Cumulus, Dell, Red Hat Use Open-Source DevOps for an OpenStack Cluster
The three vendors were able to use such open DevOps tools as Git and Ansible to install and deploy a 300-plus-node OpenStack cluster in six hours.Officials with Dell, Cumulus Networks and Red Hat say the companies have demonstrated that large-scale OpenStack deployments can be easy to manage and deploy using open-source DevOps tools and open networking offerings. The companies created a 300-plus-node OpenStack cluster that used server and networking switches from Dell, Red Hat's OpenStack distribution and Cumulus' Linux network operating system. Using the open-source DevOps tools, such as Ansible and Git, the vendors were able to install and provision the cluster in 6 hours. The proof-of-concept (PoC) was an important step, according to Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager of OpenStack at Red Hat. "With the increase in production rollouts of OpenStack, customers want the ability to scale without compromising on performance and manageability," Balakrishnan said in a statement, adding that the three vendors "have demonstrated the ability to scale with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and we're looking forward to bringing this powerful solution to our customers."
OpenStack clusters traditionally are created by teams of network engineers and system administrators that are separated into siloed environments with few ways to collaborate, which officials with the companies said can increase complexity to the work. DevOps methodologies are designed to increase collaboration and efficiency to the process.