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Platform9 – GA of Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere

Today, Platform9 have announced the General Availability of their Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere environments which adds to Platform9’s ability to manage KVM based environments with the SaaS based OpenStack Platform. They have also announced a new round of funding:

Today Platform9 also announced that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Menlo and Redpoint Ventures

Both announcements come in the lead up to VMworld 2015 ensuring that there will lots of interest in the Platform9 team to build on the success they had last year. It was at VMworld last year that I was first introduced to the product and I’ve been testing both the KVM and more recently the VMware Platforms over the last couple of months. The VMware Management has particular interest to me and I can see massive benefits in extending an existing VMware Based environment to be managed by Platform9’s OpenStack.

I’ve put together an initial install and configure video showing how easy it is to get Platform9 managing an existing vCenter.

Key Benefits for VMware Customers
  • Self-Service Automation. Empowering developers is a key CIO priority in the enterprise. With multi-tenancy, quotas, leases and policy controls on resource configurations for workloads, Platform9 Managed OpenStack makes it easy for IT to implement self-service for developers and accelerate their workflows.
  • 100% Interoperability with VMware vSphere. Customers can perform any choice of operations via Platform9 Managed OpenStack or via VMware vSphere: therefore, all existing processes, vSphere based API automation and 3rd party products are compatible and supported.
  • Orchestration using Open, Industry Standard APIs. OpenStack APIs are supported by a wide range of automation tools, development libraries, storage and network systems and application-level orchestration frameworks. By orchestrating their infrastructure using OpenStack APIs, organizations not only reduce reliance on proprietary ecosystems, but also accelerate API driven infrastructure automation and leverage existing open source integrations.
  • Single Pane Across Virtualization Platforms. Platform9 now supports both KVM and VMware vSphere virtualization and Docker support is expected in future. Customers can now decouple their private cloud platform from the virtualization platform, and retain the flexibility to deploy new platforms over time while maintaining a consistent workflow and management interface.
  • Compatibility with all vSphere Compatible Datastores and Networks. Customers can onboard Platform9 with any storage and network implementation that is compatible with VMware vSphere. The solution is fully compatible with both legacy VLAN based networks as well as software-defined-networks.
  • Production Grade SLA for OpenStack. Platform9 takes care of monitoring, troubleshooting and upgrading the OpenStack framework, so customers can rely on a production grade SLA and focus on innovation enabled by the OpenStack cloud platform.

For an introduction to Platform9 see my previous blog post here:

Well done to the Platform9 team for the GA and the Series B!

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Platform9 Introduction

I came across Platform9 while wandering the back halls of the VMWorld Solutions Exchange last year in San Francisco…as a fan of the movie District 9 I was drawn to the name without really knowing anything about the tech being shown. After a brief chat with the booth staff going over product I thought to myself that there was potential in a SaaS based Cloud Management/Provisioning Platform…another side of me thought it also threatens part of the work I do in designing and managing Service Provider based Cloud Platforms like vCloud Director.

A few months later Platfrom9 has launched with fresh rounds of VC funding and is ready to go prime time. I spent some time today with Sirish Raghuram Who is the CEO and Co-founder…he also has a very interesting pedigree having previously been with VMware since 2002 working on products like Workstation, SRM and vCloud Director…in fact he was part of the team responsible for bringing maturity to later versions of vCD.

Sirish took me through the basics of what Platform9 offers and how it easily plugs into on-premises Hypervisior resources focusing on KVM with BETA support for ESXi…effectively what you get with Platform9 is your own version of the Openstack Platform and your own Management Portal to control compute, storage and network resources. You then to carve up those resources for use by departments or clients. Like vCloud Director, it abstracts management and provides a mechanism to consume IaaS resources.

What I like about this solution is that its easy…Implementing Openstack is not! …Especially if you choose to deploy and manage it yourself. The time savings along with budget savings compared with deploying and maintaining OpenStack in-house make this an attractive option. It also potentially fills a gap in the market that’s been vacated by VMware’s decision to pull vCD from Enterprise and replace it with the more complicated (dare I say bloated) vRealize Automation. To clarify that comment, think about a situation where a company has a small vCenter Instance with two or three hosts…vRA isn’t the best fit if the company wants to explore Private Cloud…Platform9 fits in nicely and can be retrofitted with ease.

For Service Providers if offers an opportunity to experience Openstack and take advantage of its KVM strengths…dual stacks become a more plausible option and with access to refined APIs it makes it easy for SPs with existing Account/Control Panels to integrate and add to existing offerings. There is also a lot of interest in it’s potential for management of Docker…which is all the rage these days.

For me, this isn’t going to replace vCloud Director SP for vSphere Platforms short to medium term…there are a lot of holes in what Openstack does compared to vCloud Director but there is a future here and there are many use cases where Platform9 makes sense.