April 04, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas, April 4 — OpenStack Grizzly, the seventh release of the open source software for building public, private, and hybrid clouds, has nearly 230 new features to support production operations at scale and greater integration with enterprise technologies, including broad Software-Defined Networking support. With more organizations running OpenStack in production, the Grizzly development cycle focused on supporting practical use cases for deployers and operators, including Best Buy, Comcast, CERN, HP, NeCTAR, NSA, Rackspace, Samsung SDS and others who will all be speaking at the OpenStack Summit, April 15-18, in Portland, Ore.
"With OpenStack, we have been able to launch a stable infrastructure service to support our agile development teams,” said Reinhardt Quelle, operations architect, Cisco WebEx. “Instead of waiting weeks for deployments, the devops teams who have adopted the platform are deploying multiple times a day, and the pace of product innovation that enables will be critical to our success. OpenStack's modularity and extensibility has enabled us to adapt the service to our specific problems."
The OpenStack community continues to attract the best developers and experts in their disciplines with more than 517 contributors merging 7,620 patches in the Grizzly release. To continually improve software quality and upgradability as new features are added, significant effort was put into the core infrastructure including comprehensive testing paths and upgrade testing on every commit. More than 45 companies employed developers who contributed to this release, including Red Hat, Rackspace, IBM, HP, Nebula, Intel, eNovance, Canonical, VMware, Cloudscaling, DreamHost and SINA.
"We've been using OpenStack to provide cloud computing to Australian researchers for more than a year. Currently we have 7,000 cores in-rack, but expect to have 30,000 cores spread across eight locations in an area as large as the USA by the end of 2013," said Tom Fifield, Cloud Architect, NeCTAR. "Through the past two years, we've witnessed enormous development progress of the OpenStack platform, such as OpenStack Compute Cells, a new feature in Grizzly that allows us to split our deployment across multiple datacentres while retaining a single API endpoint."
New Features and Capabilities in OpenStack Grizzly
Contributors added nearly 230 new features across compute, storage, networking and shared services in the cloud platform.
“The Grizzly release is a clear indication of the maturity of the OpenStack software development process, as contributors continue to produce a stable, scalable and feature-rich platform for building public, private and hybrid clouds,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “The community delivered another packed release on schedule, attracting contributions from some of the brightest technologists across virtualization, storage, networking, security, and systems engineering. They are not only solving the complex problems of cloud, but driving the entire technology industry forward.”
Following the Grizzly release, the community will gather at the OpenStack Summit to plan the roadmap for the Havana release, coming October 2013. Two new projects that were incubated in Grizzly will be integrated with the Havana release: Ceilometer, a centralized source for metering and monitoring data, and Heat, a template-based orchestration layer for OpenStack.
OpenStack Summit April 2013
The OpenStack Summit taking place April 15-18, in Portland, Ore., brings together experienced open source developers, business leaders and users in one venue. The OpenStack Summit is the premier open cloud event of the year with over 2,000 delegates expected to share case studies and best practices, cover topics of strategic interest for open communities, and determine the roadmap for the next release. Headline sponsors include HP, Rackspace, Ubuntu and Red Hat and the event will feature presentations from OpenStack users including Best Buy, Comcast, CERN, HP, NeCTAR, NSA, Rackspace and Samsung SDS.
OpenStack is open source software for building public and private clouds.
OpenStack powers some of the most widely-used SaaS applications and eCommerce sites, the world’s largest public clouds, and Global 1000 enterprises alike, each of whom rely on OpenStack to run their businesses every day. The open source cloud platform controls pools of compute, storage and networking resources at massive scale, making them available via a self-service dashboard.
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