|[May 12, 2014]
OpenStack Marketplace Launches Today, Helping Users Navigate the OpenStack Ecosystem
ATLANTA --(Business Wire)--
The new OpenStack
Marketplace launches today, geared to the needs of organizations
that want to build or use OpenStack® clouds. Launching with five initial
categories: Public Clouds, Distributions & Appliances, Training,
Consulting & Systems Integrators, and Drivers, users can easily find and
compare products and services that best meet their business
requirements. All included products and services must meet specific
technical requirements and be transparent with product information, such
as OpenStack versions and capabilities supported.
"How to get started with OpenStack is one of the most common questions
we receive," said Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation. "The
answer is that there are many ways to consume OpenStack, whether they
are building a cloud, looking to use one by the hour or pursuing a
hybrid model. The Marketplace is intended to help users make sense of
the paths to adoption and find the right mix of products, services and
community resources to achieve their goals."
The flexibility of underlying technology choices, absence of vendor
lock-in, and open ecosystem are the top reasons for choosing OpenStack,
according to the OpenStack user survey. The new Marketplace allows users
to benefit from the breadth of available choices in the ecosystem, while
cutting through the noise that the successful project has generated by
presenting transparent, objective product information. It is designed to
help OpenStack users make informed decisions and encourage compatibility
among the OpenStack ecosystem.
The OpenStack Marketplace applies high standards to vendors wishing to
participate. Products that include the OpenStack software, such as
public cloud services and distributions & appliances must be running a
current version and expose the OpenStack APIs. Product testing will be a
requirement in subsequent iterations of the Marketplace, and details of
the testing program are now under development with the OpenStack Board
Users that need to know if their compute, storage and networking gear
has compatible drivers in OpenStack can consult the Drivers section.
Using data from the community-maintained DriverLog project, the Drivers
section displays the various open-source and commercal technologies
that integrate into OpenStack components, including which versions of
OpenStack support each technology. Data from the DriverLog project will
also be used by some members of the community in their own compatibility
Created to put users in control, the Marketplace also features the
ability for users to rate and review their experiences with the
Members of the OpenStack community are participating in the OpenStack
Marketplace because it offers a direct path to potential buyers who are
actively engaged in the evaluation and purchase process. There will be
five different categories at launch:
1. OpenStack has a growing number of public infrastructure-as-a-service
clouds around the world. To be listed in the Public Clouds
section of the Marketplace, the cloud service must run a recent version
of the software and expose the OpenStack APIs. Companies initially
featured include Cloudwatt, HP, IO, Internap (News - Alert), Kio Networks, Rackspace,
UnitedStack and Vexxhost.
2. Distributions & Appliances that contain OpenStack software
are popular options for building private or public cloud services.
OpenStack-powered distributions and appliances must also include a
recent version of the software and expose the APIs in order to be
included in the Marketplace. Companies initially featured include
Canonical, Cloudscaling, EMC, HP, IBM (News - Alert), MetaCloud, Mirantis, Nebula,
Oracle, Piston, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE and SwiftStack.
3. Many users start by hiring experts, which you can find in the Consultants
and System Integrators section of the OpenStack Marketplace.
Companies initially featured include Dell, eNovance, hastexo, HP, IBM,
MetaCloud, Mirantis, Nexus, Pactera, Rackspace (News - Alert), and Solinea.
4. The Training Marketplace has been live since September 2013
and has been very popular among OpenStack users. More than 250 unique
classes across 30 countries have been listed since launch from companies
including Aptira, Cloudscaling, eNovance, hastexo, HP, Linux Foundation,
Mirantis, MorphLabs, Piston, qSTC, Rackspace, Red Hat (News - Alert), Solinea, SUSE,
Tesora and SwiftStack.
5. A fifth category will feature dozens of compatible Drivers
using data from the community-driven DriverLog project. The community
has worked with each company or open source project that plugs into
OpenStack to make sure they meet high testing standards and provide a
consistent, reliable experience for users.
The OpenStack Foundation will continue to expand the products and
categories represented in the Marketplace. Members of the OpenStack
community that wish to participate in the Marketplace or provide
feedback can contact email@example.com.
OpenStack Summit Atlanta
Summit is underway this week in Atlanta. Attendees will hear Fortune
500 companies describe how OpenStack is transforming their business,
in-depth case studies, technical talks and what's new in the OpenStack
vendor ecosystem, while contributors to the OpenStack software will
develop the roadmap for the 10th software release, Juno. Headline
sponsors include Rackspace, Dell (News - Alert), Canonical and SolidFire, along with
more than 90 other sponsors and exhibitors. The event features
presentations from a wide range of OpenStack developers and users,
service providers and enterprises.
OpenStack is open source software for building clouds. OpenStack clouds
enable businesses to rapidly roll out new products, add new features,
and improve internal systems while preventing technology lock-in as the
only open source cloud platform that's supported by every IT industry
leader. Hundreds of the world's
largest brands rely on OpenStack to run their businesses every day,
reducing costs and accelerating time to market.
OpenStack is backed by an independent Foundation and global community
with more than 16,000 individual members and 350 supporting
organizations across 138 countries. For more information and to join the
community, visit http://www.OpenStack.org.
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