OpenStack Foundation Launches Folsom
The first release of OpenStack under the newly created OpenStack Foundation is now available. OpenStack Folsom, which is the sixth release of the open source cloud platform, saw a 65 percent increase in the number of contributors.
New to this version of the platform are networking and block storage services, as well as support for Hyper-V. Folsom (can’t you almost hear Johnny Cash singing?) was designed to automate pools of compute, storage and networking resources, including the much-discussed software-defined networking model using OpenStack Networking plugins.
OpenStack is still relatively young in its life, but with the launch of the OpenStack Foundation and now the next version of the cloud computing platform, it has the support of plenty of major IT vendors and service providers, noted Kyle MacDonald, vice president of cloud at Canonical, which has been part of the OpenStack project for the last two years.
“It’s amazing how far we have come in such a short period of time,” MacDonald told Talkin’ Cloud.
There are several new features in OpenStack, including:
- OpenStack Compute that is focused on ease of use, performance and security. The latest version was designed to make it easier for operators to configure large pools of virtual machines.
- OpenStack Object Storage is an operational enhancement that makes it possible for operators to connect to a standard server and receive hundreds of metrics about their clusters. It helps with troubleshooting, diagnostics, day-to-day operational issues and long-term capacity management.
- OpenStack Block Storage is new to the OpenStack platform. It implements advanced, extensible block and volume storage capabilities, all while still supporting previously deployed OpenStack volumes.
- OpenStack Networking provides advanced network automation platform that gives users the choice of back-end technology. It supports Open vSwitch, the Ryu open source network operating system, standard Linux bridge networking and commercial solutions from the likes of Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), Nicira and NEC via plugins.
- OpenStack Dashboard is now in its second release. This version has some usability improvements in launching compute instances, working object storage resources and managing OpenStack projects and users.
- OpenStack Identity is the second full release and provides improved support for PKI authentication and improved integration and management for OpenStack services.
- OpenStack Image Service has major enhancements in usability and functionality, including a new API, a new client library and new replication options for better performance and security.
Folsom represents significant growth in the OpenStack market, MacDonald said. There’s a lot of new features and functionality that have been included in this version. Likewise, there are a lot of new players playing a role in the development of OpenStack and its future.
“It’s the de facto cloud standard and you see that with everybody jumping in,” MacDonald said.