Google Joins OpenStack, Pushes Container Integration and Hybrid Clouds

googleopenstackThis morning, Google officially became the first of the big three cloud computing compies (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) to sign on with the OpenStack Foundation.

Launched by NASA and Rackspace in the OpenStack Foundation is dedicated to promoting the open-source cloud operating system OpenStack, which was initially created as an open-source alternative to Amazon Web Services and is primarily deployed as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Since its launch in 2010, OpenStack has attracted dozens of developers, and several large legacy IT companies, such as IBM, HP and Rackspace, who all operate OpenStack-based public clouds.Google is signing on as a corporate sponsor, a role that the search giant believes will be beneficial in two areas, as outlined in the official Google announcement from Product Manager Craig McLuckie.


A Move Towards Hybrid Cloud Environments

The first benefit named in McLuckie’s post is that Google sees OpenStack as the “emerging standard” for the on-premises component of most hybrid cloud deployments. This is a big deal, McLuckie says, because most few companies are ready (or willing) to move their full infrastructure to multi-tenant public cloud, which means that “hybrid cloud will be the norm” for the foreseeable future.

Integrating Container Management

A big part of the partnership between Google and OpenStack will be a joint effort to ensure that Linux containers work well with OpenStack, which is currently strongly associated with traditional virtualization.

Containerization is currently the hottest thing going in cloud computing and by ensuring that OpenStack plays nice with both legacy on-premise tech and the shiny new containers Google and OpenStack can make an attractive proposition to enterprise customers who want the benefits of containerization without going all-in on the cloud.

For their part, Google will be working to integrate Kubernetes their open-source container management tool with OpenStack, a move that Google hopes will “create a stronger hybrid cloud,” and “add container-native patterns to the toolbelt of enterprise developers.”

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