Short Stack: Inside Telstra's OpenStack Build and Cisco CIO talks OpenStack

short stack_b small_0_0.jpgWelcome to the Short Stack, our weekly feature where we search for the most intriguing OpenStack links to share with you. These links may come fromtraditional publications or company blogs, but if it's about OpenStack, we'll find the best links we can to share with you every week. If you like what you see, please consider subscribing. Here we go with this week's links:

HP realigns object storage strategy around OpenStack Swift | 451 Research [$$$]

More evidence that OpenStack is going mainstream as HP has committed to OpenStack as part of its object storage strategy. As 451 Research points out in this report, this isn't isolated but part of an overall strategy on HP's part to build their systems around OpenStack.

Why does it matter that OpenStack is open source? |

It's hard to explain why open source matters when it comes to cloud infrastructure, but it comes down to a single way of operating. When you use an open source system like OpenStack, you know that for the most part you can move between OpenStack vendors, and you will find a familiar environment when you do --and that's not to be minimized.

Inside Telstra’s OpenStack build |

Telstra for those of you who aren't familiar with it, is Australia's largest telco. It struck a deal last week with Cisco Systems in which Cisco will operate a cloud service for based on Red Hat's OpenStack framework. The thinking behind the deal is that this could offer a way for Telstra to set up a cloud service that they believe can compete with AWS.

Cisco CIO Talks SDN, OpenStack & IT Challenges | Information Week

Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby met reporters last week at Interop and she had a lot say about the changing role of IT in general, but she also pointed out that they are going with OpenStack because she believes it can scale and she believes in the value of an open source and standards-based approach to cloud infrastructure.

Mirantis scores IaaS deal with Parallels in second OpenStack win | Business Cloud News

This deal provides a way for Parallels Automation Service to use Mirantis OpenStack to deliver IaaS to Parallels customers. The deal allows Parallels customers to buy these services on a metered basis and use only what they need within the OpenStack environment. This comes on the heels of the biggest OpenStack deal to date: a five year deal worth an estimated $30 million with Ericsson, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.