The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-12-06T21:58:07Z News: OpenStack Australia Day Identifies Main Drivers For Adopting Open Source Software in Government 2016-12-06T21:58:07Z news-openstack-australia-day-identifies-main-drivers-for-adopting-open-source-software-in-government-1 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, December 7 2016 - Senior technologists have called out 2017 as the year that OpenStack becomes mainstream in the Government at a recent conference focusing on Open Source cloud technology, the inaugural OpenStack Australia Day: Government, in Canberra.  Citing flexibility, security and cost as the main drivers behind Open Source adoption in government, more than 150 users from the public and private sector attended to discuss the importance of Open Source software within Government. The event also attracted vendors and solution providers who actively support Government organisations, such as HPE and Oracle, as well as founder of the OpenStack community in Australia, Aptira.  “All IT enterprises need to have flexibility in their infrastructure, and OpenStack provides this flexibility. Government often has more stringent requirements so can be slower to adopt technology, however, it’s clear that OpenStack is helping Government close the gap,” said Roland Chan, Chief Operating Officer at Aptira. “One of the reasons why Open Source software tends to be popular is because of cost. While three quarters of organisations say cost is a reason to adopt OpenStack, most technologists consider the agility and innovation that OpenStack allows to be of equal importance,” said the OpenStack Foundation’s Community Manager, Tom Fifield.  Vault System’s CEO Rupert Taylor-Price said “Security is of paramount important to the public sector, with many varying classifications, something OpenStack can handle via a single API. We believe OpenStack is the future for the Australian Federal government, which we anticipate pushing down into state government as well to the benefit of the taxpayer.”  OpenStack Australia Day: Government was held after strong interest from the public sector at the first OpenStack Australia Day held in May 2016. Notably, Sydney will host the high profile OpenStack Summit which attracts thousands of global OpenStack experts and professionals for the first time over three days commencing November 6 2017.  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 information, please visit aptira.com or follow Aptira on Twitter: @Aptira About OpenStack OpenStack® is the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. Enterprises use OpenStack to support rapid deployment of new products, reduce costs and improve internal systems. Service providers use OpenStack to give customers reliable, easily accessible cloud infrastructure resources, supporting technologies including platforms and containers. OpenStack powers clouds for many of the world’s largest brands, including AT&T, Bloomberg, Cisco Webex, Disney, Fidelity and Walmart. Nearly 500 companies and 23,000 individuals across more than 150 countries are supporters of the project. For more information on OpenStack, please visit openstack.org or follow OpenStack on Twitter: @OpenStack To stay up to date with the latest OpenStack news and events in Australlia, please visit australiaday.openstack.org.au or follow OpenStackAU on Twitter: @OpenStackAU First OpenStack Australia Day Indicates Strong Uptake of OpenStack in Australia 2016-06-15T22:15:00Z first-openstack-australia-day-indicates-strong-uptake-of-openstack-in-australia SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, June 16, 2016 - The first OpenStack conference in Australia has signalled expectations for the growth of OpenStack by the local market over the next 18 months. It also reflects significant opportunity for vendors and service providers specialising in OpenStack technology and services.  Held in Sydney last month with a keynote from Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation who announced Sydney as the host city for the global OpenStack Summit in November 2017, OpenStack Australia Day was the region’s largest, and Australia’s first conference focusing on the Open Source cloud technology.Hosted by Aptira, the sold out event attracted more than 300 users from a range of public and private sector organisations, as well as some of the largest OpenStack vendors and solution providers both locally and internationally, including Red Hat, SUSE and Rackspace among many others.   A survey to gather information about attendees’ OpenStack experience and adoption showed that approximately 65% had adopted OpenStack, while 70% of those who had not yet adopted OpenStack, have, or are in the process of investigating the use of this platform within their company, suggesting the potential for further growth of this platform within Australia.Conference attendees provided valuable insights into why their organisations have not yet adopted this technology and where technical and commercial education is needed to bridge the gap. They also identified many advantages to running OpenStack - from increased transparency and integrity, to streamlining their internal IT infrastructure and providing greater scalability and flexibility within their organisation.   Assessing the growth of OpenStack within Australia, Aptira’s COO Roland Chan said “I was pleasantly surprised by the number of Australian enterprises that showed up to OpenStack Australia Day, and of those that attended and advocated uptake. This means we're starting to see more innovative thinking from Australian enterprises in this area. There's a lot of value to be unlocked in OpenStack so it’s a really positive indication for the future.""There's obviously a lot of interest in the local market but I think we are going to see a real ramp up in the coming 12 to 18 months with regards to actual OpenStack adoption," said Keiran McCartney, Alliances & Solutions Manager at NetApp and Solidfire.   "We didn't even think, a few years ago, that OpenStack could be a fundamental building block for the strategic choice of next generation carrier networks via Network Functions Virtualisation, but it just happened." says Peter Jung, Business Development Manager at Red Hat. Events such as OpenStack Australia Day, and the upcoming OpenStack Government Day help develop deeper understanding of the benefits of OpenStack among the community through user case studies, the exchange of feedback, technical sessions, live demonstrations and workshops. Following the success of the first OpenStack Australia Day, several more Australian OpenStack events are planned between now and the OpenStack Summit in Sydney in November next year. These include the aforementioned OpenStack Government Day to be held in Canberra in November this year, the second OpenStack Australia Day in Melbourne in May 2016 and a collaboration with GovHack in mid 2017. Hosted by Aptira, and supported by the OpenStack Foundation, these events will be held in addition to the long running Australian OpenStack User Group which meets quarterly in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra."We can't do this without awesome volunteers who help us put these [OpenStack events] on all over the world," said Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation. "So thank you to everybody that made OpenStack Day Australia possible."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 information, please visit aptira.com or follow Aptira on Twitter: @Aptira   About OpenStack OpenStack® is the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. Enterprises use OpenStack to support rapid deployment of new products, reduce costs and improve internal systems. Service providers use OpenStack to give customers reliable, easily accessible cloud infrastructure resources, supporting technologies including platforms and containers. OpenStack powers clouds for many of the world’s largest brands, including AT&T, Bloomberg, Cisco Webex, Disney, Fidelity and Walmart. Nearly 500 companies and 23,000 individuals across more than 150 countries are supporters of the project. For more information on OpenStack, please visit openstack.org or follow OpenStack on Twitter: @OpenStack To stay up to date with the latest OpenStack news and events in Australlia, please visit australiaday.openstack.org.au or follow OpenStackAU on Twitter: @OpenStackAU Aptira and NubeliU partner to provide innovative OpenStack and DevOps services globally 2015-12-08T23:30:00Z aptira-and-nubeliu-partner-to-provide-innovative-openstack-and-devops-services-globally SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA and SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, December 9, 2015 - Aptira, the leading provider of OpenStack in the Asia Pacific region, has formed a strategic alliance with NubeliU, the leading OpenStack provider in the Latin American region. The partnership will deliver seamless OpenStack and DevOps services to organisations across the globe without the limitations of operating across multiple time zones.   As part of the agreement, Aptira will combine its OpenStack expertise with NubeliU’s highly-specialised services in OpenStack as a converged Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to deliver customised cloud solutions, as well as technology consultancy and training to a global audience.   NubeliU’s expertise, in conjunction with its location, made it an ideal choice for Aptira when searching for a suitable partner. With headquarters in Sydney and offices in India, Taiwan and Hungary, Aptira is now able to fill the time-zone gap and provide complete follow-the-sun support to its global customer base.   NubeliU’s services capabilities complement Aptira’s reputation as one the leading players in the OpenStack market.   “Aptira has shown the ability to deploy OpenStack in many organisations with excellence,” said Rodrigo Benzaquen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, NubeliU. “OpenStack adoption is accelerating, as are consumer expectations. We are very excited to move forward with this partnership and to meet customer demand by providing 24 hour, 7 days a week support.”   “Service is our main focus, and by expanding across the globe and into new time zones, a large communication gap has been filled,” said Tristan Goode, Chief Executive Officer, Aptira. “In partnering with disruptive organisation such as NubeliU, we can drive OpenStack innovation and provide an extensive solution for our clients.”   NubeliU is the latest organisation to partner with Aptira, following strategic agreements with US-based Akanda and Cumulus Networks in October.  About AptiraAptira 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 information, please visit aptira.com or follow Aptira on Twitter: @aptira.  About NubeliUNubeliU provides enterprises and datacenter customers with a productized deployment of Openstack and accompanying professional services and engineering to allow deployment, growth, monitoring and maintenance services for private & hybrid cloud environments. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, and with partners around Latin America, NubeliU deploys and maintains private cloud solutions for some of the world’s largest enterprises. Follow us on Twitter @NubeliUcloud. World OpenStack Leader Aptira Appoints Australian Marketing Manager to Global Team 2015-11-10T02:13:05Z world-openstack-leader-aptira-appoints-australian-marketing-manager-to-global-team SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, November 10, 2015 – Australian managed hosting, public cloud infrastructure and enterprise private cloud solutions provider, Aptira, has appointed its first Marketing Manager to support its successful expansion and position as leader in the global OpenStack market. Field will help Aptira to further identify and capitalise on industry opportunities as it continues to expand in existing and new geographies. Building upon its success as the leading provider of OpenStack in Asia-Pacific, Aptira recently opened its first European office and intends to extend the use of Open Source solutions in other markets, including the US. In the past decade, Field has been heavily involved in the Australian IT industry, including nine years at hosting company, Anchor. Having completed her MBA in 2014, Field currently serves on two Boards of Directors: the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) and the Australian Open Source Industry Association (OSIA). She has also played a critical role in the organisation and operation of industry forums and events, including Port80, OpenStack, Magento and the Australian Web Awards. “The OpenStack community is one of the most active and intelligent communities in which I have been involved,” said Field. “Organising industry meet-up groups has allowed me to meet some of the industry’s most talented Sysadmin, DevOps and Engineering professionals – from Senior Red Hat Engineers discussing OpenStack CI and NFV, to Software Engineers demonstrating how to build OpenStack distro using community puppet modules.” “Over the past few years, I’ve witnessed the cloud market in Australia growing rapidly, and Aptira is at the forefront of this. I am fortunate to be joining a respected company that not only prides itself on providing a high level of service, but also delivering OpenStack education and training.” “Jessica brings with her a wealth of marketing experience for this role," said Tristan Goode, Chief Executive Officer, Aptira. "This new position within our company is one which reflects our desire to grow and expand globally.” Aptira’s success and reputation is the result of its high level of service, supported by the word of mouth from partners and customers. While the OpenStack market has seen some global consolidation in recent months, Aptira has continued to expand its business and gain further credibility. 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 information, please visit aptira.com or follow Aptira on Twitter: @aptira. Akanda, Aptira and Cumulus Networks’ Partnership Gives OpenStack Cloud Operators Unprecedented Networking Simplification, Flexibility and Agility 2015-10-15T00:06:52Z akanda-aptira-and-cumulus-networks-partnership-gives-openstack-cloud-operators-unprecedented-networking-simplification-flexibility-and-agility 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 ResourcesAkanda Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvZgBFz9yjQAkanda Blog: http://akanda.io/blogProject Astara Wiki: https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/AstaraTwitter: https://twitter.com/akandaioLinkedIn: 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   Aptira Appoints Expert Advisors to Capitalise on Global Growth Opportunity 2015-08-19T01:00:00Z aptira-appoints-expert-advisors-to-capitalise-on-global-growth-opportunity-1 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, August 19, 2015 – Australian managed hosting, public cloud infrastructure and enterprise private cloud solutions provider, Aptira, has appointed two additional advisors to help steer the company’s strategic direction as it moves to expand its operations from Asia-Pacific (APAC) into Europe and the US. Founded in 2009, Aptira has established itself as a leading player in the global OpenStack market through the strong reputation of its leadership and execution in delivering infrastructure, private cloud and virtualisation projects. While the OpenStack market has seen some global consolidation in recent months, Aptira has continued to expand its business and gain further credibility by providing a high level of service. Aptira is also deeply engaged with the OpenStack project and community with two seats on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors and employs three of the 12 OpenStack Ambassadors. Its customers include Red Hat, Cisco, Telstra and Singtel Optus. IT industry heavyweights, Max McLaren, Regional Vice President and General Manager Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) at Red Hat, and Ben Kepes, investor and industry commentator, recently joined Aptira’s advisory panel, to provide guidance on strategy, messaging and marketing as the company continues to extend its leadership in APAC, and now Europe. McLaren is a senior executive with almost 30 years in the IT industry, including 12 years with IBM and Lotus. He now runs Red Hat’s A/NZ business, a role he earned in 2011 following a successful five-year stint as general manager for the region. McLaren’s experience in the Open Source community will support Aptira in remaining at the forefront of the OpenStack movement.   “Being part of Red Hat for the past 10 years has reinforced my belief in the power of community-based, collaborative development which is the cornerstone of innovative, reliable and cost-effective alternatives to the traditional way IT has been delivered in our industry,” said McLaren. “With the increased connectivity that characterises the world in which we work, collaborate, consume, and entertain ourselves today, I am convinced Open Source and the cloud will revolutionise every organisation and every market. I look forward to supporting the Aptira team in leading this change, and partnering with them to continue helping Australian organisations successfully realise the opportunities these trends provide." Kepes is a globally-recognised, subject matter expert with an extensive following across multiple channels, whose commentary is regularly published in prominent titles and publications. He is also an active member of Clouderati, a global group of thought leaders in cloud computing. Aptira will leverage Kepes’ expertise in cloud, infrastructure and software to underpin its strategic decision-making and operational investments. "I consider a few questions before becoming involved with a company: is the company in an important space, is the company doing really good things in that space and, most importantly, is the company full of truly good people?” said Kepes. “Aptira ticks all three boxes and I'm proud to be helping them with their journey." McLaren and Kepes join Simon Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, DreamHost, who has been an advisor to Aptira since 2013. "During my time with Aptira, I’ve witnessed the company build a great reputation for OpenStack expertise and operational excellence in APAC and, more recently, Europe," said Anderson. "I'm excited to be joined by Max and Ben to support the Aptira team through its work in driving the adoption of OpenStack for cloud computing worldwide." Tristan Goode, Chief Executive Officer, Aptira, said Anderson, McLaren and Kepes’ expertise will enable Aptira to identify and capitalise on industry opportunities as it continues to expand. Building upon its success as the leading provider of OpenStack in APAC, Aptira has opened its first European office and intends to further the use of Open Source solutions in other markets, including the US.  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 information, please visit aptira.com or follow Aptira on Twitter: @aptira. Aptira presents Piston Enterprise OpenStack at CeBIT 2013-05-28T05:31:00Z aptira-presents-piston-enterprise-openstack-at-cebit SYDNEY – May 28, 2013 – The OpenStack® community comes to CeBIT Australia for the first time when the show opens in Sydney today. CeBIT will run to May 30 and is being held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour; OpenStack is on stand 001 in the Cloud Ecosystem section in Hall 4. During the three-day event local OpenStack provider Aptira will provide live demonstrations in the OpenStack Foundation booth of a Piston Enterprise OpenStack cloud deployment and operations on commodity hardware provided by Xenon Systems and Arista switching. As well as demonstrating the ease of installation, Aptira will showcase how Piston provides virtualised compute, storage and networking through self-service interfaces and APIs. In addition, Aptira CEO, OpenStack Board Director and leader of the Australian OpenStack User Group, Tristan Goode, will lead a workshop on Virtualisation Management that will highlight the capabilities of Piston Enterprise OpenStack. “Piston Cloud Computing’s Enterprise OpenStack software is the most advanced implementation of OpenStack available,” said Goode. “The ability to deploy a compact or massive private cloud in minutes on commodity hardware means Piston Enterprise OpenStack immediately frees your organisation to focus on building applications rather than infrastructure. “Piston Enterprise OpenStack provides the same ease of use and DevOps-centric features as brand-name web services at lower prices and without the poor customer service, possible risk of disk I/O issues and rogue zombie servers,” Goode said. “Irrespective of the hardware platform you choose, Piston helps deliver amazing density and efficiency, and provides all the software you need for a private AWS-compatible IaaS cloud: operating system, processing, storage, and network management.” Aptira is offering a free 90-day trial of the Piston Enterprise OpenStack cloud. About Aptira Aptira is the leading provider of enterprise OpenStack™ in APAC, providing private and hybrid cloud solutions and technology consultancy, delivering high-level solutions to meet the most demanding technology specifications. The company works with a wide range of organisations in finance, retail, utilities and government and manages complex hosting scenarios for rich media producers, specialising in massively scalable open source cloud frameworks. Aptira is acknowledged as the prime motivator of the OpenStack community in Australia and India. Visit aptira.com or follow them on twitter at @aptira.About Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. is the enterprise OpenStack™ software company. Founded in early 2011 by technical team leads from NASA and Rackspace®, Piston Cloud is built using OpenStack, the fastest growing, massively scalable open-source cloud framework. Piston Enterprise OpenStack™ is the first fully automated bare-metal cloud operating system built on OpenStack and the first OpenStack distribution specifically focused on the secure and easy operation of web-scale private clouds. Piston Cloud is based in San Francisco and funded by True Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Cisco Systems, Inc., Divergent Ventures, Data Collective and Swisscom Ventures. Visit Piston Cloud online at www.pistoncloud.com. ​Mercurial and PharmaNext Launch Educational Event Compliance Solution for the Australian Pharmaceutical Industry 2012-11-26T03:41:00Z untitled-release-213 Mercurial and PharmaNext Launch Educational Event Compliance Solution for the Australian Pharmaceutical Industry Sydney, Australia, November 26, 2012 – Mercurial and PharmaNext, two Sydney-based companies, have launched MiEvents, a business solution available as a mobile application or via browser, to help Australian pharmaceutical companies streamline the collection and reporting of educational activities, which are subject to mandatory reporting with Medicines Australia (MA). Pharmaceutical companies are currently mandated to report their educational event spend to MA twice a year, a process that can be time consuming and unproductive for the individuals involved. MiEvents removes the challenges of data collation, routine data submission and reporting. Regan McCracken, Director, Commercial Effectiveness, Mercurial, says, “A new code of conduct planned for January 2013 will set rules for far more granular and regular reporting, which will prove a real pain for companies that aren’t prepared for the changes. We can now help them to swiftly navigate with MiEvents. “MiEventswas designed through a rigorous consultation process with industry stakeholders and MA and provides pharmaceutical companies with a secure, automated system that will save a significant amount of time, money and reduce the risk of non-compliance – the cost of which has risen significantly.” The service will be deployed via MiPortal®, Mercurial’s industry leading business intelligence and reporting tool, which services around 20 clients and 2000 users within the pharmaceutical industry. Gary Prince, Director, PharmaNext says, “part of the value-add is that the service will make what is mandatory reporting a much more fluid and continuous process, helping clients to understand on an ongoing basis where and how they are investing in educational meetings. “Using the MiEvents app, entries will be made and validated in real time on a mobile device from anywhere. If done on an ongoing basis, companies will be able to proactively gauge their specific performance and manage their activity to within accepted standards, well before reports are put together, with the added guarantee of an audit trail for the Code of Conduct Report Submission.” McCracken concurs, “MiEvents will reduce the current churn and heavy burden of reporting within the industry and significantly reduce the risk and cost of non-compliance.” Image – MiEvents iPad App [click here to download .jpg]About Mercurial Mercurial provides consulting and services to the pharmaceutical industry, specialising in sales, marketing effectiveness and business intelligence solutions. Mercurial was ranked at #58 in BRW Fast 100 2012 which celebrates the fastest growing companies in Australia, and last year won the 2011 APRMG Supplier of the Year, recognised for exceeding client expectations specifically around service levels. For more information, visit www.mercurial.com.au About PharmaNext PharmaNext is a niche sales and marketing audit company, focused on helping pharmaceutical companies make and implement successful decisions. For more information, please call Gary Prince on 0432 229 978. Media Contacts: Veronica Colvin Watterson Marketing Communications +61 (2) 9929 753 Veronica.colvin@watterson.com.au Commercial Contacts: Regan McCracken Mercurial +61 (0) 415 615 972 rmccracken@mercurial.com.au Gary Prince PharmaNext +61 (0) 432 229 978 gprince@pharmanext.com.au OpenStack Launches as Independent Foundation, Begins Work Protecting, Empowering and Promoting OpenStack 2012-09-20T05:03:00Z openstack-launches-as-independent-foundation-begins-work-protecting-empowering-and-promoting-openstack The following media release announcing the launch of the OpenStack Foundation was distributed overnight. Sydney based Tristan Goode, CEO of Aptira, provider of managed hosted services, public cloud infrastructure and enterprise private cloud solutions, has been voted onto the Board of Directors. Tristan states the following on his appointment: “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to sit on the OpenStack Foundation Board. It is an outstanding opportunity to promote OpenStack in every possible way, not least by driving open dialog and community cohesion. After all, we’re building world-class technology, we need to be building a world-class community to support it, ubiquitous and full-featured just like OpenStack itself,” said Tristan Goode, CEO of Aptira. About Aptira Aptira is a leading provider of managed hosted services, public cloud infrastructure and enterprise private cloud solutions. Aptira is a technology consultancy that delivers high-level solutions to meet the most demanding of IT needs. The company, known for its cost-effective, agile and highly responsive service, works with a wide range of organisations in finance, retail, utilities and government and manages complex hosting scenarios for rich media producers. Aptira is the acknowledged leader of the OpenStack community in Australia. The company is committed to the idea that what it is doing for their customers today will be mainstream tomorrow. For more information, visit aptira.com or follow them on twitter at @aptira. Aptira Media Contact:Veronica ColvinWatterson Marketing Communications(02) 9929 7533veronica.colvin@watterson.com.au ------------------------------------------ September 19, 2012 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time OpenStack Launches as Independent Foundation, Begins Work Protecting, Empowering and Promoting OpenStack Foundation Provides Shared Resources and Long-Term Home for Fastest Growing Open Source Cloud Community with over $10M Committed Funding from Industry Leaders AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OpenStack ® today announced the launch of a new, independent OpenStack Foundation that will continue to promote the development, distribution and adoption of the OpenStack cloud software. As the independent home for OpenStack, the Foundation has already attracted more than 5,600 individual members, secured more than $10 million in funding and is ready to fulfil the OpenStack mission of becoming the ubiquitous cloud computing platform. The goal of the OpenStack Foundation is to serve developers, users, and the entire ecosystem by providing a set of shared resources to grow the footprint of public and private OpenStack clouds, enable technology vendors targeting the platform and assist developers in producing the best cloud software in the industry. "The launch of the OpenStack Foundation is not only an important milestone for our community, but a defining moment for the open cloud movement," said Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation. "When you look at what this community has done to innovate and make cloud technologies accessible, as well as make open source synonymous with cloud computing, you understand why huge technology industry leaders and users across the world are placing their bets on OpenStack. The opportunity for OpenStack to become the open source standard for cloud computing is real." Like the software, membership within the OpenStack Foundation is free and accessible to anyone. Members are expected to participate in the OpenStack community through technical contributions or community building efforts. Growth of the OpenStack platform continues on an upward trajectory. Founded in July 2010 by Rackspace and NASA with the support of 25 companies and a few dozen developers, OpenStack has since grown to more than 180 participating companies and 550 contributing developers producing six software releases in a little over two years. To date, Rackspace has been leading and investing in community management activities, but a year ago the company announced plans to establish an independent Foundation, recognizing the community was thriving and ready for a permanent home. Rackspace has now transitioned management activities and contributed the OpenStack trademark to the new Foundation, creating even greater opportunity for diverse contributors and a vibrant ecosystem necessary for long-term success. "Since its inception, we knew a foundation was the ultimate goal for OpenStack,” said Lew Moorman, President of Rackspace. “Today, we are proud to finalize the process by donating the assets, handing over community management and giving the OpenStack trademark to the OpenStack Foundation.” In April 2012, intended Platinum and Gold Member companies formed a Drafting Committee to produce a set of Bylaws and legal documents for community review. In July 2012, 5,000 individuals and eighteen companies ratified the Foundation Bylaws and legal documents by signing up as members. Currently, the Foundation has eight Platinum Members including AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat and SUSE, and thirteen Gold Members including CCAT, Cisco, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, Mirantis, Morphlabs, NetApp, Piston Cloud Computing, Yahoo!, with Intel, NEC and VMware joining in September. Additional new companies who have begun supporting the Foundation as corporate sponsors include Brocade, eNovance, Gale Technologies, GridCentric, Huawei, Internap, Metacloud, PayPal, RiverMeadow Software, Smartscale Systems, Transcend Computing and Xemeti. The Individual, Gold and Platinum members each make up a third of the Board of Directors, which provides strategic and financial oversight of Foundation resources and staff. Alan Clark, Director of Industry Initiatives, Emerging Standards and Open Source at SUSE, was elected Chairman of the Board, and Lew Tucker, Vice President and CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco, was elected Vice Chairman of the Board. “Our priorities and vision for the Foundation include strengthening the ecosystem, accelerating adoption and empowering the community to deliver the best cloud software out there,” said Alan Clark, Chairman of the Board. “OpenStack’s popularity and industry momentum calls for a solid operational foundation. The new board of directors is feverishly working to ensure that the Foundation is structured with the right executive leadership, staff, fiduciary models and controls all while looking to the priorities and vision for the Foundation. I am honored to serve and support this tremendously innovative community.” “The OpenStack Foundation represents a new era of establishing open source standards for cloud computing based on multi-vendor collaboration,” said Lew Tucker, Vice Chairman of the Board. “The evolution of OpenStack to an independent foundation is a landmark achievement that reinforces the growing momentum and industry support that has galvanized around this organization and its mission.” Separate of the Board, the fully elected OpenStack Technical Committee – an evolution of the Project Policy Board – will steward the technical direction of OpenStack software development and includes elected Project Technical Leads from each of the core software projects. Tim Bell, Operating Systems and Infrastructure Services Group Leader at CERN, was appointed by the Board of Directors to help establish a new User Committee, created to represent a broad set of enterprise, academic and service provider users with the Technical Committee and Board of Directors. Led by Executive Director, Jonathan Bryce, the Foundation is hiring 10-12 employees who, under the strategic direction of the Board, will help carry out the OpenStack mission. Specific responsibilities include coordinating the project's infrastructure, such as systems for testing the software at scale, community building activities, and managing the OpenStack trademark, which was transferred from Rackspace following the first board meeting. Meet the new community leaders and learn more about the Foundation at the next OpenStack Summit, October 15 – 18, in San Diego, CA. About OpenStack ® OpenStack is open source software for building clouds. Created to drive industry standards, end cloud lock-in and speed cloud adoption, OpenStack is a common, open platform for both public and private clouds with the support of over 180 industry leading companies, more than 5,500 Individual Members and 300,000 downloads. The open source cloud operating system enables businesses to manage compute, storage and networking resources via a self-service portal and APIs on standard hardware at massive scale. For more information and to join the community, visit www.OpenStack.org. Canonical "The OpenStack Foundation is leading the cloud industry in developing the most cutting-edge enterprise and carrier class cloud platform available. Ubuntu has been the reference operating system for OpenStack since the beginning and, today, more enterprises and carriers trust Ubuntu and OpenStack to deliver mission critical platforms than any other cloud platform. Canonical, as a founding platinum member of the OpenStack Foundation, contributes to the project's governance, technical development and strategy, while helping enterprises, carriers, their customers and their users benefit from the open technologies that are making the cloud more powerful, simple and ubiquitous." -- Kyle MacDonald, VP Cloud at Canonical CCAT “As a Taiwan based member, CCAT is excited to be a part of the OpenStack Foundation launch because it marks an important milestone for the global community. CCAT is committed to connecting Asian members with the global user community and promotion of the OpenStack standards. CCAT looks forward to contribute to the OpenStack ecosystem for both developers and users,” said Dr. Tzi-cker Chiueh, the Secretary General of the Cloud Computing Association in Taiwan (CCAT). Cloudscaling "Cloudscaling is delivering the most reliable, scalable and production-grade solution for building elastic infrastructure clouds based on OpenStack technology. It's the contributions of thousands of developers that have made OpenStack the only core cloud technology capable of delivering the agility, performance and economics that the IT industry has been expecting from cloud all along." -- Randy Bias, co-founder and CTO at Cloudscaling Dell “Dell’s commitment to OpenStack began more than two years ago as a way to help make the open source cloud more accessible to our customers, and has resulted in Dell innovations like our OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution and Crowbar, to help speed and ease deployment of cloud clusters,” said John Igoe, executive director of Dell open source cloud and big data solutions, and OpenStack Foundation board member. “The choice for an open source cloud is an important enabler for companies to build the cloud they need, and the formation of the OpenStack Foundation is an important milestone to signify the relevance of open source to customers.” DreamHost “DreamHost has a vision to enable the world’s entrepreneurs and developers to create, share and prosper on the Internet,” said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost. “We passionately believe that open source software, and open, compatible cloud services, are the key to the next wave of growth and innovation worldwide. OpenStack is the right platform and community to enable this shift, and the formation of the OpenStack Foundation is another step in demonstrating the long term commitment of the community to this mission.” HP “Our common goal was to establish a governance model that would enable developers to innovate on the OpenStack platform, while maintaining the technical meritocracy of the OpenStack project,” said Eileen Evans, vice president and associate general counsel, Cloud Computing and Open Source, HP and board member of the Foundation. IBM "Today's announcement ushers in a new era for the cloud interoperability, enabling OpenStack to drive deeper industry collaboration and accelerate momentum for critical industry standards," said Angel Diaz, vice president, Software Standards at IBM. "Users in all industries can be confident betting on OpenStack with its growing number of members, strong user community, maturing technology and growing adoption." Intel "Enterprises and service providers deploying OpenStack are choosing Intel Architecture as the foundation of their clouds to optimize the performance, scalability, and security of their infrastructure," said Doug Fisher, corporate vice president, Software and Services Group at Intel. “Intel helps ensure that the building blocks of OpenStack, including operating environments such as Linux, KVM, and Xen, take full advantage of Intel Architecture. We are pleased to join the OpenStack Foundation as a Gold member to enable innovative cloud usage models in open source, foster the adoption of OpenStack, and help build an vibrant ecosystem around this open source project." Mirantis “Today’s announcement isn’t just a big milestone for the OpenStack community, but is a milestone for the open source industry as a whole. The long-term impact of OpenStack on the entire IT industry cannot be overestimated,” said Boris Renski, Co-Founder of Mirantis and OpenStack foundation board member. “We, at Mirantis, feel privileged to be a part of this movement.” Morphlabs “Morphlabs has supported open source since our inception, and OpenStack closely aligns with our principles and vision of how cloud computing infrastructure should function,” said Morphlabs CEO Winston Damarillo. “It’s gratifying to see service providers’ continued adoption of the platform, and it echoes the tremendous response we’ve seen throughout the community.” Nebula “Nebula believes that OpenStack is key to our goal of enabling all enterprises to easily, securely and inexpensively deploy large scale private cloud computing infrastructures. We are proud to be a founding Platinum member of the OpenStack Foundation,” said Jon Mittelhauser, Nebula's VP of Engineering. NEC "The value of OpenStack is not only the features of the cloud computing platform, but also the openness of the OpenStack Foundation and its Open Source development community,” said Tsugikazu Shibata, Senior Manager, OSS Promotion Center, NEC Corporation. “We believe its openness will create innovation for cloud computing by sharing knowledge and experiences among the OpenStack ecosystem. We will continue to help its ecosystem grow by joining the OpenStack Foundation and leveraging our experiences." NetApp “The OpenStack Foundation is an important step in open source cloud computing. NetApp, as a charter member of the Foundation, is proud to continue its longstanding support of open source initiatives in the IT industry,” said Jeff O'Neal, senior director, Solutions Integration Group, NetApp. "NetApp is already contributing code into OpenStack projects, where our expertise in Service Provider-grade Data Management and Storage is accelerating adoption of the OpenStack platform. This work furthers NetApp’s commitment to helping organizations of all sizes achieve faster time-to-value in the cloud, and improve IT flexibility and efficiency for both public and private cloud deployments.” Piston Cloud Computing “Over the last two years the OpenStack community has grown at a pace none of us could have predicted when we started the project at NASA and Rackspace. And today the excitement surrounding OpenStack is greater than ever before,” said Josh McKenty, co-founder and CEO of Piston Cloud. “Several members of the Piston Cloud team have been involved with the OpenStack project since day one and we look forward to working with the Foundation to fulfill the OpenStack mission of becoming the ubiquitous cloud computing platform.” Rackspace ”As a driving force behind OpenStack, Rackspace helped grow the community to where it is today, and now with the amazing support from more than 180 member companies, the Foundation is ready to take flight,” said Lew Moorman, President of Rackspace. “As a member of the board, we look forward to working with the other members to continue building OpenStack to be the de facto standard open source software for public and private clouds. We believe OpenStack and the OpenStack ecosystem is truly disrupting enterprise IT and we hear about it from our customers who are using our public and private cloud options available on OpenStack. This is an exciting time for OpenStack, and Rackspace is happy to be a large part of such a momentous movement." Red Hat "Today's establishment of the OpenStack Foundation is a win for open source and open cloud computing. Red Hat has been actively involved in OpenStack - the third in contributions to Essex - and has joined the Foundation as a Platinum Member to help drive the success of the technology. As the leader in open source, Red Hat is also underway in delivering the industry's only enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution incorporating Red Hat's trusted support, ecosystem and technology expertise. We look forward to continued collaboration with the OpenStack community." -- Brian Stevens, CTO and Vice President, Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat VMware "VMware is pleased to be able to support our customers deploying OpenStack as a member of the Foundation,” said Mathew Lodge, vice president, cloud services, VMware. “We are looking forward to building on our existing contributions to OpenStack and customer deployments of this and other open source technologies." US Contacts OpenStack Lauren Sell, 713-398-8700 lauren@openstack.org Aptira Selects Piston Cloud to Power Hosted Private Clouds Built on OpenStack™ 2012-07-17T22:59:00Z aptira-selects-piston-cloud-to-power-hosted-private-clouds-built-on-openstack Aptira Selects Piston Cloud to Power Hosted Private Clouds Built on OpenStack™Agreement brings massively scalable, open source cloud framework to A/NZ and Indian markets SYDNEY, July 18, 2012 – Aptira, a provider of managed hosting, public cloud infrastructure and enterprise private cloud solutions, has selected Piston Cloud Computing's Piston Enterprise OpenStack™ to bring an easy, secure and open private cloud operating system to its Australian, New Zealand (A/NZ) and Indian enterprise customers. Aptira is Piston Cloud’s sole A/NZ and Indian partner, and selected Piston Enterprise OpenStack because it is the only streamlined cloud platform that can be installed in 10 minutes and can reduce cloud operating costs by more than 30 per cent1. Customers will have the choice of an on-premises model, or be provided with a hosted data centre, infrastructure management, and server and network equipment powered by Piston Enterprise OpenStack software. By deploying Piston Enterprise OpenStack, Aptira’s customers will be able to easily build and manage their private cloud without requiring a large capital outlay. “Imagine being able to configure a private cloud in minutes for significantly less money than it currently costs. That is what Piston Cloud Enterprise OpenStack does,” said Tristan Goode, Chief Executive Officer of Aptira. “Piston Enterprise OpenStack has been called the ‘boot disk’ for the private cloud. Not only does this deal let us bring the same technology that was pioneered by NASA’s cloud architects to A/NZ and India, it allows us to combine this breakthrough with our Herculean commitment to customer support which will mean worry-free implementation and management.” Piston Enterprise OpenStack is the first cloud operating system built on OpenStack, a ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for private and public clouds that is quickly being adopted globally, because it allows organisations to avoid being locked-in to a particular provider and offers a flexible and evolvable cloud infrastructure. Piston Enterprise OpenStack is the first OpenStack distribution specifically focused on security and the easy operation of enterprise private clouds. Piston Cloud's innovative Null-Tier Architecture™ combines storage, compute and networking on every node to deliver massive scalability with unprecedented cost efficiency. In addition, Piston Enterprise OpenStack is hardware vendor agnostic, ensuring customers aren’t locked into one proprietary architecture or cloud provider. "We are really pleased to partner with Aptira in A/NZ and India because we know that the team understands this technology from the inside-out and the best way to support those markets," said Joshua McKenty, CEO and co-founder of Piston Cloud. Piston Enterprise OpenStack is built to be easy, secure and open: Easy One administrator can plug a Piston CloudKey™ into their top-of-rack switch, turn it on and have a fully-operational OpenStack cloud environment up and running in less than 10 minutes. Piston Enterprise OpenStack automatically detects new hardware and installs itself onto each server allowing users to scale out more quickly. Hands-free installation prevents employee interaction with unsecured servers and eliminates the risk of tampering during installation and configuration. Secure A custom-built Linux distribution limits an organisation’s security exposure while delivering enterprise grade performance. Piston Enterprise OpenStack includes the first implementation of the CloudAudit framework for OpenStack, so that building custom reporting is as easy as clicking a button. Rigorously tested and validated security updates are automatically downloaded and can be installed across an entire cloud with a single click, and without any downtime. Open Open source software allows users to live outside of the whims of another company and as IT races forward, infrastructure is ready for what’s to come. Piston Enterprise OpenStack is compatible with all other OpenStack clouds, making it possible to burst or migrate data and applications when needed. Compatibility with a wide range of commodity hardware so users can avoid placing demand on cloud hosting infrastructure. Pricing and availability Piston Enterprise OpenStack is available at aptira.com. For more information, contact info@aptira.com or call 1800 APTIRA. [1] Compared to a leading virtualisation vendor, Piston Enterprise OpenStack compares favourably. Based on a typical five node system each with dual CPU and ideal memory configurations, Piston Enterprise OpenStack can cost less than a third of the usual licensing you have come to expect. When you start adding block and object storage, which is included standard with any Piston Enterprise OpenStack installation across every node, it negates the need for external storage components such as a SAN and NAS, even further lowering your CAPEX and OPEX investment. The best thing is the savings just keep increasing as you scale up. About Aptira Aptira is a leading provider of managed hosted services, public cloud infrastructure and enterprise private cloud solutions. Aptira is a technology consultancy that delivers high-level solutions to meet the most demanding of IT needs. The company, known for its cost-effective, agile and highly responsive service, works with a wide range of organisations in finance, retail, utilities and government and manages complex hosting scenarios for rich media producers. Aptira is the acknowledged leader of the OpenStack community in Australia. The company is committed to the idea that what it is doing for their customers today will be mainstream tomorrow. For more information, visit aptira.com or follow them on twitter at @aptira. About Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. is the enterprise OpenStackTM company. Founded in early 2011 by technical team leads from NASA and Rackspace, Piston Cloud's technology is built on OpenStack, the fastest-growing, massively scalable open source cloud framework. The company's core product, Piston Enterprise OpenStackTM is the first cloud operating system built on OpenStack, and is specifically focused on security and the easy operation of enterprise private cloud environments. Piston Cloud is based in San Francisco and funded by Hummer Winblad, True Ventures and Divergent Ventures. Visit Piston Cloud online at http://www.pistoncloud.com or follow them on twitter at @pistoncloud. Media Contact: Veronica Colvin Watterson Marketing Communications (02) 9929 7533 veronica.colvin@watterson.com.au