19th release of the popular open source cloud infrastructure software also features networking upgrades for edge computing and NFV use cases and improvements to resource management and tracking.
AUSTIN, Texas — April 10, 2019 — The OpenStack community today released Stein, the 19th version of the most widely deployed open source cloud infrastructure software. The software now powers more than 75 public cloud data centers and thousands of private clouds at a scale of more than 10 million compute cores. OpenStack is the one infrastructure platform uniquely suited to deployments of diverse architectures—bare metal, virtual machines (VMs), graphics processing units (GPUs) and containers.
Among the dozens of enhancements provided in Stein, three highlights are:
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OpenStack Stein delivers core functionality for Kubernetes users Kubernetes is the number one container orchestration framework running on OpenStack, with 61% of OpenStack deployments indicating they integrate the two platforms, according to the 2018 OpenStack User Survey.
In Stein, OpenStack continues to deliver the core infrastructure management features delivering the bare metal and network functionality that containers need:
Networking enhancements delivered for 5G, edge computing and NFV use cases
Within Neutron, Network Segment Range Management enables cloud administrators to manage segment type ranges dynamically via a new API extension, as opposed to the previous approach of editing configuration files. This feature benefits StarlingX and edge use cases, where ease of management is critical.
For network-heavy applications, it is crucial to have a minimum amount of network bandwidth available. Work began during the Rocky cycle to provide scheduling based on minimum bandwidth requirements, and the feature was delivered in Stein. As part of the enhancements, Neutron treats bandwidth as a resource and works with the OpenStack Nova compute service to schedule the instance to a host where the requested amount is available.
API improvements boost flexibility, adding support for aliases to Quality of Service (QoS) policy rules that enable callers to execute the requests to delete, show and update QoS rules more efficiently.
Improved resource management and tracking
“OpenStack has become a powerful platform for managing Kubernetes clusters in private and multi-cloud deployments,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “With Stein, operators gain new capabilities for bare metal management and networking, running high-performance workloads with GPUs, operating NFV deployments, and for a diversity of enterprise application use cases. Stein’s arrival is a tribute to the community’s hard work in delivering open infrastructure services that solve real, pressing problems for operators and users.”
Stein already in production on launch day
VEXXHOST, a Canadian cloud service provider, uses OpenStack to power its public cloud and hosted private cloud deployments. The company employs a rapid-deployment cycle that tracks and tests against the latest stable branch of each software release. As a result, today VEXXHOST is running the Stein release in production via its San Jose data center and several private cloud deployments, targeting its Montreal data center next.
Mohammed Naser, CEO of VEXXHOST and chair of the OpenStack Technical Committee, said, “Years ago, it wasn’t hard to find users or industry observers who would tell you that OpenStack was hard to deploy and upgrade. Steady improvements to the code and adding operator-friendly features have made upgrading to the latest version a straightforward, manageable process. The worn-out complaint that ‘OpenStack is hard’ simply isn’t the case anymore, and as proof we’ve already delivered Stein to our production customers using OpenStack Ansible, giving them the software’s new features and capabilities on launch day.”
Related to this, a new set of features in Stein help improve the upgrade experience. Called “upgrade checkers,” these features work across multiple projects, a community goal for the Stein cycle that was initiated by the Nova team. Now software deployers can run checks prior to upgrading their cloud infrastructure to identify any issues that would result in failure of the upgrade, vastly improving the upgrade experience.
Upcoming OpenStack ‘Open Infrastructure’ Summit
Learn more about Stein at the upcoming Open Infrastructure Summit (formerly the OpenStack Summit) to be held in Denver, Colorado, April 29 - May 1. Attendees from more than 50 countries and 35+ open source projects will gather and interact with speakers from industry-leading companies, discussing innovation in open infrastructure. Critical application focus areas for the Summit include edge computing, continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CD), artificial intelligence (AI), NFV and container infrastructure, as well as public, private and hybrid cloud strategies. Browse the Open Infrastructure Summit event agenda and sessions, including new projects hosted at the OpenStack Foundation: Airship, Kata Containers, StarlingX and Zuul.
Analysts and members of the media can contact jennifer (at) cathey (dot) co for information about registration.
OpenStack is the only open source integration engine that provides APIs to orchestrate bare metal, virtual machines and container resources on a single network. The same OpenStack code powers a global network of public and private clouds, backed by the industry’s largest ecosystem of technology providers, to enable cost savings, control and portability. A global community of 100,000 individuals in 187 countries work together on the OpenStack project. www.openstack.org
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