The Common Thread for OpenStack Superusers

Lachlan Evenson of Lithium presents a keynote at OpenStack Summit in Tokyo. Two out of four finalists for the OpenStack Superuser Award use SolidFire to drive their OpenStack success — including Lithium. Read more to see how they excel at their OpenStack deployment.

Lachlan Evenson of Lithium presents a keynote at OpenStack Summit in Tokyo. Two out of four finalists for the OpenStack Superuser Award use SolidFire to drive their OpenStack success — including Lithium. Read more to see how they excel at their OpenStack deployment. Photo credit: Troy Davis / CC

The OpenStack Superuser Awards, a bi-annual highlight of OpenStack Summit, reward and recognize teams contributing to OpenStack and the OpenStack Community. In early October, four finalists were selected by the Superuser Editorial Advisory Board, with each winner selected by a vote among OpenStack Foundation community members.

Finalists this year were NTT, GoDaddy, FICO, and Lithium Technologies. Two of those four Superusers are also SolidFire customers. Let’s take a brief moment to highlight each one and how SolidFire is contributing to its OpenStack success.

FICO: FICO is a software company based in San Jose, Calif., founded by Bill Fair and Earl Isaac in 1956. Its FICO score, a measure of consumer credit risk, has become a fixture of consumer lending in the United States. In 2013, lenders purchased more than 10 billion FICO scores, and about 30 million American consumers accessed their scores themselves.

A key driver for the FICO team was automation and integration with OpenStack as well as VMware technologies. To address both of those needs, SolidFire was able to demonstrate our Cinder driver’s tight integration into OpenStack Horizon management, and expose our Quality of Service (QoS) functionality and use of extra specs to provide performance tiers of storage for FICO’s OpenStack environment. Additionally, the SolidFire vCenter plug-in and vSphere Storage I/O Control integration points for VMware ESX proved to be valuable in assisting FICO to automate storage performance management.

Lithium Technologies: Lithium Technologies provides social customer experience management software for the enterprise. Headquartered in San Francisco, Lithium has additional offices in London, Austin, Paris, Sydney, Singapore, New York, and Zürich. Lithium’s Software as a Service platform delivers products on-demand in a hosted environment rather than as traditional, packaged software. Stemming from its gaming roots, Lithium’s platform incorporates elaborate rating systems for contributors, with ranks, badges, and “kudos counts.”

The team at Lithium ran into some issues with CEPH in production environments and were looking for a more consistent level of performance for its applications, leading them to SolidFire. This is where SolidFire’s guaranteed performance using quality of service (QoS) was able to solve a problem that other storage solutions were not capable of addressing. The goal as Lithium moves forward is to invest in a robust platform that would eliminate application downtime and allow technical teams to focus on adding value to the organization.

OpenStack is starting to see stronger adoption rates as the platform matures. It’s encouraging to see so many diverse organizations adopting OpenStack and committing code back to the project, as well as championing many of the concepts of the next generation data center. Each of the Superuser award finalists has jumped head first into the OpenStack community and is building its own cloud platform leveraging OpenStack as a primary building block.

SolidFire is providing these customers with a scale-out, all-flash storage platform designed with the challenges of a cloud customer in mind, and with the ability to provide the flexibility required for the next generation data center and the technologies within.

Find out how a recognized OpenStack Superuser does it. Read about FICO’s transition to an OpenStack PaaS model now.

 

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