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Hitachi Data Systems Now a Sponsor of the OpenStack Community

Today, we are proud to announce that Hitachi Data Systems is now an official corporate sponsor of the OpenStack initiative. This is significant for a number of reasons, most importantly because it demonstrates our continued commitment to our customers to provide flexible, open IT solutions that deliver immediate value. HDS was among the first vendors to develop and provide true storage virtualization to the enterprise IT market more than 10 years ago. This enabled IT to flexibly integrate and manage multiple storage solutions within their environment. Today, our commitment to open, flexible IT environments extends to the entire data center as our enterprise customers and service providers develop public and private clouds.

What does this ultimately mean? First, let’s provide a background on OpenStack from the OpenStack website:

OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.

Who’s behind OpenStack? Founded by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, OpenStack has grown to be a global software community of developers collaborating on a standard and massively scalable open source cloud operating system. Our mission is to enable any organization to create and offer cloud computing services running on standard hardware.

Who uses OpenStack? Corporations, service providers, VARS, SMBs, researchers, and global data centers looking to deploy large-scale cloud deployments for private or public clouds leveraging the support and resulting technology of a global open source community.

Why open matters: All of the code for OpenStack is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license. Anyone can run it, build on it, or submit changes back to the project. We strongly believe that an open development model is the only way to foster badly-needed cloud standards, remove the fear of proprietary lock-in for cloud customers, and create a large ecosystem that spans cloud providers.

Our commitment to OpenStack also reflects our customers’ desires to build and manage cloud services, complete with reference architectures that are broadly supported.  Our customers ask us to support OpenStack in our solutions, in addition to other similar solutions that we have with partners like Microsoft, VMware, etc. OpenStack is not just strategic for our customers – it is strategic to the evolution of the data center.

In addition, Hitachi Data Systems has a long history of being an active part of Open Source community. As an Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) sponsor, we have provided a development environment for open source projects whose purpose is to make Linux enterprise ready. We also participate in performance and reliability assessment and development of tools for Linux and open source middleware. Simply put – our commitment to OpenStack is an extension of our commitment to the Open Source community.

As the technology evangelist at HDS, Greg Knieriemen has the visibility to our broad current offerings as well as the ability to influence our future direction. His reflections on OpenStack:

Our sponsorship of OpenStack is part of a broader strategy at HDS to provide our customers with the greatest flexibility and options to build fully integrated, cost-effective public and private cloud stacks that complement the OpenStack partner ecosystem. Our participation with OpenStack is not just opportunistic. It is strategic to our vision of open innovation that ultimately enables and empowers IT to also drive innovation and value within their environments.

In one of my earlier blog posts, I mentioned that OpenStack is one of my areas of focus.  As a chief technologist for the HDS Intelligent Platforms portfolio, I collaborate closely with various teams to define near term and longterm goals for OpenStack and how it fits with our overall infrastructure cloud vision. In addition to becoming a member of the OpenStack foundation, we also have Cinder volume driver for Hitachi Unified Storage platform. This will be available in the OpenStack Havana release. On June 14, 2013, we also announced the support of Hitachi servers in Red Hat’s OpenStack ecosystem. We continue to work on expanding our support to a broader set of OpenStack components. As we embark our journey in this space, we look forward to continue to contribute to the community and collaborate with fellow members of the OpenStack Foundation.

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nick toozs-hobson on 20 Aug 2013 at 12:28 pm

great news; expect this to be widely promoted in Global Markets EMEA!!

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