OpenStack Summit news: Storage and backup rank 6th on use-case list

An OpenStack Summit end-user survey shows storage and backup rank sixth among top applications, workloads in use with OpenStack cloud technology.

Storage and backup ranked sixth among the top 10 applications or workloads in use with open source OpenStack cloud technology, according to survey results released yesterday at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong.

Ahead of storage were Web services, quality assurance testing, databases, research and continuous integration/automated testing. Rounding out the top 10, after storage and backup, were virtual desktops, data mining/big data/Hadoop, management and monitoring systems, and high-performance computing.

The OpenStack User Committee and Foundation polled cloud operators and end users about their use of the open source technology and, from 822 survey responses, the staff catalogued 387 OpenStack cloud deployments across 56 countries.

Logical Volume Manager for Linux was the No. 1 storage type used with OpenStack, as cited by 31% of the respondents. Rounding out the list were open source Ceph (which can run on commodity hardware) at 17%, NFS-based storage at 16%, NetApp at 8%, GlusterFS at 7%, and EMC at 3%. A scattering of other storage systems factored into the remaining 18%.

Inktank sells a commercially supported version of Ceph, and Red Hat does the same for GlusterFS, which it acquired from Gluster Inc. in 2011 through its Red Hat Storage Server product.

Other storage-related announcements at the OpenStack Summit included:

  • NetApp made available a single converged driver that affords several configuration options for its storage with the new Havana release of OpenStack Block Storage, which is also known by its project code name, Cinder.

    Also, NetApp continued work on a project code named Manila to provide file storage services for the upcoming ninth release of OpenStack, code-named Icehouse, due next year. OpenStack Storage currently features block-based and object-based storage.

    In addition, in the latest version of the OpenStack deployment and operations guide, NetApp provided a reference architecture that enables a reduction in the number of data copies needed for OpenStack Object Storage, which is commonly referred to by its project code name, Swift

  • Brocade's proposal for a Dynamic Network Resource Manager (DNRM) in order to simplify the deployment and management of physical and virtual networking resources within a cloud infrastructure is due for a vote at this week’s OpenStack Summit in Portland, Ore. If approved, Brocade would plan to deliver the DNRM code with the OpenStack Icehouse release, according to a company spokesman. He confirmed Brocade is also on track to deliver Fibre Channel Zone Management code and plug-ins for its SAN Fibre Channel products in the spring with Icehouse.

  • Cisco announced UCS Solution Accelerator Paks for storage-intensive, compute-intensive and mixed-deployment workloads to ease deployment of OpenStack with its products. The bundles work with OpenStack distributions from Red Hat, Canonical and SUSE. The company also introduced Cisco Services for OpenStack to help customers build OpenStack-based cloud environments.

  • Rackspace, which co-founded the open source OpenStack project with NASA, completed the re-engineering work for a redundant 10 Gigabit Ethernet network featuring 40 Gbps throughput to every host, according to Rajeev Shrivastava, vice president of product marketing. He noted that Rackspace reserved 20 Gbps, or half the network capacity, for its OpenStack-based Cloud Block Storage service so it could become "a first-class citizen, where it is not competing for network bandwidth with other traffic."

  • SolidFire added support for the latest block storage features in OpenStack Havana, including volume extension, enhanced flexible volume and tenant management, and a Cinder backup service option. The vendor, which sells all-solid-state storage systems, also worked to deepen its technology’s integration with OpenStack distributions from Mirantis, Nebula, Rackspace and Red Hat.

  • DreamHost, a global Web hosting and cloud services provider, announced its cloud now runs the latest Havana release of OpenStack Block Storage and the latest version of Ceph storage, code named Dumpling. “These releases provide more stability, functionality and performance to our users,” said Jonathan LaCour, vice president of product and development at DreamHost.

  • The OpenStack Board of Directors approved three new gold members of the OpenStack Foundation. Aptira, which is based in Australia and India, operates a service business that focuses on consulting, integration and training for OpenStack. Hitachi, based in Japan, integrated its Hitachi Unified Storage platform for use with OpenStack Block Storage, and China-based Huawei contributed a block storage driver for its storage systems.

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