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Google sponsors OpenStack hybrid interoperability

Google becomes a corporate sponsor of the OpenStack open-source private cloud platform, aiming to deliver container management and cloud-native apps

Google has become the newest sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation. It said it would support engineering efforts around Linux containers and the integration of container technology like Kubernetes with the open-source, private cloud platform.

Google’s support helps bridge the gap between code that runs on an on-premise OpenStack private cloud environment and public cloud infrastructure as a service, such as the Google Compute Engine.

When applications are packaged in a container such as Kubernetes, it is easier for IT departments to move them between private and public clouds.

Google has been collaborating with the OpenStack community on projects such as Murano and Magnum since the beginning of 2015.

The Murano Project introduced an application catalogue to OpenStack, enabling application developers and cloud administrators to publish various cloud-ready applications in a browsable categorised catalogue. According to OpenStack, cloud users – including inexperienced ones – can use the catalogue to compose reliable application environments at the push of a button.

Magnum is an OpenStack API service developed by the OpenStack Containers Team to enable OpenStack to support container orchestration engines such as Docker and Kubernetes.

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Craig McLuckie, product manager at Google, wrote in a blog post about the sponsorship: “We look forward to sharing what we’ve learned and hearing how OpenStack users are thinking about containers and other technologies to support cloud-native apps.”

Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation, said: “With Google committing unequalled container and container management engineering expertise to our community, the deployment of containers via proven orchestration engines like Kubernetes will accelerate rapidly. OpenStack continues to set itself apart as the single open-source cloud platform for the widest diversity of workloads, all supported by one environment with one control plane, one API, one dashboard.”

In May 2015, at its summit in Vancouver, OpenStack announced a logo-programme, an initiative that aims to reduce the complexity involved in bridging private and public cloud services, by promoting interoperability. Google’s sponsorship is another step in improving interoperability.

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With announcement like the GCP + OpenStack backup offering, it's clear that Google is look for ways to pull Enterprise data center workloads into GCP.
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