Juniper Networks and Mirantis announced a partnership preparing an open-source software-defined networking (SDN) fabric to deploy OpenStack clouds at scale.
Microsoft has published a free ebook titled: “Microsoft System Center Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking“. The book which contains 236 pages provides a step-by-step guide for a proof-of-concept implementation for a Software Defined Datacenter which includes virtualization, networking and storage in this case by using Windows Server and Microsoft System Center.
Today, March 17, Microsoft disclosed that the former Vice President & Principal Analyst at Forrester Research: James Staten, was elected as chief strategist for its Cloud & Enterprise group. Staten will report to Corporate VP ans Cloud Chief Scott Guthrie.
As stated in his LinkedIn profile, James Staten is a veteran in the market, with over 30 years experience in marketing, business development and corporate strategy with large tech companies and start ups. At Forrester his main focus was to track, trend and forecast the technology evolutions and usage trends of data center and server technologies. His main areas of concentration were Cloud Computing & Adaptive Intelligence (collaborative business intelligence).
Microsoft has published a free ebook titled:”Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation“. The book which contains 113 pages introduces a fairly new feature of Microsoft Azure called Azure Automation. Using a highly scalable workflow execution environment, Azure Automation allows you to orchestrate frequent deployment and life cycle management tasks using runbooks based on Windows PowerShell Workflow functionality. These runbooks are stored in and backed up by Azure. By automating runbooks, you can greatly minimize the occurrence of errors when carrying out repeated tasks and process automation.
Docker last week announced the availability of its orchestration tools in beta. The orchestration tools are able to assist in portability of the Docker containers and consists of Docker Machine, Docker Swarm and Compose 1.1.
Docker Machine provisions the host infrastructure and installs the Docker Engine. It supports the following twelve drivers in this release: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Digital Ocean, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Softlayer, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Hyper-V, OpenStack, Rackspace Cloud, VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, VMware vCloud Air, and VMware vSphere.
Recently IBM revealed the opening of new SoftLayer datacenters in Sydney and Montreal in the next 30 days. As soon as they are fully operating, IBM is going to have a total of five SoftLayer cloud centers opened in about four months only, together with the ones in Frankfurt, Germany; Querétaro, Mexico; and Tokyo, Japan.
Red Hat today announced the release of version 6 of its OpenStack platform management tool Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack. Version 6 is the follow up of version 5 which was released in July last year. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is able to create, deploy, and scale a public or private OpenStack cloud. The OpenStack Platform is build on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and uses the OpenStack Juno release of the OpenStack cloud platform as its basis.
Docker has released version 1.5 of its container virtualization solution. Docker provides so called container virtualization, allowing an application and its dependencies to run as an isolated process inside a virtual environment. This environment is then portable from local computers to backend infrastructure and cloud. Docker uses LinuX Containers (LXC) running in the host OS allowing you to share the resouces available to the host.