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OpenStack, managed by the OpenStack Foundation, is a free and open-source platform for cloud computing usually deployed as infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has been a very strong supporter, and its employee Eileen Evans is a platinum director of the Foundation and it contributes to the technical committees. It used the OpenStack Summit 2016 in Barcelona to announce the release of HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0,  specifically developed and hardened for enterprise workloads across a variety of vertical industries, enabling communications service providers (CSPs) to deploy network functions virtualisation (NFV) applications.

HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0 is based on OpenStack Mitaka and builds on HPE Helion OpenStack 3.0’s the expanded configurability and deployment options, tighter administrative controls and improved scalability while staying close to OpenStack trunk code. HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0 contains improvements in ecosystem integration, operations, security, scalability and application performance designed to help organisations deploy and manage new cloud technologies into their existing data centre while maximising operational efficiency

Raj Thakur, HPE’s vice-president and general manager, Hybrid IT, Asia-Pacific and Japan, said, “OpenStack technology has become mainstream, but it can still be complex for the uninitiated. HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0 gives organisations the tools and support they need to build new and update existing applications, without requiring ITs direct involvement. We call it ‘more dev, fewer ops.’”

New features and functionality include:

  • Extensive ecosystem integration – the addition of out-of-the-box integration with the HPE Distributed Cloud Networking software-defined networking (SDN) solution, as well as certified support and lifecycle management of third party network services, such as F5 Networks load balancers and leading SDN alternatives, including VMware NSX-v and Midokura MidoNet, providing customers with increased options when formulating their networking strategy.
  • Improved operations management – enhanced capacity reporting provides operators with visibility into how much compute and storage capacity is available, how much has been allocated and how much is being utilised to help “right-size” cloud resources.
  • Increased security – enhanced access controls provide new logging, auditing and monitoring features, reducing the attack surface of backend traffic.
  • Increased scalability and application performance – new virtual machine (VM) auto-scaling provides a policy-driven way to quickly add or remove resources to an application to handle spikes in demand and auto scale them back down; new native support for accelerated network interface controller cards from Intel and new data plane development kit (DPDK) support for high-performance data transfers between tenant VMs

HPE also announced the general availability of HPE Helion Stackato 4.0, a cloud application platform providing developers with a container-based solution that includes a certified Cloud Foundry service, continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) workflow and extensibility to connect to new and existing application services. 

Production-ready open source platform for the telco cloud

HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0 provides CSPs with an open source-based cloud virtual infrastructure manager that meets their demanding performance and reliability requirements providing CSPs with the latest OpenStack advancements, including:

  • Increased performance – accelerated virtual switching helps ensure near line-rate performance, low latency and high throughput using DPDK support.
  • Open source flexibility – open, standard APIs provide the most up-to-date, feature rich release, reduce integration overhead costs and provide virtual network function application portability, helping CSPs avoid vendor dependency; built-in support for a wide variety of guest operating systems (e.g., major variants of Linux and Windows), compute options (e.g., KVM and VMware ESXi) and SDN (e.g., the new OpenDaylight based HPE OpenSDN Platform and HPE Distributed Cloud Networking) offers CSPs freedom of choice.
  • Broad partner ecosystem – nearly 50 pre-tested virtual network function solutions from HPE OpenNFV partners have been verified on HPE Helion OpenStack, helping CSPs to choose solutions that meet unique requirements and quickly launch them more easily and cost effectively.
  • Simplified deployment and management – integrated with HPE NFV System, a pre-integrated hardware and software bundle optimised for NFV workloads, and HPE operations support system/business support system (OSS/BSS) and Management and Orchestration (MANO) solutions, providing seamless integration into existing CSP networks.

Thomas Sennhauser, HPE’s chief technology officer, Enterprise Group, said, “NFV has proven to be a killer use case for OpenStack. With HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0 as a foundation, carriers can count on always-on availability, reliability and performance for their cloud-based networks, along with the freedom of choice open source provides, helping avoid vendor lock-in.”


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!


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