OpenStack Summit highlights: SDN, Cloud and everything in between

OpenStack, Rackspace, CloudThe OpenStack ecosystem gets bigger with every meetup. This week’s OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong attracted a crowd of 3,000, along with dozens of vendors that leaped at the opportunity to show off their latest solutions.

Arista Networks led the charge with the new 7000 X Series of programmable 10 GbE and 40 GbE switches. Based on the company’s Linux-based EOS networking platform, the line provides automated provisioning, enhanced management capabilities for virtual environments and improved power efficiency.

Over at the storage layer, NetApp introduced a set of new drives for the Cinder component of OpenStack to smooth the deployment of block storage services across on- and off-premise environments. The vendor also added integrations with OpenStack Image and Compute to accelerate instance creation, and announced that it’s bundling the Swift object-blob store with its Dynamic Disk Pools technology.

In the cloud, RedHat unveiled the newest release of its CloudForms management platform. The latest version supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack and enables users to manage their AWS environments together with workloads that run in their private clouds. Additionally, it automates deployments with self-service portals, chargeback, quotas and metering.

DreamHost is also making it easier for OpenStack users to tap into the public cloud with its Havana-based hosting service. Currently in beta, DreamCompute features over 400 improvements and a set of “powerful” configurations for use cases with specific requirements.

Not to be outdone, Rackspace unveiled new high-performance cloud servers that utilize flash storage and beefy Intel Xeon E5 processors to address the throughput and reliability requirements of modern enterprise loads such as MongoDB and Cassandra. Performance Cloud Servers come with up to 120 Gigabytes of RAM, 40 Gigabits per second of network throughput and RAID 10-protected solid state drives.