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Austin, OpenStack and the Momentum of Containers

By Sumeet Singh on May 10, 2016


UPDATE: Headline changed to reflect proper expression of energy around containers. Super stoked that so many people wrote me to suggest the change!

The barbecue is long gone and house band, Soul Track Mind, that entertained us during the keynotes has packed up their amps. Still, there’s one meal or one song (choose your metaphor) that we Stackers can’t get enough of: Containers.

The highly successful Austin OpenStack Summit gave us several meaningful themes, but the one that presents a tough challenge for us is this: How do we give users equitable access to containers, VMs and bare metal without bringing too much overhead to the table?

There’s no denying the momentum of containers. They are light, fast and indeed perfect for a new era of cloud-enabled applications. How fast they catch on is a matter of debate, but make no mistake: the momentum is real and likely unstoppable.

Containers are a big question not just for the OpenStack project. In the very core of the data center -- the processors themselves -- container architectures present major challenges for performance, isolation and management. In a world where containers can be spawned, deployed and run their lives in just a few minutes, performance data that’s collected and acted upon in minutes isn’t an option. We need real-time solutions.

We’ve bet our company on answering this challenge. And now, with the help of partners like Intel and customers like Rackspace and ViaSat, we’ve shown the market the answer.

The deal we announced with Rackspace at the Summit signifies more than just an answer to service optimization challenges exposed by the advent of containers. It marks the beginning of a new, mature era for OpenStack. The maturity of OpenStack as a platform means that we operators can support not just VMs, but bare metal deployment and, yes, containers with confidence. With our software, anyone deploying a Rackspace OpenStack private cloud can see and manage — with automation — the performance of all three major compute fabrics at the processor level.

Early on, OpenStack was about deployment, and innovations like the opinionated distro made deployment a lot simpler. Architecture, blueprints, and training helped, too. But now, those problems are largely solved. The magic in OpenStack happens in operations.

AppFormix is a second-generation cloud infrastructure startup. We are focused on solving operational problems, not deployment problems. The operational problems we’re solving are twofold. First, we address the performance bottlenecks that arise at the processor with microservices. Second, we make possible a collaborative environment for application developers and cloud operators to see what’s happening at the physical infrastructure level, again, in real time.

So, while you contemplate whether Austin has the best barbeque (or whether Donna Scott of Gartner was the right choice for a keynote), remember that the *real* question arising from Austin is this: How are you going to support microservices in your data center, alongside VMs and bare metal? The answer is OpenStack and AppFormix… and Rackspace!

Learn more about how AppFormix and Rackspace are working together.


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