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OpenStack Project Navigator Helps Users Design Clouds for Their Use Cases

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TOKYO, Japan // OPENSTACK SUMMIT // October 27, 2015 — The OpenStack Foundation launched a new tool, the Project Navigator, aimed at giving users easy-to-understand information to help them make informed decisions about how to consume the software. The Foundation also made updates and continues to add products to the OpenStack Marketplace, also designed to help users more easily adopt the software.

The Project Navigator is now live and can be accessed at:

With more than 25 cloud-related services or projects now under the OpenStack umbrella, one challenge for OpenStack users has been understanding the breadth of functionality available and maturity of each of these services. The Project Navigator helps solve this by aggregating important information about each project—such as maturity, release schedule, packaging and documentation support—into an easy-to-navigate interface.

“One of the primary reasons that the community reorganized the project into core and optional services was to simplify the process of architecting and deploying OpenStack-powered clouds,” said Mark Collier, COO, OpenStack Foundation. “Project Navigator takes this a step further by giving users new to our community a simple, graphical presentation of core and optional project information to help them quickly make informed decisions about the components they need in their own deployments.”

Unveiled at OpenStack Summit in Tokyo, the Project Navigator helps new users easily differentiate between core services—the six projects most commonly deployed across every OpenStack cloud—and optional services they may or may not elect to deploy, depending on their use case. Data used to power the Project Navigator website is provided by the OpenStack Technical and User Committees.

In addition to providing data about each project, the Project Navigator shows sample configurations based on real-world user case studies and white papers. These include big data, web hosting, eCommerce, high-throughput computing, public cloud and video processing and content delivery.

“The Technical Committee has worked for most of this year on the transition from the integrated release to the big tent governance model, using tags to describe project attributes,” said Thierry Carrez, chair, Technical Committee, OpenStack Project. “Project Navigator is a useful tool that aggregates much of the TC’s work and presents it visually and succinctly. It’s intended to be a resource that users new to the project will find valuable.”

Marketplace Updates
Navigator is not the only change introduced today that is designed to help users find the OpenStack components that are right for them. New in the OpenStack Marketplace is the federated identity icon to quickly show users which products and services in the OpenStack ecosystem support federated identity in the Keystone identity service. Identity federation enables hybrid and multi-cloud scenarios with a seamless user experience.

At the Vancouver Summit in May, the Foundation announced new interoperability testing requirements for products branded as “OpenStack Powered,” including public clouds, hosted private clouds, distributions and appliances. In May, 14 companies had already tested their products against the new standards, and now there are more than 25 products and services available in the OpenStack Marketplace that meet the new interoperability standards.

Additionally, updates have been made to the drivers section of the Marketplace that make it easier to search which drivers are supported by project.

About the OpenStack Summit
OpenStack Summit Tokyo, takes place this week at the Grand Prince International Convention Center & Hotels. The international event brings together users, developers, telco/service provider visionaries and enterprise CIOs to collaborate on the future of the cloud computing. Attendees participate in visionary keynote speakers, in-depth breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, collaborative design sessions and lots of networking. Developer working sessions determine the roadmap for Mitaka, the 13th release of OpenStack software, expected in April 2016.

About OpenStack®
OpenStack® is the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. Enterprises use OpenStack to support rapid deployment of new products, reduce costs and improve internal systems. Service providers use OpenStack to give customers reliable, easily accessible cloud infrastructure resources, supporting technologies including VMs, bare metal and containers. OpenStack powers clouds for many of the world’s largest brands, including AT&T, Bloomberg, Cisco Webex, Disney, Fidelity and Walmart. More than 550 companies and 32,000 individuals across 176 countries are supporters of the project.

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2015-10-26 19:25:00