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The true business value of a private cloud is achieved through the applications you run on top of it. Unfortunately, most private clouds don’t come with apps built in. Deploying apps from scratch is a months long process that doesn’t always scale. The deployments typically aren’t repeatable – they are unique, like snowflakes – making them difficult to automate and reproduce.
This year, OpenStack participated in Open Source Day (OSD) at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) for the second time. The main focus of this year’s Open Source Day was humanitarian applications. Along with OpenStack, participating open source projects included Microsoft Disaster Recovery, Ushahidi, Sahana Software Foundation and others.
By Paul R. Brenner, Associate Director, Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame
More than a year ago, we joined forces with the OpenStack Heat community with the goal of productizing the capabilities of orchestration.
Stability and scalability are imperative in an enterprise private cloud. Your workloads demand that your private cloud is up and running and that it can grow with your business.
In October, Rackers will once again take OpenStack to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing! As OpenStack sharpens its focus on the super user, we will as well with this year’s Open Source Day. The focus of the Open Source Day is humanitarian projects, and Grace Hopper conference organizers want female developers to learn how to contribute to them. Beside OpenStack, this year’s participating projects include Microsoft Disaster Response, Ushahidi’s initiative CrisisNET, the Sahana Eden humanitarian platform and others. Check out all of the Open Source participants here: http://gracehopper.org/open-source-day/.
At Rackspace, we believe that open source communities enable innovation and collaboration. That is why we founded OpenStack four years back and why we actively engage in the Open Compute Project as well. OnMetal is built on OpenStack software and Open Compute hardware. Listen to what the OnMetal team has to say about why we chose such a design.
This is huge. Really huge. If someone told me four years ago that OpenStack would be where it is today – just a mere four years in – I would’ve shrugged my shoulders and said “maybe, we’ll see.”
With a useful OpenStack lab up and running, it’s time to take advantage of some more advanced features. The first that I want to look at is adding the OpenStack Networking LBaaS (Load Balancer) to my Rackspace Private Cloud. This is currently a Tech Preview and unsupported feature of Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2 and is not considered for use in production at this time. To add this to RPC we simply make a change to the environment and run chef-client across the nodes.
Minor Release Upgrade of Rackspace Private Cloud By now you must know that a new version of OpenStack is released every six months. In April, OpenStack’s ninth release, Icehouse, was launched.
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