Opscode Delivers Cloud Infrastructure Automation Solution for OpenStack

Chef™ for OpenStack Provides Comprehensive Set of Tools and Instructions for Automating Infrastructure Deployment, Management and Application Delivery in OpenStack Clouds;
New Solution Features Integration with All Six Versions of OpenStack Platform, Including New OpenStack Folsom Release

SAN DIEGO – October 15, 2012 – From the OpenStack
Summit
, Opscode®, the
leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced Chef™ for
OpenStack
, delivering a centralized, defined collection of code
and best practices for using Chef to create and automate
OpenStack infrastructures, as well as deploying and
managing application stacks on OpenStack infrastructure.

Chef for OpenStack combines a centralized repository of cookbooks with key
features of Hosted Chef™ and Private Chef™ to
deliver a comprehensive reference framework for improving business agility and
operating efficiency with OpenStack. The new solution is supported by Opscode’s
enterprise services practice and a broad ecosystem of technology
partners
, including Rackspace, Dell, DreamHost, HP and Intel.
Opscode also today announced integration via the Knife
command-line
for
OpenStack Folsom,
enabling users to rapidly create, bootstrap and manage OpenStack Folsom compute
instances.

“OpenStack continues to gain traction as the primary open source platform for
deploying private, hybrid and public clouds, with a number of large public cloud
providers deploying OpenStack to power innovative service offerings,” said Jay
Wampold, VP of Marketing, Opscode. “Chef for OpenStack leverages our broad
partner ecosystem, deep technical expertise and vibrant community to deliver a
comprehensive tool kit for getting the most from OpenStack in the least amount
of time.”

Featuring contributions from OpenStack participants Rackspace, Dell, DreamHost,
HP and a number of other contributors, Chef for OpenStack includes five
cookbooks – collections of reusable
code – enabling rapid deployment and automation of
computing, object
storage
, image
services
,
dashboard and identity
services
:

  • OpenStack Compute:
    Enables enterprises and service providers to offer on-demand computing
    resources, by provisioning and managing large networks of virtual machines.
    Compute resources are accessible via APIs for developers building cloud
    applications and via web interfaces for administrators and users.
  • OpenStack Object
    Storage
    : Provides a
    fully distributed, API-accessible storage platform that can be integrated
    directly into applications or used for backup, archiving and data retention.
  • OpenStack
    Dashboard
    : Provides
    administrators and users a graphical interface to access, provision and
    automate cloud-based resources.
  • OpenStack Image
    Service
    :
    Provides discovery, registration and delivery services for disk and server
    images.
  • OpenStack Identify
    Service
    :
    Provides a central directory of users mapped to the OpenStack services they
    can access, acting as a common authentication system across the cloud
    operating system.

Versions of the Chef for OpenStack cookbooks will be published to the Intel
CloudBuilders

community, a cross-industry initiative aimed at making it easier to build,
enhance, and operate cloud infrastructure. An open developer and operator
community, including a mailing list and an IRC channel, supports Chef for
OpenStack. To access, collaborate or learn more about Chef for OpenStack, please
visit www.opscode.com/openstack.

OpenStack Folsom, the sixth version of OpenStack, automates pools of compute,
storage and networking resources to build private and public cloud
infrastructures without vendor lock-in. Written by more than 330 contributors,
the Folsom release features a continued focus on stability and extensibility,
enabling users across the globe to leverage pools of on-demand, self-managed
compute, storage and networking resources to build efficient, automated private
and public cloud infrastructures.