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As the OpenStack Summit in San Diego is about to start, I wanted to look back upon this past year and talk about Cisco’s future with OpenStack.

When first learning about Rackspace and NASA coming together to create OpenStack, we saw an opportunity for Cisco to contribute to an important open source project to build a new platform for cloud computing.  Since then, we’ve seen the community grow and more companies get involved to build on OpenStack as a platform for their own cloud services.

During this time, our OpenStack@Cisco team has contributed expertise and code to advance the platform.  Working with several other vendors at the Santa Clara design summit in 2011, we started the Quantum networking service as an incubation project which I’m pleased to say has now moved into core with the Folsom release.  This project makes networking a first class citizen alongside compute (Nova), and storage (Horizon), representing a significant step forward in how cloud computing platforms are built and operated.

Over this same period, we’ve also seen the industry take increased interest in network virtualization, software-defined-networking (SDN), and programmatic interfaces for software applications to access both virtual and physical networking infrastructure.  Last summer, Cisco announced the Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) and our Nexus 1000V virtual switch for multiple hypervisors.  We will be bringing these two trends, programmable infrastructure and Cloud computing, together by including support for the Nexus 1000V, VXLAN, and Cisco’s Open Network Envionment controller technology in OpenStack’s Quantum network service (as a Cisco plug-in).

Many of you may also have seen that we have released our Cisco Edition for OpenStack. We are calling this an “Edition” to indicate it is build around the core OpenStack services along with automated installation scripts designed specifically to support running OpenStack in production on Cisco infrastructure.  Over time, we will be extending this work to support other OpenStack distributions as well.

The Essex version of Cisco Edition brings in other open source components for monitoring and deployment in a highly available (HA) environment.  Our Folsom version today includes the Folsom core services, Cisco’s latest Quantum implementation, and will pick up the HA components in the near future.

The work we are sharing today comes from our own experience with deployment of OpenStack as a platform for future WebEx services.   Working with Puppet Labs and Mirantis, we’ve developed a system architecture for deploying and running OpenStack in production. Different companies will certainly have different approaches and integration requirements for monitoring, scaling, and service resiliency, so we are looking forward to the design summit to share our ideas and to learn from others.  Reinhardt Quelle of our WebEx team will be talking at this work during his session Wednesday morning and I invite you to attend.

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