They both go to 11!



Kilo is the eleventh major OpenStack release, with enhancements across the board and new features like Ironic for bare metal service provisioning. SMB to large-scale clouds with OpenStack are being deployed in droves with a self-service portal to spin up virtual and now bare metal workloads while automatically provisioning all the requisite compute, storage and networking resources.  Yet, network service provisioning remains to be cumbersome, brittle and closed.

OpenStack and Cumulus Linux share a common philosophy, design and operational framework. Compute and storage (with Cinder and Swift) leverage standard infrastructure, so why use black boxes from Cisco and Arista, especially when the systems are merchant silicon reference designs. Cumulus Linux is unencumbered Linux without proprietary APIs and protocols, with the flexibility to run on your platform of choice.  Build and runtime operations are identical from bootstrapping infrastructure with PXE or ONIE to lifecycle management with config management and patching. Clouds have become the new frontier not only for orchestration platforms like OpenStack but for tools, processes and organizations. Converged administration with battle-tested automation platforms (such as Puppet, Chef or Ansible) or monitoring (with Nagios or collectd) enable admins to rise to critical tasks such as workload automation and simplified policy while delivering strategic business value vs being a cost center.

Is COCO the New LAMP?

In the late 90s the Web was exploding, and so LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) rapidly became the go-to solution stack offering an extensible and open architecture. Today, COCO (Cumulus Linux, OpenStack, Ceph and Overlay) represents a commonly deployed architecture. Cumulus Linux for bare metal switches (see Dell, HP and Quanta at the OpenStack Summit) plus other Linux distributions for compute and storage enable low-level resource management and control. Overlay network solutions provide hyperscale multi-tenancy with VXLAN and an OVSDB schema as well as other sophisticated network services with a centralized management/policy platform offered by Akanda, Midokura, OpenContrail, PLUMgrid and VMware NSX. Ceph has enabled a scalable and fault tolerant object, block and file storage solution from a distributed, commodity compute cluster.  OpenStack brings it all together with a centralized cloud orchestration platform, with proven distributions and services partners: Cloudbase with Microsoft, HP Helion, Mirantis, Red Hat and VMware VIO. Learn how Dreamhost operationalized the COCO stack at OpenStack Vancouver.

Ultimately, there are a many ways to experience the COCO stack. Join us for the Open Networking for your OpenStack webinar on June 3rd. Get hands-on time evaluating Cumulus Linux with OpenStack at no risk or investment with our Cumulus Workbench. When you are ready for a proof of concept or production, the Cumulus Linux OpenStack validated design guide will show you how to build OpenStack clouds ranging from a simple, single rack proof of concept to a full, scalable data center cloud environment. Installing and configuring both the network and the servers is fully automated by simply inserting a USB drive with the Cumulus Linux installer into one of the switches. In mere minutes after powering on the cluster, you’ll be starting VMs in your new OpenStack cloud!