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2016

Building Your Application for Cloud Portability - An Alternative Approach to Hybrid Cloud

In my previous post, I discussed the differences between hybrid cloud and cloud portability, as well as how to achieve true hybrid cloud deployments without compromising on infrastructure API abstraction, by providing several use cases for cloud portability. True hybrid cloud is achievable. Download the all-new Cloudify 3.4 today! Go...

Achieving Hybrid Cloud Without Compromising On The Least Common Denominator

Survey says, that hybrid cloud, what once was perceived as virtually mission impossible, is becoming pretty much mainstream. According to this survey, and this survey, some users are currently running on as many as 6 clouds simultaneously on average per organization, with an even split between private and public clouds,...

CloudFoundry and Docker Swarm Losing the Battle of OpenStack Container Management; Cloudify up 20% According to OpenStack User Survey

The latest OpenStack user survey on application platforms reveals an interesting trend when comparing this year’s survey with last year’s. See below. 2015 2016 https://www.openstack.org/assets/survey/Public-User-Survey-Report.pdf http://www.openstack.org/assets/survey/April-2016-User-Survey-Report.pdf Try the Kubernetes Orchestration as a Service Tool today! Go Here are some things you might have noticed: Kubernetes gained popularity 30% up (from...

Where AT&T Leads, Cisco Cannot Follow

Preface The Innovator’s Dilemma faced by vendors of proprietary networking stacks is well documented. The blogsphere and the trade media have well documented the disruptive, one-two punch of open source NFV and white box hardware that threatens to undermine their business models. But just this week, at OpenStack Summit in...

2015

How We Created Cloudify as a Service for VMware

Cloudify as a Service for vCloud Air Cloudify is the only open source orchestration platform that delivers native support for the VMware stack, including vSphere, vCloud (vCA, vCD) and VMware Integrated OpenStack. This week marks an important milestone as we introduced the vCloud® Air™ Blueprinting Service developed  jointly by VMware...

The OpenStack Interoperability Paradox and How to Bridge It

Last week I had the honor of moderating with my co-presenter, Sharone Zitzman, our fourth OpenStack & Beyond Podcast. This time the topic was -  Is OpenStack Really Ready for the Enterprise - with Lauren Nelson, a senior analyst from Forrester Research and Kristian Köhntopp, a veteran cloud architect from...

Simple TOSCA Orchestration for Docker

This post was originally published on InfoQ.com in February 2015. Mapping the Current Docker Orchestration Landscape Following this interesting post on Docker orchestration and why you need it – the basic premise is that orchestration plays the role of timing container creation based on application and tier dependencies, as well...

Cloud Migration in the Enterprise

Cloud portability is the ability to move applications and data from one cloud computing environment to another with minimal disruption. There have been numerous attempts and approaches to deal with this challenge on various levels of the stack, such as nested virtualization, containers, API abstraction, PaaS, cloud orchestration, among others....

OpenStack and Cloud Trends - Hypervisors, NFV, Orchestration and more thoughts from the Summit

The OpenStack Summits, which I have been attending twice a year for the past five years, continue to serve as the most formative and influential moments I have during the year - especially with everything related to the growth around OpenStack, which is especially notable from summit to summit. So...

Making Hybrid Cloud Simple and Real with vCloud Air, TOSCA and Cloudify

  While hybrid cloud has been a mainstay discussion in the cloud world for quite some time now (note this post of mine on hybrid cloud from 2011, when CloudStack was still Cloud.com), the reality is that setting up hybrid cloud has proven a fairly complex process. Therefore we've seen...

2014

OpenStack Users are Ready to Move From Hypervisors...and Other Tales from the Summit…

Originally posted at CloudTweaks.com   I just got back from the OpenStack Paris Summit a couple weeks ago, and although this is a bit delayed in coming, I did do a talk on this with the OpenStack Online Meetup immediately following my return, but then decided to share my thoughts...

The VMware OpenStack Cloud Conundrum

OpenStack is an open source cloud infrastructure that is considered by many as a cost-effective alternative to VMware. In reality, the transition from VMware to OpenStack isn’t that trivial, which leads most enterprises to take a hybrid cloud approach. This means they run their OpenStack infrastructure alongside their existing VMware...

Our Open Source Cloud (Re) Architecture with OpenStack + TOSCA

Cloudify OpenStack Native approach - The Story behind the Scenes In the previous post I outlined what I mean by native-approach to the OpenStack cloud. In a nutshell, a native approach represents out of the box tighter integration with OpenStack, all without being limited only to OpenStack. In this post...

Going Hybrid Cloud with OpenStack

OpenStack Silicon Valley is just a few short days away and we are looking forward to talking OpenStack with the local community. A main focus for Team Cloudify at the event will be around the topic of portability AKA hybrid cloud, not only between environments, but also between OpenStack and...

Open cloud deconstructed. What it means to be native to the OpenStack cloud.

OpenStack is just not like any other cloud. OpenStack is an open source cloud and that makes it quite unique in comparison to many of the closed source public clouds generally available today, the most common being AWS, Azure GCE, and others. The fact that it is open source, allows...

Cloud Automation...Cloud Orchestration. That's What It's All About.

The cloud gives you the option to use as many resources as you want, essentially "endless" resources on demand, where you only pay for what you use. In a world where everything is dynamic and IT environments are constantly changing, this is becoming an ever-growing need. In order to take...

OpenStack Going Mainstream - Notes from the OpenStack Summit Atlanta 2014

I attended almost every OpenStack summit event over the past few years, including last year in Hong Kong and Portland, and even lead the OpenStack community in Israel...but somehow, this year the OpenStack Summit felt completely different than any of the previous events. I  feel like OpenStack is coming into...

The Heat is on with OpenStack Icehouse

OpenStack Orchestration Moves up the Stack OpenStack Icehouse, the Ninth OpenStack Release, was announced at the last summit and was named for a street in Hong Kong. The Icehouse release is primarily focused on stability and maturity. The release marks another milestone in the growth of the project.  Just a...

Making Chef as Easy as Ansible

In his book Taste Test, Matt Jaynes compares a few popular configuration management tools such as Chef, Puppet, SaltStack and Ansible. Cloudify - plug in ANY TOOL. Check it out.  Go Jaynes points to some of the areas of complexity within Chef in comparison to Ansible. According to Jaynes, Chef’s...

Network Automation and Orchestration with Openstack and Cloudify

In my previous post I discussed the evolution of networking in the cloud - from commodity hardware to the cloud, and the need for the virtualization of network functions, and the different drivers for change.  In this post I will focus on orchestrating your networking through OpenStack's Neutron, its challenges...

Networking from Then to Cloud

What does networking actually mean? Networking is a fairly abstract term, it means different things to different people. This is because, in contrast to compute and storage, networking is comprised of many components, and their different network functions including load balancers, routers, firewalls, switches and more. Each of these plays...

2013

Getting your Favorite Open Source Framework on OpenStack is Now Simpler than on Amazon, GAE or Azure

The number of open source frameworks that are available today is continuously growing at an enormous pace, with over 1 million unique open source projects today, as indicated in a "(newwindow)recent survey":http://www.slideshare.net/blackducksoftware/the-2013-future-of-open-source-survey-results by Black Duck. The availability of these frameworks has changed the way we build products and structure our...

The Breakup - Why OpenStack Needs a Native Alternative to CloudFoundry and Openshift

"(newwindow)Alex Freedland":http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fpub%2Falex-freedland%2F0%2F12b%2Fb42&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNF6zIu-mlHUq2cUHZK3GHIxC8NzxQ, Co-Founder and Chairman at Mirantis, wrote a "(newwindow)controversial post":http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Freadwrite.com%2F2013%2F10%2F25%2Fmirantis-to-paas-vendors-stop-fighting-openstack-gravity%3Futm_source%3Dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3Dfeed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed%3A%2Breadwriteweb%2B(ReadWriteWeb)&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNEI5tg5aaPxJxnIrmr3obJ_5kvRTw in which he basically marks the breakout of some existing PaaS frameworks from OpenStack - CloudFoundry specifically. Personally, I think that Freedland highlights a growing sentiment in the OpenStack community. The fact that OpenStack is open source should change...

Four Case Studies for Moving Mission Critical Apps to OpenStack

There've been various discussions in the community on OpenStack Interoperability and Portability. The discussions tend to be centralized around the future of the OpenStack API and whether or not it would make sense to support the AWS API on top of OpenStack to allow for better compatibility with the AWS...

To Openstack or not to Openstack Moving Enterprise Applications onto Openstack Today

Peter Chadwick Senior Product Manager - Cloud Infrastructure at SUSE wrote an interesting article arguing  Why OpenStack Will Rule the Enterprise. Chadwick refers to three main points in his arguments: Variety - OpenStack is the only cloud platform that supports every major hypervisor. Familiarity - OpenStack follows an open source...

Using the Cloudify Player as an Open Source Framework for Building Your Own Cloud Application Marketplace on OpenStack

"(newwindow)In the previous post":http://natishalom.typepad.com/nati_shaloms_blog/2013/05/amazon-marketplace-not-a-fair-play-thoughts-on-an-open-marketplace-alternative-with-openstack.html, I outlined the main lessons learned from the Amazon Cloud Marketplace and suggested an alternative approach for building an open marketplace. In this post I'll refer to a specific implementation of that alternative approach through a new Cloudify Service called the Cloudify Player. h3. Introduction to...

Amazon Marketplace - Not a Fair Play, Thoughts on an Open Marketplace Alternative with OpenStack

h3. The Promise of a Cloud Application Marketplace The cloud has clearly emerged as the new world. Today, we find ourselves in an era of land-grabbing in which everyone wants the bigger piece of this new world. Amazon has the advantage of being the first to grab. Others would like...

DevOps, PaaS and Everything in Between

This month Amazon announced AWS OpsWorks, which is the result of their acquisition of Peritor and the embedding of its Scalarium platform within AWS. OpsWorks is a new framework for simplifying the deployment of applications on the cloud. Given that Amazon already has a few frameworks automating application deployment, such as...

Carrier Grade Cloud/PaaS

Cloud is becoming the next-generation backbone for running the web As the technology for building and running cloud infrastructure matures, it is starting to spread out into more industries and revolutionizing how even the most conservative organizations are running their entire operations. One of the areas undergoing a transformation is the carrier backbone services. For those who are not familiar,...

2012

Woz is Worried About "Everything Going to the Cloud" - the Real Issue is Giving Up Control

In a recent article, Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted "horrible problems" in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold.  "I really worry about everything going to the cloud,".. "I think it's going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a...

Putting DevOps and PaaS together with Cloudify

DevOps and PaaS represent two different paradigms for delivering applications to the cloud. DevOps - DevOps takes an automation approach - with DevOps we basically script the process of installation, configuration and deployment of the application stack.  PaaS - PaaS takes an abstraction approach by abstracting the details of the cloud infrastructure from the...

GigaSpaces Cloudify and VMware CloudFoundry the new PaaS Jailbreaker

I was reading Krishnan Subramanian's post, Two Events That "Clouded" Our Thinking In 2011. The thing that caught my attention was Krishnan's comments on why PaaS is a superior alternative to DevOps: The shift in the thinking about the enterprise cloud consumption also poured water into the “DevOps” concept advocated...

2011