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SUSE Select Services Fast-Track Customers' Software-Defined Infrastructure

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To put customers on the fast track to a software-defined infrastructure, SUSE today unveiled SUSE Select Services for its OpenStack Cloud and Enterprise Storage solutions. This fixed-price service offering is a blend of consulting, premium support and knowledge transfer designed to jump-start implementations and integrations of these two key software-defined infrastructure components. Solutions are implemented quickly and smoothly, easing data center transformation for enterprise customers. After implementation, SUSE Select Services provide proactive maintenance and premium support plus access to a customer success manager who is the customer's advocate within SUSE.

Actapio Takes Cloud Native Approach to Upgrade On-Premise Infrastructure to Manage High Scale Web Workloads

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Today, Heptio, in collaboration with Actapio, a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan Corporation, announces Gimbal, an open source initiative to unify and scale the flow of network traffic into hybrid environments consisting of multiple Kubernetes clusters and traditional infrastructure technologies including OpenStack.

Gimbal removes obstacles for companies looking to adopt Kubernetes in their environments by routing high volume traffic into both Kubernetes clusters and existing solutions like OpenStack that often live side by side in the enterprise infrastructure. This cloud native solution is tailored for the highly dynamic nature of managing Kubernetes workloads, which expensive, existing solutions are not designed to do. By using Gimbal, companies can leverage the agility of cloud native systems to modernize legacy infrastructure, giving them faster time-to-market at reduced cost.

The advantages of Gimbal include:

Mirantis Launches Continuous Delivery Product based on Netflix's Spinnaker

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Mirantis announced the beta program for Mirantis Application Platform, based on the Spinnaker open source project. Mirantis Application Platform helps enterprises run applications in the public cloud, employing the approach pioneered by hyperscalers like Netflix and Google and commonly referred to as cloud-native continuous delivery.

Mirantis Application Platform is a standalone complement to Mirantis' infrastructure management offering based on OpenStack and Kubernetes, called Mirantis Cloud Platform.

"While it's easy to start using public cloud and get immediate benefits as a small team, getting ROI from cloud for a large enterprise requires streamlining the various processes, tools and security requirements across a diverse set of engineering silos," said Adrian Ionel, Mirantis CEO. "Mirantis Application Platform aims to address this challenge, enabling enterprises to maximize cloud ROI at scale through cloud native continuous delivery."

Mirantis Application Platform will help enterprises moving to AWS or GCE realize the following benefits:

OnRamp Helps Startups Thrive with Free Cloud Program

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OnRamp Access, LLC, a HITRUST-certified cloud infrastructure provider, is pleased to announce the release of OnRamp’s Cloud Innovation Program with the goal of helping startups innovate, scale and thrive. Eligible startups receive six months of free resources on OnRamp’s HITRUST-certified virtual private cloud (VPC) built on OpenStack technology and access to OnRamp’s rich set of resources, including security and compliance expertise, an extended community of partners, and marketing opportunities.

The program is open to all startups, but is best suited for software startups developing a SaaS-based product or service that’s subject to security and compliance mandates, such as HIPAA and PCI.

Ericsson to Automate Cloud Execution Environment (CEE) for NTT DOCOMO

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Ericsson has been selected by NTT DOCOMO, INC. to automate the deployment of Ericsson's virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) solution, Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment (CEE) based on OpenStack, at commercial sites in Japan. The deployment will rapidly improve installation, sanity testing, and deployment times for Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi).

The Fulfillment-OSS NFVi Provisioning solution will significantly reduce manual CEE deployment time and will enable end-to-end and efficient project implementation across NTT DOCOMO's network function virtualization platform system.

OpenStack 'Queens' Release Expands Support for GPUs and Containers to Meet Edge, NFV and Machine Learning Workload Demands

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The OpenStack community today released Queens, the 17th version of the most widely deployed open source cloud infrastructure software. A packed release resulting from a six-month development cycle, Queens offers advancements benefiting not only enterprises with mission-critical workloads but also organizations investing in emerging use cases like containers, NFV, edge computing and machine learning. The software now powers 60 public cloud data centers and thousands of private clouds at a scale of more than six million physical cores.  

Enterprise adoption of cloud continues to expand, and by next year, 60 percent of enterprise workloads will run in the cloud, according to 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation, Workloads and Key Projects survey. 451 Research also reports that enterprise adoption of OpenStack is expanding in parallel, with enterprises in nearly all verticals and regions now running mission-critical workloads on OpenStack software. To support these workloads, the Queens release includes robust, enterprise-oriented features, most notably the multi-attach feature in Cinder.  

RADCOM Collaborates With Red Hat to Accelerate Operators' Transition to Cloud-Native Assurance

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RADCOM Ltd., today announced it is collaborating with Red Hat to provide operators with a fully virtualized network visibility solution running on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. As operators transition to NFV, a critical first step is gaining end-to-end network visibility. This collaboration enables operators to attain cloud-native network visibility without the hassle of building their own private cloud infrastructure. Moreover, once the operators' transition to NFV mature, integration efforts with the operators' NFV and MANO infrastructure can be simplified.

"Our customers see deploying network visibility as their top priority in beginning their journey to NFV-based networks. Customers want to deploy cloud-native service assurance as their first virtual network function (VNF) to test all other VNFs during the early POC(s) stage as well as when as the operator deploys them on the network," said Rami Amit, RADCOM's CTO and Head of Product. "However, not all operators have mature cloud environments. In collaborating with Red Hat, RADCOM is providing operators a solution that allows them to achieve network visibility more rapidly, whether they have cloud environments or not. This solution provides operators with an ideal cornerstone on which to build their next-generation NFV networks and ensures complete end-to-end network services visibility from day one."

Platform9 Enables Cadence to Optimize a Cloud-First Approach for Its Internal Engineering Infrastructure

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Platform9, the next-generation open cloud company, today announced Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has deployed Platform9's open cloud solution to transform its legacy IT environment to a cloud environment. Designed to provide operational flexibility and ease of use, Platform9's open cloud platform delivers a full stack of cloud technologies, including OpenStack and Kubernetes, that can manage across any infrastructure and help customers achieve rapid time to value at enterprise scale.

As Cadence's business has evolved to enable more complex solutions for semiconductor and system companies, high-performance computing (HPC) became a critical need for its engineering team. This, along with the need to enhance internal engineering productivity and consolidate legacy and modern business apps, prompted the Cadence team to simplify and modernize its IT operating environment with a cloud-first approach.

"As we continue to challenge traditional thinking in the industry, we needed a solution for scaling our IT operations that would meet strict industry guidelines, enhance developer productivity and align with our long-term product delivery strategy," said Carl Siva, vice president of IT at Cadence. "After considering several products and services, we selected Platform9 because it delivers widely used cloud frameworks such as OpenStack and Kubernetes, spans multiple regions across the globe, lets us easily establish a cloud environment in compliance with semiconductor industry requirements, and ultimately, provide our engineering team with resources on-demand via an automated self-service platform."

Nuage Networks to Support the Fujitsu Cloud Service K5's Global Expansion

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Nokia's software-defined network (SDN) venture, Nuage Networks, has been chosen by Fujitsu to expand its Cloud Service Fujitsu Enterprise Cloud Service K5. The world's largest OpenStack cloud service, K5 provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) using both virtual machine (VM) and bare metal services, with the latter managed by OpenStack Ironic, in a global commercial first. The powerful combination of OpenStack and the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) provides Fujitsu and its enterprise customers with massively scalable and highly available virtual networks.

The Nuage Networks next-generation overlay SDN solution will help Fujitsu expand its deployment of its K5 cloud-based services beyond its current data centers in Japan, Europe and North America, to new centers in Singapore and Australia. Starting with the data center in Japan, Cloud Service K5 will enable Fujitsu's enterprise customers to accelerate their digital transformation by moving their existing server infrastructure into K5 data centers. This allows them to quickly migrate to a cloud-native architecture running on OpenStack Ironic and the Nuage Networks VSP. In addition to 'on-demand' delivery of services, it will assure them greater security, manageability and availability of the cloud, as well as full support for non-cloud-native applications running on fully integrated bare metal services.

The OpenStack Foundation starts to look at projects beyond OpenStack

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Over the last few years, we’ve seen the launch of a number of open source foundations like the Cloud Native Compute Foundation, the Cloud Foundry Foundation and others. Most of these run under the Linux Foundation, but one of the largest open source foundation outside of that group’s orbit is the OpenStack Foundation, which — at least until now — has solely focused on the development of the OpenStack cloud computing platform.

Times are changing, though. After spending the last few days at the bi-annual OpenStack Summit, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the OpenStack Foundation is starting to look beyond the OpenStack platform and that the future of the organization may just look a bit more like the Linux Foundation, though with a more streamlined vision that will have the group focus on open infrastructure projects that align with its current interests but that don’t necessarily need to be part of the OpenStack platform or follow the current guidelines for these projects.