Nebula Adds VLAN Support to OpenStack Private Cloud

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    Five Predictions for Hybrid Cloud Environments in 2015

    As IT organizations begin to more aggressively build private clouds in 2015, many of them will be looking for a distribution of the open source OpenStack that is more than just a collection of the raw bits that make up the cloud management framework.

    To that end, Nebula has extended a Nebula Cosmos platform that is based on OpenStack to include VLAN capabilities similar to what IT organizations have come to expect when deploying VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V software.

    Tina Nolte, vice president of products for Nebula, says Nebula couples a Nebula Cloud Controller with Cosmos, the company’s distribution of OpenStack, creating a private cloud platform that an internal IT organization can be expected to deploy and master.

    In general, Nolte says that most IT organizations will opt to deploy new applications on top of OpenStack while continuing to run existing applications on VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V. But as the economic advantages of an open source approach to managing the cloud make themselves apparent, a larger percentage of the applications running in the enterprise will eventually run on OpenStack.

    Nebula VLAN

    Nolte says that Nebula makes that easier by not only delivering a distribution of OpenStack that is easy to deploy, but ensuring that it can be easily integrated with Microsoft Active Directory or any other LDAP-compatible directory.

    OpenStack may not supplant VMware or Microsoft inside traditional enterprises in 2015. But the one thing that is for sure is that IT organizations will one way or another see a lot more of it in the New Year.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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