I was very pleased to meet with Joseph B. George, Barton George and with Rob Hirschfeld during this year’s OSCON. Joseph and I spoke about the announcements Dell made around OpenStack and Hadoop, Barton shared with me the latest news on the Dell Sputnik developer laptop and Rob gave me some valuable insights into an interesting discussion in the OpenStack community: How should the community define what is part of OpenStack project’s core?

Joseph B. George, Director of Cloud & Big Data Solutions at Dell

The Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution is now available with new options such as support for OpenStack Grizzly and for Dell Multi-Cloud Manager (formerly Enstratius) as well as extended reference architecture support, including the Dell PowerEdge C8000 shared infrastructure server solution, high density drives, and 10Gb Ethernet connectivity.

The latest update of Crowbar includes open sourced RAID and BIOS configuration capabilities. SUSE has integrated Crowbar functionality as part of SUSE Cloud 1.0 version, SUSE’s OpenStack-based private cloud distribution. SUSE Cloud 2.0 is currently in beta and will be available in the fall.

Last but not least, Dell now offers Dell Cloud Transformation Services to help customers assess, build, operate and run OpenStack cloud environments.

On the Hadoop side of things, the Dell Cloudera Hadoop Solution now supports the newest version of Cloudera Enterprise. Updates allow customers to perform real-time SQL interactive queries and Hadoop-based batch processing, which simplifies the process of querying data in Hadoop environments. In addition to that, Dell has tested and certified the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop on Dell PowerEdge servers.

Barton George, Director of Developer Programs at Dell

Project Sputnik originally started as an internal project and was productized in November 2013. It’s a client-to-cloud platform for developers with three components: the cloud launcher, profile tool, and the Ubuntu-based XPS 13 developer edition laptop. The profile tool is designed to provide access to a library of community-created profiles, such as Ruby and JavaScript on GitHub, and to configure and set up development environments and tool chains. The cloud launcher enables developers to push applications directly from their client to the cloud. Dell just announced a 3 months free trial on the Joyent public cloud for those who purchase the Dell XPS 13 developer edition laptop. 

Rob Hirschfeld, Cloud Architect at Dell

Rob recently published a series of blog posts on a very interesting (and important) discussion within the OpenStack community: What should be core of the OpenStack project? The conversation currently floats towards a pragmatic approach: a particular feature should become part of OpenStack’s core only when it passes a set of mandatory tests (in addition to at least one reference implementation). The OpenStack User Committee is supposed to engage in this process by providing guidance on which tests are required.

For further details go to Barton George’s and Joseph B. George’s personal blogs.