Mashing Up OpenStack With Hyperconverged Storage

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OpenStack has pretty much vanquished Eucalyptus, CloudStack, and a few other open source alternatives from the corporate datacenter, and it is giving VMware’s vCloud/vRealize a run for the money and has even compelled VMware to launch its own OpenStack distribution, VMware Integrated OpenStack. When Microsoft brings its Azure Stack out at the end of this year for building private clouds based on Windows Server and tools ported over from its Azure public cloud, OpenStack will be the main competition Azure Stack will face.

While there is no question that OpenStack is growing in popularity and is increasingly being used in production settings to orchestrate compute, network, and storage for virtualized servers and sometimes for bare metal and containers, one of the big gripes about OpenStack is that it takes a team of experts to stand up the software and maintain it. …

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