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Zenoss Releases Unified Monitoring for OpenStack Swift Cloud Storage Platform

Zenoss, Inc., a leading provider of management software for physical, virtual, and cloud-based IT infrastructures, today announced the availability of unified monitoring for the OpenStack Swift cloud storage platform. Available as a free and open source "ZenPack," the new capability extends Zenoss Core with deep instrumentation of the components that comprise OpenStack Swift and links this with health and configuration information of the underlying server, network and storage infrastructure. The result is end-to-end visibility into the health and capacity of the delivery environment, allowing cloud service providers to rapidly solve problems and proactively manage service levels.

OpenStack Object Storage (code-named Swift) is open source software for creating redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of standardized servers to store petabytes of accessible data. As OpenStack matures, more OpenStack-based clouds are being deployed into production. Running Swift without visibility into the underlying infrastructure is reckless because there are several well-known conditions that are irrecoverable and will lead to data loss.

Before the OpenStack Swift ZenPack, there was nothing for operators to ensure service levels because no specialized, best-practice solution for OpenStack monitoring existed. Zenoss’ OpenStack Swift ZenPack allows Swift-based cloud operators to ensure proper functioning of their storage clouds, and determine whether the cluster is able to perform within given key SLAs. As a result, operators can confirm that cluster and data integrity aren’t compromised by failing disks or object quarantines, cluster requests are fulfilled within given time periods, and cluster capacity meets both short and long-term needs.

“As a founding member of the OpenStack project we’re extremely excited tocontribute to the project,” said Bill Karpovich, CEO of Zenoss. “With the OpenStack Swift ZenPack and its holistic approach we are especially trying to help providers manage their cloud infrastructure and meet their SLAs.”

To download the OpenStack Swift ZenPack, please follow this link.

Published Thursday, October 06, 2011 8:00 AM by David Marshall
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