OpenStack Havana Addresses Two Security Challenges
One of the big enhancement areas of the new OpenStack Havana open source cloud computing platform is security.
One of the big enhancement areas of the new OpenStack Havana open source cloud computing platform is security. The OpenStack Foundation launched the eighth release of OpenStack last week, and according to IBM (IBM), one of the many vendors supporting OpenStack, the organization has increased the security elements of the cloud platform.
With more and more businesses and government organizations looking to OpenStack to fulfill their cloud needs, security is becoming more important to the overall design of the cloud computing platform. According to IBM, security has up to now been the biggest inhibitor to cloud adoption, but Havana will play a significant role in differentiating cloud vendors when it comes to security.
The latest OpenStack release has approximately 400 new features, which are likely to take center stage at the next OpenStack Summit, which will take place in a couple of weeks in Hong Kong. And one of the areas that OpenStack has found to be a big growth area is private cloud, which requires as much or more security (or at least the perception of more security) than the public cloud.
And so the many community members that contribute to OpenStack have focused the Havana release on safety concerns and enterprise security. Some of that additional security is found in new drivers for elements such as Docker.
OpenStack is already a big player in the cloud market, mostly through providers like Rackspace (RAX), but the Havana release makes it a more viable contender against the likes of Amazon (AMZN) Web Services and Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Azure. It still has an uphill battle to win the mindshare of the cloud world, but as we've been seeing for more than three years, OpenStack has its share of proponents and a great number of people in the channel that view it as a potential source of revenue in the cloud.