OpenStack 'Diablo' Cloud Platform Focuses on Scalability

Matthew Weinberger

September 22, 2011

2 Min Read
OpenStack 'Diablo' Cloud Platform Focuses on Scalability


OpenStack is looking to continue its momentum in the cloud service provider space with the launch of “Diablo,” the fourth major OpenStack cloud platform release, with a focus on expanding its scalability and networking plays. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg: OpenStack added 70 features with Diablo, enabling for cloud automation and control.

I had the chance to chat briefly with OpenStack Policy Board Chairman Jonathan Bryce about Diablo’s launch. He noted Diablo is the first launch since OpenStack doubled its release window from three months to six, and the sheer volume and breadth of improvements from the April 2011 Cactus release is reflective of the extra time taken.

To give specific examples, Diablo adds:

  • A distributed scheduler for global VM deployment

  • A high-availability networking mode

  • The new OpenStack Identity Management system to OpenStack Compute

  • Multi-cluster container sync for container-by-container replication across different physical locations to OpenStack Storage

  • Filtering and searching capabilities through the API for OpenStack Image Service

In addition, Bryce previewed two new components coming to OpenStack as part of the core offering: OpenStack Dashboard, a self-service management portal for service providers, and OpenStack Keystone, an authentication solution that works across the entire platform. Both were incubated during the Diablo release cycle, and Bryce said they’ll be ready in time for the OpenStack Essex release in about six months.

And for the first time ever, OpenStack previewed Quantum, a networking project led by Nicira, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Midokura and Rackspace, which will be incubated over the next six months and released in about a year.

Dan Wendlandt, project technical lead for Quantum, said the project will enable rich network topologies in the cloud, just as you’d get in the data center. Quantum would enable service providers to leverage existing infrastructure investments on the back end, whether they’re open source-based or proprietary.

On a final note, Bryce said that even though OpenStack was originally conceived by Rackspace and NASA, the fact that OpenStack Quantum is being helmed by community members should prove it’s really an industry project now. Despite concerns, Rackspace has no claim to cornering the OpenStack market, and that’s how the hosting provider likes it.

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