[dba-Tech] OpenStack

Gustav Brock Gustav at cactus.dk
Fri Jan 13 02:06:51 CST 2012

Hi Jim

Interesting, but what can we use it for?

Who is the audience for this?

Institutions and service providers with physical hardware that they'd like to use for large-scale cloud deployments. In addition, companies who have specific requirements which prevent them from running in a public cloud.

OpenStack is probably not something that the average business would consider deploying themselves yet. 

Seems like a tool for the really big boys only.


>>> accessd at shaw.ca 12-01-2012 19:15 >>>
Openstack the current largest OpenSource Cloud application (currently
supported by Rackspace and NASA) has just received yet another boost with
AT&T throwing its considerable financial support behind it and they are
planning to add a number of APIs. 

"AT&T has promised a LAMP stack for CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat and
Windows Server for AT&T Cloud Architect, with plans to add a "full API
framework" letting devs "fully tap" into AT&T's cloud."

So what does OpenStack Cloud do and give? According to Openstack:

Why OpenStack?

Control and Flexibility. Open source platform means you're never locked to a
proprietary vendor, and modular design can integrate with legacy or
third-party technologies to meet your business needs. Hypervisor support for
Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Xen, KVM, VMWware ESX, LXC, QEMU, and

Industry Standard. More than 60 leading companies from over a dozen
countries are participating in OpenStack, including Cisco, Citrix, Dell,
Intel and Microsoft, and new OpenStack clouds are coming online across the

Proven Software. Running the OpenStack cloud operating system means running
the same software that today powers some of the largest public and private
clouds in the world.

Compatible and Connected. Compatibility with public OpenStack clouds means
enterprises are prepared for the future, making it easy to migrate data and
applications to public clouds when conditions are right, based on security
policies, economics, and other key business criteria.

You can view the main page via: http://openstack.org 

So yet another big option for all who are thinking a dabbling or going into
full production on the web.


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