The OpenStack Times rounds up news about OpenStack.
“Our intent is to empower startups with secure, certified infrastructure so they can focus on what they do best: code, test, build, scale and bring new ideas to market. Austin and Raleigh both have a tight-knit community of entrepreneurs who support one another. With this spirit in mind, we developed a program that gives back to the community,” says CEO Lucas Braun.
“We at IBM,” stated its vice president of data analytics, Anjul Bhambhri, during a 2015 conference, “believe that Spark is the analytics operating system.”
It was a bold declaration, especially coming from a senior executive of a company whose reputation was made, in large part, on the quality of its operating systems. But Spark is not an IBM product. It’s actually an Apache project that entered the big data space as an alternative processing engine to MapReduce, one of the original, principal components of Hadoop.
Engineers at NTT Docomo are deploying Red Hat technology for software flexibility and increase in agility of services. The company adopted Red Hat OpenStack Platform as a virtualization infrastructure for providing the basis for new IT initiatives. Investment in Red Hat’s open source platforms has already assisted NTT Docomo to achieve decrease in its hardware footprint, cost reduction and improved service delivery speed.
“People want to get more out of their cloud,” OpenStack Foundation COO Mark Collier told me. Those users want to run both their legacy workloads and new workloads on the platform, but what those new workloads look like is changing. “For us, what we are seeing in terms of new workloads is a lot of demand for machine learning. That’s a very hot space and people see value in it very quickly.”
open source? It’s very much a part of Nokia’s overall strategy. “We’ve taken the concept of openness into the next level,” he said. It’s not just exposing the APIs; it’s about enabling the customer to run different vendors and to create “mix and match” in each of the layers—the customer chooses the best server, the best cloud infrastructure or the application and so on—just as operators set out to do when they launched their SDN and NFV efforts.
“We are strategically using a lot of open source,” he said. “Using it—it’s not complicated.” The key is in the way you use it and not having to build something new every six months when a new software release comes out. That was something they had to figure out.
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