OpenStack Cloud Deployment Made Easy


One thing I’ve learned in my career in high-performance and cloud computing is that good ideas catch on! The IT industry dissects them, builds on them, combines them with other good ideas, and creates solutions that overcome obstacles that let IT and business leaders achieve their goals faster. That’s what is happening with Intel® Rack Scale Design.

Rack Scale Design is the industry’s first standards-based framework for dynamically managing compute, storage, and network resources. In July, Charlie Wuischpard announced we were contributing Rack Scale Design to the open-source community—a way to get more minds and more hands combining it with other good ideas. This week, I’m excited to announce another important milestone: Canonical—the provider of Ubuntu—is integrating Rack Scale Design APIs into their metal-as-a-service (MAAS) and Juju toolsets and their OpenStack distribution.

Rack Scale Design enables composable infrastructure—the ability to treat compute, storage, and networking devices as pools of resources, dynamically allocate them to workloads, and return them to the pool for future reassignment when they are no longer needed. Canonical MAAS enables cloud-style provisioning of bare-metal physical servers. And Juju lets you model, configure, and manage services and deploy them to major public and private clouds.

Together, Rack Scale Design, MAAS, and Juju will be key enablers for bringing the benefits of hyperscale to the broader IT industry. You can rapidly deploy Ubuntu, Windows, Centos, and other operating systems on Rack Scale Design-compatible hardware. This all can be managed automatically using OpenStack, Kubernetes and other orchestration software. Not to mention you can integrate with DevOps automation tools like Juju, Chef, Puppet, and Ansible to completely automate the application release and deployment process.

Intel and Canonical have a long history of working together to bring great technologies to market. And our efforts here are another great example of what we’re doing to support the open-source community! Canonical VP of Hyperscale Computing, Christian “Kiko” Reis says, “We see Intel Rack Scale Design as a fundamental step in driving forward datacenter architecture, bringing with it new purchasing models, form-factors and infrastructure flexibility. With MAAS, RSD operators will be able to move faster by dramatically reducing the complexity of deploying and scaling in any cloud environment – going from unprovisioned, raw resources to full workload deployment in under an hour.”

That’s right in line with other initiatives in Intel’s Data Center Group. The Intel® Cloud for All initiative is about using software-defined infrastructure to make it easier for people in all industries to turn their good ideas into profitable businesses by bringing feature-rich, easy-to-deploy cloud solutions to the market quickly. System suppliers are already delivering Rack Scale Design-compatible systems, and more are on the way. Canonical’s MAAS along with Ubuntu OpenStack will accelerate end-to-end deployment of Big Software across the most popular servers and operating systems—from the hardware to the application service.

You can catch up with Intel and Canonical at OpenStack Summit in Barcelona and see us in action, October 25-28.

  • Community Marketplace: Intel booth C1 and Canonical booth B24.

If you’re not able to connect with us at OpenStack Summit, contact your Intel rep to learn how you can take advantage of the benefits of the Intel and Canonical collaboration.