AHitachi has a long history of supporting open source communities, including our industry-leading operating environment for Linux applications. Today, Hitachi Data Systems continues this tradition with its Gold Sponsorship of OpenStack, and its introduction of drivers and solutions that support the use of our platforms within an OpenStack environment.
OpenStack is, in basic terms, and operating system for the cloud that can be used to control compute, storage, and network resource pools. OpenStack therefore represents a standards-based way to manage resources in the cloud while enabling organizations to take advantage of low cost hardware. Its architecture is modular, made up of a number of components corresponding to particular technologies - examples nclude Cinder (block storage), Nova (compute resources), and Swift (object storage). Its visibility within the IT community is growing, and our customers and partners are increasingly inquiring as to our plans for supporting OpenStack.
Many industry experts consider OpenStack to be relatively immature, with much work to be done before it is truly ready for enteprise deployments. In fact, interest among service providers has been quite significant because they often have the required technical resources and expertise to use OpenStack to its fullest, and because it can serve as a cloud interoperability platforn to which they can add significant value.
As a vendor of more traditional storage and compute platforms, we wrestle with how to best work within an open source community. Analyst firms have consistently verified that IT is moving in the direction of scale-out, commodity based hardware systems for the cloud, with increasing value residing in software. Our goal for OpenStack is therefore to provide the means for customers and partners to leverage the value of our storage and compute platforms while taking advantage of the interoperability and standards-based approach that OpenStack provides.
We began our corporate involvement with OpenStack in August 2013, when we became a Gold Sponsor. Since then, we have developed drivers for many of our storage platforms (including our Hitachi Content Platform, our object storage solution). We are also moving forward with a detailed business plan to bring robust OpenStack solutions targeted at specific use cases relevant to partners and end user organizations.
OpenStack "releases" occur every six months, and coincide with a global summit of OpenStack users, vendors, press, analysts, and other interested parties. The next summit is scheduled for the week of November 3rd, 2014, in Paris, France (for more information, click here). Hitachi will be present in a variety of different ways, including:
- A booth on the exhibit floor where we will showcase our OpenStack and cloud solutions via recorded and live demos
- Attendance by key Hitachi product and solution experts at the ready to meet with partners and customers
- Participation in two sessions focused on helping users work through some of the challenges of implementing and deploying OpenStack solutions (panel discussions):
"Ask the Experts: Challenges for OpenStack Storage"
"Ask the Experts: OpenStack as a Service or as a Distribution"
- Attendee surveys linked to participation in prize drawings
HDS's OpenStack experts are also involved with the OpenStack community, participating in both developer activities and the creation of an OpenStack marketing plan.
If you're a partner and plan to attend, be sure to stop by and talk with us. To learn more about our focus on OpenStack, and the solutions we have available, click here.
And - as always - we're interested in your feedback and interest/activities with OpenStack and the cloud.