Akanda Grows OpenStack Networking with Project Astara [VIDEO]

by Sean Michael Kerner

Akanda CEO talks OpenStack and bringing Nginx to the cloud.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) vendor Akanda got its start in 2014 as a spin off from hosting vendor DreamHost. Now, in 2015, the company is powering forward as the lead sponsor of Project Astara, a new networking effort in the OpenStack cloud ecosystem.

In a video interview with Enterprise Networking Planet at the recent OpenStack Summit in Tokyo, Henrik Rosendahl, CEO of Akanda, explains what Astara is all about and how his company is working with open source webserver vendor Nginx.

"We have been conducting Project Akanda from day one as an open-source OpenStack project. Now we're just formalizing it with Astara, and we're part of the big tent of OpenStack foundation projects," Rosendahl said.

Rosendahl explained that Astara is a plugin to the OpenStack Neutron networking project. Astara provides layer 3 though layer 7 networking services and is trying to take a vendor-agnostic approach to tying networking services together.

"Every vendor is trying to figure out how to play in the OpenStack environment and we're kind of the conduit between the Nginx team and the OpenStack community," Rosendahl said of the Nginx collaboration. "They see Akanda and Astara as an orchestrator and a natural way into OpenStack."

Watch the full video with Henrik Rosendahl below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

This article was originally published on Wednesday Nov 11th 2015