here. Remember that voting closes on Tuesday, May 24 at 11:59PM PDT.

You can look forward to hearing from Product Managers, System Engineers, Professional Services Engineers, and, most importantly, customers to learn how VMware Integrated OpenStack can help your private cloud initiatives succeed.

Thank you for your votes, and we look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas and in Barcelona!

OpenStack @ VMworld US 2015!

At VMworld US 2015, there are many sessions for attendees to learn more about what VMware is doing with OpenStack.

Don’t miss out on hearing about best practices for running OpenStack on the vSphere platform including lessons learned from deployments. All the OpenStack-related sessions are included at the end of this post.

We also have an updated Hands-On Lab for you to try: SPL-SDC-1620 – OpenStack with VMware vSphere and NSX and the accompanying Expert-Led Workshop: ELW-SDC-1620 – OpenStack with VMware vSphere and NSX Workshop

One more thing: VMware Integrated OpenStack will be featured in the DevOps @ VMware program on Tuesday, September 1 at 5 PM. Come check that out as well.

See you in San Francisco!

OpenStack @ VMworld sessions, panels, and group discussions

  1. INF6108 – Something Broke, What Now? Managing and Troubleshooting OpenStack Environments
  2. MGT5151 – vRealize Automation or VMware Integrated OpenStack or Both?
  3. NET5836 – OpenStack with NSX Architecture Deep Dive
  4. NET6609-GD – NSX Networking for OpenStack on vSphere
  5. SDDC4955 – VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) on Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud
  6. SDDC5094 – A Technical Deep Dive into VMware Integrated OpenStack
  7. SDDC5113 – Everything You Need to Know About VMware + OpenStack
  8. SDDC5566 – Successful DevOps for the Hybrid Cloud with vRealize Automation & VMware Integrated OpenStack
  9. SDDC5839 – vRealize Automation or OpenStack? Uncovering the Right IaaS for Your Business

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.


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


What You Need to Know About OpenStack + VMware

Monday, Aug. 25

11:30 a.m.

Break-Out Sessions with Deep-dive OpenStack Content:


From Clouds to Bits: Exploring the Software Defined Storage Lifecycle

Monday, Aug. 25

2:30 p.m.


Why OpenStack Runs Best with the vCloud Suite

Tuesday, Aug. 26

2:30 p.m.


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

Wednesday, Aug. 27

9:30 a.m.


VMware OpenStack End-to-End Demo

Wednesday, Aug. 27

2:00 p.m.

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


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!