There seems to be great confusion in the market around VMware & OpenStack. The reality is that VMware can actually provide a DefCore compliant OpenStack based IaaS solution in addition to the popular vRealize Suite. Choosing between these two IaaS solutions from VMware fundamentally comes down to the required consumption model presented to the end consumer of the private cloud. Do you want more advanced functionality such as governance, policy, and other features found in a Cloud Management Platform, or do you want to offer an ungoverned playground like OpenStack which would provide a similar experience to that of a public cloud. VMware’s options for IaaS are explained in this lightboard which discusses the differences between vRealize Automation & VMware Integrated OpenStack.
There are different viewpoints on why IT departments would deploy OpenStack. Some believe there is cost savings that could be achieved through the use of open source infrastructure under the framework. Others view OpenStack as actually solving the business problem of IT agility. This discussion highlights the latter. Getting infrastructure to application owners/developers more quickly and leveraging their current SW development toolsets. The net result is developers getting more done in less time.
In this video, we discuss the way in which Neutron, the networking project of OpenStack, and VMware NSX interact. We cover the basic Neutron workflows and their situation as it relates to the application, as well as the corresponding NSX element that is leveraged each time. With this, we aim to describe how NSX ultimately brings stability to Neutron
In this video we describe how OpenStack Compute (Nova) interacts the VMware vSphere product family and enables access to advanced features such as vMotion, High Availability, and Dynamic Resource Scheduling (DRS). Because individual ESX hosts are not exposed to the Nova scheduler, Nova schedules to the granularity of clusters. When a virtual machine makes its way into a vCenter cluster, it can use all vSphere features. This brings tremendous operational efficiency to an OpenStack-based Cloud without compromising the technical investment already committed to managing and troubleshooting a VMware environment.