July 2, 2015


Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud – June Update!

What if car ownership was like being a Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud customer? You’d do your research and buy the car that was right for you. You’d drive it and love it because it was reliable and functional and had all the safety features you were looking for. But then one day you’d walk out to the garage, and BAM–you’d find […]

June 17, 2015


Welcome Piston Cloud!

This week, Cisco completed the acquisition of, Piston Cloud. Piston Cloud has been a long time member and contributor to OpenStack. I’ve always admired their engineering-savvy approach to OpenStack, the unique and memorable way in which they’ve marketed themselves from a product and culture/brand perspective, and their engineering accomplishments that make it easier to deploy, […]

June 11, 2015


OSpod #32: Carol Barrett

Last week our featured guest was Carol Barrett, who not only works in data center planning at Intel, but is also a leader in the OpenStack Community. She’s deeply involved in the Product Working Group, the Enterprise Working Group, and the Women of OpenStack, which means she’s got a lot of insider knowledge about what is […]

May 19, 2015


What’s the 411 on OpenStack based Summit Collaboration in Vancouver?

Last week, I was prepping for the 11th OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, when I suddenly had a question pop up. How on earth would I, much less over a hundred of us, from Cisco communicate at an international destination in an easy and organized way? Some group ideas were: Temporary international data plans for $30 […]

May 6, 2015


#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 17. Cloud and Metacloud with Peder Ulander

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about all things upcoming in the cloud universe with Cisco Vice President of Cloud Services Peder Ulander. Listen to the Podcast. Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE. See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE. Ask about the […]

April 23, 2015


OSpod #28: An Interview with John Dickinson

One of the original projects of OpenStack at the time that it launched was Swift, an Object Storage platform born out of Rackspace. A couple of months ago, we interviewed Joe Arnold, SwiftStack Founder and CPO. This week, we talked to John Dickinson, who serves as Director of Technology at SwiftStack and Project Technical Lead for the OpenStack Swift […]

April 7, 2015


The Farmers’ Market for Development Teams

Some people are perfectly happy buying and eating pre-made microwaveable meals. These meals are rarely amazing. They’re never innovative. But they’re quick, perfectly consistent, and they get the job done. The only flexibility on the part of the consumer is which pre-made meal to pick. The decisions about what’s inside have been made for them, […]

April 2, 2015


5 Ways to Manage Your Developers in OpenStack

Customers frequently ask how to avoid a “wild wild west” situation as they move from tightly-controlled traditional infrastructure to the self-service, highly abstracted model that Cisco OpenStack® Private Cloud provides. They have concerns over quality assurance, security, costs, resource utilization, and more. There’s often a hesitation to take the handcuffs off their developer teams by […]

April 2, 2015


Will OpenStack Blend? Managing Legacy and Cloud Together

We talk to customers all the time that want to move to OpenStack, but the tools and processes they rely on just aren’t ready. Or the policies around their applications or data don’t support a true self-service cloud. Not wanting to be stuck with VMware for the rest of their lives, we talk to them […]