HP, Wind River and Others Join Paris OpenStack News Cycle

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 04, 2014

As I covered yesterday, this week the OpenStack Summit is taking place in Paris, and there is already a lot of related news flowing out of the event. Internap, which provides Internet infrastructure services, has stated that it is expanding its OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD public cloud footprint to Amsterdam, and Amysta has announced the release of its billing system for OpenStack, which is essentially a revenue management platform.

Joining the news cycle, Stratus has shown off a software-based solution to bring OpenStack-based workloads to a new level of availability, and HP and Wind River have partnered to create carrier grade HP Helion cloud solutions based on OpenStack.

According to Stratus:

  "Endorsed by key members of the OpenStack ecosystem, Stratus’ approach to enabling enterprise grade OpenStack clouds leverages Software Defined Availability (SDA) to provide a simple way to achieve always-on availability for all apps – whether legacy, cloud native, stateful or stateless – as well as the ability to dynamically adjust availability levels. This is a significant cost and resource advantage for businesses looking to advance their cloud plans."

"Improving reliability for OpenStack clouds is critical to facilitating broader enterprise adoption. To meet this challenge, Stratus has developed an industry exclusive set of Linux and KVM extensions to provide unparalleled availability services for OpenStack workloads."

 Meanwhile, HP is in partnership with Wind River to develop solutions with HP Helion OpenStack technology to enable carrier grade network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities. According to the companies:

"The addition of proven carrier grade technologies from Wind River into HP Helion OpenStack is designed to provide communications service providers (CSPs) with an open source based cloud platform that meets their demanding reliability requirements and accelerates their transition to NFV deployments. Cloud computing is enabling the communications industry's shift towards network and application virtualization, allowing the delivery of new services to their customers more quickly with significantly reduced operating and capital costs. In order to facilitate this shift, CSPs require carrier grade, open standards based NFV solutions that are extremely reliable."

"CSPs want the benefits of cloud computing, while meeting their rigorous reliability, performance and management requirements," said Saar Gillai, senior vice president/COO, HP Cloud & general manager, NFV, HP. "HP and Wind River are collaborating to provide a fully integrated and supported HP Helion cloud solution for carrier grade NFV, enabling CSPs to leverage the agility that the over-the-top providers possess. We will also work together to enhance OpenStack technology to help ensure it evolves to meet carrier grade specifications."

HP and Wind River are wise to focus on OpenStack at the carrier level. As I covered here, Red Hat is partnered with Telefonica and others to focus on the same kinds of goals.  The companies are collaborating to drive Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and telecommunications technology into OpenStack.

The OpenStack platform will be influenced by all this focus on NFV and carrier-grade technology. HP and Wind River have committed to making contributions to the OpenStack platform along these lines.

OStatic will follow up with more coverage out of the Paris summit this week.