Cloud computing is rapidly transforming businesses and organizations by providing access to agile, cost-effective, and scalable IT infrastructure. OpenStack® is an open source platform for private, public and hybrid clouds, designed to put organizations back in control and overcome the limitations and high costs of proprietary vendor solutions.
Cisco helps our customers build and operate OpenStack clouds with unified networking and next-generation cloud builder technology. With a track record of innovation and award-winning global services, Cisco can help you get better business value from OpenStack—whether you choose to operate it yourself, use Cisco’s fully-managed on-premises solution (Cisco Metapod™), or work with cloud providers in the Cisco Cloud Services ecosystem.
Cisco is committed to the success of the open source model through blueprints, code contributions and reviews. Cisco is the number-one contributor to the OpenStack Neutron networking project and the lead contributor to the Group Based Policy project. Cisco operates key parts of its own business on OpenStack, including SaaS solutions Cisco WebEx and WebEx Spark. OpenStack is also the foundation of Cisco’s hybrid cloud infrastructure platform, the foundation for over 30 global cloud providers including Telstra and Portugal Telecom.
Prepare for Containers
Learn why Linux containers are poised to radically change the way applications are built and deployed and what Cisco and Red Hat are doing to make containers ready for production.Read White Paper
Integrate Group Policy for OpenStack
Using policies to rapidly deploy and manage OpenStack clouds.Read White Paper
FlexPod for OpenStack Clouds
The FlexPod integrated solution from Cisco, NetApp and Red Hat provides a robust foundation for production deployment of OpenStack clouds. (PDF - 818 KB)Read Overview
Choose Cisco for Your OpenStack Cloud
Faster Cloud Deployment
OpenStack reduces the time required to integrate and test cloud platform software components. Similarly, Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure simplifies the integration and deployment of the underlying hardware. Use Cisco’s group policy approach to further accelerate deployment though smart automation.
Scalable, High Performing Platforms
Cisco UCS and Nexus solutions provide industry-leading performance and Cisco architecture is simple and cost-effective to scale as demand rises.
Broad Ecosystem and Access to Innovation
Open APIs allow technology suppliers to plug their solutions into the OpenStack platform and interoperate with other components and solutions. This gives cloud providers and users easy access to new cloud technologies and tools and helps you stay competitive.
Reduced Risk with Validated Designs
Cisco conducts rigorous testing and validation to produce Cisco Validated Designs with detailed implementation instructions. Cisco OpenStack Consulting Services can provide assistance with all stages of cloud planning, design, and implementation.
Seamless Hybrid Operations
The combination of Cisco Intercloud Fabric and OpenStack allows cloud applications or services (or parts of applications or services, known as containers) to be moved from one cloud environment to another, transparently to the end user. This capability gives IT more flexibility to help ensure high availability, recover from interuptions, and keep operating costs low.
Cisco OpenStack solutions are designed for rapid delivery of applications and services—whether you choose to build and operate OpenStack yourself, or use Cisco’s fully managed on-premises solution. Both solutions provide the benefits of Cisco UCS infrastructure, an innovative architecture that integrates compute, network, and storage resources into a single, centrally managed and easily automated platform.
This is a fully-managed, on-premises private cloud that Cisco builds, deploys and operates for you 24 hours a day. This production-ready OpenStack solution includes developer-friendly tools for fast and easy provisioning of cloud applications. Cisco Services handles all of the infrastructure operation and deployment, leaving you free to focus on development of applications and services. The underlying Cisco UCS infrastructure with unified networking provides unmatched speed, scalability, and efficiency for your private cloud.
Cisco UCS for Red Hat OpenStack Platform
For organizations taking an IT-led approach to building and operating a private cloud, Cisco partners closely with Red Hat to ensure tight integration of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. Cisco Validated Designs and Reference Architectures give you a proven and tested solution that reduces the time and risk of deploying cloud infrastructure.
FlexPod for Red Hat OpenStack Platform
Based on Cisco UCS servers, Cisco Nexus switches, and NetApp FAS and E-Series storage, FlexPod provides a flexible, open and integrated foundation for enterprise-grade OpenStack cloud deployment. FlexPod is designed for robust operation and the powerful storage and management features of NetApp extend the value of your OpenStack cloud environment. With this stable, dependable environment, you can move production workloads to the cloud with confidence.
Cisco Infrastructure Components
Both models of deploying OpenStack are built using Cisco infrastructure solutions. Cisco is recognized by Gartner and IDC as a leader in the integrated systems market. The portfolio of solutions includes:
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) for OpenStack
The Cisco APIC Driver for OpenStack allows you to use existing OpenStack networking APIs, interfaces, and automation tools with the performance, scalability, flexibility, and visibility of Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI). This solution automatically manages connectivity across both physical and virtual switches.
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V
The 1000V is a router and network services platform in a virtual form factor that you can deploy in cloud and virtual data centers. The 1000V lowers the barriers to enterprise adoption of a hybrid cloud model by extending the enterprise WAN to off-premises clouds and cloud providers.
Cisco Intercloud Fabric
Cisco Intercloud Fabric is an open and flexible solution that helps ensure the same network security and access control policies are used with workloads, whether theyre located on internal servers, in on-premise clouds, or in a public cloud. The solution works with any hypervisor, including VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, Citrix, and integrates with Cisco Powered Cloud Providers to build a powerful hybrid cloud.
Cisco MDS Cloud Integration
Cisco MDS products are the industry-leading SAN choice for meeting cloud requirements for block storage. They integrate easily with cloud management software to improve efficiency and speed service delivery.
Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch
This Cisco virtual networking solution for OpenStack provides a proven, enterprise-class infrastructure that is easy to deploy, manage, and operate. It supports multiple hypervisors and multiple networking services, and is tightly integrated with multiple cloud management tools.
Cisco Services for OpenStack
Cisco offers two primary OpenStack service options:
- Assessment & Validation
- Design & Deployment
These services accelerate implementation and time-to-value of your OpenStack cloud, resulting in a better cloud experience for end users and customers, while driving down costs, and reducing the risks associated with new technology adoption.
Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure
This Cisco Validated Design and reference architecture combines the advantages of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for cloud with the OpenStack distribution from the open-source industry leader, Red Hat, to simplify the process of deploying and operating OpenStack clouds.
Learn more about Cisco Solutions for deploying OpenStack.
Upcoming: April 25-29, 2016: OpenStack Summit; Austin, Texas
October 27-29, 2015: Cisco Sessions at OpenStack Summit, Tokyo
October 8, 2014: IDC Webinar on OpenStack Acceleration featuring Cisco, Intel, and Red Hat (1:32 hr)
Considerations for Operating an OpenStack Cloud
OpenStack: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started
Cisco ACI and the Policy-Driven Data Center
Deploying OpenStack with Cisco UCS, Nexus, and CSR
Cisco ACI Integration with OpenStack
Cisco UCS: The Right Foundation for OpenStack Deployment
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure and Linux Containers
'OpenStack and the OpenStack logo, together or apart, are trademarks or registered trademarks of OpenStack Foundation in the United States and other countries, and are used with the OpenStack Foundation's permission.'
Expanding OpenStack to new industries (Superuser; 20 MAY 2015)
Five Reasons You Can’t Ignore OpenStack ( PDF - 962 KB )
Image Hosting Service Implements Flexible Cloud Infrastructure ( PDF - 445 KB )
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Driver for OpenStack Group-Based Policy Data Sheet
Cisco Nexus Driver for OpenStack Neutron Data Sheet
Cisco and Red Hat: Application Centric Infrastructure Integration with OpenStack ( PDF - 543 KB )
FlexPod for Enterprise-Grade Clouds ( PDF - 819 KB )
Network Virtualization Solutions for Ubuntu Open Stack Solution Overview
Network Virtualization Solutions for Ubuntu Open Stack Solution Overview
Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Linux Containers
Cisco UCS C3160 high Density Rack Server with Red Hat Ceph Storage
Cisco and Red Hat Simplify the Journey to Cloud Computing ( PDF - 3 MB )
Group-Based Policy for OpenStack
Large Unstructured Data Storage in a Small Datacenter Footprint: Cisco UCS C3160 and Red Hat Gluster 500-TB Solution
Linux Containers: Why They’re In Your Future and What Has to Happen First ( PDF - 714 KB )
SUSE Cloud Integration with Cisco UCS and Nexus Platforms