Dell Expands OpenStack Cloud Efforts, and Other Open Source Programs

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 20, 2012

This week PC giant Dell Computer has served up a series of announcements that the company claims show how committed it is to open source. First, the company has pledged through its "Project Sputnik" effort, to deliver an Ubuntu-based laptop that will focus on developers. And, the company has announced enhancements to its OpenStack-driven cloud computing solutions.

Dell’s OpenStack-based cloud platform is now available with additional server, networking and services options, and in additional regions including the U.K., Germany and China. Along with OpenStack Essex, customers can buy Dell 12th generation PowerEdge servers including the R720, R720XD, or PowerEdge C servers that are cloud-ready. They can also purchase PowerConnect or Force10 switches and services from Dell, Canonical or Mirantis. 

If a business is interested in deploying a cloud-focused cluster, Dell and Cloudera offer a Hadoop-centric solution.  It includes Cloudera’s distribution of Apache Hadoop running on optimized Dell PowerEdge C2100 servers, and is delivered with service and support.

Dell has also served up a case study about a California-based web hosting company that uses Dell's OpenStack-based cloud platform and the accompanying support.

And, Dell officials are at the OSCON conference in Portland, Oregon this week discussing various open source initiatives. You can find out more about these here.