Oracle has launched OpenStack for its own Linux distribution into general availability. It is based on OpenStack Icehouse, the ninth release of the open source cloud-building software. It allows users to control Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtual Machines through OpenStack in production environments.
Technology incumbents continue to play friendly with OpenStack. More enterprises are interested in it, so enterprise-centric vendors are releasing integrated solutions, as well as ensuring their products and services work with OpenStack in general.
Another recent example is VMware's announcement of its own OpenStack distribution. Oracle wants to make it easy for enterprises to begin using OpenStack with its flavor of Linux and Oracle VM, which competes with VMware's server virtualization software.
Oracle's distribution is available as a free download from the Oracle Public Yum Server and Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN). An Oracle VM VirtualBox image of the product is also available to help customers get started with OpenStack easily.
The distro can integrate with third-party software and hardware and supports any guest operating system supported by Oracle VM, including Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Microsoft Windows and other Linux distributions.
Other integration and support include:
- Integration with MySQL Enterprise Edition
- Integration with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance: Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux includes the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Cinder plugin, which provides customers with an enterprise-grade storage option
- Support for Ceph storage software: Ceph provides object, block and file storage from a single distributed computer cluster on commodity hardware. Ceph has been gaining in popularity since its creation by DreamHost co-founder Sage Weil. Last April Red Hat purchased InkTank, a company that spun out of DreamHost to offer professional support for Ceph.
- Customers can use Oracle Clusterware in Oracle Linux Support subscriptions to protect OpenStack services, ensuring deployments remain fully functional in case of hardware failure.