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OpenStack Folsom Adds Network Automation, Block Storage and Hyper-V Support

Number of contributors increases 65 percent from previous release as global community delivers OpenStack in more languages

Austin, Texas, September 27, 2012 – OpenStack® Folsom, the sixth release of the open source cloud computing platform, saw a 65 percent increase in contributors, as well as the addition of Networking and Block Storage services, architected in line with the OpenStack philosophy of pluggability and extensibility. While work was underway to establish the new OpenStack Foundation, the thriving community once again delivered the release on-time and with all planned essential features. 

OpenStack Folsom automates pools of compute, storage and networking resources, now including emerging Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions via OpenStack Networking plug-ins, to build private and public cloud infrastructures without vendor lock-in. OpenStack Networking currently includes plug-in support for Open vSwitch, the Ryu open source network operating system, standard Linux bridge networking and commercial solutions from Cisco, Nicira, and NEC, with others in development.  Written by more than 330 contributors, the Folsom release features a continued focus on stability and extensibility, while adding considerable new features like Networking, Block Storage and Hyper-V support. The community also made significant progress with localization efforts, introducing a new translation framework for the software, user-facing guides and documentation.

With more than 300,000 software downloads, support from major Linux distributions like Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, SUSE, and Ubuntu, and deployments announced around the world, OpenStack continues to make a global impact with the Folsom release.  Two of the largest OpenStack public clouds, HP and Rackspace, are putting Folsom into production, offering users the choice they expect when standardizing on OpenStack as their open cloud platform. 

New Features in OpenStack Core Projects 

While stability and manageability were key themes of the Folsom release, contributors also added 185 new features across compute, storage and networking:

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