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Everyone is talking about moving to the cloud and all of the cost and efficiency advantages that cloud computing can provide for IT. However for many enterprises, a move to the cloud is easier said than done due to concerns about security, control and lack of flexibility when moving to public clouds from vendors like Amazon, Google and Microsoft. In addition to the concerns about public clouds, many of the frameworks for deploying private clouds have not been robust enough to support the needs of enterprise applications and users. OpenStack came into the picture six years ago with a set of open source technologies to enable private clouds within a datacenter. However, up until recently, the OpenStack project had limitations that prevented it from being ready for enterprise consumption. In fact by some estimates, a large percentage of enterprise users failed when attempting to implement OpenStack, and most users found the implementation experience difficult.
It’s no secret that it’s still hard to find good tech talent, and that’s definitely the case for the kind of complex and highly specialized skill set it takes to administer an OpenStack cloud. To grow this talent pool and to allow admins to show off their OpenStack skills, the OpenStack Foundation today announced the launch of its first certification program for OpenStack Administrators at its developer summit in Austin. “Like any major technology shift, cloud computing has challenged companies to re-skill engineers and redefine culture and processes,” said Jonathan Bryce, the OpenStack Foundation’s executive director, in a statement today. The Certified OpenStack Administrator exam will help provide a target for cloud administrators who are in high demand as the number of organizations adopting OpenStack continues to grow.”
US telecommunication giants AT&T and Verizon are betting big on open source and OpenStack. Well, betting is not quite right because they _are_ building their networks on top of OpenStack. During the OpenStack Summit at Austin, Sorabh Saxena, senior vice president, software development & engineering at AT&T delivered a keynote where he talked about how AT&T has been virtualizing its networking infrastructure on top of OpenStack.
The ongoing effort to make OpenStack easier to deploy and maintain has received an assist from an unexpected source: CoreOS and its new Stackanetes project, announced today at the OpenStack Summit in Austin. Containers are generally seen as a lighter-weight solution to many of the problems addressed by OpenStack. But CoreOS sees Stackanetes as a vehicle to deliver OpenStack's benefits -- an open source IaaS with access to raw VMs -- via Kubernetes and its management methodology.
Fortune: Exclusive: VMware Cloud Chief Exits
Bill Fathers, the executive vice president who has headed up VMware’s vCloud Air project, is leaving the company, according to several sources close to the company. His role will be filled by two “co-general managers” for cloud, Allwyn Sequeira and Laura Ortman, the sources said. Both execs have been with VMware since 2008, according to their respective LinkedIn profiles. The news was disclosed in a memo to staff from chief executive officer Pat Gelsinger on Tuesday, but it has not been announced publicly.
For half a decade, the federal government has operated under a policy to prioritize cloud computing as agency CIOs embark on new technology initiatives, but in such a vast and varied IT environment, it's not been a quick transition. Five years into the so-called cloud-first policy, federal CIOs say they continue to struggle with procurement and management challenges, while security concerns about the safeguards around sensitive data still linger. Marlon Andrews, deputy CIO at the National Archives and Records Administration, described some of those obstacles during a recent panel discussion hosted by Federal News Radio.
President Barack Obama’s executive order calling for investments in the expansion high-performance computing power is a needed first step, but the United States needs to do more to maintain its edge in the high-performance computing sector, a technology policy think tank said Thursday. In a report Thursday, the foundation noted that while the U.S. owns the largest number of the world’s fastest supercomputers — 199 out of the top 500 — it’s the smallest number of computers the U.S. has had on the list since 1993. It’s down from 231 in November 2014, and 265 in November 2013. Considerable competition comes from China, which currently runs the world’s fastest supercomputer, as well as the European Union, Japan and others.