OpenStack Summit 2017: Open Technologies Building on Modern Infrastructure Stack

OpenStack Summit is in Boston this week (May 8-11), and we are looking forward to meeting customers, prospects, and partners as well as mingling with other OpenStack aficionados. VMware has a strong presence there as we continue to drive forward, contribute, and learn through discussions around open technologies and initiatives such as OpenStack, containers, Kubernetes, ONAP, OPNFV, and a host of others.

Ajay Singh, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware

Ajay Singh, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO), our supported, service provider and enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution has been DefCore compliant from the beginning, including the latest InterOp standards on top of our best-of-breed software-defined data center (SDDC) infrastructure. We’ve poured resources and effort into making it the easiest OpenStack distribution to install, manage, patch, and upgrade. And when combined with seamless integration with vSphere, NSX, and vSAN, customers can achieve superior performance, scalable networking, and resilient shared storage that helps make our OpenStack distribution one-of-a-kind when it comes to deriving maximum agility, production reliability, and value.

In the service provider ecosystem, the evolution toward high speed 5G mobile networks and support for a multitude of new devices, sensors, and advanced services is pushing the transformation of telecom networks requiring elastic, dynamic, and self-optimizing telco clouds. Performance, scalability, and resiliency are even more important for communications service providers as they transform their core networks to be 5G-ready. VMware Integrated OpenStack is a standard component of every vCloud NFV solution.

VMware Integrated OpenStack Adoption across Enterprises and Telecom Service Providers

Complementing the footprint in Communications Service Providers, adoption of VMware Integrated OpenStack continues across top-tier enterprises like Amadeus, HedgeServ, and Rakuten, among others, having strategically chosen an OpenStack approach to digitally transform their businesses. What they and others like most about VMware Integrated OpenStack is (a) our distribution is native, and (b) the production-readiness of our underlying industry-leading compute, storage, and network virtualization platform. To learn more about Amadeus’ VMware Integrated OpenStack deployment, read today’s press release.

OpenStack Use Cases Gaining Traction

As technology matures, so do use cases. And those use cases have come into clear focus as our customers adopt VMware Integrated OpenStack. Here are the OpenStack use cases we see in our customer base today:

  1. NFV Infrastructure, Management, and Orchestration (MANO): VMware vCloud NFV is a fully integrated, modular, multi-tenancy-ready NFV platform. The solution supports an open architecture for integration and interoperability and is coupled with an OpenStack-compliant virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) which accelerates service innovation and delivery, reduces costs, and simplifies network operations, upgrades, and management. Automation sits at the core of service creation, onboarding, and deployment. VMware is a key contributor to MANO open source initiatives, including ONAP and ETSI OSM. VMware Integrated OpenStack is an integral part of VMware’s NFV infrastructure, enabling it to expose standard northbound interfaces to deliver a fully automated service lifecycle in a multi-vendor and multi-VNF environment that is ready to evolve and embraces cloud-native applications.
  2. Implementing a Developer Cloud: Our customers expect choice when it comes to building their developer-oriented cloud, and we’re providing it. Several customers are looking to implement OpenStack to increase developer productivity and reduce time to market by providing a private cloud implementation that offers self-service, and programmable and dynamic provisioning of infrastructure resources.
  3. Leveraging Network Virtualization With VMware NSX: Customers seeking to run business-critical applications in an OpenStack environment need to consider scalability, security, manageability, stability, and integration with existing networks, to name a few. Deploying OpenStack with VMware NSX provides a programmable network that is fully integrated with OpenStack as well as other VMware infrastructure components, providing rich network and security services such as firewalling for micro-segmentation and load balancing.
  4. Running Containers on OpenStack: Containers and Kubernetes adoption are increasing as customers build modern apps from scratch and/or seek to modernize their traditional applications by running them in containers. As more developers adopt Kubernetes as their preferred platform for application development, IT teams face challenges associated with moving those applications from dev/test environment to production. They’re seeking platforms such as VMware Integrated OpenStack that deliver security, high availability, troubleshooting, and capacity management for containers.

We are anticipating an exciting few days at OpenStack Summit this week, where we will present in 12 sessions and conduct demos at booth A2. Be sure to stop by and say hello if you’re at the show.