The tenth version of OpenStack is upon us, and thanks to 1,419 contributors from 133 companies offers 342 new features and 3,219 bug fixes.
Juno, as the new release is known, is the latest emission in the project's planned six-monthly release cycle. The headline feature this time around is a new automated service for provisioning and managing Hadoop and Spark clusters, a tool that surely backs the many whispers reaching The Reg's ears saying that OpenStack is being used a lot in-house, rather than by service providers.
There's also finer control over storage polices, plus an initial waft at network function virtualisation (NFV). The OpenStack Foundation has developed more detailed plans for NFV and promises they'll start to appear in OpenStack Kilo in April 2015. For now, OpenStackers are content to say Juno “lays the foundation” for it to become an NFV player.
Networking module Neutron's now more fluent in Ipv6, Trove now allows management of relational databases, Nova's gained a better and more granular rescue mode and Keystone has added the ability to federate identity across private and public clouds.
There's also this spiffy new logo to consider.
Typographers. Such very cunning people.
Kilo is expected to include “Ironic”, which the Foundation describes as “a fully integrated Bare Metal provisioning service”. Future releases will gain a shared file system, queue system, a DNS service and the Barbican key management project.
The foundation also says that Red Hat, HP, IBM, Mirantis, Rackspace, SUSE, OpenStack Foundation, B1 Systems, VMware, NEC and “independents” were this release's top contributors from the business world. Yahoo!, Time Warner and eBay kicked in the most code among OpenStack users.
OpenStack is clearly going along very nicely, thank you very much. Juno isn't a colossal release. But the NFV and other plans mean future releases are going to become rather more powerful. And with backers like those mentioned above, the platform clearly doesn't lack for support. ®