#IDF14: Intel SAA keeps “noisy neighbors” under control in your OpenStack Private Cloud

I continuously ask to my team to blog about any interesting discovery they’ve got at any conference that they were lucky to attend. And I am not the exception of this rule. I was at #IDF14 in San Francisco in Sept – I know, It’s been a while since this conference, but I’ve told to my team just to post, not when they have to 🙂 –

Also, I have to admit that I haven’t touched any piece of code for a long time, so, one of my biggest concerns regards of #IDF14 it was to attend to an event out of my field of interest. I mean, this event could have been so technical (i.e. APIs descriptions, dev platforms) or could have brought bunches of announcements about the power improvement in pieces of commodity hardware for datacenters and end-users that would have made me feel that it was an absolutely waste of my time.

Indeed, there was an announcement about new tablets, processors and wearables devices, but #IDF14 also has brought interesting things about Intel’s vision in topics related to big data analytics, datacenter’s infrastructure…  and also some important advancements in industries like healthcare and retail as results of the enhancements on compute power and other devices.

Beside of these some awesome key sessions, other not less interesting thing was to visit Intel’s booths with useful software solutions to manage and control your cloud infrastructure. One of these applications that drew my attention was the Intel Service Assurance Administrator or SAA. This application helps you to manage your applications’ workloads on top of your private cloud based on OpenStack.

Any new generation Cloud architecture is based on Software Defined something. This technology has a lot of benefits, but also there are some drawbacks.

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A Software Defined Networks solution shortens the provisioning time and enhances the orchestration capabilities of virtual network devices/resources into de cloud. However, this sort of technology avoids the usage of control features directly from the network devices in order to pass this responsibility to pieces of software as part of the SDN’s components. Also, instances are sharing processors and memory resources into de same host in order to take more advantage from them, lower the costs and be more elastic – of course, this is the main purpose of any cloud solution, don’t you think?. However, if you don’t have a good strategy to control and manage your instances to avoid the affection from neighbors sharing the same network/storage/compute resources, due to the usage of unauthorized network bandwidth, disk contention or the overload of compute resources. In a few words, It could be really struggling to ensure any kind of service level objetive (SLO) on a so crowded place.

Well, Intel collaborates with SAA to fend off these “noisy neighbors” from the most critical customer’s instances. This application is tightly integrated to openstack’s modules and helps you to proactively act on instances to meet your SLOs among other features. I invite you to read more about at Intel Web Site.

See you around!

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