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Cisco OpenStack® Private Cloud is now Cisco Metapod™

One of the benefits of cloud is being able to iterate quickly. There’s a saying in the software development world that we can’t post here due to profanity, but if you’re curious, you can view it on the Startup Vitamins website here. Bottom line: Cloud allows you to develop products quickly, so you can launch them, test them, and revise them at minimal cost if you get something wrong.

That brings us to the product name. Certainly, Cisco, like all other big companies, has branding guidelines. Those guidelines are there both to protect the amazing brand Cisco has built over the last few decades, and to give customers a sense of familiarity across a broad set of products and services. When naming a product or service, the expectation is that the chosen name is descriptive. Metacloud OpenStack™ was a recognized distribution of OpenStack, but when we were acquired, we were able to transfer the distribution rights to Cisco. Our distro became “Cisco OpenStack®” and the rest of our product was descriptive. Thus “Cisco OpenStack® Private Cloud” became the new product name.

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Guest blog: DBaaS, Coming to an Intercloud Near You

Today’s guest blog comes to us courtesy of Tesora CEO, Ken Rugg.


The Cisco Intercloud is a pretty amazing demonstration of the power of OpenStack. It will have incredible worldwide reach with 350 data centers across 50 countries. Unlike Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, however, Cisco isn’t building all the data centers itself. Instead it is relying on its telecommunications service provider partners to provide most of that capacity with companies like Telefonica in Spain, Deutsche Telecom in Germany and Telstra in Australia.

Of course, as powerful as this kind of open cloud may be, it’s only going to be as successful as the applications and services that are built on top of it. This is another area where Cisco is pushing to become a leader, starting with a stable of 35 independent software vendors in areas such as big data, Internet of Things, and software development environments.

One important core Intercloud service will be Database as a Service (DBaaS). In this area, they will be deploying the core OpenStack Trove service to provide database capacity on-demand for many popular databases such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, and Cassandra.

If you’d like to learn more about how this service is being implemented and delivered, you should mark your calendar for OpenStack Trove Day, being held on August 25th in San Jose, CA. Dave Lively, Director Product Management for Cisco Cloud will present how Cisco is working with Tesora to deliver DBaaS to Intercloud customers as a native service.

The event is free and you can register here.

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Serving up cloud options just got easier

Got cloud? 

It’s no secret that implementing cloud technologies allows IT to rapidly react and dynamically deliver new services to any business or organization almost instantly.

In an ideal world, cloud services—whether private, public, or hybrid—allow users access to applications wherever, however, and whenever they need.

Operating in the cloud can help solve some of your most cumbersome business and IT challenges. For starters, it can provide scalability, reduce costs, improve collaboration, and enable automation.

It sounds great, right? So what’s the holdup with cloud adoption?

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Help Choose Speakers for the Tokyo OpenStack Summit

If you’re an OpenStack Foundation member—and especially if you’re attending the Tokyo Summit in October — step up!

Niki Acosta and Scott Sanchez

It’s time to vote for speakers!

The polls opened last night and are closing soon (July 30 at 11:59 PM PDT).

The following link will take you to the main Foundation voting page where you can see ALL of the sessions that have been proposed:

If you’d like to avoid sifting through the 1,500+ submissions that are there, check out the links below. They will take you straight to the 88 talks submitted by the OpenStack pros at Cisco.

Happy voting!

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OSpod #33: Weston Jossey

Have you heard Weston Jossey explain his company’s hybrid cloud strategy before? If you haven’t, get comfortable and enjoy the recording of our most recent OpenStack Podcast. In it, Wes explains why his company chose to deploy a private cloud, what they use it for, and how they use it in conjunction with AWS to achieve maximum efficiency.  Seriously–if you’re looking for tips about how to do hybrid well, this is the podcast for you. Wes makes it easy to understand both the upside and downside of private clouds in general and OpenStack-based private clouds in particular. Plus, he’s extraordinarily honest about what OpenStack is good for and what it’s not so good for. Among other things, in this interview, Wes discusses:

  • Tapjoy’s big data architecture
  • How they handle 5-10 billion transactions per day
  • The TCO of their OpenStack-based cloud
  • How he finds great hires in a competitive market
  • How Tapjoy automates deployment

Have a show idea? Tweet Jeff and Niki at @openstackpod

See past episodes, subscribe, or view the upcoming schedule on the OSPod website.

To see the full transcript of this interview, click “Read more” below.

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