HP Brings More Storage Tools to OpenStack Cloud Community

HP has made multiple contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release, including new converged storage management automation and new flash storage technologies to support flexible, enterprise-class clouds.

HP’s storage contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release focus on two strategic goals: supporting application-centric, automated, converged storage management; and, helping make environments that use Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) server virtualization technology truly enterprise-ready.

These contributions include an Evaluator Scheduler, intended to help improve management productivity and increases resource efficiency by automatically assigning storage resources to meet incoming requests based on workload requirements. HP is also contributing Adaptive Flash Cache, engineered to reduce the overall cost of delivering I/O-intensive workloads in cloud environments by enabling “flash caching,” or the use of flash capacity as a virtual extension to storage system DRAM cache.

“Enterprises today struggle with the ‘all-in-one’ cloud model because they don’t use a single operating system or database software or management tool,” said Eileen Evans, HP vice president and deputy general counsel, Software, Cloud, and Open Source. “HP’s approach is to support a flexible hybrid cloud infrastructure with open source technologies as its core DNA, and this includes a commitment to supporting OpenStack technology at the storage layer.”

HP Helion OpenStack was released last October 2014, offering a free community download and fully-supported version of OpenStack code. HP said it intends to incorporate support for OpenStack Kilo into future HP Helion OpenStack releases.

HP is a Platinum Founding member of the OpenStack Foundation and a key contributor to multiple OpenStack projects, including funding, code, reviews, testing, and training. HP currently holds eight program team lead positions and four technical committee membership positions. In addition, two HP employees currently sit on the OpenStack board of directors.

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