The Cloudify Blog

Arthur Berezin

By Arthur Berezin

Utilizing Declarative Model-Driven TOSCA Orchestration for NFV

This post explains how to take the right advantages of TOSCA Orchestration for NFV with a model-driven approach as opposed to BPMN and others.

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

Cloudify's TOSCA Journey - The Convergence of ARIA and TOSCA (An Infographic)

The convergence of Cloudify and TOSCA, where Project ARIA, OpenStack Heat Parser project and the Apache Software Foundation all join forces.

Jessie Brami

By Jessie Brami

Announcing Cloudify's OpenStack Plugin 1.5 Release

Here are the features and updates that have been added to the latest version of our OpenStack plugin.

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Cloudify and OPNFV Take the Stage at OpenStack Summit Barcelona to Present Use Cases of a vIMS on OpenStack

Cloudify and OPNFV's Functional Testing team to talk about using Cloudify to orchestrate and manage the Clearwater vIMS on OpenStack.

Arthur Berezin

By Arthur Berezin

Hybrid Cloud Orchestration on OpenStack With Cloudify and TOSCA

Interested in hybrid cloud orchestration and already using OpenStack? Learn why Cloudify is the right choice for going hybrid.

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack Day Israel 2016 - Onward and Upward!

The OpenStack Day Israel event is now behind us. But what a whirlwind event it was. From the speaker dinner to the keynotes to the ignite talks (borscht included) and the afterparty, we can definitely say this was a wonderfully successful event with over 500 attendees for this one day...

Sahdev Zala, Community Contributed

By Sahdev Zala, Community Contributed

OpenStack TOSCA Parser for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)

This article was written by Sahdev Zala, OpenStack Software Engineer at IBM and originally published on the IBM OpenTech blog. The article is being re-published with the author's consent. The recent release of OpenStack TOSCA-Parser for TOSCA Simple Profile in YAML has added initial support for parsing TOSCA Network Functions...

Yoram Weinreb

By Yoram Weinreb

Developing for OpenStack APIs - My Experience Giving My First Summit Talk

Last month, I visited Austin, Texas to participate in the latest Openstack Summit. It was my first visit to Austin and, boy, did I fall in love with this city. Great vibe, nice southern look and feel and amazing nightlife. The Summit, of course, was great! It was packed, people...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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...

DeWayne Filppi

By DeWayne Filppi

Scaling Kubernetes Microservices on OpenStack With TOSCA Orchestration Pt II of II

In my previous post, I described orchestrating a hybrid architecture that included Kubernetes, Kubernetes hosted microservices, and a cloud hosted database, all running on Openstack. That post described how everything was deployed, but left the implementation of post deployment dynamism to the imagination. This post finishes the story. Try the...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 8 | Live From Mobile World Congress Talking NFV

Mobile World Congress was a whirlwind event this year and there was no shortage of NFV interest and talk throughout the 4-day conference. The OpenStack & Beyond team made sure to get in on the action by hosting a live episode straight from the floor (well, in a meeting room)....

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Rock the Vote for Cloudify at OpenStack Austin

We're back again with some brand-spanking new talks on everything OpenStack! We've got great stuff to share on NFV, hybrid cloud, API development, containers, and even a community talk. The OpenStack Summit is a favorite of ours, and we really want to show you what we've got, so help us...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

What is SDN? SDN Controllers Wiki and Roundup - OpenDaylight, OpenFlow, Network Automation and More

SDN is an abbreviation for Software Defined Networking, it is often times tightly coupled with NFV (network function virtualization) as they complement each other. According to many experts, the emergence of this concept is a breakthrough in this activity because it allows incredible optimization of the work of networks and...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

6 OpenStack & Docker Predictions for 2016

OpenStack? Docker? Choosing between other alternatives? Don't get left behind, read our predictions for this year.

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Deploying A Death Star In The Cloud

As Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes over the news, with everybody making Star Wars related images, videos, memes, and more, we wanted to bring a DevOps touch to the fun. We poke just a bit of fun at a few of our favorite IaaS clouds: OpenStack, VMware, and AWS....

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 6 | OpenStack Predictions for 2016

Coming (almost) straight off the heels of our OpenStack Tokyo podcast, we bring you a fresh OpenStack & Beyond podcast all about the future of OpenStack, specifically in the next year. Our panel of three included experts each in a different discipline: an analyst, a product person, and a systems...

Guest Post, Florian Haas

By Guest Post, Florian Haas

OpenStack Meets Open edX - Open Source and Scalable Training Made Easy

Introduction - Sharone Zitzman With an an excellent OpenStack Summit just behind us, there were a lot of interesting projects that were launched or announced in conjunction with the summit.  This post will focus on one project that was led by the team at Hastexo - namely Florian Haas, who...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Musings from the OpenStack Tokyo Summit

Well, folks, another OpenStack Summit is behind us. That means we will have to wait until 2016 for the next one, which is slated to take place in Austin, TX at the end of April. With an amazing turnout of more than 6,000 attendees from around the world, OpenStack Tokyo...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 5 | Konichiwa from the OpenStack Tokyo Summit

We set out to ambitiously broadcast live from the OpenStack Summit again, and despite having wifi troubles (hence the shaky start), and no real viable quiet place to sit - we went for it nonetheless, and came out with an excellent (albeit somewhat noisy) show joined by the very awesome...

DeWayne Filppi

By DeWayne Filppi

Orchestrating Kubernetes On OpenStack

In my previous post, I discussed enhancing the original, basic Kubernetes plugin into a version that was reasonably functional. That version was designed to use Fabric and operate on preexisting machines (virtual or “bare metal”). This post discusses the changes needed to create the same hybrid deployment as before, but...

Uri Cohen and Luther Trammell

By Uri Cohen and Luther Trammell

Using Cloudify to Extend Murano Past OpenStack to Multiple Clouds

It’s great to see Murano is gaining popularity and usage since its release, along with additional projects added in the last OpenStack releases - from Sahara to Marconi, I find the addition and the diversity of projects now available in this growing ecosystem extremely impressive. So for those who are...

DeWayne Filppi

By DeWayne Filppi

Cloudify Meets Kubernetes - Enhancing The Integration

Integrating Cloudify with Kubernetes is compelling for those with hybrid environments (containers, virtualization, cloud, bare metal, even hardware), who would like to leverage Kubernetes' container management instead of Cloudify's, and/or leverage Cloudify's event driven workflows to perform autoscaling or other automatic processes. In my last post, I described an initial...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

Domo Arigato, OpenStack Tokyo!

It’s on, folks! Tokyo is not just around the corner, it’s here - and OpenStack peddlers, developers, fanboys, newbies will all be out there to hear about how everyone is using OpenStack to improve the open cloud initiative and push this amazing project forward. Our own Cloudify team will also...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Scaling - Murano, Microservices, NFV and more

OpenStack Liberty was released just a few days ago on October 15th. This is OpenStack’s twelfth release of the widely-used cloud computing platform. Liberty is also a great name for this release as it brings with it a “liberating” factor for many developers – the new big tent approach. This...

Arthur Berezin

By Arthur Berezin

On the Future of OpenStack, Orchestration, and Containers - Thoughts from OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015

OpenstackSV Panel   Last week I attended my first OpenStack Silicon Valley conference in Mountain View. As with the official OpenStack biannual Summit, the main OpenStack cast of characters were all in attendance, but in a more intimate setting, allowing for closer interaction with the community. Among the many great...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 4 | Is OpenStack Really Ready for the Enterprise

We’re back with the newest episode of OpenStack & Beyond, the podcast that discusses everything OpenStack. We are really excited to bring you this much anticipated episode featuring two great panelists – Lauren Nelson, a senior analyst from Forrester Research and Kristian Köhntopp, a veteran cloud architect from hosting company...

Luther Trammell

By Luther Trammell

OpenStack Cloud Orchestration Pt I of II - From Manual to Automated Deployment

Most software deployments are more complicated than the actual application being deployed. Usually, when we talk about an application, we’re talking about something very simple - some server-side scripting language-based application and a backend database instance. However, when it comes to deploying this application, things become a bit more complicated,...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Get Your Cloudify Votes in For OpenStack Tokyo

As contributing members of OpenStack, we are proud to be part of this amazing community that is at the forefront of the open source cloud world. We organize events and meetups around OpenStack and firmly believe in the OpenStack movement. That said – OpenStack Tokyo is quickly approaching and we,...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 3 | High Availability

The OpenStack & Beyond Podcast is back with a brand new episode on a very relevant and timely topic that is on the minds of many OpenStack users: High Availability. Hosted this time solely by Nati Shalom (Shlomo Swidler was traveling), this latest episode aired two incredibly knowledgeable OpenStack guests,...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack Israel 2015 - The Road to The Enterprise

What an adventure! This year’s OpenStack Israel event was an awesome end to the EMEA tour of the OpenStack conferences. We heard from top telecoms firms, big banks, and some of the biggest OpenStack proponents in the tech world. The conference had over 400 stackers from many small and large...

Eli Polonsky

By Eli Polonsky

Auto-Scaling your Apps with TOSCA & Cloudify - An Orchestration Tool Comparison Pt II of II

This is the second part of our Orchestration tool comparison. You can find part I here. PLEASE NOTE: This blog post does not offer a fully working example of auto-scaling with TOSCA & Cloudify, only a theoretical example of how it would work. We hope to have a working example...

Sahdev Zala, Community Contributed

By Sahdev Zala, Community Contributed

An Update on the OpenStack Heat-Translator Project - TOSCA, Networking, Containers, and more

Introduction by Idan Moyal, Cloudify R&D Team Leader In the past I've written about the progress of TOSCA through my experience as a core committer in the Heat Translator project and an active member of the Oasis Foundation. In advance of the upcoming OpenStack events taking place around the globe...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 2 | OpenStack Summit Roundtable

After a very fascinating first podcast about SDN & NFV, the OpenStack & Beyond podcast is back with a fantastic second episode recorded live from the OpenStack Summit in beautiful, sunny Vancouver. Hosts Shlomo Swidler of Orchestratus, and our very own Nati Shalom discuss everything new with OpenStack and in...

Eli Polonsky

By Eli Polonsky

Auto-Scaling your Apps with OpenStack Heat - An Orchestration Tool Comparison Pt I of II

Scaling - it’s all the rave. When having a conversation about cloud orchestration (all the cool kids are doing it these days), you just can't go ten minutes without someone being the party pooper and chiming in with the good old: "Yeah, but can you auto-scale my application?.” In fact,...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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...

Barak Merimovich

By Barak Merimovich

A Multi-Network Friendly Openstack VM Image with Neutron & Netplugd

A multi-network friendly Openstack VM image with netplugd A while (long while. Sorry about that) ago, I posted about setting up a VM in an Openstack cloud so that it worked nicely with multiple networks. I also promised that I would explain how to automate this process. So, in this...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

More Reference NFV Architecture Based on TOSCA + NetConf YANG

TOSCA is a very good descriptive language for VNF definition, nodes monitoring and active policies like healing and scaling, as it has the combination of declarative descriptions of the application topology with all its components - from the application and network components down to the compute resources, software and everything...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

The Skinny on OpenStack Kilo - NFV & IPv6, Bare Metal Cloud, and More

The 11th release of OpenStack has officially landed in advance of the OpenStack summit, which makes this the “K” release of OpenStack, and it has aptly been named Kilo, for the hefty goodness it brings with it. The long, tall and skinny of Kilo So like all of our post...

Eliza Croen

By Eliza Croen

No Sleep Till Vancouver - Pure-Play NFV, TOSCA & OpenStack Cloud Orchestration

It’s that time of year again to pack up and ship out to the next OpenStack Summit and Team Cloudify is ready to rock Vancouver. Twice a year, people with varying backgrounds and experience with OpenStack come together to learn about the technology, hear what’s new in the ecosystem and...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 1 | NFV & SDN in the Cloud

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast Returns With Hosts Shlomo Swidler and Nati Shalom | May 4, 2015 The OpenStack & Beyond podcast is back in a new incarnation, having rebranded from the OpenStack Israel podcast, with host Shlomo Swidler of Orchestratus now joined by our own Nati Shalom to discuss everything...

Idan Moyal

By Idan Moyal

The TOSCA Cloud State of the Union

As a core committer in the Heat Translator project - I have had the opportunity to learn quite a bit over the course of the last year about TOSCA. When we started developing Cloudify 3.0 (about a year and a half ago) we knew we needed an improved syntax for...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

Do I need OpenStack if I use Docker?

  Docker has broken a record in the speed in which it moved from being a disruptive technology to a commodity. The speed of adoption and popularity of Docker brings with it lots of confusion. In this post I wanted to focus on a trend of commentary that has been...

Yoram Weinreb

By Yoram Weinreb

From VMWare Virtualization to Public Cloud. Now Hybrid Cloud.

vCloud, OpenStack & Cloudify VMWare has been in the front of the virtualization space for many years and is by far the most popular enterprise virtualization solution. In the recent years, as cloud technology became popular, VMWare released its vCloud product line to target private clouds. More recently, VMware entered...

Nati Shalom and Sharone Zitzman

By Nati Shalom and Sharone Zitzman

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...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

OpenStack Juno - The Stats Behind the Open Source Cloud

Every now and again we like to do an OpenStack statistics roundup, usually we do this following the release of their annual report, but recently they sent a quick OpenStack Juno summary, and I thought I would share the highlights, and how this compares to previous reports. So, as you...

Barak Merimovich

By Barak Merimovich

Advanced OpenStack Networking - Configuring an OpenStack VM with Multiple Network Cards

We have discussed OpenStack networking extensively in previous posts.  In this post, I’d like to dive into a more advanced OpenStack networking scenario. Many cloud images are not configured to automatically bring up all network cards that are available. They will usually only have a single network card configured. To...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

NFV on OpenStack Cloud – Open Source Everything

  As we get more heavily involved with NFV, I would like to share my experience taking a few VNFs (virtual network functions) and SFCs (service function chains) and implementing them on public and private clouds. I thought implementing an IMS system on a public cloud would take forever but...

Eliza Croen

By Eliza Croen

Cloudify on Hybrid Cloud Orchestration - VMware, Docker and OpenStack at the Summit

  Team Cloudify is heading to the OpenStack Summit in Paris to present cross-cloud orchestration capabilities of its open source application orchestration platform. With Cloudify's recent re-architecture and compliance with the TOSCA specification, the platform is even more deeply compatible with OpenStack technology, providing an orchestration platform for deployment, management...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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...

Yoram Weinreb

By Yoram Weinreb

OpenStack Cloud Deployments Made Easy–Heat Plugin for Cloudify

OpenStack Heat makes orchestrating the deployment of multiple OpenStack elements a breeze using its “stack” concept. By defining a HOT (Heat Orchestrating Template) document that describes the stack and “creating” the stack based on the document, Heat will orchestrate the deployment of many elements including networks, subnets, ports, floating IPs,...

Nati Shalom & Eliza Croen

By Nati Shalom & Eliza Croen

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...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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...

Yoram Weinreb

By Yoram Weinreb

Bootstrapping Cloudify on Devstack

Cloudify 3.0 is a major milestone for Gigaspaces. It tightens our integration with Openstack and steers the product architecture to closely match the OpenStack architecture stack. There are several ways to get started with Cloudify 3.0 on OpenStack: You can use an OpenStack public cloud such as HP Cloud You...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

OpenStack Wiki in Short – A Quick Guide to Open Cloud

In this post, we outline the different OpenStack components, and how they work together. This is your quick wiki for everything OpenStack

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

What is Openstack? A Quick OpenStack Tutorial

We decided to answer the most fundamental question for those looking to get started with OpenStack, and make sense of the OpenStack terminology.

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

OpenStack Orchestration with Heat + Devstack

Today in order to bootstrap a Cloudify manager you have to take care of the OpenStack compute, networking and security services yourself, essentially all of the OpenStack orchestration (this is still a good reference).  Each of these is comprised of a number of configurations.  Just to name a few: When...

Nati Shalom & Sharone Zitzman

By Nati Shalom & Sharone Zitzman

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...

Eli Polonsky

By Eli Polonsky

The OpenStack Summit - In Bits and Byte-Size Pieces

The Ninth Semi-Annual Openstack Summit, was held last week (12th-16th of May, 2014) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The corresponding release is called Icehouse and design sessions for the next release (Juno) were also conducted. Attendance was quite impressive with over 6,000 registered and about 100 booths...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

OpenStack in Numbers - The Real Stats

One thing that I like about working with an open source community like OpenStack is that you get direct access not just to the source code itself, but to its users and ecosystem as well.  This allows you to be less exposed to marketing spins, and actually analyze our actions...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

How to Install Devstack over Virtual Box using Vagrant

Many of us often times need to develop and test on OpenStack, however this becomes cumbersome as OpenStack releases new versions, where each needs to be installed and configured from scratch. I found that a good solution is to install DevStack over a VirtualBox, but the challenge here is to...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

The Hitchhiker's Guide to All Things OpenStack Atlanta

Recommendations from the experts of what to stay tuned for at OpenStack Atlanta. Ok, so you’ve arrived and now you’re heading out to the OpenStack Design Summit…but there’s just so much going on, you don’t even know where to begin.  Here’s our expert guide for what to look forward to...

Eliza Croen

By Eliza Croen

OpenStack Atlanta Here We Come

The OpenStack Summit is about to begin and Team Cloudify has landed in Atlanta! Once again we are looking forward to an action packed week with our fellow stackers and are ready to make some noise around some juicy updates. The latest and greatest version of Cloudify, version 3.0, is...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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...

Yoram Weinreb

By Yoram Weinreb

OpenStack Heat and DevStack on HP Cloud

Openstack is clearly making waves and rapidly becoming the de-facto standard in private clouds. In the last few releases, its orchestration engine, Heat, which was originally inspired by Amazon CloudFormation, is getting more mature with more desired functionality. I wanted to share my experience with setting up my own Heat...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

Automation of NFV Components on OpenStack - How-To

In my previous post I discussed the need for virtualization of network functions on the cloud. In this post, I’m going to dive into a real world scenario, that CAN actually try at home.  (Really we also support local cloud, remember?) So just to recap, the primary challenges of virtualizing...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

What is NFV?

I first heard the term NFV a year ago as part of the writeup that I was doing with Alcatel Lucent on CloudBand titled Carrier Grade PaaS covering our collaboration. Ever since that time it looks like the term has risen in popularity with every network provider or infrastructure provider...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

Network Automation with NFV on OpenStack

As NFV (network function virtualization) becomes trendy more network vendors are working on a solution of how to take their existing investment in network products and make them NFV enabled. The target is that eventually everything will run as virtual software components on commoditized hardware. To this end, I actually...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

Why You SHOULD Want to Use OpenStack

Over the past few weeks I came across various cases where people questioned the maturity of OpenStack and its fit to enterprise customers. The most recent one was a piece called "Enterprises should just ignore OpenStack", that basically suggested that OpenStack doesn't really answer any enterprise needs and that there...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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...

Barak Merimovich

By Barak Merimovich

Openstack in a Box - Setting Up Devstack Havana On Your Local Network

The Openstack project is hugely popular, gaining more and more ground with developers. It is also pretty damn complicated to set up. Fortunately, the good folks as Openstack have set up an ‘all-in-one’ configuration allowing you to install all of the Openstack components on one machine using a fairly straightforward...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

Eight Cloud and Big Data Predictions for 2014

Prediction has always been a fun exercise. It forces you to take a step back from your day to day activities, look at the market “crystal ball” and figure out what the future looks like. This year I found this exercise to be particularly difficult as the amount of new...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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 recent survey by Black Duck. The availability of these frameworks has changed the way we build products and structure our...

Yaron Parasol

By Yaron Parasol

Cloud DevOps Orchestration

I’m pretty excited to take part in the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong in a few days. Uri Cohen and I will give a talk about Cloud Application Orchestration. This is a great opportunity for us to share what we have learned during the last three years building Cloudify and...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

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

Alex Freedland, Co-Founder and Chairman at Mirantis, wrote a controversial post 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...

Eliza Croen

By Eliza Croen

Team Cloudify Heads to Hong Kong

It’s that time of year again for the OpenStack Summit, and the Cloudify team will soon be shipping out to Hong Kong to take part. We’ve got a bunch of exciting announcements to make and a MONSTER giveaway going to one lucky winner at the event. From a new app...

DeWayne Filppi

By DeWayne Filppi

XAP on Cloudify Part 1

Introduction GigaSpaces XAP has lacked an official Cloudify recipe for some time now, and this series of posts will address my efforts to create one. The task of automating the deployment and management of the potentially complex suite of services that XAP represents is a challenge in and of itself,...

Nati Shalom and Uri Cohen

By Nati Shalom and Uri Cohen

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...

Yoram Weinreb

By Yoram Weinreb

Auto-scale and Auto-heal your state-full Apache or tomcat service on OpenStack

Architecting and building a web service in the cloud age is quite simple. Options range from web site generators such as Wix, to Paas providers such as GAE, all the way to the traditional LAMP setup hosted on IaaS that gives you the maximum control and customization power. Quoting Spider-man,...

Tamir Korem

By Tamir Korem

How to Install Heat and DevStack on Vagrant

Here’s a short post that explains how to install Heat and DevStack on Vagrant Download and install Vagrant (1.2.6). Download an Ubuntu box for the vagrant and place it in your Vagrant folder. Download this Vagrantfile and place it in your Vagrant folder: Start Vagrant and invoke the following commands:...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

Openstack's Third Birthday - A Recap With A Look Into The Future

OpenStack was first announced three years ago at the OSCON conference in Portland. I remember the first time I heard about the announcement and how it immediately caught my attention. Ever since that day, I have become a strong advocate of the technology. Looking back, I thought that it would...

Tamir Korem

By Tamir Korem

How to Install Heat and Devstack on EC2

Devstack is A great option to install and run an OpenStack cloud on your laptop or inside a VM on a cloud. Ideal for potential users who want to see what the Dashboard looks like from an admin or user perspective, and OpenStack contributors who wish to test their apps...

Nati Shalom and Uri Cohen

By Nati Shalom and Uri Cohen

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...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

Big Data on OpenStack

Big Data systems by their very nature tend to be…Big. Big in the amount of data, in the number and size of infrastructure behind it, etc. Cloud based infrastructure can be a good fit as a cost effecive instrastrucutre for running those Big Data systems. While this may sound obvious,...

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By Nati Shalom

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

In the previous post, 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. Introduction to the...

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By Nati Shalom

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

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 to...

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By Nati Shalom

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,...

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By Nati Shalom

Moving Enterprise Workloads to the Cloud on a Massive Scale

Cloud has quickly become a disruptive technology, with the main disruption being a revolution in the way in which organizations run their IT. The poster child for these cloud discussions was often the new Web 2.0 companies such as Google and Amazon who have been true pioneers in this new...

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By Sharone Revah Zitzman

Gigaspaces and Mirantis - Big Data On OpenStack

Below are the slide deck and the videos from the June 21st San Francisco Cloud Mafia meetup on the topic of "Big Data on OpenStack" with GigaSpaces, and Mirantis. GigaSpaces Presenter: Uri Cohen, VP Product Management Topic: Deploying Your Big Data App on OpenStack The massive computing and storage resources...