Dell, Rackspace, Opscode Demonstrate Automated OpenStack Cloud

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-03-09 Print this article Print

The demonstration showed that it is possible to provision an open-source OpenStack compute cloud from bare metal hardware in one hour.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Dell, Opscode and Rackspace on March 9 demonstrated what they described as the first fully automated provisioning of a multinode OpenStack cloud, a new de facto cloud operating system.

The demo was staged during an OpenStack gathering at the third annual Cloud Connect conference here at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The demonstration showed that it is possible to provision an OpenStack compute cloud from bare metal hardware in one hour.

Dell contributed its recently launched OpenStack installer, Opscode its Chef open-source software for cloud infrastructure automation and Rackspace its Cloud Builder software and cloud environment.

In the demonstration, which also uses Dell's installer tool and blade servers, each server node boots from bare metal, registers itself with the admin server, obtains a base operating system and is assigned its role in the OpenStack infrastructure. Servers then are updated with all of the latest packages and automatically configured by Opscode's Chef to provide services in the OpenStack infrastructure.

The OpenStack open source cloud project, launched in July 2010 by Rackspace, has earned rapid industry support with more than 50 organizations now participating in the project, which is intended to create an open and standard cloud operating system.

OpenStack provides an open-source alternative to proprietary cloud-partner alliances led by Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard, to name two major ones.

Canonical, creator of maintainer of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, cloud services provider Autonomic Resources, and NASA are among the organizations involved in establishing the alliance.

"There's a tremendous amount of interest in the OpenStack community around seeing complete, ready to deploy cloud platforms based on OpenStack," said Michael Cote, analyst at RedMonk.

"The effort by Dell, Opscode and Rackspace is a great example of partners advancing the OpenStack initiative. The work they're doing to bring together hardware, automation and the cloud platform into a near-push button cloud setup should provide a very interesting offering."

"It is amazing to see how the OpenStack community and technology is advancing rapidly through industry collaboration and important contributions by open-source community members," said Jim Curry, general manager of Rackspace Cloud Builder.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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