Unlocking the Cloud -- The Case for Open Standards


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The cloud era calls for industry standards, but hundreds of cloud hosting providers and proprietary technology platforms have divided the market. How do we create a common, open cloud platform that both hosting providers and enterprises can freely leverage? In this session, you will hear from both an enterprise user and hosting provider who are deploying OpenStack, the massively scalable, open source cloud operating system and emerging open industry standard.

Jim Curry, GM of Rackspace Cloud Builders, will kick off the session with a brief update on OpenStack, the fastest growing open source cloud community, and then introduce two real-world users who will each share their use case with OpenStack. Troy Klein, Staff Hosting Engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America, will discuss his experiences rolling out an OpenStack private cloud proof of concept and evaluating alternative cloud solutions. Ben Cherian, GM of Emerging Technologies at DreamHost, will also share how his company is leveraging OpenStack and participating in the open source community.

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  • Server virtualization improved efficiency of servers, but did not address the entire DC (one server into many) Apps need access to other resources too – storage, network How do you manage it all – where to provision, giving apps access to the resources, self service capability, etc)
  • Unlocking the Cloud -- The Case for Open Standards

    1. 1. OpenStack A Common Platform for Service Providers and Enterprises General Manager, Rackspace Cloud Builders & OpenStack.org Jim Curry Twitter: @jimcurry [email_address]
    2. 2. About Me <ul><li>Responsible for OpenStack.og and Rackspace Cloud Builders </li></ul><ul><li>Previously ran new business formation / corp dev </li></ul><ul><li>6 years at Rackspace </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@jimcurry </li></ul>
    3. 3. What Exactly is OpenStack? <ul><li>A cloud operating system that turns datacenters into pools of resources – the next evolution from server virtualization </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a management layer for controlling, automating, and efficiently allocating these resources </li></ul><ul><li>Empowers operators, sys admins and end users via self-service portals (“I want AWS-type service!”) </li></ul><ul><li>Gives developers the capability to build cloud-aware applications via APIs </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Pieces of OpenStack <ul><li>OpenStack Compute : provision and manage large networks of virtual machines </li></ul><ul><li>OpenStack Object Store : Create petabytes of reliable storage using standard servers </li></ul><ul><li>OpenStack Image Service : Catalog and manage large libraries of server images </li></ul><ul><li>More projects are being incubated (dashboard, networking, block storage, load balancing, queueing, load balancing, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>… .plus nearly 100 companies with solutions built on / powered by / distributing OpenStack </li></ul>
    5. 5. OpenStack Community Today
    6. 6. Some Stats <ul><li>1,200+ active participants </li></ul><ul><li>17 countries represented at Design Summit </li></ul><ul><li>40,000+ downloads </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide network of user groups (North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa) </li></ul>
    7. 7. How You Can Participate <ul><li>Website: www.openstack.org </li></ul><ul><li>Mailing Lists: http://lists.openstack.org </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki: http://wiki.openstack.org </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @openstack </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Service Providers </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprises? </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Rationale for One Open Platform <ul><li>Both markets need a cloud operating system – significant technology overlap </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud orchestration should be commoditized, and we should all solve it together </li></ul><ul><li>True interoperability requires a common platform </li></ul><ul><li>Customers want to have one standard…ideally one that does not lock them in </li></ul>
    10. 10. Rackspace Cloud Builders <ul><li>Available to help service providers and enterprises build and support OpenStack clouds </li></ul><ul><li>Training, deployment and ongoing support </li></ul><ul><li>Key engineering resources driving OpenStack </li></ul><ul><li>Operational expertise from Rackspace Cloud </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul>