6 Key Insights from OpenStack Summit Vancouver

By Chris Wright

This week, I had the opportunity to attend the OpenStack Summit, hosted in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada. IT was an exhilarating 4-days packed with all things OpenStack: Our... Read More

Making the Case for FaaS: Three Use Cases Where Fission Saves Time and Money

By Timirah James

What is FaaS? Function as a Service (FaaS) is a cloud computing framework that allows developers to rapidly create an application by writing short-lived functions and mapping them to triggers.... Read More

How Platform9 Left AWS, Ate its Own Dogfood, Saved Money and Scaled

By Cody Hill and Gautam Jayaprakash

Platform9 offers the industry’s only SaaS delivered and managed cloud infrastructure platform that accelerates developer productivity while reducing IT spend and increasing resource utilization across data centers and clouds.  Unlike... Read More

Platform9 Brings SaaS and Serverless to Kubecon Europe

By Amrish Kapoor

Kubecon Europe: May 2 – 4, 2018 Kubecon Europe kicks off for its third edition in Europe this week. After highly attended events in London and Berlin over the last... Read More

Fission: The Open Source Alternative to AWS Lambda

By Amrish Kapoor

Alternative to AWS Lambda AWS Lambda ushered in the serverless movement when it was first rolled out by Amazon Web Services in November 2014. Serverless computing, also referred to as... Read More

Kubernetes Networking: Achieving High Performance with Calico

By Madhura Maskasky

What is Calico? Project Calico is designed to simplify, scale, and secure cloud networks. The open source framework enables Kubernetes networking and network policy for clusters across the cloud. It... Read More

Demystifying Kubernetes Monitoring

By Jeremy Brooks

As we talk to our customers about moving from OpenStack into the new world of Kubernetes, we get involved in a lot of conversations about what it means for their... Read More

Kubernetes Upgrades with Low/No Downtime

By Jeremy Brooks

Kubernetes has a large and innovative community actively working on projects resulting in a new Kubernetes version coming out every few months. Mid to large enterprises need to stay current... Read More

Maintaining VM High Availability Using OpenStack Masakari

By Pushkar Acharya

OpenStack has become the chosen platform for managing enterprise data centers due to its ability to deliver an infrastructure-as-a-service environment and to run scalable, high availability (HA) applications on top... Read More

OpenStack Ironic: Enabling Bare Metal as a Service

By Cody Hill

OpenStack Ironic is an OpenStack project that provisions bare metal machines rather than virtual machines. Bare Metal as a Service (BMaaS) allows you to provision your Hadoop or SQL workloads,... Read More

OpenStack Designate: Enabling DNS as a Service

By Sachin Manpathak

OpenStack Designate ― an open source project under the OpenStack umbrella ― provides DNS as a Service (DNSaaS) in OpenStack. It provides a standard, open API that can be used... Read More

OpenStack Load Balancer: Native vs. Third-Party Choices

By Sachin Manpathak

OpenStack load balancer supports both native and third-party methods of load balancing, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. What is load balancing? It is a technique used by service providers... Read More

Kubernetes 1.10: What’s New?

By Daniel Lipovetsky and Bich Le

Introduction Kubernetes 1.10 is set to be released on Wednesday, March 21. As has been the case over the past year, this release is characterized by incremental but significant enhancements in... Read More

Kubernetes Operations with Kops

By Arun Sriraman

Kubernetes Operations, or Kops, is an open source project used to set up Kubernetes clusters easily and swiftly. It’s considered  the “kubectl” way of creating clusters. Kops allows deployment of... Read More

Managed Kubernetes vs DIY: Top 3 Considerations Before You Choose

By Jeremy Brooks

As containerization continues to explode, the need for a container orchestration and management platform has exploded with it. Kubernetes has become that de facto leader for orchestration and management. At... Read More

Kubernetes Installation and Deployment: Key Capabilities Checklist

By Bich Le

Enterprise production readiness with Kubernetes installation and deployment means that you have the ability to securely and repeatedly deploy, manage and maintain multiple clusters over long periods of intensive usage.... Read More

Migration from AWS to Enterprise Data Centers: 5 Top Considerations

By Amrish Kapoor

Migration From AWS to Data Centers from Public Clouds and Achieving Data Center Consolidation The convenience offered by public clouds e.g. AWS from both agility and flexibility perspectives has been... Read More

Kubernetes Helm: Why It Matters

By Roopak Parikh

Kubernetes Helm, by making application deployment easy, standardized and reusable, improves developer productivity, reduces deployment complexity, enhances operational readiness, and speeds up the adoption of cloud native apps. These applications... Read More

OpenStack Omni, the Open-Source Alternative to VMware and AWS for Hybrid Cloud

By Amrish Kapoor

According to the 2017 State of the Cloud report, hybrid cloud usage has increased to 71%, up 13% from the previous year. As hybrid clouds become more of a common... Read More

Fission: Serverless Framework on Kubernetes

By Soam Vasani

Achieving the benefits of accelerated applications/services development while eliminating idle costs represent the foundational motivations of Fission, the open-source Functions as a Service (FaaS) serverless framework on Kubernetes. Fission gives developers... Read More

Kubernetes Helm Installation

By Paavan Shanbhag

Introduction In the previous blog article “Kubernetes Helm Accelerates Production-Ready Deployments”, we provided an overview of Kubernetes Helm and the benefits it can offer in improving developer productivity, reducing deployment... Read More

What’s New in Platform9’s Managed Kubernetes v3.3?

By Madhura Maskasky

Platform9 Managed Kubernetes: An Overview Enterprise infrastructure environments can benefit from Platform9’s Managed Kubernetes services that enable onboarding in minutes (typically 30 minutes), provide ongoing operational monitoring with committed 24/7/365... Read More

Fission: What’s New With Platform9 v3.2

By Jeremy Brooks

Steve Job once articulated a vision for developer: achieve more by doing less. Serverless computing helps developers realize this vision by taking manual and repetitive tasks off developers’ plates, allowing... Read More

Top 5 Considerations for Deployment of Kubernetes at Scale

By Madhura Maskasky

Kubernetes simplifies container management, including the deployment, discoverability, scale, high availability, and serviceability of containerized applications. We’ve learned from customer conversations and our own experience, that although Kubernetes is powerful... Read More

VMware on AWS – Lock-in Continues with the Hybrid Cloud

By Amrish Kapoor

The past several years have seen fast growth in enterprise hybrid cloud adoption as more and more businesses seek a hypothetical sweet spot between purist extremes of 100% private cloud... Read More

Containers as a Service (CaaS) Solutions Offer Greater Agility, Portability and Simplicity Benefits Over PaaS For Hybrid Cloud Deployments

By Amrish Kapoor

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions point in appealing conceptual directions. But are Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) solutions actually better for delivering the agile development workflow, simplicity and no-kinks workload portability that hybrid cloud deployments... Read More

Fission Workflows: Accelerating Application Development Using Serverless Functions

By Chris Wright

The Fission Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) framework, launched by Platform9, enables the easy deployment of serverless functions on any Kubernetes cluster. Functions execute logically discrete, short-life tasks and can currently be used... Read More

Enterprise Kubernetes: 5 Insights from KubeCon 2017

By Sirish Raghuram

Last week, I joined many of my team members at Platform9, and 1000s in the Kubernetes community at KubeCon 2017 in Austin, TX. My takeaway: enterprise Kubernetes momentum is incredible,... Read More

Google’s Kubernetes Creates Vexing Conundrum for the AWS Juggernaut

By Sirish Raghuram

AWS acquiescence with Kubernetes could prove a defining moment in evolution of cloud computing, paradoxically making AWS less differentiated over time For the past decade, Amazon Web Services has been... Read More

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud: Strategy and Cost Considerations

By Chris Wright

A clearly defined cloud strategy is an imperative need during any enterprise’s transition to a cloud based IT environment. To minimize risks and make the right choice between private, public,... Read More

Platform9 Showcase at OpenStack Down Under

By Chris Wright

For all those in magical Sydney for the OpenStack Summit, check out these talks from Platform9: Building a distributed benchmarking service for Openstack What: We containerized an OpenStack service, Rally,... Read More

Fission Workflows: Using Serverless For Processing Kubernetes Metrics

By Chris Wright

For some tasks, running a persistent service isn’t really practical. FaaS technology has largely addressed this need in a variety of ways, and with particular emphasis on integration with Kubernetes.... Read More

Containerizing OpenStack Rally to create Benchmarking as a Service

By Kaustubh Phatak

What is Benchmarking? Benchmarking is the process of measuring performance of a software system. Benchmarking provides capacity analysis and helps determine the best tool for a specific use case. OpenStack... Read More

OpenStack Network Monitoring and Troubleshooting

By Arun Sriraman

Cloud users often face network connectivity issues by failing to handle complicated network configuration details for OpenStack. This increases workload for support staff: they cannot help these users identify configuration... Read More

A Recipe For Continuous Integration Using Kubernetes

By Paavan Shanbhag

Most of the today’s IT dependent businesses are adopting the DevOps friendly practice of building agile and highly reliable services. A key aspect of achieving this is having a Continuous... Read More

OpenStack Summit: Vote For Presentations

By Chris Wright

Platform9 has proposed a number of presentations for OpenStack Summit. Please cast your votes on those you want to hear at Sydney or on YouTube! Each of these presentations can... Read More

Kubernetes vs Amazon ECS

By Chris Wright

In this updated blog post we’ll compare Kubernetes with Amazon ECS (EC2 Container Service). We’ll walk you through high-level discussions of Kubernetes and Amazon ECS, and then compare these two... Read More

Platform9 Multi-node Highly Available Glance Services

By Bob Deuel

With Platform9 Managed OpenStack, administrators can authorize multiple hosts within a region to act as OpenStack Glance image library servers. Adding multiple image libraries has the following benefits: Creates a... Read More

Kubernetes vs Mesos + Marathon

By Chris Wright

In this updated blog post we’ll compare Kubernetes with the Mesos + Marathon container orchestration solution. We’ll walk you through a high-level discussion of Kubernetes and Mesos with Marathon, look... Read More

Platform9 Raises Series C: Letter From the CEO

By Sirish Raghuram

It gives me great pleasure to share the latest milestone in Platform9’s journey: our Series C financing led by Canvas Ventures. I am delighted to welcome Gary Little, with his... Read More

Platform9 at Nutanix .NEXT in Washington, DC

By Chris Wright

Platform9 is proud to be a sponsor at Nutanix .NEXT in DC. We’ll be exhibiting at the show and demonstrating how our Platform9 Managed OpenStack can be leveraged with Nutanix’s... Read More

Kubernetes vs Docker Swarm

By Chris Wright

In this updated blog post we’ll compare Kubernetes (versions 1.5.0 and later) with Docker Swarm, also referred to as Docker Engine running in Swarm mode (versions 1.12.0 and later). Overview... Read More

Fission: Serverless Functions For Kubernetes

By Chris Wright and Soam Vasani

Fission is a Functions as a Service (FaaS) / serverless function framework built on Kubernetes. Fission allows you to easily create HTTP services on Kubernetes from functions. It works at... Read More

Webinar Preview: Using Containers in Hybrid Clouds with Kubernetes

By Chris Wright

Bich Le, our Co-founder and Chief Architect continued his series of webinars on containers and Kubernetes on June 14. This time, he talked about using these technologies across on-premises and... Read More

Cloud Megacast Recap: Why Run Containers and Kubernetes, and Why SaaS-Managed Kubernetes?

By Chris Wright

Container-based applications are often architected using the “microservices” pattern, which calls for organizing applications as small components and multiple independent service tiers. This leads to large numbers of containers, resulting... Read More

Deploy Kubernetes In Five Different Ways

By Chris Wright

If you’re like many DevOps and IT teams, you want to reap the benefits of containers and container management. Getting started can be painful due to choosing amongst and implementing... Read More

Clarity UI for OpenStack and Kubernetes

By Chris Wright

Platform9 has a truly unique delivery model for open source: software-as-a-service. While many organizations want to gain the benefit of OpenStack for private or hybrid clouds and Kubernetes for container... Read More

4 Ways to Connect with Platform9 at OpenStack Summit, Boston

By Chris Wright

OpenStack Summit, Boston is around the corner and Platform9’s remotely managed SaaS OpenStack and Kubernetes offerings will be showcased by various members of the Platform9 team: our founders, customer success... Read More

SDN for Kubernetes – OpenContrail and Platform9 bring a simple a secure container networking solution for enterprises

By Roopak Parikh

The popularity of containers as a deployment model has risen significantly in the last few years. Kubernetes has become the container orchestration engine of choice and it is gaining wider... Read More

Introducing Kube2Go

By Roopak Parikh

Announcing our latest Kubernetes initiative At Platform9, we have not only made containers a core part of our overall product strategy, but have also gone all-in with Kubernetes as the... Read More

Nutanix OpenStack with Platform9 and Liberty

By Chris Wright

This post was authored by Chris Brown, Solutions Marketing at Nutanix OpenStack is a powerful tool for managing private clouds, but that power has historically come with a price: complexity.... Read More

Deep Dive: Virtual Machine High Availability

By Sachin Manpathak, Pushkar Acharya and Pooja Ghumre

In any enterprise-grade cloud offering, Virtual Machine High Availability (HA) is a must have feature. Until now, HA features were available only on virtual infrastructures like VMware, Hyper-V, etc. With... Read More

Platform9 Distributed Keystone Architecture

By Bob Deuel

In Platform9’s 2.5 release (February 2017), we’ve made some major changes to the way we’re deploying keystone, and we’re on our way to making keystone more scalable and highly available.... Read More

Platform9 Managed Kubernetes is now Generally Available

By Bich Le

Last June, my co-founder Madhura Maskasky announced the beginning of our journey towards delivering an enterprise-class Container management product: Platform9 Managed Kubernetes. We started a private beta program involving existing... Read More

Container Namespaces – Deep Dive into Container Networking

By Arun Sriraman

Of late, there have been various Open source projects to manage networking for containers. Docker implemented “libnetwork“. I’ve written in the past about using Calico with Docker containers. Debugging and low... Read More

Create A Highly Available Kubernetes Cluster

By Vijay Dwivedi

Kubernetes clusters enable a higher level of abstraction to deploy and manage a group of containers that comprise the micro-services in a cloud-native application. A Kubernetes cluster provides a single... Read More

Madhura Maskasky Honored Among CloudNOW’s ‘Top Women in Cloud Innovations’ 2016

By Sirish Raghuram

It’s a great pleasure to announce that Madhura Maskasky, Platform9 co-founder and vice president of product, is being recognized as one of the most innovative women in cloud technology.  Madhura... Read More

OpenStack as a Hybrid Cloud Management Platform

By Amrish Kapoor

At Platform9, we have witnessed first-hand how the rapid growth of public cloud usage among developers has led enterprises to embrace the promise of development agility by setting up their... Read More

Using OpenStack To Build A Hybrid Cloud With AWS

By Madhura Maskasky

Gartner has predicted that by 2020, a corporate “no public-cloud” policy will be as rare (or as ridiculous) as a corporate “no-internet” policy would be today. Hybrid cloud will be... Read More

Kubernetes & Containers: A New Era for DevOps (Webinar)

By Vijay Dwivedi

We are on the cusp of a new era of application development software: instead of bolting on operations as an after-thought to the software development process, Kubernetes promises to bring... Read More

Onboard Platform9 Managed OpenStack on VMware vSphere

By Vijay Dwivedi

Running OpenStack based private clouds is very easy with Platform9, whether you are running KVM or VMware vSphere. All you need are one or more VMware vSphere Clusters with DRS... Read More

2016 VMworld: Insights From Customer Survey

By Amrish Kapoor

The Platform9 team was at VMworld 2016 recently, and the results from our survey on trends in enterprise cloud infrastructure are in. We gathered insights from speaking to over a... Read More

Compare Kubernetes vs ECS (Amazon EC2 Container Service)

By Vijay Dwivedi

This post has been updated by Kubernetes vs Amazon ECS. — Developers looking to containerize their traditional virtualized applications into micro-services face a conundrum of choice today. The contenders are Kubernetes, Docker... Read More

GlusterFS : How-to Install and Overview

By Cody Hill

Traditional hardware-based storage has two issues: scalability and centralized storage. The storage arrays scale vertically so storage capacity cannot be increased on-demand, and once the array is filled, another array... Read More

Amobee's OpenStack Success Story with Platform9

By Vijay Dwivedi

Amobee, an advertising company in Redwood City, CA, started working with Platform9 to streamline their infrastructure with virtualization. Since then, Amobee’s Systems Engineering team has seen major improvements in efficiency... Read More

Announcing Mors – A Lease Manager for OpenStack

By Roopak Parikh

One of the major use cases for using private cloud & OpenStack is running labs; these labs can be for your dev, qa or sales organization. In these labs, OpenStack... Read More

Virtual Machine High Availability with Platform9 OpenStack

By Madhura Maskasky and Sachin Manpathak

In any enterprise-grade cloud offering, Virtual Machine High Availability (HA) is a must have feature for ensuring application availability despite infrastructure failures. Architecting cloud with consideration to HA helps protect... Read More

Onboard Platform9 Managed OpenStack on KVM

By Vijay Dwivedi

Running OpenStack based private clouds is very easy with Platform9. All you need is servers running Linux, a network connection, and you’re ready to go. In this series of videos,... Read More

Container Orchestration Tools: Compare Kubernetes vs Docker Swarm

By Vijay Dwivedi

This post has been updated by Kubernetes vs Docker Swarm. — In a previous blog we discussed why you would need a container orchestration tool and followed that up with... Read More

Container Orchestration Tools: Compare Kubernetes vs Mesos

By Vijay Dwivedi

This post has been updated by Kubernetes vs Mesos + Marathon. — In a previous blog we discussed why you may need a container orchestration tool. Continuing the series, in this blog... Read More

Test-drive Fully Managed OpenStack in a Sandbox

By Vijay Dwivedi

Platform9 lets you deploy, run, manage and scale OpenStack private clouds using our SaaS based managed service. The deployment takes minutes – Platform9 spins up the OpenStack control plane in... Read More

Vote for Platform9 Talks at the Barcelona OpenStack Summit

By Vijay Dwivedi

The Platform9 team is gearing up for the Barcelona OpenStack Summit, and we’re excited to participate! We’ve proposed a handful of talks and would appreciate your vote to include our... Read More

Why You Need a Container Orchestration Tool

By Vijay Dwivedi

We recently announced the beta release of Platform9 Managed Kubernetes. Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration tool, originally designed by Google. The “managed” experience means Platform9 handles all the nitty... Read More

3 Common OpenStack Reference Architectures

By Vijay Dwivedi

Platform9’s OpenStack-as-a-service offers a unique solution by hosting the OpenStack control plane in a SaaS layer, while the VMs and confidential data remain on infrastructure in the customer’s data center. Each Platform9... Read More

Demo of Platform9 Managed Kubernetes with Jenkins

By Vijay Dwivedi

Recently, we announced the beta release of Platform9 Managed Kubernetes, a SaaS-managed offering for Kubernetes. The “managed” experience means Platform9 handles all the nitty gritty details of Kubernetes deployment, configuration, ongoing... Read More

How to Use Hashicorp Terraform with OpenStack

By Paavan Shanbhag

Terraform is a tool from HashiCorp that can be used to deploy and manage cloud infrastructure easily by defining configuration files. It is similar to OpenStack Heat. However, unlike Heat which is specific... Read More

Podcast: Comparing CloudStack vs OpenStack

By Vijay Dwivedi

Peter Lopez, presently the Principal Architect at Technicolor and previously the Systems Architect at Disney, is one of the few people who’ve spent significant time deploying both Apache CloudStack and OpenStack.... Read More

How to Install OpenStack using Fuel

By Vijay Dwivedi

Fuel OpenStack Tutorial One of the great things about OpenStack is all the options you have for deploying it. A recent blog mentioned various deployment models – and the flowchart... Read More

With Infrastructure Software, Go SaaS or Go Home

By Sirish Raghuram

Originally published in The New Stack  The old Chinese proverb, “May you live in interesting times,” is certainly bearing out for the infrastructure technology market. Recently, Boris Renski, co-founder of... Read More

How to Install OpenStack using DevStack

By Vijay Dwivedi

One of the great things about OpenStack is all the options you have for deploying it. A recent blog mentioned various deployment models – and the flowchart below may help... Read More

Docker Orchestration: Survey Results from DockerCon16

By Sirish Raghuram

Docker orchestration was a hot topic at DockerCon 2016 where thousands of DevOps teams gathered in Seattle last week to learn more about containerizing workloads for more agile and efficient application development.... Read More

How To Install OpenStack Using TripleO

By Vijay Dwivedi

One of the great things about OpenStack is all the options you have for deploying it. A recent blog mentioned various deployment models – and the flowchart below may help... Read More

OpenStack Deployment Models: Summary of Pros and Cons

By Vijay Dwivedi

As OpenStack interest and mindshare grows rapidly, the question of how to deploy an OpenStack private cloud is foremost in the minds of cloud architects and IT operations teams.  This infographic... Read More

Docker Takes a Page from the Internet Explorer Playbook

By Sirish Raghuram

In the late 90s, I had a short-sighted reaction to Microsoft bundling Internet Explorer with the Windows OS. While the technology world grappled with the legalities, ethics and impact to... Read More

Containers as a Service with Platform9 Managed Kubernetes for Docker

By Madhura Maskasky

There are two reasons we’ve always been excited about Docker, containers and Kubernetes. Enabling a True Multi-Cloud Deployment For the past decade, it has been difficult to make application development (using virtualized... Read More

How to Install OpenStack Using OpenStack-Ansible

By Vijay Dwivedi

One of the great things about OpenStack is all the options you have for deploying it. A recent blog  mentioned various deployment models – and the flowchart below may help as you decide... Read More

OpenStack Keystone Authentication using Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS)

By Vijay Dwivedi

In earlier OpenStack Keystone configuration blogs we discussed how to setup Keystone authentication using LDAP and using Active Directory. As an extension of this OpenStack Keystone tutorial series on directory... Read More

OpenStack Keystone Single Sign-On (SSO) Setup

By Vijay Dwivedi

In an earlier blog, we discussed how to setup Federated Identity for Openstack Keystone so that a Service Provider (SP) Keystone instance can hand off authentication to an external service,... Read More

OpenStack Keystone Federation Setup

By Vijay Dwivedi

As enterprises get more comfortable with the idea of hybrid cloud and multi-clouds, it has become critical to seamlessly manage user identities, and provide access to resources, across multiple clouds.... Read More

OpenStack Keystone Authentication using Active Directory (AD)

By Vijay Dwivedi

A previous blog gave an overview of how to configure Keystone with LDAP. Microsoft Active Directory (AD) is another very popular directory service for many enterprises. This article gives an... Read More

OpenStack Keystone Authentication Using LDAP

By Vijay Dwivedi

Keystone is a OpenStack project that implements OpenStack’s identity API and provides authentication and authorization services to identify users of the OpenStack cloud. It also provides a catalog of all... Read More

How to Install OpenStack Using RDO Packstack

By Vijay Dwivedi

One of the great things about OpenStack is all the options you have for deploying it. A recent blog  mentioned various deployment models – and the flowchart below may help as you decide... Read More

24/7 OpenStack Monitoring: Architecture and Tools

By Vijay Dwivedi

While the OpenStack Ceilometer project is very popular for telemetry, it’s not really a OpenStack monitoring solution. It is a data collection service designed for gathering usage data on objects... Read More

Comparison of OpenStack Implementation & Consumption Options

By Vijay Dwivedi

You’ve decided to move forward with OpenStack implementation to build a private cloud! Congratulations – you are in good company. According to Wikibon, true private cloud (on-premise and hosted together)... Read More

Public vs. Private Cloud: PubMatic’s Journey to an OpenStack Private Cloud

By Madhura Maskasky

If you missed Udy Gold’s presentation on the benefits of public vs. private cloud at the OpenStack Summit, here it is! If you don’t have 37 minutes to watch the... Read More

Platform9 Now on OpenStack Liberty Release

By Amrish Kapoor

We’re very excited to announce a new release this week of Platform9 Managed OpenStack, our SaaS-based OpenStack private cloud offering! With this release, we have upgraded all components to run their respective OpenStack... Read More

First OpenStack Provider Named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud Management!

By Sirish Raghuram

This week, we announced that Platform9 is a 2016 Cool Vendor for Cloud Management by Gartner, Inc. What does this mean for OpenStack providers and customers? In this post, I’d like to dive... Read More

Platform9 Sessions at OpenStack Summit 2016

By Chris Wright

Platform9 gearing up for OpenStack Summit in Austin later this month, and it is shaping up to be a great event! We are especially excited about the Platform9 OpenStack sessions that were... Read More

Vote for Platform9 Talks at the Austin OpenStack Summit

By Cody Hill

The Platform9 team is gearing up for the OpenStack Summit, and we’re excited to participate! We’ve proposed a handful of talks and would appreciate your support (vote!) to include our... Read More

Multi-Region Management (and Multi-Hypervisor Too)

By Sirish Raghuram

“With Amazon Web Services I can manage multiple regions of distributed infrastructure. Can I do multi-region management with Platform9?” I get this question a lot, and I’m happy to say the answer... Read More

Hello Austin! Platform9 at Tech Field Day 2016

By Chris Wright

It’s Tech Field Day 2016, where Platform9 CEO Sirish Raghuram and Chief Architect Bich Le presented on Wednesday February 3, 2016 from 9:30am-11:30am Central Time. Agenda includes deep dives into Platform9... Read More

Automating VMware Tenant Placement in Platform9 OpenStack

By Cody Hill

One of the reasons customers choose Platform9 as their cloud management platform is because it easily integrates with existing virtualized environments. Customers find great value in the ability to take their current... Read More

Managing VMware vSphere Templates as Packer Images

By Amrish Kapoor

For any cloud administrator, one of the essential starting points for managing their cloud deployment is to ensure there is a consistent set of base images from which appropriate instances... Read More

Box Adopts Platform9 and Other 2015 Highlights

By Sirish Raghuram

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016! Box Adopts Platform9 What better way to kick off the new year than with good news? This morning we announced that Box has adopted... Read More

Getting Started with OpenStack Neutron

By Arun Sriraman

Platform9 recently announced beta support for OpenStack Neutron networking. In this blog post, I explain the differences between Linux bridges and Open vSwitch and why Platform9 chose one over the other.... Read More

OpenStack Neutron Beta Now Available with Platform9

By Kenneth Hui

One of the benefits that Platform9 customers most value with our managed cloud offering is the ability to take advantage of new innovations and capabilities without having to shoulder the... Read More

Virtual Machine Console Access with Platform9

By Vann Teves

Have you ever botched your VM’s network configuration? Maybe you forgot to allow SSH traffic in your firewall settings? How do you fix the network configuration when you cannot even... Read More

Reflections on the Tokyo OpenStack Summit

By Kenneth Hui

It’s been few days since the most recent OpenStack Summit ended and the word that comes to mind when I reflect on the week that just past is “stability.” Some may... Read More

Q&A with GE’s Cody Hill on the State of the Enterprise Private Cloud

By Sirish Raghuram

Last week I had the pleasure of catching up with GE Cloud Infrastructure Architect Cody Hill when he swung by our Silicon Valley office. In a Q&A session with the... Read More

4 Reasons Why AWS Customers Move to Private Cloud

By Pushkar Acharya

1000+ AWS re:Invent 2015 attendees were surveyed about their cloud infrastructure, generating 4 key insights about why AWS customers have been moving to private cloud. 1. Although AWS has robust... Read More

Where You Can Find Platform9 at the OpenStack Summit

By Kenneth Hui

We are only a week away from the next OpenStack Summit and I am happy to report that Platform9 will have our biggest presence yet at any Summit. This is a... Read More

Public Cloud vs Private Cloud: Six Key Insights

By Sirish Raghuram

Last week, I joined the Platform9 team at the Amazon re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. It was exciting to be a part of the premier industry conference for cloud infrastructure... Read More

Handling OpenStack Cloud Images in Platform9

By Bob Deuel

OpenStack Image Management One of the most fundamental functions of an any cloud platform is the management of virtual machine images. In OpenStack, this functionality is mostly taken care of... Read More

Integrating SolidFire Block Storage with OpenStack Cinder

By Kenneth Hui

We’ve received incredibly positive responses to our recent partnership announcement with SolidFire to integrate their all-flash enterprise storage with our Platform9 Cloud management-as-a-Service solution. In a previous post, I discussed the use... Read More

Making Platform9 the Best OpenStack Cloud for VMware vSphere

By Kenneth Hui

We recently announced General Availability for Platform9 support of VMware vSphere, including 100% interoperability with existing vSphere infrastructure and management tools to make Platform9 the best cloud management solution for... Read More

SolidFire Storage Now Available with Platform9 OpenStack

By Kenneth Hui

One of the primary benefits of an open platform such as OpenStack is its ability to be an integration engine for various cloud technologies. This gives users the flexibility to choose... Read More

The Easy Button for VMware Private Cloud Is Here!

By Kenneth Hui

Back in January, we made our SaaS delivered Cloud Management-as-a-Service solution generally available to the public, with initial support for new and existing KVM environments. Since then, we’ve seen an increasing number of customers... Read More

Platform9 Raises Series B to Accelerate Enterprise Success with OpenStack Private Clouds

By Sirish Raghuram

I am excited to share that Platform9 has closed a Series B round led by Menlo Ventures and with participation from existing investor Redpoint Ventures. Menlo Ventures Managing Director Mark Siegel joins... Read More

Explaining How VMware vSphere ESXi Integrates with OpenStack

By Kenneth Hui

One of the more interesting developments that we are seeing within our customer base and among the users we speak with regularly is the growing desire to understand OpenStack hypervisor support... Read More

OpenStack Upgrades Made Easy: The Cloud-Native Way

By Kenneth Hui

Anyone who has ever attempted to upgrade a cloud platform, be it from Microsoft, OpenStack, or VMware, will readily attest that doing so in a live production environment is not... Read More

[Updated] VMware vSphere with OpenStack: We Can Do Better

By Amrish Kapoor

This blog post has been updated to include details on a related talk we’ve proposed for the upcoming OpenStack Summit. You can find out more about the voting process and learn... Read More

Vote for Platform9 Proposed Talks at the Tokyo OpenStack Summit

By Kenneth Hui

The Tokyo OpenStack Summit is only three months away and the process to choose the various talks and workshops that will be given at the Summit has begun. For the Vancouver... Read More

Platform9 OpenStack Cloud, Version 1.2 Is Here!

By Kenneth Hui

Six months ago we made our SaaS delivered Cloud Management-as-a-Service solution generally available to the public. Since then, a growing number of Platform9 customers have realized the benefits of transforming... Read More

Under the Covers of the Platform9 OpenStack Architecture

By Kenneth Hui

Platform9’s mission is to make private clouds easy for enterprises at any scale. This means creating a solution that provide some important benefits for our customers including: A private cloud... Read More

Deep Dive: Virtual Machine Placement in OpenStack

By Sachin Manpathak

Virtual machine (VM) or cloud instance placement is one of the most crucial components of a private cloud. Good placement of VMs across the cloud compute infrastructure ensures that the... Read More

Zero-Touch OpenStack Upgrade: Every Administrator’s Dream

By Madhura Maskasky

Picture this (rather familiar) scenario. It’s that dreaded time of the year again – your OpenStack upgrade (or perhaps VMware vCloud upgrade) is long overdue. You know that the latest... Read More

A Recipe for Continuous Integration Using an OpenStack Private Cloud

By Madhura Maskasky

A few weeks ago, my co-founder Bich ran a fantastic post on How We Run Platform9 on Platform9. Since then, we’ve been asked many times for our recipe on using Continuous Integration (CI/CD)... Read More

Platform9 Is Heading to Cloud Expo Europe 2015, London!

By Rahul Dudheria

We are excited to be exhibiting at Cloud Expo Europe 2015, Europe’s largest event in the Cloud Computing Space. The event is scheduled in London from March 11 to March 12, 2015... Read More

Vote for Platform9’s Proposed Talks at the Vancouver OpenStack Summit

By Rahul Dudheria

We are excited to announce that we will be sponsoring the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver from May 18 – 22, 2015. Stay tuned for booth details. The Platform9 team has proposed three... Read More

Running Platform9 on Platform9

By Bich Le

Can we have our cake and eat it too? After months of development from conception to full production use, that is a question we’ve been asking ourselves of our own... Read More

A Dream Realized: Announcing General Availability for KVM

By Sirish Raghuram

15 months ago, we founded Platform9 because we had a dream. A dream that private clouds could be simple, and easy, and inexpensive for all organizations. That the customizability, control and features available... Read More

The Rise of Cloud-Managed Data Centers

By Madhura Maskasky

My co-founder and CEO Sirish Raghuram recently posted Platform9’s 2015 Predictions on VMBlog. We think the topic is important enough that it deserves its own blog post. 2014 marked the year when... Read More

On Standardization of Containers

By Madhura Maskasky

Last week was a big one for Docker and the container space. Docker made some exciting product announcements at DockerCon Europe. Simultaneously, CoreOS announced it’s effort to define an Open Container Format... Read More

The Melting Pot In Virtualized Datacenters

By Rahul Dudheria

The time when IT used one virtualization platform for server consolidation seems long past. Cost and performance tradeoffs have led to IT Administrators deploying multiple virtualization technologies, some for production and some... Read More

Take Platform9 on a Test Drive at VMworld 2014

By Madhura Maskasky

At Platform9, we believe that managing your datacenter should be as simple and elegant as using a Nest Thermostat. Our simple, intuitive web interface lets you set up your private... Read More

Re-Imagining Private Clouds

By Roopak Parikh

Hello, world! Welcome to Platform9, where we are re-imagining the private cloud experience. Genesis Platform9’s genesis goes back to our founding team’s experience as early engineers at VMware, our alma... Read More

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