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Our Technology - OpenStack

Our customers are driving innovation and digital transformation through technology. However, this brings about the challenge of ensuring data is secured in this constantly evolving landscape. It was imperative that Vault addressed the major gap between the delivery of technology and the security of data in the cloud. Our cloud platform needed to accommodate the rate of change without compromising performance and extensibility. To achieve this, Vault uses OpenStack as the underlying technology for its cloud platform.

Vault has built upon the simplicity and openness of OpenStack to provide organisations with the ability to deliver digital services and solutions across a robust and secure platform. Leveraging this exisiting technology has allowed Vault to reengineer the “DNA” of the cloud to natively embed Government security requirements.

What is OpenStack

OpenStack has grown to be one of the world’s largest open source projects and is the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private cloud, and the default open standard for cloud technology. Backed by multi-billion dollar global R&D investment and some of the biggest companies in software development and hosting, as well as thousands of individual community members, OpenStack is truly open and vendor neutral.

OpenStack provides a cloud operating system that is able to control large amounts of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter. All of these are managed through a dashboard that provides the administrators with necessary controls while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.

Why Choose OpenStack

Choosing the right cloud can shape capability for decades to come. The ability for independent software vendors to build their technology over a single set of open standards means that work on the OpenStack platform can be leveraged across most clouds. This is a major advantage for organisations looking for a platform that can be grown and iterated upon as requirements change, without being locked into a specific vendor.

OpenStack offers direct access to the source code, as well as being based on open standards. The need for an open source cloud platform is quite clear – the only way to sustainably and natively meet changing security requirements is to have access, control and the capacity to alter the underlying system. This gives Vault the flexibility to comply with 100% of ASD ISM controls.

OpenStack works well with popular Enterprise and open source technologies making it ideal for heterogeneous infrastructure, just like Vault. In-built security, complete scalability, open standards and an interoperable platform are some of OpenStack’s unique features which work seamlessly well with Vault’s cloud technology.

Cloud Security with OpenStack

OpenStack addresses cloud security at all levels. OpenStack security leaders focus on specific capabilities and necessary best practices addressing specific areas of security, compliance and privacy for public and private organisations. In fact, OpenStack security is a collaborative effort across thousands of developers who work together to provide a robust, reliable, and secure cloud for public, private, and hybrid deployments. As its is based on an Open Source platform, there is a lot of focus on open code which means faster bug and anomaly identification and timely remedial actions. It also provides for a dedicated team which support with necessary analysis and tools to ensure secure code and user notifications in case of a possible threat.

Success Stories

The OpenStack project is an acclaimed global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists, who successfully produce the open standard cloud computing platform for both public and private clouds. Some of the biggest industry giants worldwide including automotive, banking, healthcare, media and  e-commerce run their critical workloads successfully on OpenStack.

For example, GE Healthcare’s GE Infrastructure Exchange (GEIX) is a remotely managed OpenStack private cloud where GE was able to move 530+ legacy apps to the cloud in just 2 years which resulted in $30 million of annual cost savings. Another great example is Nike which relies on OpenStack for its $8 billion business, thus comfortably retaining the No.1 spot in the online sports segment for the past 6 months. The UK Government, recognised by the UN as one of the most digitally advanced governments worldwide, uses OpenStack to help various UK companies to easily obtain import and export licenses. In Australia, the four big Australian banks – Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, and National Australia Bank, all use OpenStack technology.

Vault also plays its part in giving back to the OpenStack community, we are part of a local community of technology experts committed to driving change and contributing to OpenStack. On a global scale, our developers work within the OpenStack framework and share their knowledge with the wider OpenStack community. On a local scale, Vault hosts the Canberra Computing MeetUp group. This MeetUp group is hosted on a monthly basis at Vault’s Customer Experience Centre in Canberra. Vault team members also regularly share their knowledge on cloud technologies and cyber security with interested members of the community through various MeetUp groups, as well as presenting at conferences across the world.