OpenStack Summit Day 1 Recap

OpenStack Summit San Diego started with a bang – or several bangs, as it were – with big news from many veteran OpenStack players and some new faces.

First, Rackspace started the party with the launch of the Rackspace Private Cloud Product Certification program. The new program ensures that Rackspace’s technology partners’ products and solutions are compatible within an OpenStack-powered Rackspace Private Cloud.

Rackspace on Monday also launched a pair of software development kits (SDKs) that make it easier for developers to leverage the OpenStack APIs. The SDKs also provide documentation to help users get started, along with tested, working sample code developers can use for their applications today. The first two SDKs are for Java and PHP, but more are on the way. The Rackspace Cloud SDK for Java leverages the jclouds open-source library and has full support for OpenStack Nova (Rackspace Cloud Servers) and OpenStack Swift (Rackspace Cloud Files); and the Rackspace Cloud SDK for PHP uses the Rackspace-developed php-opencloud library, which supports Nova, Swift, Rackspace Cloud Networks (preview access) and Rackspace Cloud Databases. You can learn more about the SDKs here:

OpenStack Foundation members also came to San Diego armed with big announcements.

OpenStack Foundation Gold Member Cisco came out of the OpenStack Summit gate ready for action with the unveiling of Cisco OpenStack Distribution, a Cisco Edition of OpenStack that’s a packaged and tested version of Folsom with open source components. The packages offer automated deployment and other functions like high-availability, monitoring and Cisco-enabled networking with Quantum.

And OpenStack Foundation Gold Member Cloudscaling announced that it opened up the Google Compute Engine APIs to OpenStack, providing an alternative to Amazon Web Services.

Cloud infrastructure automation player Opscode also came to OpenStack summit with a full arsenal of announcements. First, Opscode announced Chef for OpenStack, which Opscode said offers a centralized, defined collection of code and best practices for using Chef to create and automate OpenStack infrastructures and deploy and manage application stacks on OpenStack. Chef for OpenStack combines a central repository of cookbooks with key features of Hosted and Private Chef to offer a reference framework to improve business agility and operating efficiency with OpenStack, Opscode said.

Second, Opscode announced integration via the Knife command-line for OpenStack Folsom, which enables users to rapidly create, bootstrap and manage OpenStack Folsom compute instances.

Lastly, Opscode announced that OpenStack Gold Member DreamHost has deployed Opscode Private Chef to automate configuration and environment management for DreamHost’s DreamCompute public cloud and DreamObjects cloud storage service. DreamHost is using Opscode Private Chef to automate the Ceph-powered object storage infrastructure behind DreamObjects, plus the OpenStack-powered virtual machine management and Ceph-powered block storage infrastructure behind the OpenStack-based DreamCompute public cloud computing service that DreamHost announced at OpenStack Summit.

NetApp, an OpenStack Foundation Gold Member, also continued to back OpenStack at the Summit. On Monday, NetApp announced the contribution of Data ONTAP 8 Clustering Drivers to OpenStack Block Storage. The move gives developers, service providers and enterprises improved resources to build private and public clouds on OpenStack, NetApp said.

And coming out of stealth mode at OpenStack Summit on Monday was Metacloud, which launched a managed enterprise private cloud offering based on OpenStack. Meanwhile, Japanese network virtualization upstart Midokura unveiled at OpenStack Summit that it is officially entering the U.S. market. Midokura also unveiled MidoNet; software defined networking play designed for IaaS that virtualizes the network stack for cloud platforms like OpenStack.

Along with the product announcements that marked day one of OpenStack Summit San Diego, the OpenStack Foundation and community continued to grow with new companies joining the family. First, Nimbula announced Monday at OpenStack Summit that it has joined the OpenStack community. Nimbula, a cloud operating system maker, said it plans to collaborate on improvements the OpenStack codebase and incorporate OpenStack services into future Nimbula Director releases. Another OpenStack newcomer, Comcast, confirmed just before the Summit that it was joining as a member of the community. And cloud management company Gale Technologies also announced that it joined the OpenStack Foundation as a corporate sponsor.

That was a big first day. Be sure to check in tomorrow for more news from the OpenStack Summit San Diego. And don’t miss the many Rackspace experts speaking at the OpenStack Summit this week.


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