|By Business Wire
|April 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
The ninth release of OpenStack®, code-named Icehouse™, is available
today, with new features reflecting a community-wide effort to bring the
voice of the user into the rapidly maturing open source cloud software
The software, used by hundreds of companies for building public,
private, and hybrid clouds, adds features such as rolling upgrades in
OpenStack Compute (Nova). Rolling upgrades simplify the process of
upgrading to new versions of the OpenStack software by not requiring
virtual machine (VM) instances to be shut down in order for upgrades to
“Everyone we talk to wants cloud resources that let them move faster,”
said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation.
“The evolving maturation and refinement that we see in Icehouse make it
possible for OpenStack users to support application developers with the
services they need to develop, deploy and iterate on apps at the speeds
they need to remain competitive.”
Each OpenStack release has attracted larger and larger groups of
contributors. The Icehouse release had 1,202 contributors, a 32 percent
increase from the Havana release six months ago. Approximately 350 new
features and 2,902 bug fixes were added in the Icehouse release cycle,
with a focus on testing, maturity and stability. A new focus on
third-party continuous integration (CI) systems has resulted in 53
external systems testing OpenStack compatibility across broad sets of
hardware and software configurations. OpenStack Dashboard (Horizon) now
supports 16 languages, and the internationalization team translated
nearly 700,000 words during the Icehouse cycle.
Top companies contributing code to the Icehouse release were Red Hat,
IBM, HP, Rackspace, Mirantis, SUSE, OpenStack Foundation, eNovance,
VMware and Intel. Top users contributing code also included Samsung,
Yahoo! and Comcast.
New Capabilities in OpenStack Icehouse
Among the approximately 350 new features added are a new program,
OpenStack Database Service (Trove), which was incubated during the
Havana release cycle and is now available in the Icehouse release.
Programs in incubation include OpenStack Bare Metal (Ironic), OpenStack
Messaging (Marconi) and OpenStack Data Processing (Sahara).
Features new to Icehouse include:
OpenStack Compute (Nova): New support for
rolling upgrades minimizes the impact to running workloads during the
upgrade process. Testing requirements for third-party drivers have
become more stringent, and scheduler performance is improved. Other
enhancements include improved boot process reliability across platform
services, new features exposed to end users via API updates (e.g.,
target machines by affinity) and more efficient access to the data
layer to improve performance, especially at scale.
OpenStack Object Storage (Swift): A major
new feature is discoverability, which dramatically improves workflows
and saves time by allowing users to ask any Object Storage cloud what
capabilities are available via API call. A new replication process
significantly improves performance, with the introduction of s-sync to
more efficiently transport data.
OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder):
Enhancements have been added for backend migration with tiered storage
environments, allowing for performance management in heterogeneous
environments. Mandatory testing for external drivers now ensures a
consistent user experience across storage platforms, and fully
distributed services improve scalability.
OpenStack Networking (Neutron): Tighter
integration with OpenStack Compute improves performance of
provisioning actions as well as consistency with bulk instance
creation. Better functional testing for actions that require
coordination between multiple services and third-party driver testing
ensure consistency and reliability across network implementations.
OpenStack Identity Service (Keystone):
First iteration of federated authentication is now supported allowing
users to access private and public OpenStack clouds with the same
OpenStack Orchestration (Heat): Automated
scaling of additional resources across the platform, including
compute, storage and networking is now available. A new configuration
API brings more lifecycle management for applications, and new
capabilities are available to end-users that were previously limited
to cloud administrators. Collaboration with OASIS resulted in the
TOSCA Simple Profile in YAML v1.0, demonstrating how the feedback and
expertise of hands-on OpenStack developers can dramatically improve
the applicability of standards.
OpenStack Telemetry (Ceilometer):
Improved access to metering data used for automated actions or billing
/ chargeback purposes.
OpenStack Dashboard (Horizon): Design is
updated with new navigation and user experience improvements (e.g.,
in-line editing). The Dashboard is now available in 16 languages,
including German, Serbian and Hindi added during this release cycle.
OpenStack Database Service (Trove): A new
capability included in the integrated release allows users to manage
relational database services in an OpenStack environment.
To see the dashboard demo, detailed release notes and download the
source code, go to http://www.openstack.org/icehouse.
The OpenStack Foundation will host a webinar today at 11am PDT via
BrightTALK to discuss the Icehouse release in greater depth with two
OpenStack users. To register, please visit https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/499/107965.
“OpenStack has crossed the threshold and will become another de facto
IaaS standard before the end of the year, when OpenStack compatibility
will be a must, not a nice-to-have.”
— Source: Forrester Research, Inc.,
State Of Cloud Platform
Standards: Q1 2014, March 2014
“We host several applications in our OpenStack environment. So, clearly,
we’re heavily vested in OpenStack. Icehouse gives us several new
capabilities that will make a big difference, including scheduler
improvements and instance creation and deletion. Each OpenStack release
makes impressive gains in maturity. It’s a march of progress that gives
us confidence in the platform and the community.”
— Mike Wilson,
senior systems architect at Bluehost
“Cloud computing has become strategic to our business by enabling our
developers to move faster and providing a scalable infrastructure to
deliver our content services. By using OpenStack, we are not only
choosing a cloud platform, but a community in which we have the ability
to influence the software roadmap, share knowledge among operators and
build even stronger relationships with our technology vendors who are
supporting the platform.”
— Andrew Mitry, senior manager of
platform infrastructure at Comcast
OpenStack Summit Atlanta
The next OpenStack
Summit will be held May 12-16 in Atlanta to share user deployment
case studies, devops best practices, showcase what’s new in the
OpenStack vendor ecosystem, and develop the roadmap for the 10th
release, Juno. Headline sponsors include Rackspace, Dell, Canonical and
SolidFire, along with 90+ other sponsors and exhibitors. The event will
feature presentations from a wide range of OpenStack developers and
users, representing service providers, application hosters and
OpenStack is open source software for building clouds. OpenStack clouds
enable businesses to rapidly roll out new products, add new features,
and improve internal systems while preventing technology lock-in as the
only open source cloud platform that’s supported by every IT industry
leader. Hundreds of the world’s
largest brands rely on OpenStack to run their businesses every day,
reducing costs and accelerating time to market.
OpenStack is backed by an independent Foundation and global community
with more than 15,900 individual members and 347 supporting
organizations across 137 countries. For more information and to join the
community, visit http://www.OpenStack.org.
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