OpenStack 10 'Juno' marries cloud, Hadoop and more...

Juno gives birth to better provisioning, policies, rescue, NFV

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All hail Juno. OpenStack, the open-source cloud OS, is at v10. Chock-full of new features and the ob. bug fixes, it's attracting attention not only from public cloud providers, but also from organizations that want to run private or hybrid clouds.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hail the queen of the Roman gods, daughter of Saturn, and incestuous wife-sister of Jupiter. [You're fired -Ed.]

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Serdar Yegulalp is easy for you to say:

OpenStack has reached its 10th biannual release, code-named Juno. [It] contains a new provisioning service, code-named Sahara, for Hadoop and its Spark in-memory processing system...broader support for rolling policies, which allow OpenStack admins to set a balance of their choosing between reliability of storage (more copies made) or cost (fewer disks used).

Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation, explained...the real killer app for OpenStack will be its speed -- not only in processing, but in providing resources on demand [but] it's tougher to determine if the value is derived from...agility or [as] a substitute for commercial products like VMware.  MORE

And Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols hooks us up with more details:

[It's] the open-source cloud from a who's-who list of technology companies...the most production ready OpenStack release to date.

Sahara...enables users to run Hadoop big data applications in OpenStack. ... This marriage of one of the most popular cloud programs with one of the most well-supported big data programs is likely to give both even more market acceptance. ...
OpenStack Trove, the cloud's database service, now includes a new clustering...API with initial support for MongoDB NoSQL...DBMS clusters. ...
Another noteworthy feature is...Swift 2.0 cloud storage policies [which gives] far more control over OpenStack's backend storage. ...
OpenStack's Neutron network also now has better support for IPv6. ...
Nova is a new rescue mode that "enables booting from alternate images with the attachment of all local disks.  MORE

Numbers. Numbers! We need numbers... Chris Merriman happily obliges:

[It] contains 342 new features, 3,219 bug fixes, almost 500,000 lines of modified documentation...1,419 unique contributors including representatives from 133 companies made it all happen over six months.

Of course, OpenStack waits for no-one. With this release safely out, work now begins on the next version, codenamed Kilo, which is due in April 2015.  MORE

Looking ahead, Simon Sharwood knows how to pun:

Juno what's just been released? OpenStack 10, that's what.

There' initial waft at network function virtualisation (NFV). The OpenStack Foundation...promises [more] in OpenStack Kilo [which] is expected to include “Ironic...a fully integrated Bare Metal provisioning service”. Future releases will gain a shared file system, queue system, a DNS service and the Barbican key management project.

Juno isn't a colossal release. But the NFV and other plans mean future releases are going to become rather more powerful.  MORE


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