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Dell, Opscode and Rackspace Demo Fully Automated Provisioning of Multi-Node OpenStack Compute Clouds

March 14, 2011

By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor

Dell, which provides technology solutions, Opscode, a provider of cloud infrastructure automation and Rackspace, a hosting and cloud provider, will showcase a fully automated provisioning of a multi-node OpenStack cloud.

The multi-node OpenStack cloud comprises Dell's (News - Alert) OpenStack installer and Opscode's Chef open source software for cloud infrastructure automation. With the multi-node OpenStack cloud, provisioning an OpenStack compute cloud from bare metal hardware can be done in one hour.

More than 50 organizations are participating in the OpenStack open source cloud project that was founded 7 months ago. The project was aimed at creating an open and standard cloud operating system.

The three companies will demonstrate the new capability at the Cloud Connect conference. They will be providing attendees with an end-to-end, guided tour of one of the most rapid methods of building a cloud.

“The efforts by Opscode and Dell to automate the provisioning of OpenStack Compute clouds can help enterprises and service providers, who are deploying OpenStack today, get up and running quickly and efficiently,” said Jim Curry, general manager of Rackspace Cloud Builders, providing services for OpenStack, in a statement.

The project is expected to bring together hardware, automation, and the cloud platform into a near push button cloud setup.

“There's a tremendous amount of interest in the OpenStack community around seeing complete, ready to deploy cloud platforms based on OpenStack,” said Michael Cote, analyst at RedMonk, in a statement.

The project will leverage the Dell installer tool. Each server node will boot from bare-metal, register itself with the admin server, obtain a base operating system and be assigned its role in the OpenStack infrastructure. Servers will be updated with all of the latest packages and be configured by Opscode's Chef to provide their services in the OpenStack infrastructure.

Earlier this year, Opscode announced that Chef was awarded ''s 2010 Product of the Year' in the category of Systems Management (News - Alert). The product of the year awards are selected based on several criteria including ease of integration into existing environments, functionality, innovation, manageability, performance and value.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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