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RDO vs. RHEL OSP – explained

As I introduced in my previous post there are two main options when considering an OpenStack environment; private Cloud RDO or OSP and we often find that cutting edge hardware requires cutting edge software. OCF partners with RedHat who back the RDO project, a freely available community-supported distribution of OpenStack that runs on RedHat Enterprise […]

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OpenStack – which flavour do you need?

With open source at its core, you’d be hard put to argue against the freely available code being one of the reasons for OpenStack’s success. It could be debated that other open cloud platforms haven’t seen as much uptake compared to OpenStack because of this – it’s now one of the largest collaborative programming projects […]

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Getting started in OpenStack

Where are all the cloud engineers? There are a growing number of use cases in OpenStack. Telco’s are getting excited about OpenStack and enabling Network Function Virtualisation – i.e. the ability to deploy virtualised appliances over Software-Defined Networks (SDN). Financial organisations are also seriously considering OpenStack, and typically, financial IT rarely changes quickly. Companies like […]

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The OpenStack Story – and why it’s not Virtualisation!

OpenStack is a fairly young project in terms of IT technology. It began when Rackspace and NASA jointly developed their own Infrastructure as a Service and launched their free cloud platform in 2010. We’ve only really started to see its adoption in the past two to three years. A new version of OpenStack is released […]

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Event Report: OpenStack Summit Day 3

Thursday was the final day of the main conference with the design conference continuing into Friday. I took the opportunity to browse the large marketplace where vendors make their various pitches. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is one of the big buzzwords at this conference. Whilst it will have little impact in the HPC sphere, it […]

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Event Report: OpenStack Summit Day 2

Day two of the conference has seen developers getting down to business in the technical track. I attended some of the sessions and was able to make some contributions to working groups who are looking to improve monitoring and logging and contribute to sessions dedicated to OpenStack upgrades which are complex and frequently problematic. Having […]

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Event Report: OpenStack Summit Day 1

The OpenStack Summit occurs twice a year, a week or so after the latest release and it is usually held in a different city each time. The summit provides a chance to get a snapshot of where the technology is heading, the current challenges posed along with various success stories and lessons learned along the […]

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Keeping up to date with OpenStack

In my newly appointed role as OpenStack engineer at OCF, I’m responsible for engaging with UK academia, large enterprise, and research organisations to help design and integrate HPC systems incorporating the open-source and commercially supported versions of OpenStack. As part of on-going training and development, I recently expanded my OpenStack knowledge when I spent a […]

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