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One Giant Leap for Cloud: Citrix, Dell, and Rackspace Step Up with OpenStack

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

OpenStackLast July, when the world learned about OpenStack for the first time, it was clear that it needed a group of partners to share the vision for OpenStack’s potential – open, standards based, and a platform for cloud innovation.

And there were partners those who stepped up.

Dell (my employer), Citrix, and others joined Rackspace and NASA, and committed to what they foresaw as a force in cloud.  This was a critical juncture in OpenStack’s evolution – industry heavyweights had to be visionary at this stage, while OpenStack was still developing as a technology and as an initiative.

(I’m proud to say that Dell was the only hardware solutions vendor who committed to the OpenStack initiative right from the beginning.)

Fast forward to almost a year later, and OpenStack’s pioneer partners are once again stepping up to help drive OpenStack as a technology platform and further the OpenStack community.

CitrixToday, Citrix is announcing Project Olympus, a new cloud infrastructure product based on OpenStack, which will include a certified version of OpenStack as well as a cloud optimized version of XenServer.

And to help drive this, Citrix is announcing the launch of an Early Access Program, with support from Dell and Rackspace and a host of other partners in the OpenStack community, allowing customers to get – you guessed it – early access to Olympus.

(Read the entire announcement here –

At Dell, “Open, Capable, Affordable” is our mantra, and we view certified distributions of open source code as an important part of adoption. It provides customers with peace of mind knowing that a company like Citrix is behind them as they themselves step up to OpenStack. And Citrix is a company we all know and respect, and one that many of us regularly depend on as a software provider – Xen, XenServer, XenDesktop, NetScaler, and on and on.

With this announcement, it’s important that we not gloss over what we’re seeing happening here in the OpenStack community.

It’s not that these key vendors are just supporting the OpenStack movement…

RackspaceThey’re participating in it.

And, yes – it’s a big deal.

This isn’t an announcement of some new consortium based on OpenStack – this is an announcement about key technology leaders doing what they do best to advance an initiative we believe in.  All of the companies mentioned have teams dedicated to developing OpenStack, contributing in technical conversations, learning about how customers can benefit from it, and driving the business of the open source cloud platform.

  • Citrix is focusing its strengths and core competencies to help enable customers in the software stack via this new distribution and cloud optimized XenServer.
  • Rackspace has launched an entire business unit to OpenStack installation, training, and support by way of Rackspace Cloud Builders.
  • Dell’s OpenStack team (of which I’m a part) has been leading the way in bare metal deployment of multi-node OpenStack clouds with Crowbar, and an operational model to base full OpenStack solutions on. (You may have seen our live demos at Cloud Connect, SXSW, and the OpenStack Design Summit.)

And that’s the difference. No one is watching from the bench – these guys have been in since the beginning and are living it daily. 

DellWe, as the Openstack community, believe we need an open alternative, believe in OpenStack, and believe it is going to change how we develop, build, and run the cloud. And each of us brings our core competencies to the table to help mature the technology, enabling this community to grow and thrive.

And this is a great time for YOU to get involved in OpenStack as well.  Check it out at and get involved.

If you’re learning more about Project Olympus, check out the Olympus webpage at

If you’re interested in learning more about Dell and OpenStack visit or email us at

Kudos to Citrix on Project Olympus, as well as to all of us in the OpenStack community, as we continue to drive this initiative forward.

I’m actually here in San Francisco at the Citrix Synergy conference this week, and I hope to be blogging on the happenings going on. If you’re here as well, I’d be interesting in hearing your thoughts on OpenStack, the announcement, and how you can participate as well.  Contact me via Twitter and let’s chat.  I’m @jbgeorge – try not to be distracted by the incredibly handsome profile picture.   🙂

Until next time,


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The “Open” Trend in Cloud…

"Yes We're Open!"

C’mon – all the cool kids are doing it…

Going “open” that is.

How many announcements have we seen in the last few months having something to do with open technology when it comes to the cloud space?  With a great mix of business benefits AND customer / end user benefits, going open is certainly the latest trend.

I think this is a great and overdue market direction – standards are needed in this space, and I’m hopeful that this level of vendor response will help get us there.  Additionally, its important that we understand that open technology, while enabling users, should also benefit vendors, so that they can continue to invest in and support open products. 

Here’s a sampling of all the fantastic-ness.




This one is near and dear to my heart since I’m the OpenStack business lead at Dell.  But my view is that OpenStack really kicked off this season’s “open” trend.  Announced last July, it’s an open source cloud platform that has gained serious momentum with over 60 vendors in the community and quite a few developers world wide.  With the latest release of their code base (codenamed Cactus), and their recent Design Summit (at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara – where else?), service providers and large enterprises are taking a serious look at OpenStack as a viable cloud solution.  (Learn more at  Also shameless plug for



Facebook helped launch this initiative as they strove to build a low cost, yet highly efficient computing infrastructure.  Partnering with other industry stalwarts like Dell and Rackspace, Facebook opened up the specs on the efficient servers that make up their environment, in an effort to encourage other companies to build energy efficient infrastructures.  (Learn more at

VMware Cloud Foundry (Open PaaS)

With its aquisition of the SpringSource Java development framework, and of RabbitMQ, the cloud messaging technology, VMware makes a bold move into the cloud space by unveling Cloud Foundry as an open source “Platform as a Service”.   Focused on Java application developers , Cloud Foundry supports Ruby on Rails, Sinatra, and Rails, and allows developers a quick and easy way to get development platforms up and available. 

 Another plus – my good buddy Dave McCrory (@mccrory) is helping drive this initiative at VMware.  🙂  

(Learn more at


Speaking of open PaaS, Red Hat announced its OpenShift Platform as a Service today.  Their focus is to produce exportable workloads that can be used via private cloud or public cloud, such as Amazon.  OpenShift will support Java, PHP, Python, and Ruby.  Ironically, the open source is not yet open source, but will be shortly.

(Learn more at


How can I continue without mentioning OpenFlow?  As many experts agree, the network will be one of the most critical components to cloud success.   Created to help drive innovation in networking, a number of vendors are investigating ways to add OpenFlow as a feature to their networking portfolio.   Dell, Nicira, and others are some interesting names in this space.  I’m hopeful we’ll hear some interesting news about commercial networking providers and OpenFlow as Interop kicks off next week.

(Learn more at


So what do you think should be next here?  Do you feel open sourcing cloud technologies advance us as an industry? 

Drop me a line or leave a comment – would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time.


Dell + Equinix + Rackspace = OpenStack Demo Environment

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Good day, cloud fans!

A big day for open source cloud technology – Dell, Equinix and Rackspace have announced OpenStack demo environments being stood up at Equinix colo facilities, allowing interested users to check out what’s so great about OpenStack. 

Essentially, it can be a great first step to investigating OpenStack cloud technologies, which can lead to a follow on proof of concept for user specific workloads and apps, whether on customer premises or at an Equinix or Rackspace data center.

Cool, right?

Inquiring minds can read the press release in it’s entirety at

Or if you’re like me, you can just watch this video:



And what’s this about a Dell developed OpenStack installer that can enable bare metal provisioning of OpenStack clouds? 

That’s right.  Now we’re talking.

At the Cloud Connect event a few weeks ago, Dell, along with OpsCode, were able to demonstrate LIVE deployements of multi-node OpenStack clouds onto bare metal Dell PowerEdge C servers in less than 30 minutes

Check out one of Dell’s architects, Greg Althaus (who happens to be a co-author of the Dell OpenStack whitepaper), talk about this tool at Austin’s SXSW recently:



Yes, yes – I’m the marketing guy he’s talking about… 

It’s a really exciting time in the cloud space!  Our community is really starting to see ways that the cloud can drive smarter, more effiicent practices. 

If you’re interested in learning more, reach out. 

Here’s how you can get started:

  • Download the Dell OpenStack technical whitepaper from  It details hyperscale design of OpenStack on Dell PowerEdge C server technology. 
  • Drop us a line at to learn more about how Dell can get you started on OpenStack asap.

What are your thoughts on the OpenStack news?  Feel free to share a comment below.

Are we having fun yet?  

Big time.  🙂

Until next time,

JBGeorge / @jbgeorge

OpenStack’s Bexar Release!

February 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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, 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:

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.


Until next time,


Cloud Driving Change

January 11, 2011 1 comment

Those of you that follow me here at the JBGeorge Tech blog or on Twitter or in other ways (stop stalking me!) know that one of my passions is how technology can make a difference in the world. It can be through technology leaders advocating philanthropy, tech innovation leading to medical advances, or a local IT person donating their tech talent to improve school safety.

To that end, I was thrilled to be invited to a meeting that took place in San Francisco yesterday.

On Monday, I, along with a few other select individuals involved in the OpenStack open source cloud initiative, had the distinct privelege of meeting with Aneesh Chopra, CTO of the White House, to discuss cloud computing, open source, and how open source cloud (specifically OpenStack) can help America grow and thrive.

A number of key representatives from various OpenStack participants were present from Dell, Rackspace NASA, Citrix, AMD, and others to contribute to the discussion. There was a lot of great conversation, which included an overview by the OpenStack team from Rackspace, and a myriad of perspectives from the various attendees. Specific problems were discussed such as security, standards, and impact on other areas like healthcare. Much was discussed about OpenStack in particular, and how its evolution can help spur on the American economy.

What are your thoughts on how cloud can better society? How does it impact education, healthcare, or small business? How can it make us healthier, economically more stable, and overall better citizens? Let’s think beyond operating systems and PaaS / SaaS – what can cloud do to help drive positive change?

Regardless of where you fall politcally, it’s a great time to be in technology. The current administration views tech and cloud computing as a key driver to advancing America and rightly so.

And they’re looking to us to help figure out ways to do that.

That’s a real cool thing. Let’s pitch in.

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. Feel free to drop me a comment or reply on Twitter @jbgeorge.

Until next time,