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OpenStack is a cloud management framework for providing developers with cloud-style APIs and tools on top of a choice of different virtual infrastructure technologies and products.

OpenStack software controls large pools of computing, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, managed through a dashboard or via the OpenStack API. OpenStack works with popular enterprise and open source technologies making it ideal for heterogeneous infrastructure.

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is an “Integrated Product” approach to OpenStack, to make simple to deploy and manage an OpenStack environment on a vSphere platform with the benefit to be still based on standard OpenStack but also to be fully supported by VMware.

VMware has released the VMware Integrated OpenStack version 5, which will be the newest release of VIO distribution based on the new OpenStack Queens release.

Available in both Carrier and Data Center Editions, VMware Integrated OpenStack 5 will introduce new features to help customers simplify, scale, and secure production OpenStack environments. Through open, vendor-neutral API access to VMware’s industry-leading virtualized infrastructure, communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises have a proven, high-performance platform based on an open architecture to accelerate production network functions virtualization (NFV) workload deployment and service innovation.

For more information see the What’s new blog post.

OpenStack project is one of the biggest OpenSource projects and it’s widely used in some specific use cases (for example Telco). In the last Summit 2018 at Vancouver also has been introduced the Kata Containers to run “native” containers on OpenStack. Will be interesting see when and how this part will be integrated with VIO.


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