Mellanox is at Vancouver this week and the frequency of #OpenStack tweets have quadrupled. If you are wondering how they are related, it’s because every 6 months, the industry showcases the next coolest thing in cloud at the OpenStack Summit.
For those who are unaware, OpenStack is an open source cloud operating system, which initially began as a joint project between Rackspace and NASA and was quickly embraced by the entire industry, from hot startups to big enterprises. Year after year, this honey pot has attracted more bees than ever imagined.
This year marks a big landmark for the OpenStack community partly because several organizations propelled OpenStack from a ‘test bed’ to a ‘production ready’ cloud [Read Walmart and Fujitsu story].
With the rise of cloud computing and mobile technologies, today’s market demands applications that deliver information from mounds of data to a myriad of end user devices. This data must be personalized, localized, and curated for the user and sent back to these devices. Businesses must retrieve data from their own systems—typically ERP, SCM and HRM applications–and then deliver it through systems of engagement with those end users.
The standard for building these systems is the LAMP stack, which consists of Linux as the operating system, an Apache web server, an open source relational database like MySQL or MariaDB, and PHP as the development language.
LAMP stack has become popular because each component can be theoretically interchanged and adapted without lock in to a specific vendor software stack. These solutions have grown to support many business critical systems of engagement, despite the need for more powerful, scalable and reliable hardware systems. Ideally, the LAMP stack can be optimized for dynamic scale out as well as scale up virtualized infrastructures.
When it comes to advanced scientific and computational research in Australia, the leading organization is the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). NCI was tasked to form a national research cloud, as part of a government effort to connect eight geographically distinct Australian universities and research institutions into a single national cloud system.
NCI decided to establish a high-performance cloud, based on Mellanox 56Gb/s Ethernet solutions. NCI, home to the Southern Hemisphere’s most powerful supercomputer, is hosted by the Australian National University and supported by three government agencies: Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Guest post by Alex Henthorn-Iwane, QualiSystems
Big data is for real, but its places heavy demands on IT teams, who have to pull together and provision cloud infrastructure, then offer big data application deployments with validated performance to meet pressing business decision timelines. QualiSystems is partnering with Mellanox to simplify big data deployments over any cloud infrastructure, enabling IT teams to meet line of business needs while reducing operational costs.
This past week in Atlanta, I got the chance to attend the sessions, presented and exhibited at the OpenStack Summit. The Summit was attended by over 4,500 registered participants. Today there are more users than ever! More than 200 companies have joined the project, and the main contributors of current OpenStack release are Red Hat, HP and IBM. The OpenStack Foundation has posted a recap video showing some highlights:
Some themes emerged during the summit. The new concept of big users becoming major contributors is really taking off. Big users are becoming major contributors to the project because it means they can move faster as a company. These big users include large banks, manufacturing, retailers, government agencies, entertainment and everything between. Instead of spending time trying to convince vendors to add features, these large organizations have realized that they can work with the OpenStack community directly to add those features and move faster as a business as a result.