OpenStack Icehouse – Lots of New Changes!
OpenStack is becoming a more widely known name in virtualization lately, and with good reason. Much like a band that tours small venues for a few years and then suddenly becomes an “overnight success”, OpenStack has the potential to become a juggernaut in private and public cloud deployment.
New projects, more enhancements
With updates to the stability of the existing core projects, and additional new features being rolled into the integrated project list, this 9th release of OpenStack shows that this cloud ecosystem is definitely on track to extend its reach into many data centers.
Stability and upgrade capability is increasing greatly with each release. As the projects mature and attract more contributors we will see this continue to increase. Many enterprise hardware and software vendors are actively contributing to the code, and as customers become more interested, the features will continue to stack up.
Adding the new DBaaS (Database-as-a-Service) with the Trove project has the cloud RDBMS fans smiling, and the new features in the Neutron networking environment are certainly catching the eye of customers ranging from startups, to enterprise, and right up to large-scale service providers. The new phrase “carrier-grade” OpenStack is being coined which is a sign of big work happening in the telecom and service provider space.
I would encourage you to take a look at the overall OpenStack environment and what it means for you and your organization at http://www.openstack.org, and for consultants who have their focus in enterprise virtualization, this is the time to get started with seeing what OpenStack is all about.