This post was authored by Young-Sae Song, CVP of Product Marketing at AMD

The great thing about OpenStack is its community driven approach that allows the developers to shape and mold the final outcome limited only by their creativity and drive to create useful software.  However, the downside is that the efforts and talents of the developer community can be spread thin and the features and capabilities that are critical for an end-to-end operationally scalable solution do not get the attention they deserve.  Canonical has recognized this problem and with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS delivered an OpenStack cloud platform that is able to deliver any workload to bare metal or virtual machines.  It is designed to scale services faster than any OpenStack platform today for virtual or bare metal machines.  You can read more about Canonical’s release announcement here .


AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000™ microserver is ideally suited for massive OpenStack deployments. AMD and Canonical collaborated closely to leverage the SeaMicro SM15000 microserver’s unique capabilities to provide the scalability and flexibility to build and manage large-scale public and private clouds with virtualized or bare metal servers.

SeaMicro SM15000 Microserver


  • SeaMicro SM15000 microserver integrates compute, storage and Layer 2 networking and creates pools of resources to build custom bare metal server configurations for OpenStack
    • The Freedom™ fabric disaggregates compute, storage and network I/O to provide the most flexible, scalable and resilient data center infrastructure in the industry
    • The result is an adaptive data center where any server can be mapped to any hard disk/SSD or network I/O to expand capacity or recover from a component failure


The SeaMicro SM15000 microserver’s RESTful APIs make bare metal or virtual machine provisioning simple and accelerates mass deployments.  AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 with Juju and MAAS (Metal as a Service) integration is the fastest, most efficient and most scalable way to build scale out infrastructure. MAAS, part of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu OpenStack, provisions the server, storage and networking to make physical server provisioning as easy as virtual servers.  The solution is available today and is the most scalable, automated option to deploy OpenStack in hyperscale environments.


Key SeaMicro SM15000 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Integration Capabilities


  • SeaMicro SM15000 with Juju and MAAS accelerates server deployment and setup by making bare metal servers available for OpenStack workloads in minutes.
  • MAAS leverages the Freedom fabric to turn the physical servers on the SeaMicro SM15000 microserver into pools of malleable computing and storage resources to create a flexible server infrastructure that can be expanded independently without adding unnecessary compute or storage capacity.
  • SeaMicro SM15000 with Juju/MAAS integration provides the fastest and most flexible way of deploying workloads, be they web, big data on bare metal or building OpenStack cloud infrastructure. Juju & MAAS gives this flexibility of cloud on bare metal servers to make them available for workloads in minutes


The AMD and Canonical collaboration is a big step forward in creating an end-to-end solution that is ready to be deployed by enterprises and service providers. This was achieved by ensuring that the OpenStack software was able to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the underlying hardware that provided unique benefits and provided capabilities that otherwise may not have been possible.  As the OpenStack community continues to plow forward, it is this type of close collaboration among hardware and software companies that will ensure that future OpenStack releases are “deployment ready” versus something that is more suited for small trials.


Young-Sae Song is a Corporate Vice President of Product Marketing at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third-party sites and references to third-party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.