News Roundup from OpenStack Summit Vancouver 2015

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Last week’s OpenStack Summit in Vancouver brought together professionals across the industry and also showcased what’s new in the open source cloud ecosystem. News announcements spanned all aspects of the OpenStack project. Here are some of the highlights.

Tesora Launches TroveSpeed for Quick OpenStack Trove Implementations

To make it quick and easy to run on Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) with OpenStack Trove, the TroveSpeed Program includes the Tesora DBaaS software platform plus technical assistance to get up and running rapidly. Over a four-week period, TroveSpeed customers get a trial version of Tesora’s flagship DBaaS Enterprise Edition, online training, installation and technical support.

Coho Data Raises $30 M Series C Funding Round, Launches All-Flash Storage Node

The web-scale flash storage provider Coho Data closed $30 million in Series C funding, and also announced the general availability of its first all-flash storage node, the DataStream 2000f. Coho Data’s previous hardware had been configured for hybrid solid-state and magnetic disks. With its flash-tuned DataStream software architecture, Coho aims to overcome the architectural shortcomings of monolithic SATA/SAS-attached flash array architectures which limit scalability.

Catbird Releases Security Policy Software for OpenStack

Catbird, a provider of “software-defined security”, released Catbird for OpenStack, a hypervisor-agnostic software solution that enforces security policies across different clouds, including OpenStack and VMware.

Firefly Launches New OpenStack Education Series

Technology training company Firefly launched a new education series around OpenStack called “Firefly LaunchPad for OpenStack” aimed at helping individuals and organizations understand the complexities of implementing OpenStack and navigate the multi-vendor ecosystem around it. Much like Mirantis’ training program, LaunchPad positions itself as a “pure” and vendor-agnostic training program. The first LaunchPad for OpenStack modules are OpenStack Essentials, OpenStack Network Architecture and OpenStack Storage Architecture. The OpenStack Essentials course is the only course with dates set, and it’s introductory rate is $749 per student until the end of June.

PLUMgrid Extends Rackspace Private Cloud Solution through SDN

PLUMgrid, a developer of OpenStack cloud virtual network infrastructure, has launched a private cloud solution that enables enterprises to use Software Defined Networking (SDN) for secure and scalable, production-ready private clouds with Rackspace’s managed services and support. The PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) enables overlay networking solutions with comprehensive L2 to L4 functions, high availability, NAT, security groups, policies, DHCP, DNS, encryption and operational tools.

The new integration between PLUMgrid ONS and Rackspace Private Cloud allows used to deploy a production-scale OpenStack cloud on-premise or at a Rackspace data center.

Nuage Networks and Arista Networks Collaborate on Policy-Driven Network Automation

Nuage Networks (a Alcatel-Lucent venture) and Arista Networks have partnered to enable customers to build programmable underlays and highly automated Software Defined Networking (SDN) overlay infrastructure using industry standard protocols like OVSDB and Arista’s VxLAN. Customers using OpenStack and other cloud management systems can leverage the integrated solution over a varied ecosystem of hypervisors for scalable and automated software defined cloud networks. Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Assurance Platform (VSAP) and Arista EOS work together to ensure that the mapping and policies are combined with visibility of the network infrastructure to deliver timely fault isolation and remediation.

China’s UnitedStack Demonstrates New UOS Services

Chinese OpenStack cloud company UnitedStack announced several new services and features of UnitedStack’s OpenStack-based cloud service platform, “UOS”. This includes the UnitedStack NAS file sharing service is built on the OpenStack Manila project, allowing users to deploy a new file sharing service on their existing UOS environment without creating alone NAS hardware and software stack. It also recently launched L2&L3 GRE tunnel service support allowing users to connect various cloud platforms using a graphic interface or API. The UOS platform also supports OpenVPN, a new encrypted application layer VPN service, which allows for more secure access between private and public networks. Finally, UnitedStack showcased its TCP/IP-based Workload Balance service, which helps improve the availability and scalability of clouds.

If you were unable to make it to the Vancouver event, OpenStack Summit presentations and keynotes are available for viewing online. And upcoming bi-annual summits have been recently announced including the Tokyo Summit from October 27 to 30, 2015, then Austin, Texas in May 2016, and Barcelona, Spain in October 2016.

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