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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!

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