OpenStack’s Explosive Impact on Cloud Computing

I remember the day I started working in Linux and Open Source professionally.  I don’t have to tell most of you out there this, but we knew we were on to something.  We knew Linux and Open Source would really take the world by storm, though it might take longer than any of us would have liked.  Then one day it happened…Linux grew up.  Open Source was accepted in all levels of the Enterprise, and when Cloud Computing came on the scene we knew that Linux and Open Source would find a natural home there…and they did.Open Source.  Open Standards.  That was the saying in the late 1990’s through about 2007 when things really began to take off.  Now, when you look at OpenStack, you see the same words…”the open source, open standards cloud”.  This is what it was all about in the beginning…opening the source code to the world.  Allow people to customize it, make it into what makes it work better for them and the rest of the community.  Not long ago the people working on open source code were independent developers working early mornings or late nights after their day jobs.  Today you have global organizations participating.  OpenStack itself has over fifty-three organizations that contribute to the program including NASA, Rackspace, Dell, Canonical, AMD, Intel, Citrix, Internap and others.

You know that you have something when you have that many companies and a Government agency working together to create and develop the most exciting platform in Cloud Computing.  This week at SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, TX, Dell Solutions Engineer Greg Althaus gave a demonstration of the OpenStack installer (codenamed Crowbar).  Greg talks about the installer and what you can do with it in this video.

When you combine Dell’s PowerEdge C servers, the Crowbar installer and OpenStack, you have an out-of-the-box solution that will allow you to have a Cloud up and running in hours.  One of the major features that the OpenStack Cloud gives you is the ability to run Windows and Linux guests.  While a majority of the Clouds run Linux, the fact remains that there is still the need for Windows guests in the Cloud.  Until OpenStack, there wasn’t a good Open Source option for Windows guest support.  It was more or less limited to Linux guests.  Borrowing a line from Monty Python and the Guest for the Holy Grail, “and there was much rejoicing”.

Make sure you visit for more information on what Dell is doing with OpenStack, and download a copy of our whitepaper “Bootstrapping OpenStack Clouds“.  Also visit to see everything that Dell is doing in the Cloud from hardware and full solutions.

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