Cisco Jumps on the OpenStack Havana Bandwagon

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On Monday Cisco announced three accelerator packages (PDF) that will make its Unified Computing Systems (UCS) servers compatible with OpenStack distributions from Red Hat, Canonical, SUSE and other ecosystem partners. These bundles are focused on compute-intensive, mixed-deployment, and storage intensive workload configurations.

"We've been working closely with Red Hat to enable their upcoming Havana-based distribution (RHEL OSP) to install and configure the Cisco Nexus plugin for OpenStack Networking. Cisco and Red Hat have also partnered on a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) which provides a blueprint on how to quickly deploy RHEL OSP with Cisco UCS," writes Cisco's Lew Tucker. "Together these efforts enable customers to deploy and operationalize OpenStack more quickly and easily than ever before."

Cisco's accelerator packages arrive in three flavors: high-density, mixed-workload and storage-intensive.

The high-density model is designed for public cloud providers and promises to simplify the task of public cloud deployment, consisting of six Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack Servers, totaling two control nodes and four compute nodes. Scalable object storage is provided by storage on two compute nodes that replicate data.

The mixed-workload configuration is designed for enterprise environments, and promises to help address some of the biggest business and technology challenges companies face. This solution consists of six Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack Servers and two Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Servers, totaling two control nodes, four compute nodes, and two storage nodes. Both of these Rack Servers feature two Intel Xeon E5-2665 processors, 128 GB of memory in the C220 and 256 GB of memory in the C240.

Finally there's the storage-intensive configuration designed for businesses that need to offer public storage hosting services, or to support their own internal capacity demands. This solution comes packed with eight Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Servers, totaling two control nodes, six storage nodes, and automated provisioning for improved compliance. This solution promises to simplify the task of storing, managing and protecting globally distributed content. These rack servers use Intel's Xeon E5-2690 processors.

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"Cisco will support OpenStack from Red Hat on the Solution Accelerator Paks, as well as distributions from Canonical and SUSE, giving our customers a variety of alternatives for their on-demand IT service initiatives," Tucker writes. "In addition, we are announcing that Cisco Advanced Services is now offering a series of services to help customers in their deployment of OpenStack clouds. These new OpenStack services for Assessment, Validation, Design, and Optimization complements any pilot or deployment for OpenStack with Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus."

Tucker says that Cisco is working with the OpenStack community to "enable a policy-driven approach for deploying applications and enabling the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric for OpenStack". The company is also working with major OpenStack distro vendors to support higher level ACI integrations so that OpenStack can "intelligently instantiate" infrastructure to support application performance, security and availability requirements.

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