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OpenStack Enhanced Platform Awareness White Paper

Author: 
Daniel Chacon

Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA) contributions from Intel and others to the OpenStack* Cloud Operating System enable fine-grained matching of server capabilities to virtual machine (VM) workload requirements prior to launching a VM. For workloads requiring particular CPU and/or I/O capabilities, EPA helps OpenStack assign VMs to run on the most appropriate platforms and gain additional benefits from features built into the system. For example, OpenStack with EPA can specifically and automatically launch a cryptographic workload onto a platform with a hardware-based crypto-accelerator to improve throughput performance.

EPA can benefit VM performance and operation, such as for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). EPA also enables Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to offer premium, revenue-generating services based on specific hardware features. For enterprise data centers, IT can use EPA to automatically assign policy-controlled, sensitive workloads to trusted platforms that provide enhanced capabilities, such as stronger security, compliance, and data protection. This allows IT to further optimize existing resources from which the organization can benefit the most.

This white paper describes OpenStack EPA and how it can deliver business value to enterprise IT, Telcos, and CSPs.

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