May 13, 2014
Pure play OpenStack vendor Mirantis has taken another step in making it easier for enterprises to adopt and deploy OpenStack as their cloud platform of choice. The company unveiled at OpenStack Summit Atlanta a new online database of infrastructure vendors with OpenStack-ready offerings.
The DriverLog dashboard provides interested parties with information about vendors that have chosen to make their products and solutions compatible with OpenStack, making it easier for organizations to find such information and to judge what offerings might be best suitable for their needs.
“Traditional open source communities tend to delegate vendor compatibility matters to commercial vendors and downstream distributions,” said Boris Renski, co-founder and executive vice president at Mirantis, in a prepared statement. “At Mirantis we believe that OpenStack is about unifying heterogeneous infrastructure innovations at the core, and exposing them via an open cloud fabric at the edge. Using process and transparency to tackle the challenge of vendor driver compatibility is a core value of the OpenStack community. Dashboards at stackalytics.com and OpenStack.org based on DriverLog are the first step in addressing this.”
The dashboard is based on the Apache 2.0 codebase of the DriverLog project that is maintained by the OpenStack community. And through it, organizations can find information on OpenStack-compatible vendors aggregated by the project, which Mirantis noted is kept up to date using an open peer review process that is similar to how Wikipedia articles are updated.
It will offer users the ability to filter and search for various infrastructure vendors and associated driver code, but it will also provide:
Access to instructions detailing configuration for OpenStack-ready products.
Information on whether the vendor’s driver is embedded in the upstream database codebase of an OpenStack release.
Information on whether a vendor has deployed an automated test infrastructure that provides feedback on its driver passing or failing functional and integration tests.
Quick shortcuts for OpenStack deployers to contact maintainers of vendor drivers.
It appears to be a good resource for organizations to judge the various products that are already OpenStack-ready.
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