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IBM all in to ‘Power’ up OpenStack

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Throughout the past couple of years, I’ve written about IBM’s commitment to the OpenStack Foundation—its ecosystem growth, open governance and quality of releases. IBM’s commitment to OpenStack has grown as dramatically as the OpenStack Foundation itself, achieving a total of 13 core contributors, 85 total technical contributors and 1,595 commits to the latest release of Havana alone. IBM is committed to remaining at parity with the other members making significant contributions such as Red Hat, Rackspace and HP.

I’m proud to say that we have a well rounded set of contributions across the projects of OpenStack, including Keystone for Enterprise Security, Ceilometer for metering and monitoring, Nova for compute enhancements, Cinder and Swift for storage, quality assurance and a dedicated commitment to support OpenStack across cloud hardware platforms.

That also goes for IBM Power Systems. Power is one of IBM’s key hardware platforms for Cloud, and IBM is driving strategic enhancements to fully enable Power platforms in the OpenStack world.

Starting this month, we are in the process of deploying an IBM-developed OpenStack driver that utilizes the new Power virtualization manager, PowerVC, to simplify the configuration and deployment of OpenStack cloud workloads to Power Systems. This new PowerVC driver will be usable across the full breadth of the IBM Power product family, including our largest enterprise class Power servers.

We are bundling this OpenStack PowerVC driver in December 2013 with the OpenStack Havana release that is packaged with our SmartCloud Entry v3.2 product. That same OpenStack Power VC driver will be leveraged by multiple IBM products, which are also built upon OpenStack, throughout 2014. We are working to upstream this new OpenStack PowerVC driver to the open community in the Icehouse time frame so that it will be consumable by the full OpenStack world. Additionally we are taking a similar approach to enabling the IBM z Mainframe servers for OpenStack.

(Related: A complete guide to the OpenStack Havana release)

IBM’s commitment to Power is just one of the many projects at OpenStack where IBM has contributed significant time and resource to growing the quality and capabilities of OpenStack. For more information, just check out my recent blog post on our contributions to the Havana release. Also, stay tuned for future blog posts where I look forward to highlighting OpenStack’s continued success.

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