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OpenStack’s Bexar Release!

On Thursday, OpenStack announced the second drop in the OpenStack code – the Bexar release! 

(And it’s pronounced “bear”.)

(The other acceptable pronunciation is “bare.”)

For those of you keeping track, the first release was Austin, the second release was Bexar, and the next release is codenamed Cactus.

(Can you see the pattern?)

(That’s right, every code name has an “a” in it.)

Dell's Rob Hirschfeld discussing cloud bootstrapping to packed house...

Dell's Rob Hirschfeld discussing cloud bootstrapping to packed house...

 To celebrate this release, OpenStack sponsored an event in Santa Clara that I was able to attend. Great lightning talks (5 min max) by a number of individuals in the community, including my pal Rob Hirschfeld, who spoke about bootstrapping the OpenStack cloud in a hyperscale environment.  (Check out his blog at RobHirschfeld.com, and follow @zehicle on Twitter.)

So let’s get back to the release here – it includes things like

  • IPv6 support (which is just in time, since we’ve now RUN OUT of IPv4 addresses!)
  • Support for the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor (already supported KVM and XenServer)
  • A new image discovery service called Glance
  • much more documentation

Check out this eWeek article where Barton George and I gave our thoughts on this release:  http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Cloud-Computing/OpenStack-Cloud-OS-Project-Rolls-Out-Bexar-Edition-New-Partners-234666/

Here’s a quote from yours truly:

It’s time to take the “learning to the next level” by putting Dell servers with OpenStack in customer environments to “see real-life use cases,” Joseph George, senior cloud-solutions strategist at Dell Data Center Solutions, told eWEEK.

And I mean it – let’s start piloting this stuff!

Who’s with me? 

I’ll put my Dell hat on and say that Dell is actively seeking customers interested in doing a proof of concept of OpenStack (aka POC) – we’ve been testing it, and understand how to get you going quick so you can prove it out. 

Am I proud to be working for the only systems solution vendor that has been publicly participating in the OpenStack initiative since the beginning of OpenStack?

Heck yeah. 

In fact, Dell DCS has a great cloud solutions portfolio – drop me a line / comment if you’re ready to get a POC going – we’ll get it rolling. 

OK, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Oh, wait.  I guess I’m done. 

Don’t forget Sunday is Superbowl Sunday – between the commercials, and the actual game, there’s something for everyone.  Here’s to a high scoring, low injury game!

And thus begins the season of prayer in hopes the NFL and the Players Association work out a collective bargaining agreement, so we can have a 2011 season.

Amen.

Until next time,

JOSEPH
@jbgeorge
www.jbgeorge.net

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