AUSTIN: The OpenStack Foundation lined up a number of big names at the latest summit event to endorse its cloud computing framework, showcasing different use cases across telecoms and enterprise IT.
Speakers from AT&T, SAP, Verizon and Volkswagen joined OpenStack Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce on stage during the first day at the OpenStack Summit in Texas to discuss how they use the software to transform infrastructure and the delivery of services.
SAP has over 20 different clouds in use following mergers and acquisitions, and aims to converge them onto OpenStack to simplify its IT infrastructure.
AT&T uses OpenStack to build out its next-generation mobile network infrastructure using network function virtualisation (NFV) rather than hardware appliances. The firm wants to virtualise 75 per cent of its network by 2020.
"We expect to see network traffic volumes increase by 10 times between now and 2020, so we must transform our approach to building networks," said Sorabh Saxena, senior vice president for software development and engineering at AT&T.
"We aim to transfer from purpose-built hardware appliances to software components, taking us away from vendor lock-in and providing much greater agility."
Verizon explained that the company used OpenStack to roll out NFV across five of its US data centres, partnering with Big Switch Networks, Dell and Red Hat to develop a pod-based architecture that can scale easily.
"What we're doing is laying the foundations for the next-generation of our network, using commodity hardware, automating everything and building functions in software to drive operational efficiency and time to market. OpenStack has the maturity today to satisfy the needs of our infrastructure," said Chris Emmons, director of software-defined network planning and implementation at Verizon.
Volkswagen, meanwhile, is building out OpenStack infrastructure to accelerate the design and development of vehicles across the group, which includes Audi, Seat, Bentley and Porsche.
Mario Muller (pictured), head of infrastructure at Volkswagen Group, explained that the firm has built up a "pretty heterogeneous" IT infrastructure over the years, but now aims to standardise with OpenStack to better manage the complexity.
"Most importantly, we need to speed up delivery of IT to the business," he said.
The project started in mid-2015, and the first iteration came online at the end of the year. Volkswagen still has a very heterogeneous environment following the need to connect the new cloud with the firm's existing systems, Muller said.
The company has just finished building a new data centre that will be purely OpenStack-based. This is a fairly small scale affair, comprising approximately 900 compute cores with 25GB of memory and 2,500TB of storage.
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