OpenStack Mitaka, the 13th release of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds, now offers greater manageability and scalability as well as an enhanced end-user experience.
The Mitaka release was designed and built by an international community of 2,336 developers, operators and users from 345 organizations.
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The OpenStack Dashboard is even easier to use, with a wokflow-based approach for handling common tasks.
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Numerous advancements focus on improving day-to-day ease of use for cloud deployers and administrators. A simplified configuration for Nova compute service introduces additional standard defaults and reduces the number of options that must be manually selected. The Keystone identity service has been streamlined from a multi-step process for setting up the identity management features of a cloud network—installing, running, authenticating, distributing tokens, etc.—to a one-step process. Neutron enhanced manageability through improved Layer 3 networking and Distributed Virtual Router (DVR) support.
Heat’s convergence engine, which first appeared in the Liberty release, can now handle larger loads and more complex actions for horizontal scaling and deliver better performance for stateless mode. Keystone’s fernet tokens now handle more actions and authentication requests. Developers also made significant progress on Cells v2, a feature that was introduced in Liberty.
The community is dedicated to improving the experience of the cloud user—not only the cloud operator, but also the end user of the cloud, that is, the developer or the application deployer. OpenStack Client provides a consistent set of calls for creating resources so that end users don’t have to learn the intricacies of each service API. Mitaka also delivers improved support for software development kits (SDKs) in various languages. Neutron introduced “give me a network,” which consolidates the process of creating a network, attaching a server to it, assigning an IP to that server, and making the network accessible, into a single action.
Thank you to the global team of 2,336 developers who built and delivered the thirteenth OpenStack release on time with every critical feature: