EMC and the Federation have been actively contributing to the OpenStack community for quite some time through product integration into OpenStack but also community participation on various other projects.
As OpenStack has continued to gain momentum in the market, we at EMC have increased our investment in OpenStack. Our focus has been to provide customer solutions that enable easier deployment and operation of an OpenStack Cloud. One of our investments is the Reference Architecture Program.
As part of the Reference Architecture Program EMC has been partnering with key OpenStack distribution partners (Canonical, Mirantis and Red Hat) to develop Reference Architectures that include their respective OpenStack distributions with EMC arrays. The program enables customers who need help in deploying and integrating across the cloud supply chain to operate and manage an OpenStack cloud with EMC storage.
The three key OpenStack distribution vendors Canonical, Mirantis and RedHat bring a lot of value to customers through their tools and experience in OpenStack deployments. They have experience in guiding customer through the process of building an end to end value chain based on OpenStack. As part of the partner engagement our key focus is to provide the customer with a solution encompassing:
- A reference architecture design guide to deploy Partners distribution of OpenStack with Certified EMC storage drivers.
- Integration with partner tools which eases deployment and management of infrastructure services.
- Joint support and services
The certified reference architecture for Mirantis is available here:
Canonical reference architecture guide is available here:
and RedHat reference architecture guide is available here:
The reference architecture guides describes the solution for managing storage life cycle (Cinder) using EMC storage technologies and our Partners OpenStack distribution based on Juno release. The document goes through the main features and functionality of the solution, the solution architecture and components including systems from other eco-system partners like Brocade, and the validated hardware and software environments.
Overall, we at EMC have invested in OpenStack and will continue our strong commitment to the OpenStack community by contributing to a variety of OpenStack projects, integrating our best-in-class storage products with OpenStack and designing customer-centric solutions with the right eco-system partners to deploy and operate an OpenStack based Cloud in an efficient way.