Introduced in September 2012 by Rackspace and NASA, OpenStack has evolved dramatically. Particularly, it has gained increased attention because large corporations are starting to adopt this for their private cloud and some have established a successful public cloud using OpenStack. Another interesting development is that large corporations are collaborating with the OpenStack Foundation and the open source community, contributing code for every major release of OpenStack. EMC’s competitors are coming up with their own edition of OpenStack in order to reduce the complexity of installation and maintenance.
In this Knowledge Sharing article, Azhagarasu A proposes a new solution which possibly can turn into a new business for EMC. As many of us know, OpenStack is a set of tools and software to build cloud. Whether public, private, hybrid, it all depends on how it’s built. The important factor is the high availability of instances, storage nodes, and how resilient are they to disaster.
Most EMC arrays – such as VMAX, VNX, ScaleIO, and XtremIO – support OpenStack. Cinder and Swift are two storage projects in OpenStack; Cinder for block storage and Swift for object storage. Azhagarasu’s article focuses on the challenges faced in OpenStack Cinder and how EMC can play a major role in overcoming these challenges.