SOURCE: Akanda


January 12, 2016 09:00 ET

Jan. 21 Webinar: Learn How DreamHost Replaced VMware NSX With an Open Source Solution From Akanda, Chef, and Cumulus Networks

Enterprises Can Save 70 Percent By Migrating Their VMware Workloads to OpenStack and Container Infrastructures

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 12, 2016) - Akanda, the major contributor to OpenStack Project Astara, today announced that it will participate in a January 21 webinar explaining how DreamHost deployed a large-scale public cloud on OpenStack with an open source solution from Akanda, Chef, and Cumulus Networks.

In 2013, DreamHost began the process of replacing VMware NSX with a native OpenStack solution that provides layer 3 network services to tens of 1,000s of Virtual Machines serving more than 1,000 DreamHost customers. Akanda, Cumulus Networks, and DreamHost believe similar cloud deployments can save enterprises up to 70% in capital expense and 40% in operating expense by utilizing an open source network virtualization solution.

Key elements include a lightweight network virtualization platform from Akanda that uses OpenStack Astara for cloud orchestration and management, several IT automation recipes written by DreamHost using OpenChef, and an open, easy-to-program network operating system from Cumulus Networks. DreamHost's open source solution has now been in production for two years and demonstrates how enterprises can migrate VMware workloads to OpenStack and container infrastructures.

Webinar presenters include:

  • Mark McClain, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Akanda
  • Nolan Leake, Co-Founder and CTO at Cumulus Networks
  • Jonathan LaCour, VP of Cloud and Development at DreamHost

Webinar attendees will learn:

  • The key design considerations behind migrating VMware NSX workloads to OpenStack infrastructures and Linux containers.
  • How OpenStack Astara allows enterprises to replace network appliances with software-defined network functions.
  • How Akanda and Cumulus Networks allow enterprises to program OpenStack Neutron like a server to configure VXLAN overlays for layer 2 networking.

To register for webinar, click here.

About Akanda, Inc.
Akanda, Inc. is the major contributor and supporter of the open source Astara network virtualization software project. Founded by the DreamHost team that developed and supported the Ceph storage platform, Akanda provides the Astara project with development resources. Akanda also offers commercial subscriptions and enterprise support to its customers and partners deploying Astara. For more, visit and follow @akandaio

About Cumulus Networks
Cumulus Networks helps customers realize cost-effective, high capacity networking for modern data centers. Linux transformed the economics and innovation for data center compute, and Cumulus Linux is doing the same for the network. It radically reduces the costs and complexities of operating modern data center networks for businesses of all sizes. Cumulus Networks has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders. For more, visit and follow @cumulusnetworks

About DreamHost
DreamHost is a global Web hosting and cloud services company with over 370,000 entrepreneur and developer customers, and 1.3 million blogs, websites, and apps hosted. The Company develops and uses Open Source software throughout its infrastructure, and is a leading proponent of OpenStack and Ceph. DreamHost offers a wide spectrum of Web services including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the public cloud storage service, DreamObjects, and the public cloud computing service, DreamCompute. Please visit for more information.