OpenStack Offers Sophisticated Management Controls and Performance Enhancements in its Latest Release

By CIOReview | Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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AUSTIN, TX: OpenStack unveils the version 12 of its open source platform, OpenStack Liberty. The latest release is packed with new features addressing native container capabilities, large scale deployments and a new governance model.

OpenStack heeds to customer requests and introduces granular access controls, performance enhancements for large deployments and powerful tools for managing containers in a production environment. The latest release hosts improvements such as a new common library adoption, better configuration managements and role-based access control (RBAC) for the Heat orchestration and Neutron networking projects allowing cloud operators to calibrate security settings at all levels of network and orchestration functions and APIs.

Greater Scalability
OpenStack Liberty houses initial version of Nova cells v2, which supports large scale multi-location compute deployments and improves scaling and performance in Horizon dashboard, Neutron networking Cinder block storage services during upgrades to Nova’s computing services.

Support for New Technologies

OpenStack manages major cloud compute technologies such as virtual machines, containers and bare-metal instances. The latest release enhances the software’s capabilities with new features such as extensible Nova compute scheduler, a network Quality of Service (QoS) framework and enhanced load balancing as a service (LBaaS).

Liberty utilizes Magnum containers management project to ease the adoption of container technology by existing OpenStack services that include Nova, Ironic and Neutron. Magnum supports popular container cluster management tools such as Kubernetes, Mesos and Docker Swarm. The Heat orchestration project adds new resources for management, automation and orchestration of the expanded capabilities in Liberty.

OpenStack has redefined the way it organizes and recognizes upstream projects by introducing a new governance system called Big Tent. Big Tent is crafted to encourage a competitive ecosystem for OpenStack.

"Liberty is a milestone release because it underscores the ability of a global, diverse community to agree on technical decisions, amend project governance in response to maturing software and the voice of the marketplace, then build and ship software that gives users and operators what they need,” says Jonathan Bryce, ED, OpenStack. “All of this happens in an open community where anyone can participate, giving rise to an extensible platform built to embrace technologies that work today and those on the horizon.”