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IBM outlines the newest version of its OpenStack toolkit

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November 14, 2016

Eddy Shvartsman, a self-described enthousiast of Big Blue's OpenStack Toolkit for OpenPOWER, described the newest version of the company's toolkit at the recent OpenPower European Summit in Barcelona, Spain.

Shvartsman characterized the new toolkit as a one-button cloud configuration that includes the hardware, a management software stack and various operations management software.

According to Shvartsman, all of the components are done with open-source software. Better still, they are freely distributed and available at github.com.

The new toolkit includes all of the OpenStack private cloud features, including compute, image, identity, block storage, orchestration, networking and the Horizon dashboard.

It also uses the OpenStack-Ansible project, which provides for scalability features while still being simple to operate on a day-to-day basis.

In terms of internet security, Big Blue uses various methods to communicate vulnerabilities to IT customers.

A Security Bulletin (SB) is used when publicly disclosing various security vulnerabilities discovered in IBM's line of software offerings.

To be sure, alternative tools and processes are used, where appropriate (i.e. for z Systems, managed and cloud-based services, etc.), when targeted or discrete communication with entitled customers is required.

To protect its enterprise customers, IBM does not publically disclose or confirm security vulnerabilities until IBM has conducted a full analysis of the product and issued fixes and/or mitigations.

SBs notify customers about one or more security vulnerabilities. IT customers are responsible for assessing the impact of any actual or potential security vulnerability in the context of their environment.

Most SBs are accessible via the IBM Support Portal. You can subscribe to My Notifications to be alerted of the release or update of any Security Bulletin issued by IBM.

Source: IBM Corp.


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