Submitted by Yoram Heller on October 09, 2012
As Founding Members of the OpenStack Foundation, we wanted to share a few highlights and our perspective on the Folsom Release, as we get geared up for the upcoming Grizzly Design Summit in San Diego. Not least, we’re proud of the more than 330 developers who cranked away at contributing to the maturation of the project.
Most pertinent for Morphlabs (and our customers), Nova Volumes has become Cinder – a better, stand-alone incarnation of nova-volume, the latter of which will be removed in the Grizzly release. This can only mean better performance and improved functionality down the line for customers – something we care deeply about for our mCloud Helix and as a driving principle behind our innovation and products.
Nova, OpenStack’s parlance for Compute, has seen some important improvements including:
an updated task/state manager which should further enhance reliability across the board
Nova-api can run multiprocess which will help customers interested in scaling
DB indexing improvements which should also help with scaling to large VM counts
Hyper-V Support. Welcome back Microsoft!
Quantum, the interface to manage virtual networks on clouds, has been promoted from ‘incubation’ status to a full ‘core’ project. It has also been given L3 support in addition to the L2 included during the Essex timeframe. We’ve believed in setting networking up as-a-service for several years, and we are happy with the direction of Quantum’s progress.
Finally, Keystone is maturing well and has added the concept of a ‘domain’ which is a grouping of projects. Our customers are certainly interested in more fine-grained authentication, and identity management is a critical part of private cloud implementation.
Do you have any thoughts on the new release? We’d love to hear them, so post comments here or stop by our booth next week. Better yet, join us for the official closing night Breakfast for Dinner Party on Thursday night!
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