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OpenStack: The "Folsom" Release

Developed by more than 330 contributors who implemented 185 different features, the OpenStack Folsom release continues the themes of stability and extensibility, while adding significant new features like Networking, Block Storage and Hyper-V support. There was also signficiant progress made with localization efforts, including a new translation framework for user-facing guides and documentation.

OpenStack Folsom

Folsom Features & Screenshots

Built-in Multi-Tenancy

Built-in Multi-Tenancy

Built-in multi-tenancy allows cloud administrators to delegate self-service access to users who can provision cloud resources within customized limits

Customize At Launch

Launching Instances

Newly enhanced functionality allows users to customize more aspects of their compute instances at launch, including the ability to boot directly from shared block storage devices.

Import Templates

User Limits

OpenStack Image Service allows the direct import of templates and images in a variety of industry standard formats, enabling your cloud users to make use of existing cloud server images.

 

More Folsom Features

OpenStack Compute (code-name Nova)

With a focus on ease of use, performance, and security, the latest release of OpenStack Compute makes it easier for operators to configure large pools of virtual machines. A new "config drive" capability stores network configuration information, eliminating the need for DHCP, and a new "host aggregation" feature places workloads into the best pools of resources for the job, such as GPU clusters for HPC work. Performance and security enhancements enable users to expose unique features of the CPUs powering their cloud, including support for Trusted Computing, which relies on hardware to verify the cloud computing environment's state.

OpenStack Object Storage (code-name Swift)

Among many operational enhancements, operators can now connect OpenStack Object Storage to a statsd server and receive hundreds of real-time metrics about their cluster to help with troubleshooting, diagnostics, day-to-day operational issues, and long-term capacity management. To improve performance, clusters with high write requirements or large quantities of stored objects can now take advantage of solid-state drives (SSDs) for storing metadata without incurring a high overhead in disk space. Additionally, the ability to place data in cluster locations that are “as unique-as-possible,” makes it easier to deploy small clusters and provides better flexibility for all clusters when handling hardware failure.

OpenStack Block Storage (code-name Cinder)

The first full release of OpenStack Block Storage implements advanced, extensible block and volume storage capabilities, while still supporting previously deployed OpenStack Volumes. Previously a sub-component of OpenStack Compute, the Block Storage capabilities of OpenStack have been promoted to a full project with a dedicated development team that will increase the rate of innovation as the OpenStack development community grows.

OpenStack Networking (code-name Quantum)

An advanced network automation platform that empowers users to choose their back-end technology, OpenStack Networking includes support for Open vSwitch, the Ryu open source network operating system, standard Linux bridge networking and commercial solutions from Cisco, Nicira, and NEC via a plug-in architecture. Additionally, the release includes significant updates to control Layer 2 networking, IP address management, API quotas, notifications, extension support for Layer 3 forwarding, Secure Network Address Translation (SNAT), and floating IPs.

OpenStack Dashboard (code-name Horizon)

The second full release of OpenStack Dashboard brings usability improvements in launching Compute instances, working Object Storage resources, and managing OpenStack projects and users. Other feature advances include support for public and private image uploads and management of advanced networks. End users will appreciate better cross-browser support, timezone support, dynamic quota displays, improved error handling, and performance improvements.

OpenStack Identity (code-name Keystone)

The second full release of OpenStack Identity brings improved support for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) authentication and improved integration and management across OpenStack services.–

OpenStack Image Service (code-name Glance)

There were major advancements in usability and functionality to the Image Service, including a new API, a new client library, new replication options for increased performance and security improvements reaching from the client to the image storage system.

List of Contributors

Thank you to the global team of 300+ developers who delivered the sixth OpenStack release on time and with every critical feature:

  • Aaron Rosen
  • Alessio Ababilov
  • Sulochan Acharya
  • Rohit Agarwalla
  • Renuka Apte
  • Syed Armani
  • Ionu? Artarisi
  • Bhuvan Arumugam
  • Ed Bak
  • Steve Baker
  • Michael Barton
  • Michael Basnight
  • Walter Batterson
  • Somik Behera
  • Chris Behrens
  • Dina Belova
  • Christian Berendt
  • Yosef Berman
  • Daniel P. Berrange
  • David Besen
  • Leander Bessa Beernaert
  • Darrell Bishop
  • James E. Blair
  • Andrew Bogott
  • Chmouel Boudjnah
  • Paul Bourke
  • Clark Boylan
  • Pádraig Brady
  • Kevin Bringard
  • Russell Bryant
  • Devin Carlen
  • Thierry Carrez
  • Jose Castro Leon
  • Kylin CG
  • François Charlier
  • Ray Chen
  • Hui Cheng
  • Lin Hua Cheng
  • Brian Cline
  • Robert Collins
  • Sean M. Collins
  • Cor Cornelisse
  • David Cramer
  • Adrien Cunin
  • Sean Dague
  • Jake Dahn
  • Tim Daly Jr.
  • Julien Danjou
  • Arathi Darshanam
  • Phil Day
  • Sirisha Devineni
  • Rosario Di Somma
  • John Dickinson
  • Matt Dietz
  • Dan Dillinger
  • Nikola Dipanov
  • Monsyne Dragon
  • Don Dugger
  • John Dunning
  • Rafael Durán Castañeda
  • Josh Durgin
  • Brian Elliott
  • Katherine Elliott
  • Johannes Erdfelt
  • Vijaya Erukala
  • chris fattarsi
  • Jim Fehlig
  • Tom Fifield
  • Boris Filippov
  • Diane Fleming
  • Erwan Gallen
  • Adam Gandelman
  • Rajalakshmi Ganesan
  • TianTian Gao
  • John Garbutt
  • Lars Gellrich
  • Anne Gentle
  • Clay Gerrard
  • Eoghan Glynn
  • David Goetz
  • Yong Sheng Gong
  • Joe Gordon
  • John Griffith
  • Xiaohua Guan
  • Ying Chun Guo
  • Unmesh Gurjar
  • Florian Haas
  • Ralf Haferkamp
  • Brian Haley
  • Justin Hammond
  • Tom Hancock
  • Soren Hansen
  • Joshua Harlow
  • Eric Harney
  • Rick Harris
  • Soheil Hassas Yeganeh
  • Major Hayden
  • Joe Heck
  • Dominik Heidler
  • Doug Hellmann
  • David Hendler
  • Jaroslav Henner
  • Tres Henry
  • Derek Higgins
  • Florian Hines
  • Roland Hochmuth
  • Lorin Hochstein
  • Gregory Holt
  • Vincent Hou
  • Hengqing Hu
  • ZHANG Hua
  • Zhiteng Huang
  • Gabriel Hurley
  • Andrew Hutchings
  • Vishvananda Ishaya
  • Hisaharu Ishii
  • Andrew James
  • Iryoung Jeong
  • Atul Jha
  • WenTian Jiang
  • Yunhong Jiang
  • Matt Joyce
  • Yoshihiro Kaneko
  • Mikyung Kang
  • Rohit Karajgi
  • Ronen Kat
  • Hiroaki KAWAI
  • MORITA Kazutaka
  • Josh Kearney
  • Rafi Khardalian
  • Dmitry Khovyakov
  • Vaddi Kiran
  • Eugene Kirpichov
  • Philip Knouff
  • Jason Kölker
  • Nikhil Komawar
  • Sapan Kona
  • Gary Kotton
  • David Kranz
  • Bob Kukura
  • Mate Lakat
  • Brian Lamar
  • Ryan Lane
  • Greg Lange
  • Andrew Laski
  • Giampaolo Lauria
  • Ollie Leahy
  • Karin Levenstein
  • Teng Li
  • Tong Li
  • Jiajun Liu
  • Alvaro Lopez Garcia
  • Lianhao Lu
  • Mike Lundy
  • Zhongyue Luo
  • Emilien Macchi
  • Christopher MacGown
  • Stefano Maffulli
  • Edgar Magana
  • Razique Mahroua
  • Yun Mao
  • Carlos Marin
  • Juliano Martinez
  • Marcelo Martins
  • Dolph Mathews
  • Donagh McCabe
  • Mark McClain
  • Andy McCrae
  • Duncan McGreggor
  • Stuart McLaren
  • Mark McLoughlin
  • Paul McMillan
  • David McNally
  • Alex Meade
  • Tiago Mello
  • James Meredith
  • Samuel Merritt
  • Antony Messerli
  • Patrick Mezard
  • Ryota MIBU
  • Armando Migliaccio
  • Flavia Missi
  • Kevin L. Mitchell
  • Renier Morales
  • Trey Morris
  • Sam Morrison
  • Scott Moser
  • Akihiro Motoki
  • Yusuke Muraoka
  • Sumit Naiksatam
  • Ram Nalluri
  • Mohammed Naser
  • Ripal Nathuji
  • Maru Newby
  • Liem Nguyen
  • Arata Notsu
  • Mathew Odden
  • Salvatore Orlando
  • David Ostrovsky
  • Martin Packman
  • Nayna Patel
  • Sarad Patel
  • Ron Pedde
  • Sascha Peilicke
  • Ken Pepple
  • Constantine Peresypkin
  • Mike Perez
  • Clemens Perz
  • Alan Pevec
  • Julie Pichon
  • Alessandro Pilotti
  • Jay Pipes
  • Stanislaw Pitucha
  • Vladimir Popovski
  • John Postlethwait
  • Peter Pouliot
  • Harsh Prasad
  • Dan Prince
  • Jonathan Proulx
  • Nirmal Ranganathan
  • deevi rani
  • Ghe Rivero
  • Victor Rodionov
  • Mauro S. M. Rodrigues
  • Mat Rohon
  • Brent Roskos
  • Brian Rosmaita
  • Guilherme Salgado
  • Angus Salkeld
  • Puneet Sangal
  • Justin Santa Barbara
  • Christophe Sauthier
  • Joe Savak
  • Ziad Sawalha
  • David Scannell
  • J. Daniel Schmidt
  • Matthias Schmitz
  • Iccha Sethi
  • Andrew Clay Shafer
  • Eddie Sheffield
  • Justin Shepherd
  • Chuck Short
  • David Shrewsbury
  • Yingchun Si
  • Russell Sim
  • Marco Sinhoreli
  • Piotr Siwczak
  • Adrian Smith
  • Dan Smith
  • Roman Sokolkov
  • Francisco Souza
  • Adam Spiers
  • Jeremy Stanley
  • Emma Steimann
  • Matt Stephenson
  • Michael Still
  • Cory Stone
  • Jinwoo Suh
  • Ray Sun
  • Takaaki Suzuki
  • Ben Swartzlander
  • Alessandro Tagliapietra
  • Yaguang Tang
  • Yuriy Taraday
  • Thorsten Tarrach
  • Monty Taylor
  • Christoph Thiel
  • Chuck Thier
  • Duncan Thomas
  • Ken Thomas
  • Everett Toews
  • Troy Toman
  • Avishay Traeger
  • John Tran
  • Matthew Treinish
  • Tihomir Trifonov
  • Kelsey Tripp
  • Dean Troyer
  • Kota Tsuyuzaki
  • Dermot Tynan
  • Nachi Ueno
  • Vincent Untz
  • Devananda van der Veen
  • Mandar Vaze
  • Ravikumar Venkatesan
  • Paul Voccio
  • Craig Vyvial
  • Brian Waldon
  • Daryl Walleck
  • Sandy Walsh
  • Shane Wang
  • Mark Washenberger
  • Wayne Vestal Weeks
  • yuanke wei
  • Ian Wells
  • Jian Wen
  • Dan Wendlandt
  • Gabe Westmaas
  • Bernhard M. Wiedemann
  • Jorge L. Williams
  • Eric Windisch
  • Ke Wu
  • Isaku Yamahata
  • Anton V. Yanchenko
  • Alex Yang
  • Derek Yarnell
  • Chris Yeoh
  • Peng Yong
  • Adam Young
  • Anthony Young
  • Peng Yuwei
  • Pete Zaitcev
  • hua zhang
  • Dongdong Zhou
  • Rongze Zhu
  • Chinmay Satish Kulkarni
  • dk647
  • Donald Ngo
  • Zheming Lou
  • lapgoon
  • ZhenKuan Li
  • Riqiang Li
  • Nathanael Burton
  • monsterxx03
  • MotoKen
  • Newptone
  • Ning Zhang
  • Shiju
  • unicell
  • Wang Long
  • Chen Xu
  • xushichao