Share your OpenStack startup playbook: Talligent

Are you an OpenStack cloud architect or administrator? If so, you should be checking out the OpenStack Superuser publication on a regular basis. It chronicles the work of superusers, and their many accomplishments personally, professionally, and organizationally.

As an active member of the OpenStack ecosystem, one of the sections on Superuser I like to visit is the User Stories.

Talligent was recently recognized on Superuser’s User Stories within its startup playbook series where we discussed our thoughts around how startups can find value in the OpenStack ecosystem. In this Q&A discussion, we had the opportunity to play Marvel Superhero and describe Talligent’s Origin Story. We also talked about our technology, how we provide OpenStack Billing, Chargeback and Capacity Reporting for on-demand clouds. We also provided tips for new startups in the OpenStack ecosystem, discussed Big Tent philosophy, described why we love sponsoring OpenStack events, and ended with some common requests from our customers.

Here’s a taste of our conversation:

What’s your startup origin story?

Talligent was created out of the realization that the shift to cloud as an IT delivery mechanism requires a new approach to management. Our founding team comes from a background of virtualization management and enterprise IT solutions and could see the impact that the shift to cloud would have on the way in which IT resources would be delivered.

A key value of cloud delivery models is on-demand, elastic self-service resources for the end users. Legacy virtualization management tools were designed for a completely different provisioning model, one where IT will be a gate keeper and will control the budget for capacity planning. With cloud, the control is put into the hands of the tenant. The tenants need the right information to know how much their project will cost so they can budget accordingly.

What challenges has Talligent overcome to be successful?

The pace of OpenStack is pretty relentless! Our customers expect that not only will we keep up with the six-month release cycle, but that we will work well with the other ecosystem partners. Our lab is pretty busy downloading and certifying with the major distributions and taking advantages of the new metrics and packaging options for Openbook.

The other big challenge is that we get a wide range of feature requests when it comes to helping customers manage OpenStack and communicate with the various audiences–tenants, administrators, and management. It forces us to focus on the core set of use cases that most OpenStack cloud operators encounter when they reach a certain scale. As the market grows and OpenStack adoption increases, there is growing appetite for third party tools to manage cost and capacity reporting and user self-service.


Read the entire Talligent Startup Playbook on Superuser