Cloudbase Solutions partnership

We are happy to announce a partnership with Cloudbase Solutions for bringing Windows support in Juju and MaaS.

During the keynote of the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta we presented OpenStack integration with Hyper-V as well as Active Directory, SQL Server and SharePoint Juju charms, providing a clear idea of the huge potential of this partnership. Based on this collaboration, it will soon be possible to orchestrate Windows based deployments at any scale in an amazing way.

Juju charms represent a way to define deployments and relationships between services and applications. The following screenshot clearly shows how easy it is to create a SharePoint server deployment with Juju, by simply defining relationships between Active Directory, SQL Server and SharePoint.

Using Juju to simply define relationships between Active Directory, SQL Server and SharePoint.
Using Juju to simply define relationships between Active Directory, SQL Server and SharePoint.

Thanks to Cloudbase Solutions contribution, we now have complete Juju charms for:

  • Active Directory
  • IIS
  • SQL Server
  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • Lync
  • Hyper-V OpenStack Compute

The charms will support load balancing, clustering, SQL Server mirroring and other HA solutions, as fault tolerance and scalability are a top priority. They will support bare metal deployment as well as OpenStack virtualized deployments on any supported hypervisor, including KVM and Hyper-V.

A snapshot showing how the SharePoint deployment pictured above translates in OpenStack virtual instances is presented below:

OpenStack virtualized deployments on any supported hypervisor, including KVM and Hyper-V.
OpenStack virtualized deployments on any supported hypervisor, including KVM and Hyper-V.

We are also introducing Microsoft Windows bare metal deployment in MaaS, ranging from Windows Server 2008 up to Windows Server 2012 R2, including Hyper-V Server versions and all supported workstation operating systems, with Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 providing great value for VDI scenarios.

As a next step, we plan to work on mixed deployment scenarios, with both Windows and Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS), defining a whole new way to orchestrate enterprise workloads.

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Dustin Kirkland is part of Canonical's Ubuntu Product and Strategy team, working for Mark Shuttleworth, and leading the technical strategy, road map, and life cycle of the Ubuntu Cloud and IoT commercial offerings. Formerly the CTO of Gazzang, a venture funded start-up acquired by Cloudera, Dustin designed and implemented an innovative key management system for the cloud, called zTrustee, and delivered comprehensive security for cloud and big data platforms with eCryptfs and other encryption technologies. Dustin is an active Core Developer of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, maintainer of 20+ open source projects, and the creator of Byobu, DivItUp.com, and LinuxSearch.org. A Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2001 graduate, Dustin lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Kim, daughters, and his Australian Shepherds, Aggie and Tiger. Dustin is also an avid home brewer.

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