At OpenStack Summit Paris, cloud federation – the ability to easily and seamlessly leverage a multi-cloud environment – was a buzz worthy topic. The story of cloud federation was told though a number of sessions: from Tim Bell from CERN’s keynote presentation to several smaller breakouts. Rackspace and CERN openlab are working together to federate OpenStack clouds. The project has already had a number of successes.
For more than a year, Rackspace and CERN openlab have been exploring the feasibility of federating OpenStack clouds. Great progress has been made, such as the inclusion of code in OpenStack Icehouse to federate identity in multi-cloud environments.
At the Women of OpenStack working breakfast this week at OpenStack Summit Paris, women got together to share their experiences, support each other and discuss ways to increase the number of women involved in OpenStack. Currently, only about 10 percent of OpenStack Summit attendees are women.
At OpenStack Summit Paris this week a lot of the talk was around new features in Juno, the tenth OpenStack release. Rackers Alan Bush and Drew Cox were able to catch up with Rackspace Principal Architects Kevin Jackson and Justin Shepherd for a live Google Hangout to dig into what’s new and exciting in Juno and other insights from OpenStack Summit.
At the Gartner Catalyst Conference last week, Rackspace CTO John Engates spoke about how the cloud has evolved beyond a one size fits all solution. Today, companies have a choice. They can choose a commodity cloud and deal with the cost, pain and time of managing it all themselves; or they can choose a Managed Cloud, cloud infrastructure that includes built-in high-touch service and support from a team of experts.
Rackspace today launched managed cloud – a return to our Fanatical Support roots. With two enhanced service levels for public cloud customers; a restructured pricing model; a developer+ program; and new Support SLAs, managed cloud provides our customers managed services and Fanatical Support to enable them to focus on their core business.
Infrastructure demand can be turbulent and difficult to predict. As data grows both in scale and complexity, web applications increasingly become spread across heterogeneous compute and storage environments. Many great companies are managing their infrastructure using ad-hoc monitoring and autoscaling technologies that are often monolithic in nature and built by a team that lacks specialization in scale or flexibility. For these companies, what results is unpredictable performance and reduced visibility of resource utilization—two things that are bad for business.