OpenStack Focuses on Support for Containers and Scalability through Project Magnum

By CIOReview | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: OpenStack asserts its commitment to work closely with containers in its cloud infrastructure with the introduction of Project Magnum that addresses the concerns regarding OpenStack’s scalability and bolsters support for containers.

The open source cloud platform has been witnessing consistent market traction despite speculations about its scalability and manageability of diverse workloads. The OpenStack Community introduced Magnum which enables application scalability to a specific number of instances that achieves re-spawning of an application instance in the event of a failure. A dedicated mechanism in working with containers achieves stronger app integration compared to virtual machines. With Magnum, OpenStack cloud operators can offer containers to their customers as a managed hosted service.

Focusing on interoperability, several cloud-based companies that are focused on open source technologies are building partnerships for cross-platform container performance and greater agility. Mirantis, a pure-play OpenStack company has partnered with Google to integrate Kubernetes with the OpenStack platform.

Google and OpenStack are working together to buttress OpenStack adoption in hybrid cloud environment, says Jonathan Brandon for Business Cloud News.

Having adequate tools to manage containers in the cloud is essential. Through Magnum, OpenStack offers a purpose built API to manage application containers. The platform leverages both Kubernetes and Docker as components.