Announcing The OpenStack 2010.1 “Austin” Release

By now, most of you have heard that yesterday we released the inaugural version of the OpenStack Cloud Computing Platform. The OpenStack project is comprised of two major subprojects, OpenStack Compute and OpenStack Object Storage.

Where is it?

OpenStack Compute:
Nova Cloud Computing Fabric
Glance Image Registry and Delivery Service

OpenStack Object Storage:
Swift

What’s new?

OpenStack Compute (Nova)

Multi-hypervisor support: Compute now supports KVM, QEMU, User-Mode Linux and Xen, are supported through libvirt and XenServer is supported by a nifty abstraction and plug-in contributed by Citrix.

API changes: In addition to the EC2, Compute has added a native OpenStack API that is based on the Rackspace Cloud Servers API. We are excited to have an API that we can extend. We also added support for EC2 Security Groups.

Image registry and delivery service: We have added the Glance project, which is an image registration and discovery service (Parallax) and an image delivery service (Teller). These services are used in conjunction by Open Stack Compute to deliver images from object stores, such as OpenStack’s Object Storage service, to Nova’s compute nodes. Glance can be used to serve images for Compute, but is not enabled by default in this release.

Networking Model: OpenStack Compute now supports two network models on compute nodes; VLANs with DHCP, and flat with either static IP pools or DHCP.

Scheduler: We added a base scheduling service to Openstack Compute that we will extend in future releases.

WSGI: In an effort to reduce the number of dependencies in OpenStack Compute and create a standard API layer with reusable components, we’ve decided to use WSGI. As a part of this we ported our current EC2 API code from Tornado to WSGI.

Rename server support: We added support for rackspace style user-friendly names, and renaming if running instances compute.

Code refactoring: OpenStack Compute completely refactored the ORM. The result is a much simpler code that is easier to understand. We also refactored the networking code for simplicity.

SQL support: A big part of the ORM refactor was the addition of support for SQLAlchemy Database toolkit. This will allow people to make use of existing SQL infrastructure when deploying OpenStack Compute. The refactor also removed support for redis. This should not be seen as a judgement about redis. We will visit re-adding support for nosql data stores during the next two release cycles.

OpenStack Object Storage (Swift)

Stats system: OpenStack Object Storage add a stats system that processes the logs generated by the system to produce per-account hourly summaries of system usage.

ACL’s and public containers: Object Storage added the ability for users to set ACL’s and grant public access to containers.

Metadata access: Object Storage now supports API access to account and container metadata.

Rate limiting: Rate limiting was extending from just supporting errors returned, to allowing requests to be slowed down and supporting stair stepped rate limits based on container size.

WSGI refactor: WSGI support was improved and pulled into middleware.

Shared improvements

Documentation: We started the release with almost no documentation and our wonderful technical writer, Anne, managed to create documentation from a constantly moving code base. Please visit the [wiki.openstack.org] and have a look.

I want to offer a special thanks to everyone who helped us reach this exciting stage in the future of OpenStack. Whether you wrote code, tested, wrote docs, tweeted, designed t-shirts, defended us in blog posts, or just attend IRC meetings and gave us your opinion, all of you were instrumental in getting this release out the door. I hope to work with all of you for many more.

“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

Rick Clark Chief Architect, OpenStack

OpenStack “Austin” Release is Out

We made it — at least to the starting gate!  We’re pleased to announce the ‘Austin’ code release of OpenStack Compute and Object Storage.  This first release is a result of the hard work of the development community and the active support of more than 35 corporate partners over the last three months.  While Object Storage is ready for production, this first release of Compute is intended primarily for testing and limited deployment.

We know many of you are eager to try the OpenStack release.  You can download it at http://www.openstack.org/projects/compute/ and OpenStack Object Storage at http://www.openstack.org/projects/storage/. You can find living and breathing documentation on the wiki at http://wiki.openstack.org/Documentation. You can get support through the new mailing lists at http://wiki.openstack.org/MailingLists and the #openstack channel on IRC. We’re ready to assist adopters and contributors both, so please join us.

The OpenStack community will determine the roadmap for the next two releases, starting with the ‘Bexar’ release scheduled for January, at the next public Design Summit, November 9-12, in San Antonio, Texas. We encourage you to register today:  http://www.openstack.org/register.

As part of the growth and transformation of OpenStack.org, we’re working on improvements to enhance community participation, technology education, and developer participation. I encourage you to visit our updated web site at http://OpenStack.org. Plus, our community wiki is thriving at http://wiki.openstack.org. Your participation and feedback to the OpenStack community are essential components in our success.

Thanks for your support, commitment and hard work!  If you have suggestions for improvement, ping me or the team.  We want to know what you think and how we can improve at all times.

Keep stacking!

Jim Curry
Chief Stacker

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (Oct 16 – 22)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – October 22, 2010

This weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please email [email protected].

Mark Collier at OpenStack Central

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (10/15 – 10/21)

  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 64 tweets ; 95 re-tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 164 Tracked Bugs; 36 New Bugs; 6 In-process Bugs;   3 Critical Bugs;  22 High Importance Bugs;   83 Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 73 Blueprints; 10 Essential, 2 High, 16 Medium, 5 Low, 40 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  7,665 Visits, 17,345 Pageviews, 64.98% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages :  Home 44.74% ; /projects 10.35% ; /projects/compute 14.91% ; /projects/storage 10.05%; /community 8.35%

OPENSTACK IN THE NEWS

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OpenStack Design Summit Business Track Coming into Focus

Registration for the Nov 9 – 12, 2010 continues to move along nicely as more and more  technologists, business leaders, and developers from companies such as Accenture, Bechtel, BMC Software, Canonical, Cloudkick, Cloudscaling, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Disney, Korea Telecom, NASA, NTT, PWC, Rackspace, and Samsung to name just a few are already registered. I strongly encourage you to consider attending this event and register soon as we do have a 300 attendee quota based on facility maximums. Registration is at http://openstack.org/register.

The Business Track is taking shape nicely and I want to provide an early preview to further peak your interest in this event.

DAY ONE

– General Session: Hear from Jim Curry, Chief Stacker of OpenStack and Rick Clark, Chief Architect
of OpenStack on the status of OpenStack and its associated technologies. NASA and Accenture are also
scheduled to present during the General Session.

– Afternoon Session: Hear from David Lemphers of PWC on the business of deploying cloud solutions as
well as guest speakers from other leading cloud vendors enagaging with OpenStack. The OpenStack marketing team will also present the latest on the Trademark Policy and discuss the OpenStack brand and how the community can work together to gain further momentum for the brand.

DAY TWO
– Morning Session: Planning and OpenStack deployment is the focus of the morning sessions. Various
speakers and discussion groups are being assembled to fulfil the agenda and ensure attendees are
educated properly in the requirments of deploying the various OpenStack technologies.

– Afternoon Session: Integrating OpenStack with existing IT solutions is the focus of the afternoon
sessions. It is critical that the OpenStack solution play in not only the open source sandbox but
also Enterprise solutions for maximum customer flexibility and enablement. Again, this track is
being planned at this time.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jim Curry, Chief Stacker OpenStack
  • Rick Clark, Chief Architect OpenStack
  • Soo Choi, Anso Labs
  • Joe Tobolski, Infrastructure Lab Lead, Director of Development, Accenture Technology Labs
  • David Lemphers, Director Cloud Computing, PricewaterhouseCoopers

If you are interested in speaking at this Design Summit or have something unique to offer the community around the proposed Business Track plan please contact [email protected]. The community is always interested in hearing from as many members as possible.

See everyone in a few weeks in San Antonio.openstack.org

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (Oct 8 – 15)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – October 15, 2010

This weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please email [email protected].

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

  • InterOp: Is the Cloud Security Risk Overstated? Panel; Oct 20, 2010 in New York City; http://www.interop.com/newyork/conference/overview.php; See Bret Piatt
  • Cloud Expo West; Nov 1-4, 2010 in Santa Clara; See Jim Curry (Chief Stacker)
  • Cloud Computing Bootcamp at Cloud Expo West ; Nov 1-4, 2010 in Silicon Valley ; See Bret Piatt
  • Cloud Computing Expo Japan ; Nov 10 – 12 at Makuhari Messe; See  OpenStack at Midokura booth (http://aki.cloud-japan.jp/en/)
  • Defrag 2010 Conference; Nov 16 – 18, 2010 in Denver, CO; See Stephen Spector
  • Design Summit: Nov 9-12, 2010 in San Antonio, TX

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (10/8 – 10/14)

  • Twitter Stats for Week: 49 tweets ; 52 re-tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week:  149 Tracked Bugs; 31 New Bugs; 10 In-process Bugs;  2 Critical Bugs; 17 High Importance Bugs;  71 Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 66 Blueprints; 12 Essential, 2 High, 13 Medium,  2 Low,  37 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  4,925 Visits, 10,769 Pageviews, 55.63% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages :  Home 46.27% ; /projects 12.05% ; /projects/compute 13.17% ; /projects/storage 10.14%; /community 8.10%

OPENSTACK IN THE NEWS

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Join OpenStack Now and Help Influence the Future of Cloud Computing

The OpenStack momentum continues to grow quickly and now is the perfect time for you to join us at the start of this open source movement in cloud computing. We are very close to a significant release in just a few weeks and are actively recruiting testers and developers to find and fix bugs as well as assist in future product features and design. Of course, there can never be enough people willing to help document the project as we are hosting a Document Sprint at Design Summit next month in an effort to accelerate developer and user documentation. Speaking of users, we are now ready for you to start trying out the products and supplying feedback and new ideas.

To help you get started and find your way in the OpenStack community I am listing some great places to start based on your needs from the project. Another place to start is the ever growing “Getting Started with OpenStack” documentation site at http://wiki.openstack.org/Documentation.

DEVELOPERS

TESTER

  • Sign up for a Launchpad account and install BZR to obtain a copy of the code including unit tests. Follow the development process to add additional unit tests for general community execution and/or visit the bug tracking section of Launchpad for find or create bugs
  • For more details, go to http://wiki.openstack.org/HowToContribute and read “If you’re a tester (and breaker), get started this way”
  • OpenStack Installation Instructions at http://wiki.openstack.org/InstallInstructions

WRITERS

  • Sign up for a Launchpad account and install BZR to obtain a copy of the code; contributions to .rst files in /docs/source/ director
  • Click EDIT on the growing number of pages in the OpenStack Wiki
  • Attend 2-day Doc Sprint at Design Summit for a focused team writing session
  • For more info, go to http://wiki.openstack.org/HowToContribute and read “If you’re into doc, we’d love to see you”

USERS

We also encourage anyone interested in participating or learning about OpenStack to attend our 4 day Design Summit Nov 9 – 12 in San Antonio, TX. The first two days will have business and developer tracks with the last two days comprising an InstallFest, Doc Sprint, and Developer Coding Experience. Learn more and register at http://www.openstack.org/register.

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (Oct 1 – Oct 7)

This weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please email Stephen Spector.

Simon Crosby, CTO Citrix Systems at Citrix Synergy in Berlin 2010

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

  • Speaking at an event on #openstack, let me know for addition to this list
  • Design Summit : Nov 9-12, 2010 in San Antonio, TX

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (10/1 – 10/7)

  • Twitter Stats for Week:  54 tweets ; 57 re-tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 26 New Bugs; 140 Open Bugs; 5 In-process Bugs; 1 Critical Bug; 12 High Importance Bugs; 2 Bugs with Patches
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 55 Blueprints; 3 Essential, 3 High, 11 Medium, 2 Low, 36 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  6,340 Visits, 13,884 Pageviews, 62.33 New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages :  Home 47.20% ; /projects 11.65% ; /projects/compute 11.92% ; /projects/storage 10.62%; /community 7.09%

OPENSTACK IN THE NEWS

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Design Summit Registration Open

OpenStack is pleased to open registration for the Design Summit San Antonio 2010 from November 9 – 12, 2010. Due to facility limitations we are only accepting 300 registrations for this event so please register soon to avoid complications. Local hotels, evening events, and current agenda information is listed on the registration site so please feel free to return to the site if the information you are looking for is not yet available. We anticipate having the complete business track agenda ready next week and the developer track later this month as the OpenStack developers are building that track within Launchpad.

We look forward to this OpenStack event as the community continues to expand in terms of membership, contribution, and ideas. Your participation is the key in OpenStack’s success.

Registration Site: http://www.openstack.org/register

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Architecture Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Oct 15th

Stackers,

When we published the Governance Doc recently, I mentioned that we had some deadlines coming up fast.  Namely, the deadline for nominating someone for a seat on the Architecture Board.  To give the community some additional time, we’ve extended the nomination deadline to October 15th, 2010.

Additionally, this pushes out all of the other dates by 2 weeks:

  • Date we’ll publish the candidates is now:  October 20th, 2010
  • Date of the vote is now:  November 1st, 2010

The official doc is now updated to reflect the new dates.

Please send your nominations to Jonathan Bryce: [email protected]

In other news, we have passed feature freeze for the “Austin” release of OpenStack Compute, and are rapidly approaching the release date of October 21st.  After that, we look forward to seeing everyone at the next Design Summit on November 9th-12th, 2010 in San Antonio Texas.

Mark Collier

@sparkycollier

OpenStack Communication System Update

With more and more people becoming interested in OpenStack on a daily basis, it becomes critical that we establish a proper (as they say in the UK) communication system to ensure all participants have a voice within the community and can easily find the information they are looking for. To further improve this system, I am announcing several new mailing lists which are all open to any community member interested in various parts of the OpenStack project.

Please look over these lists and subscribe to the various lists that best meet your needs. We have chosen to use Mailman for these lists as this is a common tool found in most open source projects. I will also be posting a new web page this week which contains the full list of OpenStack Mailman mailing lists along with Archive links. I will also be working with MarkMail to ensure that all OpenStack mailing lists are included in their amazing open source mailing list search tool at http://markmail.org/ [More on that soon].

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

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