Do OpenStack users say yes or no?

OpenStack bi-annual report just in. Users up, NPS down.

The SUSE Linux vendor runs a six-monthly survey on OpenStack users’ attitudes and deployments. The results of this bi-annual report, completed by some 1315 individuals across the planet, are just in.

Headlines include that 60% of deployments are now in production, compared to 32% under two years ago, and twice as many users filled in the survey this time. Over half the community works in cloud operating, which I guess is no surprise. What was more surprising to me was that the size of organisations using OpenStack (in terms of headcount) is fairly evenly distributed. For example, the number of OpenStack-using companies with 1 to 9 employees was similar to those with 100,000 or more. Although, as a trend, the uptake in larger companies is increasing survey to survey, maybe they are having a slower incubation time to get OpenStack into production. Continue reading

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Dell starts DSS a new business unit

Sub-hyperscale is a thing, thanks to Dell

2015 saw Dell strengthen its commitment to hyperscale customers, well ‘almost’ hyperscale customers. Before we go into that, first a tiny bit of history. Eight years ago Dell created Data Centre Solutions (DCS). DCS set about designing and building solutions tailor-made for scale-out datacentre environments: hyperscale. This has set them up as a major player in this arena and today DCS supports some major hyperscale customers like Amazon, Google and Facebook.

Dell love you, even if you are not the biggest hyperscaler

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Canonical MaaS installation

Recently we had the need to install a number of Ubuntu boxes for a client. Whilst our usual home-grown scripts with Kickstart and Salt work just fine, they are not the most intuitive to hand over or maintain. So we used Canonical’s MaaS or Metal as a Service. We are talking tens of machines, not thousands, so we created a single node MaaS installation. This gives flexibility for future deployments, as MaaS can install a number of different operating systems.

This is a walk through of what turned out to be a very quick and easy install. Now we can install servers on mass maas. Continue reading

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