Forging an Open Path for SDI Stack Innovation


Intel was founded on a deep commitment to innovation, especially open standards driven innovation, that results in  acceleration only seen when  whole ecosystems come together to deliver solutions.  Today’s investment in CoreOS is reflective of this commitment, as data centers face an inflection point with the delivery of software defined infrastructure (SDI).  As we have at many times in our industry’s history, we are all piecing together many technology alternatives to form an open, standard path for SDI stack delivery.  At Intel, we understand the value that OpenStack has brought to delivery of IaaS, but also see the additive value of containerized architectures found in many of the largest cloud providers today.  We view these two approaches as complimentary, and the integration and adoption of these are critical to broad proliferation of SDI.

This is why we announced a technology collaboration with CoreOS and Mirantis earlier this year to integrate OpenStack and Kubernetes, enabling OpenStack to run as a containerized pod within a Kubernetes environment. Inherent in this collaboration is a strong commitment across all parties to contribute the results of this collaboration directly upstream so that both communities may benefit. The collaboration brings the broad workload support, and vendor capabilities of OpenStack and the application lifecycle management and automation of Kubernetes into a single solution that provides an efficient path to solving many of the issues gating OpenStack proliferation today – stack complexity and convoluted upgrade paths.  Best of all, this work is being driven in a fully open source environment reducing any risk of vendor lock in.

Because software development and innovation like this is a critical part of Intel’s Cloud for All initiative, we tasked our best SDI engineers to work together with CoreOS to deliver the first ever live demonstration of OpenStack running as a service within Kubernetes at the OpenStack Summit.  To put this into perspective, our joint engineers were able to deliver a unified “Stackanetes” configuration in approximately three weeks’ time after our initial collaboration was announced. Three weeks is a short timeframe to deliver such a major demo, but highlights the power of using the right tools together. To say that this captured the attention of the OpenStack community would be an understatement, and we expect to integrate this workflow into the Foundation’s priorities moving forward.

The next natural step in our advancement of the Kubernetes ecosystem was our investment in CoreOS that we announced today.  CoreOS was founded on a principle of delivering GIFEE, or “Google Infrastructure for Everyone Else”, and their Tectonic solution integrates Kubernetes with the CoreOS Linux platform. CoreOS’s Tectonic is an easy to consume Hyperscale SDI Stack. We’ve been working with CoreOS for more than a year on various software optimization efforts focused at optimization of Tectonic for underlying Intel Architecture features. Our collaboration on Kubernetes reflects a common viewpoint on the evolution of SDI software to support a wide range of cloud workloads that are efficient, open and highly scalable.  We’re pleased with this latest chapter in our collaboration and look forward to delivering more of our vision in the months ahead.