Smaug becomes official OpenStack big tent project in OpenStack community

[Austin, USA, July 7, 2016]

Smaug, a project initiated by Huawei, won the vote of the OpenStack Technical Committee and became official OpenStack big tent project in OpenStack community. It provides standard APIs tailored to OpenStack-based data protection services, and delivers a framework to orchestrate these services.

Established in September 2012, OpenStack is committed to building an open cloud platform. With increasing popularity in the industry, OpenStack provides de facto standards for cloud platform construction. However, when it comes to data protection, OpenStack requires a project that can provide abundant VM backup services and functions, as well as offer standard APIs to work with different commercial data protection software suites. Smaug is exactly the project to accomplish these goals. It allows data protection software suites from various vendors to connect to OpenStack. This achieves Data Protection as a Service, including enhanced backup, replication, and migration for OpenStack.

Named after the treasure-guarding dragon in fiction novels, Smaug is expected to deliver powerful data protection capabilities for corporate customers.

Sean McGinnis, director of the OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) project, commented that,

"Smaug takes a unique approach. It doesn't just attempt to back up your data. By protecting all resources, not just the storage, Smaug is able to protect your complete OpenStack application using existing component's APIs to get the full solution. I'm glad to see this project join the OpenStack big tent. I think this is a very good addition."

Meng Guangbin, vice president of Huawei Storage Product Line, said that,

"As a gold member of the OpenStack Foundation, Huawei has always been a strong advocator for the development of OpenStack. Smaug is our third official OpenStack big tent project in OpenStack community, fully demonstrating our extensive accumulation in key OpenStack technologies. We are committed to promoting the development of OpenStack data protection service standards, while holding fast to open cooperation. We welcome more partners to join in Smaug and work together to build an OpenStack-based ecosystem."

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