OpenStack Spruces up Dashboard, Networking Options with Seventh Release Grizzly

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm

OpenStack has made its 7th release, called Grizzly, which includes updates that touch on user experience, compute, storage and networking OpenStack has made its 7th release, called Grizzly, which includes updates that touch on user experience, compute, storage and networking

OpenStack announced on Thursday that it has made its 7th release, called Grizzly, which includes updates that touch on user experience, compute, storage and networking.

According to a blog post by Mark Collier, this release, more than any before it, was driven by users who have been running OpenStack in production for the past year or more. The number of contributors has increased by 56 percent from the last release, Folsom.

The compute side adds new capabilities for those operating at massive scale, including “Cells” to manage distributed clusters and “NoDB” to reduce reliance on central databases. Grizzly also adds full support for ESX, KVM, XEN and Hyper-V hypervisors. Prior to Grizzly, OpenStack was largely focused on KVM and XEN, according to a report by GigaOM.

Grizzly includes cross-origin resource sharing to enable browsers to “talk” directly to backend storage environments, and on the block storage side, 10 new drivers were added including Ceph/RBD, Coraid, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, IBM, NetApp, Red Hat/Gluster, SolidFire and Zadara,

OpenStack Grizzly has an intelligent scheduler for allocating the right class of storage for each workload, such as for performance, cost or efficiency.

According to a recent study on Ceph, OpenStack is the dominant cloud stack used by the majority of Ceph deployments.

On the networking side, there was a focus on achieving greater scale and higher availability by distributing L3/L4 and DHCP services across multiple servers. Grizzly features a new load-balancing-as-a-service framework and API. There are new plugins from Big Switch, Hyper-V, PlumGrid, Brocade and Midonet in addition to support for Open vSwitch, Cisco UCS/Nexus, Linux Bridge, Nicira, Ryu OpenFlow and NEC OpenFlow.

A report by InformationWeek says the features around software defined networking are the key area of development in this release. 

“By implementing software defined networking in OpenStack, the project’s leaders are on the one hand charging forward into territory on which established network vendors, such as Cisco and Juniper, have approached carefully. If OpenStack succeeds in making virtualized networks both flexible and manageable, it will have made a major argument for itself as a future architecture inside the enterprise data center as well as among service providers, such as Rackspace and HP.”

Talk back: What do you think of the features introduced in OpenStack Grizzly Is there anything you hope to see in future releases of OpenStack Let us know in a comment.

Posted in UK Hosting