rPath (see previous CloudAve coverage), the North Carolina based company offering deployment and maintenance solutions across physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced additional features to their newly launched product, called rPath X6. rPath X6 now supports OpenStack (see previous CloudAve coverage) and vCloud Director. This clearly makes rPath attractive for enterprises with the expected large scale adoption of OpenStack and to meet any demand that may come up with stronger cloud push by VMware.
rPath X6 is a nifty visual tool that completely automates the enterprise software systems delivering seamless deployment, conflict free software environment and a seamless delivery of IT services. Users can visually construct systems, generate new images and implement controlled system updates to manage the complete software and business services lifecycle. This not only improves agility in the enterprise environments but it also saves money and removes conflicts inside a complex IT environment.
With the next release of OpenStack, there are widespread expectations that it will see some traction on the enterprise side. Already, OpenStack storage is gaining big traction on the service provider market and soon their compute will also be adopted by service providers. Already, I have seen some enterprise managers showing interest in OpenStack and once the next version comes out with a more mature code, this interest is expected to increase manyfold among the enterprise users. Similarly, we are seeing some push by VMware on the vCloud Director and many enterprises with heavy VMware investments are expected to give a serious consideration in the coming years. Keeping these two in mind, rPath’s support for OpenStack and vCloud Director is a right move in the right direction.
rPath’s system automation and standardization features can be combined with OpenStack’s elasticity and vCloud Director’s requisition, approval and provisioning capabilities to provide customers with a holistic, tangible means of requesting, deploying, maintaining and dynamically scaling a complete IT system. With controlled, consistent services, platforms and compute capacity available on-demand for project leads and application development and testing groups, IT can now step out of the way and focus on more important tasks.
It is an interesting move showing the rapid pace with which rPath adapts to market needs. This will also validates OpenStack efforts at a time when there is widespread concern about the independence of the project from Rackspace.
- RPath Simplifies Building Workloads For Data Center, Cloud (informationweek.com)
- OpenStack Now Supports VMware vSphere (readwriteweb.com)