Welcome to the third issue of the Dell Open Source Ecosystem Digest a collection of relevant technical content around OpenStack and Hadoop authored by Dell as well our partners and friends.


The number of contributors has grown to 10 (5 partners & friends plus 5 Dell employee blogs). Most likely, I will add further partners and their content to upcoming issues.

The more partners contribute, the more selection becomes crucial (you probably don’t want me to throw any sort of content to the wall and see what sticks to it). The big question is: How to select what’s relevant for you, the reader? I guess there are three answers to that question: 1. Iterate. 2. Iterate. 3. Iterate (and get you involved in that iteration process).

As of now, I assume you might be mainly interested in three areas (correct me if I’m wrong):

1. Events - where and when to get in touch with like minded folks (ideally within reasonable driving or flying distance)

2. Trainings - how to learn more about OpenStack and/or Hadoop

3. Distributions - get a consolidated overview over OpenStack and Hadoop packages, distributions and products (I couldn’t find anything like that on the web … so, there might be a gap to fill with our digest)

4. Dell - understand our offering and positioning in the OpenStack and Hadoop ecosystem

5. General - stuff that is happening around OpenStack and Hadoop

This week highlights

I would like to point you to five pieces of content in this issue:

“What Did You Like and How Would You Improve the OpenStack Summit?”
Help the OpenStack Foundation improve the event by filling out their survey

“Dell Crowbar for OpenStack”
Get an insight into our major contribution to OpenStack

“How VMware is contributing to OpenStack”
For all those who couldn’t attend the recent OpenStack Summit: A presentation by Steve Herrod, CTO at VMware

“Dell in the Clouds Europe Think Tank – An Online Happening for Cloud in Europe”
This event is going to be hosted next week which you can attend and participate in online

Last but not least, you will find a sampling of Dell contributions to the OpenStack and Hadoop ecosystem in this digest - see in the Dell section below (which I am going to expand and update in upcoming issues).

Enjoy reading … and don’t forget to share your thoughts on the digest with me. You can find my contact data below. Thanks!


OpenStack Foundation: “What Did You Like and How Would You Improve the OpenStack Summit?”

OpenStack Foundation: “Dell Crowbar for OpenStack” by Scott Johnson, Director of Engineering at Dell

OpenStack Foundation: “OpenStack 101” by Joshua McKenty, Co-Founder & CEO at Piston Cloud Computing

OpenStack Foundation: “How VMware is contributing to OpenStack” by Steve Herrod, CTO VMware

OpenStack Foundation: “EMEA OpenStack Day: Call for Speakers & Prospectus for Sponsors”
http://www.openstack.org/blog/2012/10/emea-openstack-day-call-for-speakers-prospectus-for-sponsors/ and: http://emeaopenstackday2-esli.eventbrite.com/

Piston Cloud Computing: “Wish You Were There - A Second Chance to See Piston at the OpenStack Summit”


Datameer: “How Your Business Is Like the Obama Re-Election Campaign”


“Dell in the Clouds Europe Think Tank – An Online Happening for Cloud in Europe” by Stephen Spector, Cloud Evangelist at Dell

“History Repeats Itself: From Virtualization to Cloud in Open Source” by Stephen Spector - Personal Blog

“ONE MILLION: Dell Data Center Solutions (DCS) Ships Millionth Server” by Joseph B. George - Personal Blog

“NOW HIRING: Dell’s Revolutionary Cloud and Big Data Team Expands” by Joseph B. George - Personal Blog

Please find below a sampling of Dell contributions to OpenStack and Hadoop (compiled by Joseph B. George, Director Product Strategy and Marketing, Cloud and Big Data Solutions at Dell):

The first hardware solutions vendor to support OpenStack

The first HW + SW + Services OpenStack solution to the market - the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution

Launch of open source project “Crowbar” to fill the void of an automated bare metal OpenStack provisioner

Release HW + SW + Services Apache Hadoop solution to the market - the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution

Launch of the Emerging Solutions Ecosystem Partner Program to enable our customers by incorporating some of our best in breed partner technologies into our solutions, which includes Datameer, Pentaho, enStratus, Mirantis and Canonical, with more to come

Launch of the Emerging Solutions Platform Partner Program to enable our customers by delivering solutions focused on specific workloads and target markets

Contributors - Dell Partners & Friends

Datameer was founded in 2009 by some of the original contributors to Apache Hadoop, Datameer has grown to a global team, advancing big data analytics. Datameer is headquatered in San Mateo, California, with offices in New York and Halle (Salle) in Germany. Company website: www.datameer.com

enStratus is a cloud infrastructure management solution for deploying and managing enterprise-class applications in public, private and hybrid clouds. Where cloud services software (i.e. Eucalyptus, Joyent and Citrix CloudStack) target the delivery of cloud as a service, enStratus is focused on the consumption of one or more cloud services from a single, consistent management platform. Think of enStratus as the enterprise console to the world of cloud computing. Company website: www.enstratus.com

Mirantis delivers OpenStack cloud and open source application infrastructure. With the largest pool of OpenStack engineering expertise on the market, Mirantis helps service providers, SaaS vendors and enterprises build and run robust OpenStack cloud infrastructure, powered by the full force of open source innovation. Its focus: vendor-independent cloud implementation uncompromised by opaque hooks or proprietary packaging. The company has a unique cost-effective delivery model, founded on years of deep software engineering experience for demanding Fortune 1000 companies. Customers include Cisco, Dell, GE, Agilent, NASA, The Gap, Axcient and Nexenta. Mirantis is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with engineering centers in Russia and Ukraine. Company website: www.mirantis.com

OpenStack Foundation is an independent body providing shared resources to help achieve the OpenStack Mission by Protecting, Empowering, and Promoting OpenStack software and the community around it, including users, developers and the entire ecosystem. Foundation website: www.openstack.org

Piston Cloud Computing is the enterprise OpenStack company. Founded by several of the creators of OpenStack, our mission is to further the natural evolution of the OpenStack project while focusing on meeting the needs of the enterprise. Company website: www.pistoncloud.com

Contributors - Dell Employees’ Personal Blogs

Barton George Director of Marketing, Web Vertical at Dell. Personal Blog: http://bartongeorge.net/

Joseph B. George Director, Product Strategy and Marketing, Cloud and Big Data Solutions at Dell. Personal Blog: http://jbgeorge.net/

Rob Hirschfeld Software Development Principal Engineer at Dell. Personal Blog: http://robhirschfeld.com/ and Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/rollingwoodcitizen

Kamesh Pemmaraju Senior Product Manager Cloud Solutions at Dell. Personal Blog: http://www.cloudel.com

Stephen Spector Cloud Evangelist at Dell. Personal Blog: http://spectorintexas.com/ and Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/xenuser


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