Can Software-defined networking (SDN) help to automate networking in the cloud, transforming switches into low-cost Linux boxes? Midokura offered guidance during the OpenStack Summit.
With the OpenStack Summit in San Diego this week, open cloud headlines were dominated by OpenStack announcements and analysis. But some new criticisms of the project emerged as well. A Forrester analyst cautions that companies may not get a return on their investment with OpenStack.
The future of networking will be defined by software. That was the overriding theme after the first day of the inaugural Open Networking Summit, a conference dedicated to software-defined networking (SDN)and OpenFlow, the open source API defined to enable multivendor switches and routers to be programmable.
Canonical joins the list of companies, who are switching to OpenStack cloud computing platform from the Eucalyptus framework. Other companies who have already opted for OpenStack include Citrix Systems, Dell, Intel and Cisco. The decision to adopt OpenStack as the default cloud platform was taken at the recently concluded Ubuntu developers Summit in Budapest.
At the OpenStack Summit today, Red Hat announced RDO, “a freely available, community-supported distribution of OpenStack that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and their derivatives.” In essence, RDO will function for Red Hat OpenStack much like Fedora does for Red Hat Enterprise Linux: new features will land upstream, get integrated into RDO, and eventually make their way into
OpenStack, the open source cloud platform, has hundreds of backers. But like Linux, multiple OpenStack distributions may emerge on the market. That could trigger customer confusion and indecision. Enter Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), the leading provider of corporate Linux solutions. I'm betting Red Hat will gradually repeat that success with OpenStack. Here's why.
In short, I would like to know what is the minimum number of systems needed to setup OpenStack in a production capacity. It is for personal use, non enterprise, so I don't need to support a large load.