Press Release


Apr

24

Akanda Releases New Version of OpenStack Astara at OpenStack Summit Austin

Customers Can Cut the Cord with Over-The-Top Network Functions; Advanced Features for High Network Availability; and New IPV6 VPN Services for Hybrid Cloud & IOT Infrastructures

AUSTIN, TX –  April 24, 2016 –  Akanda, the major contributor to OpenStack Astara, today announced its new Mitaka release for open source network orchestration and virtualization at the OpenStack Summit in Austin. The Mitaka release for OpenStack Astara is now available for immediate download.

OpenStack Astara is the industry’s leading solution for open source network orchestration and virtualization. A vendor-agnostic network solution, Astara does not require an SDN controller and radically simplifies OpenStack network deployments. Today, Astara supports more than 2,000 customers with thousands of virtual machines (VMs) at DreamHost, a web and cloud hosting provider in Los Angeles. DreamHost helped develop the mother code for Astara and replaced VMware NSX with the Astara open source platform. An official OpenStack project since September 2015,  Astara has more than 40 core contributors from the OpenStack community. Astara is also in trials today with some of the world’s largest service providers and enterprises.

In Austin, several sessions will review the new OpenStack Astara release. More details about the Astara sessions and its new capabilities are here.

What’s new in OpenStack Astara?

  • Over-the-Top Network Functions: The new Astara release allows OpenStack operators to cut the cord with over-the-top network functions. For the first time, OpenStack operators can bring their own network function to any Layer 2 network. Simply put, cloud operators can use the network they have, choose the network function they want. No more vendor lock-in.   
  • Advanced Features for High Network Availability: Astara takes network availability to new heights with Active/Active software appliances. These advanced features double network capacity, eliminate idle resources, and introduce higher levels of reliability and scalability for Layer 3 services, such as routing, load-balancing, and application performance management.
  • Lightweight IPV6 VPNaaS: The Mitaka release of Astara makes it easier for customers to secure hybrid cloud and IOT infrastructures with IPV6 virtual private networks (VPNs).  For example, Astara can now support up to 16 million IPV6 VPNs over VXLAN. IPV6 VPNs are a lightweight alternative to more expensive MPLS-based VPNs, which can’t be decoupled from network hardware without significant vendor support. Many network experts consider IPV6 VPNs to be foundational for hybrid cloud and IOT use cases.

“OpenStack Astara is leading the over-the-top (OTT) revolution in network infrastructure,” said Robert Haim, a principal analyst with ACG Research. ”In the same way that Netflix decouples video delivery from dedicated broadcast and cable networks, OpenStack Astara abstracts network functions from routers and switches. This is part of a massive substitution movement towards open hardware and open software for cloud operators, introducing new OTT approaches to the $20B+ network hardware market.”

“The Mitaka release of OpenStack Astara introduces web-scale to virtualized network services,” said Henrik Rosendahl, CEO of Akanda. “It’s all about software defined hardware choices; new features that allows cloud operators to scale up and out, and radically simple OpenStack Neutron deployment. We’re also excited about new services such as IPV6 VPNs, which are elemental for hybrid cloud and IOT applications.”

Many companies and groups contributed to the Mitaka release of OpenStack Astara. They include Arista, Comcast, Cumulus Networks, Dell, DreamHost, EasyStack, Ericsson, Fujitsu, HPE, Intel, the Linux Foundation, Mirantis, the MEF, NEC, NGINX, RackSpace, Red Hat and many others.

Supporting OpenStack Astara Resources

Astara Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvZgBFz9yjQ                                                    

Project Astara Wiki: https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Astara                                                                

Akanda Blog: http://akanda.io/blog                                                                                                     

Twitter: https://twitter.com/akandaio                                                                                               

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/akanda-inc

About Akanda

Akanda is the major contributor to OpenStack Astara, an open software project focused on network orchestration and virtualization.   Akanda was started by the same DreamHost team that developed an OpenStack storage platform called Ceph (now part of RedHat).  Today, Akanda provides development resources for OpenStack Astara.  It also provides commercial support and services for OpenStack Astara. For more information, visit akanda.io and follow @akandaio

About Astara

Astara is an open source network orchestration platform built by OpenStack operators for real OpenStack clouds. An official OpenStack project, Astara is changing the future of networking by delivering an open, extensible, and cost effective platform for enterprises and service providers to virtualize their networks. Astara is layer 2 agnostic and powers network virtualization for DreamCompute, the OpenStack-based public cloud offered by DreamHost.

 

Jan

12

JAN. 21 WEBINAR: LEARN HOW DREAMHOST REPLACED VMWARE NSX WITH AN OPEN SOURCE SOLUTION FROM AKANDA, CHEF, AND CUMULUS NETWORKS

Enterprises Can Save 70 Percent By Migrating Their VMware Workloads to OpenStack and Container Infrastructures

/EINPresswire.com/ — SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (Marketwired) — 01/12/16 — Akanda, the major contributor to OpenStack Project Astara, today announced that it will participate in a January 21 webinar explaining howDreamHost deployed a large-scale public cloud on OpenStack with an open source solution from Akanda, Chef, and Cumulus Networks.

In 2013, DreamHost began the process of replacing VMware NSX with a native OpenStack solution that provides layer 3 network services to tens of 1,000s of Virtual Machines serving more than 1,000 DreamHost customers. Akanda, Cumulus Networks, and DreamHost believe similar cloud deployments can save enterprises up to 70% in capital expense and 40% in operating expense by utilizing an open source network virtualization solution.

Key elements include a lightweight network virtualization platform from Akanda that uses OpenStack Astara for cloud orchestration and management, several IT automation recipes written by DreamHost using OpenChef, and an open, easy-to-program network operating system from Cumulus Networks. DreamHost’s open source solution has now been in production for two years and demonstrates how enterprises can migrate VMware workloads to OpenStack and container infrastructures.

Webinar presenters include:

  • Mark McClain, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Akanda
  • Nolan Leake, Co-Founder and CTO at Cumulus Networks
  • Jonathan LaCour, VP of Cloud and Development at DreamHost

Webinar attendees will learn:

  • The key design considerations behind migrating VMware NSX workloads to OpenStack infrastructures and Linux containers.
  • How OpenStack Astara allows enterprises to replace network appliances with software-defined network functions.
  • How Akanda and Cumulus Networks allow enterprises to program OpenStack Neutron like a server to configure VXLAN overlays for layer 2 networking.

To register for webinar, click here.

About Akanda, Inc.
Akanda, Inc. is the major contributor and supporter of the open source Astara network virtualization software project. Founded by the DreamHost team that developed and supported the Ceph storage platform, Akanda provides the Astara project with development resources. Akanda also offers commercial subscriptions and enterprise support to its customers and partners deploying Astara. For more, visit akanda.io and follow @akandaio

About Cumulus Networks
Cumulus Networks helps customers realize cost-effective, high capacity networking for modern data centers. Linux transformed the economics and innovation for data center compute, and Cumulus Linux is doing the same for the network. It radically reduces the costs and complexities of operating modern data center networks for businesses of all sizes. Cumulus Networks has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders. For more, visit cumulusnetworks.com and follow @cumulusnetworks

About DreamHost
DreamHost is a global Web hosting and cloud services company with over 370,000 entrepreneur and developer customers, and 1.3 million blogs, websites, and apps hosted. The Company develops and uses Open Source software throughout its infrastructure, and is a leading proponent of OpenStack and Ceph. DreamHost offers a wide spectrum of Web services including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the public cloud storage service, DreamObjects, and the public cloud computing service, DreamCompute. Please visit www.DreamHost.com for more information.

Oct

26

Press Release: Akanda Releases New Version of Astara That Simplifies Networking for OpenStack Liberty

Open source network orchestration platform designed for multi-tenant, vendor-agnostic OpenStack environments gets significant technical upgrade

SAN FRANCISCO and TOKYO – October 26, 2015 – Akanda, the major contributor and supporter of the recently launched OpenStack Project Astara, today announced Astara’s Liberty release at OpenStack Summit Tokyo. The new version now available to OpenStack operators is the open source network orchestration platform’s most substantial since its initial launch, and is Astara’s first since becoming an official OpenStack project.

Astara’s Liberty release gives OpenStack operators a vendor-agnostic network orchestration platform for layer 3 through 7 network services that radically simplifies the complexity and scale of Neutron implementations. The production-proven OpenStack project fully negates the need for multiple plugins and SDN controllers. By orchestrating network functions from different providers on bare metal, VMs, and containers, Astara provides unprecedented flexibility, agility, and stability to OpenStack cloud developers and service providers.

What’s new in Astara’s Liberty release?

  • More configurability: A new load balancer driver allows OpenStack operators to configure the platform to load and manage only the resources they choose. Current implementations include NGINX and NGINX Plus.
  • Quicker provisioning: Neutron resources are now much more quickly provisioned onto appliance VMs via a new service that manages pools of hot-standby appliance VMs.
  • Cumulus Networks integration: Tight integration and support for Dynamic Lightweight Network Virtualization gives OpenStack operators a complete, OpenStack-ready stack.
  • Higher availability: Active-active high availability and scaling improvements.
  • Full compatibility with Liberty: Astara is synced to Liberty’s global requirements, ensuring smooth installation into system namespaces shared by other OpenStack projects.
  • Full compatibility with Kilo and Juno: For clouds running OpenStack Kilo or Juno, the new Astara release can be completely backported.

“Astara’s first release as an official OpenStack project is an exciting one for OpenStack operators,” said Henrik Rosendahl, CEO, Akanda. “The goal of Astara is to make Networking and DevOps’ lives easier. With tremendous community support and momentum for the platform throughout its first year, Astara is the answer for massively simplified OpenStack networking stack that can replace traditional – and expensive – single vendor lock-in.”

“As an operator of OpenStack, it’s fantastic to see new open source projects like Astara extend and simplify the platform,” said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost and OpenStack Foundation board member. “The Liberty release of OpenStack demonstrates the power of the big tent approach to offering choice and operating efficiency for delivering a 100% open source cloud to end users and customers.”

Supporting Resources

Astara Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvZgBFz9yjQ

Project Astara Wiki: https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Astara

Akanda Blog: http://akanda.io/blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/akandaio

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/akanda-inc

 

About Akanda, Inc.

Akanda, Inc. is the major contributor and supporter of the open source Astara network virtualization software project. Founded by the DreamHost team that developed and supported the Ceph storage platform, Akanda provides the Astara project with development resources. Akanda also offers commercial subscriptions and enterprise support to its customers and partners deploying Astara. For more, visit akanda.io and follow @akandaio

 

About Astara

Astara is an open source network orchestration platform built by OpenStack operators for real OpenStack clouds. An official OpenStack project, Astara is changing the future of networking by delivering an open, extensible, and cost effective platform for enterprises and service providers to virtualize their networks. Astara is layer 2 agnostic and powers network virtualization for DreamCompute, the OpenStack-based public cloud offered by DreamHost.

Oct

14

Press Release: Akanda, Aptira and Cumulus Networks’ Partnership Gives OpenStack Cloud Operators Unprecedented Networking Simplification, Flexibility and Agility

Akanda, Aptira and Cumulus Networks’ Partnership Gives OpenStack Cloud Operators Unprecedented Networking Simplification, Flexibility and Agility

Aptira Becomes the First OpenStack Systems Integrator to Bring Akanda’s Powerful Open Source Network Orchestration Platform to Data Centers Around the World

SAN FRANCISCO and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – October 14, 2015 – Akanda, the major contributor and supporter of the recently launched OpenStack Project Astara, today announced partnerships with Aptira and Cumulus Networks to provide OpenStack customers with innovative networking solutions that bring better consistency, performance, and flexibility to OpenStack clouds.  Together, Akanda, Aptira and Cumulus will help customers rapidly deploy the most comprehensive and supported open source networking stack, built for enterprises, service providers and cloud platforms.

Akanda is revolutionizing the network virtualization industry by delivering Astara, the first open source, vendor agnostic network orchestration platform that uniquely addresses the complex nature of OpenStack Neutron implementations. The Astara platform simplifies the daily operations common to OpenStack operators by providing a sophisticated lifecycle management and orchestration platform to monitor, configure, and manage network services (routing, load balancing, etc.) in multi-tenant OpenStack environments. A hardened, production-proven platform, Astara has been powering network virtualization at DreamHost for over two years.  

“Astara has dramatically increased our network stability and reduced our operating costs,” said Jonathan LaCour, VP Cloud at DreamHost. “Deploying Astara alongside Cumulus Linux gave us a sophisticated, open source networking stack that just works.”

Akanda and Cumulus Networks have deepened their partnership to advance networking for OpenStack cloud operators by providing tighter integration and support for Dynamic Lightweight Network Virtualization (DLNV), the industry’s first lightweight network overlay solution for cloud services on bare metal switches. The Astara platform orchestrates the Linux Bridge driver and multi-tenant Layer 3 through 7 functionality to the Cumulus Networks hardware-accelerated underlay. Tightly integrating the two platforms gives operators a complete OpenStack-ready networking stack and provides simplification, flexibility and agility that is unmatched by traditional network vendors.

“Our joint solution with Akanda represents a new way to meet the performance and networking needs of OpenStack users,” said Nolan Leake, co-Founder and CTO of Cumulus Networks. “As our customers consider their choices for OpenStack deployments, this partnership enables the delivery of best-in-class network virtualization with dramatically reduced costs.”

Akanda and Aptira have partnered to enable customers to harness the power of the Astara platform and rapidly deploy these exciting new networking capabilities to deliver end-to-end open source clouds.  Aptira is the leading provider of OpenStack in the APAC region, offering private and hybrid cloud solutions to meet the most demanding specifications.

“At Aptira we’ve built our reputation providing our customers with the best suited and highest value solutions – delivering innovation rather than yesterday’s technologies,” said Tristan Goode, CEO of Aptira. “Our partnership combines a cutting edge solution for network virtualization with Aptira’s exacting delivery in APAC and around the world.  We’re delighted to combine forces to bring our many enterprise and service provider customers the disruptive OpenStack NFV solutions of tomorrow, today…”

How Does This Benefit OpenStack Cloud Operators?

  • Comprehensive Solution – A complete L2-L7 OpenStack-ready, production-proven networking stack delivering:
    • Accelerated VXLAN traffic for tenant network isolation
    • Optimal hypervisor and top-of-rack switch network performance
    • Support for multi-vendor environments enables dual vendor strategies and differentiated deployments based on cost (e.g. Dev/Test vs. Prod.)
  • Simplification – Dramatic reduction in cost and complexity for multi-tenant clouds
    • An end-to-end open source cloud networking solution that helps customers quickly include new capabilities, reduce development time and cut costs
    • An L2-agnostic architecture designed to work with Neutron and the existing network, not replace them. Astara eliminates the need for complex SDN controllers, overlays, and multiple cloud networking plugins
    • Customers maintain a competitive edge without the need for expensive networking gear
  • Expertise – Three world-class teams aligned to enable rapid deployment
    • Deep SMEs in OpenStack, Neutron, and Networking
    • Customers can focus their DevOps teams on critical core competencies


“By delivering an open, extensible, and fully-integrated solution, Astara’s open source platform helps OpenStack cloud operators decrease networking costs, increase operational flexibility and free themselves from restrictive and expensive proprietary networking systems,” said Mark McClain, co-Founder and CTO of Akanda. “We’re thrilled to partner with Cumulus Networks and Aptira to rapidly deploy this joint solution.
Astara gives OpenStack cloud operators with multi-tenant networking needs a lot more freedom.

OpenStack Tokyo Summit attendees can learn more about the Astara platform and how customers can quickly realize the benefits of an integrated Akanda and Cumulus Networks solution – at our booths and at numerous Summit sessions.  Mark McClain, CTO of Akanda and Nolan Leake, CTO of Cumulus Networks, will showcase the solution at a joint presentation, Neutron Hierarchical Port Binding in Practice: Experiences with At-Scale Production, on Wednesday, October 28th from 5:30 to 6:10pm. Both parties will be available in booth T44 to discuss the details.

Supporting Resources

Akanda Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvZgBFz9yjQ

Akanda Blog: http://akanda.io/blog

Project Astara Wiki: https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Astara

Twitter: https://twitter.com/akandaio

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/akanda-inc

About Akanda, Inc.

Akanda, Inc. is the major contributor and supporter of the open source Astara network virtualization software project. Founded by the DreamHost team that developed and supported the Ceph storage platform, Akanda provides the Astara project with development resources. Akanda also offers commercial subscriptions and enterprise support to its customers and partners deploying Astara.  For more, visit akanda.io and follow @akandaio

About Astara

Astara is an open source network orchestration platform built by OpenStack operators for real OpenStack clouds. An official OpenStack project, Astara is changing the future of networking by delivering an open, extensible, and cost effective platform for enterprises and service providers to virtualize their networks. Astara is layer 2 agnostic and powers network virtualization for DreamCompute, the OpenStack-based public cloud offered by DreamHost.

About Aptira

Aptira is the leading provider of OpenStack in Asia-Pacific, providing cloud solutions and technology consultancy to meet the most demanding technology specifications for a wide range of organisations in telecommunications, media, finance, retail, utilities and government. With offices in Australia, India, Taiwan and Hungary, Aptira is a growing global business as its reputation for high quality services expands. As the founder and prime motivator of the OpenStack community in Australia and India, the company is committed to the idea that what it is doing for its customers today will be mainstream tomorrow. For more, visit aptira.com and follow @aptira

About Cumulus Networks
Cumulus Networks helps customers realize cost-effective, high capacity networking for modern data centers. Linux transformed the economics and innovation for data center compute, and Cumulus Linux is doing the same for the network. It radically reduces the costs and complexities of operating modern data center networks for businesses of all sizes. Cumulus Networks has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders.  For more, visit cumulusnetworks.com and follow @cumulusnetworks

Oct

7

Press Release: Akanda Becomes Official OpenStack Project Astara

openstack

Akanda Becomes Official OpenStack Project to Finally Make a Simplified Hardware-Vendor Neutral Networking Stack Possible

Open source network orchestration platform renamed Astara; Akanda to provide major contributions and enterprise support

San Francisco – October 7, 2015 – Akanda is announcing today that its platform for simplifying OpenStack networking has been designated an official OpenStack Foundation project. The Akanda OpenStack project has been renamed Astara; Akanda will continue to provide development resources to the project, along with commercial subscriptions and enterprise support to customers and partners. With networking the final – and most complex – major component to be considered in OpenStack clouds, Astara now gives OpenStack operators drastic networking simplification and agility that is unmatched by traditional network vendors.    

Astara is providing OpenStack operators a vendor agnostic network orchestration platform that uniquely addresses the complex nature and scale of Neutron implementations. Astara does this by negating OpenStack operators’ needs for complex SDN controllers, overlays, and multiple plugins for cloud networking. Instead, the new OpenStack project simplifies many of the daily operations common to OpenStack operators by providing a sophisticated lifecycle management and orchestration platform to monitor, configure, and manage network services (routing, firewall, load balancing) in multi-tenant OpenStack environments. Astara is layer-2 agnostic and designed to work with the existing network, not replace it.

“We’re excited for what it will mean to have the newly-minted Astara project under the full control of the OpenStack Foundation,” said Mark McClain, fmr. Neutron PTL and Chief Technology Officer, Akanda. “Demand has grown for a new way to simplify OpenStack networking via multi-vendor networking services, and Astara is that platform. We will continue to work closely with the OpenStack community to offer support and contributions towards finally creating a hardware-vendor neutral open networking stack. We expect the community will like how quickly they can contribute to Astara, and OpenStack users will like how seamlessly they can implement the platform into their own clouds.”

“We welcome Astara as an official OpenStack project,” said Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director at the OpenStack Foundation. “The OpenStack community grows stronger every day, and Astara brings exciting new network capabilities for an end to end open source cloud.”

Project Astara – formerly Akanda – has been an open source project for three years originating from DreamHost with the core development work done by key contributors to OpenStack Neutron. The first supported release was made available in May 2015, with the second release slated for availability at the OpenStack Summit Tokyo in late October.

Supporting Resources

Company Blog: http://akanda.io/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/akandaio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akanda.io

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/akanda-inc

Freenode IRC: http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=akanda

Stackforge: https://github.com/stackforge/akanda

 

About Akanda, Inc.

Akanda, Inc. is the major developer and supporter of the open source Astara network virtualization software project. Founded by the DreamHost team that developed and supported the Ceph storage platform, Akanda provides the Astara project with development resources. Akanda also offers commercial subscriptions and enterprise support to its customers and partners deploying Astara. For more information visit: www.akanda.io.

 

About Astara

Astara is an open source network orchestration platform built by OpenStack operators for real OpenStack clouds. An official OpenStack project, Astara is changing the future of networking by delivering an open, extensible, and cost effective platform for enterprises and service providers to virtualize their networks. Astara is layer 2 agnostic and powers network virtualization for DreamCompute, the OpenStack-based public cloud offered by DreamHost.