Posted by: Leah Rosin
Ceph, Cloud computing, Crowbar, Dell, DreamHost, open source, OpenStack, OSCON 2011
PORTLAND, ORE. — In conjunction with OSCON, Dell today announced the first available cloud solution offering based on OpenStack — the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution. The OpenStack platform has been lauded as providing an alternative to proprietary, licensed cloud products. The Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution integrates the OpenStack cloud operating system, Dell PowerEdge C servers, Dell’s Crowbar OpenStack installer, and services from Dell and Rackspace Cloud Builders. It comes with a reference architecture enabling faster integration, allowing admins to quickly deploy and manage their IT resources in an OpenStack environment.
The Crowbar software framework manages the OpenStack deployment from the initial server boot to the configuration of the primary OpenStack components, allowing users to complete bare-metal deployment of multi-node OpenStack clouds in a matter of hours. Once the initial deployment is complete, Crowbar can be used to maintain, expand, and architect the complete solution, including BIOS configuration, network discovery, status monitoring, performance data gathering, and alerting. Crowbar has been released to the community as open source code and Dell is working with the community to submit Crowbar as a core project in the OpenStack initiative.
“In order to efficiently serve over 300,000 customers, DreamHost has built intelligent service automation into all our Web hosting solutions,” said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost. His company has used Dell’s OpenStack Cloud solution in their expansion of cloud solutions based on Ceph, an open source distributed storage system. They are also contributing to the OpenStack project.
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