OpenStack Newton, the 14th release of the open source cloud software, now offers greater scalability, resiliency and user experience to support a wider variety of workloads.
The Newton release was designed and built by an international community of 2,581 developers, operators and users from 309 organizations.
OpenStack has become the cloud platform of choice for enterprises and service providers, as an integration engine to manage bare metal, virtual machines, and container orchestration frameworks with a single set of APIs.
OpenStack is a Cloud Operating System that provides one versatile platform for all your compute, networking and storage resources.
With the Ironic bare metal service, you can easily manage your servers as a driver to Nova Compute or as a standalone service. Reprovision and repurpose servers in minutes, while taking advantage of project isolation with improved integration with Neutron networking.
Build out and manage complex application infrastructures, taking full advantage of a Software Defined Networking stack that supports both IPv4 and IPv6.
With Heat, the OpenStack orchestration engine, you can create reliable and repeatable templates to build and manage your most complex application environments with a single command.
The Newton release significantly reduces architectural and functional barriers to scalability, including the ability to scale up or down across platforms and geographies. This further cements OpenStack’s dominance as a solution for clouds of all sizes. Enhancements include improved scale-up/scale-down capabilities in Nova, Horizon and Swift; progress with Cells V2; the addition of convergence by default in Heat; and multi-tenancy improvements in Ironic.
Newton also is notable for its advancements in high availability, adaptability, and self-healing, thus giving operators further assurance of stability regardless of workload demands. Cinder, Ironic, Neutron and Trove are among the projects that deliver improved availability/high availability functionality. For example, Cinder adds adds support for retyping encrypted to unencrypted volumes and vice versa. Additional enhancements in Cinder include micro-version support, the ability to delete volumes with snapshots using the cascading feature, and backup service that can be scaled to multiple instances. Security improvements are included in Newton as well; for example, Keystone offers upgrades that include PCI compliance and encrypted credentials.
The Newton release significantly advances OpenStack as the one cloud platform for virtualization, bare metal and containers. Magnum now offers provisioning for container orchestration tools, namely Swarm, Kubernetes and Mesos. Magnum’s new features include an operator-centric Install Guide, support for pluggable drivers, support for Kubernetes clusters via Ironic, and asynchronous cluster creation. For bare metal provisioning, Ironic adds multi-tenant networking and tighter integration with Magnum, Kubernetes and Nova; also, Kolla now supports deploying to Ironic. Kuryr brings Neutron networking capabilities to containers, making Swarm integration and Kubernetes integration available for the first time. Another Kuryr highlight is the capability to nest VMs through integration with Magnum and Neutron (early release).
Thank you to the global team of 2,581 developers who built and delivered the 14th OpenStack release on time with every critical feature: