OpenStack Ocata, the 15th release of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds, offers substantial innovation in integrating bare metal, virtual machines and containers on a single network, with a single set of APIs that are the de facto global standard for private clouds. The OpenStack Ocata release is scheduled for 10am CT.
Although Ocata’s release was a short stabilization development cycle, 1,925 developers, operators and users from 265 organizations contributed to a release that elevates OpenStack’s manageability, scalability, and resiliency. Ocata’s features and enhancements include improving the ease of deploying, managing and upgrading container orchestration. Additionally, the 50+ project teams that contributed to the Ocata release improved upgrades and key enhancements offer better performance at scale.
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OpenStack continues to grow its support for container-based application frameworks and deployment tools, improving the ease of deploying, managing and upgrading container orchestration, treating it as a micro services application. Other container-related enhancements include:
Kolla (containerized OpenStack services), Kuryr (bridging container networking and storage with OpenStack) and Zun (container management) project saw the most contributor growth in this release cycle.The new Fuxi (“FOO-si”) subproject of Kuryr connects Cinder and Manila storage to container environments.
OpenStack Ocata continues to focus on improving upgrades, such as with Nova, which is in use by virtually all OpenStack clouds. A new "Nova-status upgrade check" CLI (command line interface) enables operators to test the readiness of their deployments to see if they can safely upgrade to Ocata or find out what needs to be addressed before upgrading to ensure stability and reliability.
This is especially important as OpenStack’s adoption shows increasing maturity, with a 20% increase in production deployments year-over-year, reaching 71% in production or full operational use, according to the latest OpenStack User Survey.
Ocata also offers better performance at scale, with a new Nova “placement” API that helps users intelligently allocate resources based on application needs. Additionally, Cells v2 has become default in Nova. Additional performance improvements include:
Thank you to the global team of 1,925 developers who built and delivered the 15th OpenStack release on time with every critical feature: