5 new guides for mastering OpenStack

Sometimes things go wrong, and instances can go down in unexpected ways. Even if the instance has disappeared, OpenStack might still think it’s there. If this happens, one way to deal with it is to delete these phantom instances directly from OpenStack’s database. This guide will show you how to do that with a simple script.

via 5 new guides for mastering OpenStack | Opensource.com.

Don’t celebrate OpenStack’s success just yet

Media, content creation, and life sciences struck Stitt as good examples for where OpenStack enjoys stronger greenfield adoption. Those areas revolve around the generation of entirely new data, rather than the manipulation of existing data; everything newly created can simply be deployed fresh into OpenStack.

It’s hard to ignore the overall enthusiasm around OpenStack — the near-doubling of attendance to 4,500 at this year’s summit is a sign of how interest is mushrooming. And the overarching presence of Red Hat shows how it’s working to make itself as synonymous with OpenStack as it did with Linux — but the existence of other vendors all vying for attention also raises a cautionary note that, open source notwithstanding, the OpenStack market runs the risk of becoming as fragmented and contentious as Linux itself.

via Don’t celebrate OpenStack’s success just yet | Openstack – InfoWorld.

OpenStack is not for the enterprise

OpenStack backers scoff at the notion that the open source platform is not meant for enteprises. “We’ve seen significant traction from service providers globally, but we’ve also seen significant demand for OpenStack on-premise, hosted private and hybrid cloud by both medium and large enterprises,” wrote Lauren Sell, who manages public relations for OpenStack. Bloomberg, Fidelity, Best Buy, Cisco WebEx and Comcast have all shared their experiences using OpenStack, she notes.

via VMware CEO: OpenStack is not for the enterprise – Network World.

Open Source IaaS Software offering a real alternative to commercial clouds

With commercial cloud systems, there is no investment in hardware required. This enables start-up businesses to easily test out a new business idea. Whilst commercial cloud services are popular, they charge for CPU usage by the hour, storage, and bandwidth consumed. In a large organization, where many users need to be served, it may be cheaper to purchase hardware to create a private cloud. This article showcases the finest open source projects that provide a key alternative for those who wish to avoid using a commercially provided cloud.

via Open Source IaaS Software offering a real alternative to commercial clouds – Linux Links – The Linux Portal Site.

Red Hat Announces RDO And OpenStack Partner Program

Installation is made easy with the Red Hat-developed installation tool, PackStack.

That last bit is interesting. OpenStack is a complex suite of tools, and the installation process is non-trivial. Any work to streamline that will reduce at least one barrier to success.

As for the name, RDO? It stands for “Red Hat Distribution of OpenStack.

via Red Hat Announces RDO And OpenStack Partner Program | TechCrunch.

Hopefully this works with CentOS as well.

Red Hat Announces Preview Version of Enterprise-Ready OpenStack Distribution

RALEIGH, NC – August 13, 2012 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the immediate availability of the preview release of Red Hat’s OpenStack distribution based on the popular open source OpenStack framework for building and managing private, public and hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds. With this, Red Hat delivers the next step in its plans for the industry’s only enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution with Red Hat’s award-winning commercial support, certified ecosystem of hardware and application vendors and leadership in delivering trusted open source clouds for organizations worldwide requiring enterprise-grade solutions and support.

via Red Hat | Red Hat Announces Preview Version of Enterprise-Ready OpenStack Distribution.

Is OpenStack the new Linux?

OpenStack is an evolving mountain of Apache 2-licensed code billed as a “cloud operating system” for the data center. At the same time, OpenStack is a movement, confirmed by the high-energy jabber in the air around me. As with the early days of Linux, the buzz around OpenStack has risen to a roar, with thousands of community members flocking to conferences from Paris to Seoul. The level of interest and growth is phenomenal.

via Is OpenStack the new Linux? | Cloud Computing – InfoWorld.

OpenStack Storage

OpenStack Object Storage (code-named Swift) is open source software for creating redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of standardized servers to store petabytes of accessible data. It is not a file system or real-time data storage system, but rather a long-term storage system for a more permanent type of static data that can be retrieved, leveraged, and then updated if necessary. Primary examples of data that best fit this type of storage model are virtual machine images, photo storage, email storage and backup archiving. Having no central “brain” or master point of control provides greater scalability, redundancy and permanence.

via OpenStack Storage » OpenStack Open Source Cloud Computing Software.