Why OpenStack is gaining mind share

Over the past few years, OpenStack has become a popular and de-facto open source option for enterprise private cloud deployments, with a lot of mindshare from both developers and IT. Among the reasons for it’s popularity and adoption include Open APIs, no vendor lock-in, compatibility with the widest sets of server and storage solutions, a variety of options for vendor support and training, and packaged distribution options. However, trying to build, operate, and maintain OpenStack continues to be challenging for most enterprises.

Tired of keeping OpenStack operational?

Frequent 6-month releases, lack of day-2 operational support, and need for highly skilled and knowledgeable personnel leads to an expensive-to-maintain and fragile OpenStack infrastructure environment.

Instability

  • 6 month release cycles
  • Changing API’s and protocols between releases
  • Multiple moving parts
  • Need for complex integration
  • More instability at scale

Lack of Day-2
Operational Support

  • No upgrade, rollback, patching capabilities
  • No monitoring, analytics or alerting capabilities
  • No backup feature
  • Lack of automated workload migrations
  • No chargeback and billing integration

Lack of Expertise

  • Openstack expertise hard to find
  • Build services are expensive and time-consuming
  • Managed services are expensive supported by traditional NOC and manned by human experts

How ZeroStack helps you overcome OpenStack challenges

ZeroStack solves the OpenStack stability, day-2 operations, and expertise challenges by co-engineering foundational OpenStack services Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Glance, Keystone, and Heat with an innovative, distributed, self-healing control plane technology and a SaaS-based operations model using machine learning and big data analytics. ZeroStack clouds can be created on industry-standard servers within 20 to 30 minutes. All the monitoring, failure detection and self-healing is handled by the ZeroStack’s on-premises operating system software that works in conjunction with OpenStack services.

ZeroStack is certified for OpenStack interoperability

Users can now enjoy the benefits of OpenStack without the pain: Open API’s, no vendor lock-in, and the vast OpenStack ecosystem to add new capabilities to the platform. ZeroStack is a corporate sponsor of the OpenStack foundation and our software has been tested for interoperability per the requirements of the OpenStack community. ZeroStack is also listed on the OpenStack Marketplace under the remote-managed private cloud section. More details on the certification are available here:

Get Day-2 Operations via SaaS portal (Z-Brain)

ZeroStack provides a SaaS-based operational layer (Z-Brain) that takes care of monitoring, analytics, upgrades, patching, capacity planning, and resource management. This SaaS based delivery model for orchestration also means that ZeroStack can rapidly innovate and provide new operational and management features every 2-4 weeks. Because of this unique architecture supported by intelligent software, there are no professional services needed to build, and  no need of experts to manage the cloud. All of the management tasks are handled remotely by ZeroStack — as a result, system OpEx is reduced by 90% and TCO by 50% compared to competitive offerings. Watch the video to see how to deploy Kubernetes leveraging both Z-Brian and Z-AppStore.

Get a handle on what your cloud is doing

All components of the cloud, from servers, storage, and network, and OpenStack services generate extensive amounts of data, logs, and error information. A large deployment with hundred nodes can generate a massive amount of such information. How can you get a handle on what your cloud is doing? How do you know if you are using your resources efficiently? What about security vulnerabilities? How can you get a handle on this without analysis and alerting capabilities? ZeroStack streams this telemetry data to the Z-Brain and runs machine learning, big data Hadoop analytics batch jobs, and real-time Spark jobs to provide visibility and insight into what your cloud is doing. Moreover, it provides recommendations on managing your resources efficiently, and generates alerts on critical events.

Get automated rolling upgrades

ZeroStack supports automated rolling upgrades of your ZeroStack private cloud cluster that can include newer versions of OpenStack components. A rolling upgrade allows the ZeroStack Cloud to be upgraded to the new version in an automated fashion without any user intervention. The upgrade is handled entirely from the SaaS portal. While the software is being upgraded, ZeroStack and OpenStack services continue to run without any interruption.

  • Upgrades every 3 to 6 months
  • Driven from SaaS portal
  • Runs automatically using a state-machine in the cloud
  • No manual dependency checks, rollbacks needed
  • Designed using a two partition architecture for zero touch and risk-free rollback