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RoadStack RV: Dell, Rackspace, OpenStack and a Long Stretch of Road…

April 29, 2012 Leave a comment

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This past week marked the end of a nearly three week journey by a few brave souls from Rackspace and Dell, as the two companies sponsored the team to travel to and from the OpenStack Summit in San Fran last week, making Stacker Stops along the way.

A team that included folks like Dell’s Andi Abes and Rackspace’s Wayne Walls, Jordon Rinke, Scott Simpson, and Glen Campbell, finally ended their tour this past Friday, pulling into their San Antonio home base.

The team had quite a lofty mission – make the drive from San Antonio to San Fran, spend the week at the summit, and drive back hitting key cities like Los Angeles, Boulder, Dallas, and Austin.  As they drove, they’d code and blog.  When they stopped, they spread the good word around the OpenStack open cloud. 

(And I hear there was a bit of hijinks thrown in as well.)

We had the pleasure of hosting the RoadStackers when they stopped by the Dell campus in Austin – I had a chance to chat with the guys, so take a look at a few of the 90 second videos we put together…

And yeah – we had a little fun with it – enjoy!

If you want to learn more about Dell is doing in the OpenStack space, including the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution, check out www.Dell.com/OpenStack or drop me an email at OpenStack@Dell.com.

Until next time,

JBGeorge
@jbegeorge

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More News on the OpenStack Foundation: Participating Members

April 12, 2012 1 comment

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At the Oct 2011 OpenStack conference in Boston, leaders in the community, namely Rackspace, made the announcement that steps were being taken to transition the open source cloud technology to a foundation format.

Today, more news has come out regarding details on this move, and some of the key players in the newly forming foundation.

The Platinum Members listed includeOpenStack

  • AT&T
  • Canonical
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Nebula
  • Rackspace
  • Red Hat
  • Suse

The Gold Members listed are made up of

  • Dell (the company I work for)
  • Cisco
  • ClearPath Networks
  • CloudScaling
  • DreamHost
  • ITRI
  • Mirantis
  • Morph Labs
  • Netapp
  • Piston Cloud Computing
  • Yahoo!

In addition to these partners, there are a number of individual partner options available, allowing anyone interested in being a part of the foundation that option. 

Dell has long been known for our approach to customer solutions: Open, Capable, and Affordable.  So naturally, we are glad to see progress in this area of the community and initiative.  In fact, here’s what our VP and GM of Server Development had to say on the topic:

“We believe the OpenStack Foundation is a significant step in the evolution of the OpenStack initiative and for open source cloud innovation”, said Forrest Norrod, VP & GM of Dell Server Platforms.  “Dell has always been about open – open standards, systems and solutions promote innovation and give our customers choice.   We look forward to participating in the OpenStack Foundation as part of our continued efforts to empower and grow the open source cloud ecosystem.”

This is only the first step, and the Foundation leads are looking to get to an agreed to set of bylaws and framework by the third quarter of 2012.  If you’d like to learn more about the mission and framework of the foundation, check out the OpenStack Wiki here.

And if you’d like to learn more about Dell is doing in the OpenStack space, including details on our on-premise OpenStack offering, the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution, feel free to visit us at www.Dell.com/OpenStack.   You can also drop me a line at OpenStack@Dell.com.

This is certainly an exciting day for OpenStack, as the movement continues to mature and grow.

PS – for any of you that are in / near the Austin area, we’ll be having our April edition of the monthly OpenStack meetup TONIGHT hosted by Dell, and sponsored this month by Suse.  Everyone’s welcome, so be sure to stop by the Tech Ranch tonight – more info at http://www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Austin.

Until next time.

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

Round Two: Austin OpenStack Meetup This Week!

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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OK, ladies and gents… the first OpenStack meetup was great – let’s do it again!

This Thursday, OpenStack fans around Austin (and San Antonio, and Dallas 🙂 ) will get together at the Tech Ranch to talk all things OpenStack.

This time around, we’ll focus on deployment as it was a hot topic at our last meetup – we’d like to ask all attendees to come prepared with their questions, experiences, stories, best practices, etc to share.  

We’ll also open the floor to other OpenStack topics that would be discussed – technical and business discussions – no commercials please! 🙂

We’ll also talk about organizing future OpenStack meet ups.

Here’s all you need to know:

This month, we’re fortunate to have Rackspace sponsor our refreshments at the meetup, so thanks to them! 

(If your company is interested in helping sponsor a future meetup, find me at this week’s meetup, and we’ll talk about the details.)

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The Tech Ranch in Austin
The Tech Ranch in Austin

OpenStack meetups in Austin and Boston!

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

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Just a quick heads up on some OpenStack meet ups coming your way…

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Boston

Austin OpenStack Meetup #1

A shot from our FIRST OpenStack meetup in Austin last month...

This Tuesday, Nov 29, Dell (the company I work for), along with Fidelity, will be sponsoring an OpenStack meetup in BOSTON at 6pm at the Lexington Depot. 

Hear from folks actively deploying (or getting close to) on OpenStack clouds.

Partly presentation and mostly discussion (and obviously pizza).  🙂

Sessions should cover the core new features in Diablo: Keystone and Dashboard, as well as deployment strategies (and will touch on Dell’s own Crowbar). Each topic will have a presentation followed by open Q & A. 

Time is also reserved for an unconference so come armed with some topics

Meet and eat at 6, then get to cloud stuff at 6:30, and plan to end around 9pm.

Learn more / register at http://www.meetup.com/Openstack-Boston/ – if you attend, be sure to grab some pics and tweet w #OSBOS

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Austin

Last month, my team at Dell hosted the first ever OpenStack meetup in Austin with a great showing of the cloud community in the city.  We’re now at over 100 members on the MeetUp, and we want to keep the goodness going. 

We’ll be back at the Tech Ranch on Thu, December 8 to have our second Austin OpenStack meetup where the topic (based on last time’s feedback) will be deployment, and a myriad of other topics.

This time around Rackspace will be joining us and sponsoring the food and refreshments for the night.

You can join the group and get details on the Austin meet up at http://www.meetup.com/Openstack-Austin/

Same deal – when you come, take a few pics and tweet with #OSATX.

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What city’s next?

A number of the attendees of the last Austin meetup actually traveled in from a number of nearby cities, so if you’re so inclined, start an OpenStack meetup in your area!

Feel free to drop me a line or catch me at the next meet up if you’re interested in learning how we got started.

See you at the next meet up!

Until next time,

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

More info on what Dell is doing with OpenStack at www.Dell.com/OpenStack or email me at OpenStack@Dell.com

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TOP TEN: Why You Should Be At Tonight’s Austin OpenStack Meetup

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

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OK, ladies and gentlemen – the top ten reasons for why you should head out to the Tech Ranch tonight for our first Austin OpenStack meetup.
  

OpenStack Meet Up Tonight (Thu, 10/27) 6:30pm at Tech Ranch Austin

OpenStack Meet Up Tonight (Thu, 10/27) 6:30pm at Tech Ranch Austin

10.   There will be free food.

9.  You’ll meet other Stackers and cloud fans in the Austin area.

8.  You’ll get a first hand view of OpenStack, Diablo, and Crowbar

7.  You’ll get to hobnob with OpenStack rockstars from Dell, Rackspace, Opscode, and other OpenStack supporters.  (There are also rumors that Dell’s elusive and wildly handsome director of marketing will be in attendance.)

6.   There will be free food.

5.   You’ll learn about Crowbar from the people that actually wrote the software.

4.   Remember the week-long OpenStack technical trainings that have been happening world-wide over the last month or so?  This week, it’s in Austin, so we’ll have a number of out of town guests to meet up with.

3.   JBG will provide timely World Series score updates.

2.   Live demos.  That’s always a crowd favorite.

1.   OpenStack is one of the coolest new technology movements out there – this is a great way to dive into OpenStack

(Oh, and there will be FREE FOOD.)

  
If you’re planning to head out, be sure to RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Austin/events/37908242/

You can learn more about Dell’s doing with OpenStack by emailing me at OpenStack@Dell.com or visiting  www.Dell.com/OpenStack

See you tonight!

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

THIS JUST IN: Dell Announces the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution

July 26, 2011 6 comments

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On the heels of the one year anniversary of the OpenStack open source cloud operating system – here’s some awesome news…

Dell (the company I work for) announces the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution, the market’s first hardware + software + services OpenStack solution for customers seeking to build out their own OpenStack clouds!

Let’s take a look under the hood, shall we?
  

Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution

Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution

Hardware (Dell PowerEdge C cloud optimized servers)

 Built on a reference architecture honed since DAY ONE of the OpenStack movement, the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution offers a hardware configuration featuring cloud optimized Dell PowerEdge C servers.  Dell has built cloud infrastructure for some of the biggest names in the world, like Facebook and Microsoft Azure, and have used those learnings to develop the highly dense, power-efficient PowerEdge C servers that the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution has been architected with.

  

Software (Dell Crowbar deploying and managing the OpenStack cloud platform)

When Dell began testing OpenStack in mid 2010, we were installing it, testing it, blowing it away, reinstalling it, tweaking it, blowing it away, reinstalling it… you get the picture.  And it wasn’t trivial.  These deployments took considerable time, effort, and expertise, so we developed the Dell Crowbar software framework extending Opscode’s Chef automation, which can deploy MULTI-NODE OpenStack clouds in hours or even minutes, rather than days when done manually.   (Anyone remember our team deploying a 6 node Nova and Swift OpenStack deployment in 29 minutes at CloudConnect?)   Crowbar enables BIOS and RAID setup and configuration, network setup, deploys open source tools like Nagios and Ganglia for monitoring, and much more.  

And hey, we’re a community here, right?  So here’s what the OpenStack community has been waiting to hear – Dell has now open sourced Crowbar!  We’ve made it available to the open source community via our Github site, which is linked below.   My partner in crime, Rob Hirschfeld, goes into Crowbar deep on his blog, so I’ve provided a link to his site below as well.  (FYI – we are still working through some of the legal aspects of BIOS and RAID capabilities, but decided to open source the rest of Crowbar while we work it out.)

And speaking of support…

    

Services (Dell Services + Rackspace Cloud Builders)

After a year of being in OpenStack, we’ve built up some expertise, so Dell Services, along with our partner Rackspace Cloud Builders, will be offering a plethora of services to help you make your OpenStack cloud a reality.

  • Consulting
  • Deployment
  • Training
  • Support for the entire solution – HW, Crowbar, OpenStack, etc
  • And a host of other services direct from Dell Services

When you get the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution, you can call Dell for support on any aspect of the solution, and we’ll help you figure it out, with our crack support teams, our OpenStack engineers, and our OpenStack partners.

And those are the basics. 

  

Fast. Easy. Now.  The Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution

Fast. Easy. Now. The Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution

A few more comments….

Let me just say – I am proud that we’ve delivered this solution to market, but even PROUDER to be part of a company had the vision to see the potential of OpenStack on Day One.  Yes, that’s a big deal to me.

I’d like to call out a number of partners we’ve worked with to get to this point – Rackspace, Citrix, Opscode, Canonical, Intel, and others – the community is a big deal in OpenStack, and it’s great to have their support in this announcement.   I’m also very happy that one of our first Dell OpenStack customers, DreamHost, is a part of this announcement as well with a full case study on how they’re doing OpenStack with Dell.  (HINT: they’re neck deep in Crowbar and loving it!) 

We plan to celebrate the announcement big time at OSCON, so if you’re here, come by the Dell booth – demos, gear, giveaways, etc.   And our breakout session will be on Thursday (10:40am in room E-141) – “Prying Open the Cloud with Dell Crowbar and OpenStack” – Rob will present the deep down details on Crowbar. 
(And if you want to get in on the celebration, feel free to tweet the news and your thoughts – be sure to use hashtags #Dell, #OpenStack and #Crowbar…)

 

So What’s Next?

Time for YOU to start using this.  The Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution, Crowbar, all of it.   Talk to your Dell rep, emaial us at OpenStack@Dell.com, download Crowbar, start building Crowbar barclamps, discuss it in the forums, etc…  and get started building OpenStack clouds with Dell.
  

More info:

Until next time,

JBG
@jbgeorge

OpenStack’s First Year: How a Committed Community Made a Difference

July 23, 2011 Leave a comment

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You know the saying:  “Time flies when you’re having fun.”

This week has been a crazy one, so I didn’t get to chime in on Tuesday with my thoughts on the one year anniversary of OpenStack.

So today, I took some time to think back over the last year, and I realized how far we’ve come as a technology and as a community.  

In addition to the solid OpenStack technology that is being guided by market requirements and pushing the envelope, I believe that the unique set of OpenStack developers, partners, and users has helped get it to where it is. 

Pardon me, while I stroll through memory lane…
  

Design Summits

  • Austin Design Summit (July 13 – 14, 2010) – I’m not sure if we could have called this one a design summit as it was more of a meeting of minds, lots of ideas, and a ton of excitement about this new platform called OpenStack.  Got to hear from both Rackspace and NASA on the code bases, and how this could change the market.  I specifically recall our group of cloud solution attendees from Dell (the company I work for) talking about how much potential this technology had.  (And besides, this meeting was in our home town!)
      
    OpenStack was announced publicly for the first time a few days later on the 19th.  Dell was among a handful of companies who believed in the initiative back then – it was early – and we had to have vision.
      
  • San Antonio Design Summit (Nov 9 – 12, 2010) – This was held at the Weston Centre in San Antonio, and I remember thinking “where did all these people come from???”   We had a lot of international presence there from the UK, France, Japan, and other parts of the world.  It was exciting to think that in just four months, we’d already started going global. I also recall we started talking to the business of OpenStack – licenses, brands, etc, which was a good sign of progress.
      
    Dell did our part as well – Rob Hirschfeld and Greg Althaus, a couple of Dell OpenStack rockstars, each spoke on OpenStack deployment, reference architectures, and operational models. We also contributed gear for the InstallFest later that week, made up of PowerEdge C6100s and C2100s  (I also remember giving quite a few tours of the “server room” to see what Austin release was running on.)  
        
  • Santa Clara Design Summit (Apr 26 – 29, 2011)– Our first design summit on the west coast!  This one is still pretty fresh in my mind, but what blew me away was again, the growth!  The community grew and became more sophisticated.  Those that were learning at the first two design summits were blossoming experts at this design summit, having lived through the evolution of OpenStack.  Though I’m sure it was logistically nuts for the organizers as they greatly exceeded capacity, it was a great indicator that we were on to something special.
      
    The Dell team gave it our all here as well – Rob gave a session on what Dell was doing with OpenStack and Crowbar, and my favorite – daily live demos of Crowbar deploying multi-node OpenStack clouds on bare metal servers! (I’d time our guys – the best time was 29 min minutes for a 6 node OpenStack cloud running on Dell PowerEdge C 6100’s – not too shabby! 
      
    (Anyone remember the Crowbar bunny shirts?)
     

Year One Partners

I just checked the OpenStack.org site, and at THIS MOMENT, there are 91 partners in the community.  (Depending on when you read this, there could / will be more.)

You’ll find a number of key industry players there – Rackspace, Dell, Citrix, Intel, AMD, Cisco, Canonical, Brocade, Arista, Opscode, and more.  And this group has done a lot to further the intiative over the last year. 

Here are a list of a few examples. 

  • Rackspace announcing the creation of Rackspace Cloud Builders, who’s purpose in life is to service customers on OpenStack deployment, training, support, and consulting.
  • Citrix announcing Project Olympus and a distribution of OpenStack to come soon
  • Dell announces the Crowbar deployment software for OpenStack, and our intention to release an OpenStack solution to market
  • Canonical announces their intention to make OpenStack the default cloud platform in the Ubuntu operating system
  • Equinix’s sponsoring of a live OpenStack demo enviornment w support from Dell, Rackspace, and Citrix
  • Real live production usage by companies like Internap

What a year. 

I’d venture to say those of us who were there on Day 1 believed this was going to be big, but we’re excited that it has been adopted by the cloud community as much as it has.

And to all the partners, develeopers, and users who have made the first year amazing – I salute you.

We’re on to something big.   🙂
      

If you want to learn more about what Dell has done with OpenStack over the last year, and see if what we’re building is a fit for you, email us at OpenStack@Dell.com.
   

More info on OpenStack and the one year anniversary:

Until next time,

JOSEPH
@jbgeorge