|[October 17, 2013]
Havana Release Makes It Easier to Build and Deploy Applications with OpenStack Clouds
AUSTIN, Texas --(Business Wire)--
HavanaTM, the eighth release of the open source software
for building public, private, and hybrid clouds, is available today with
nearly 400 new features to support software development, managing data
and running application infrastructure at scale. New services like
OpenStack Metering and Orchestration, coupled with enhancements to
existing services like global clusters for Object Storage and QoS
capabilities for Block Storage make it ideal for organizations that are
building or deploying applications with OpenStack clouds.
"If software development, managing data or running application
infrastructure is strategic to your business, OpenStack is the platform
that will accelerate time to value," said Jonathan Bryce, executive
director of the OpenStack Foundation. "We've seen more users contribute
directly to the Havana release than ever before. It means users are
empowered and driving the direction of OpenStack based on their
real-world use cases and implementations."
The OpenStack community continues to innovate at an even greater pace
with 910 contributors to the Havana release, a more than 70% increase
from the Grizzly release six months ago. More than 145 OpenStack
ecosystem members employ developers who contributed to this release,
including Canonical, DreamHost, eNovance, HP, IBM, Intel (News - Alert), Mirantis,
Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE, and Yahoo!. According to the latest user
survey, OpenStack has been deployed in at least 358 cities across 72
"Over the past decade Shutterstock has been creating a marketplace to
service the needs of creatives around the world, offering 30 million
photos and illustrations for license," said Chris Fischer, VP of
technology operations at Shutterstock, an OpenStack user and one of the
145 organizations that contributed to the Havana release. "In order to
support our speed of development--hundreds of code pushes a month--we've
built our own private cloud with unique capabilities. OpenStack provides
us with the flexibility you want from the cloud and the control you gain
from managing your own infrastructure and as become the platform of
choice for all our compute resources."
New Capabilities in OpenStack Havana
Nearly 400 new features were added to the open source cloud platform
across compute, storage, networking and cross-platform services. Two new
projects, OpenStack Orchestration and Metering, were incubated during
the Grizzly release cycle and are now available in the Havana release.
These new features provide users with:
Application-Driven Capabilities: OpenStack Orchestration, now
available as part of the Havana release, is a template-driven service
for describing and automating the deployment of compute, storage and
networking resources for an application. The new global clusters
feature for Object Storage enables you to cut costs and improve
performance by replicating and delivering data around the world, and
the new QoS capability across Block Storage drivers allows you to
guarantee performance requirements for an application. Docker support
was also added to speed application deployment using containers.
Improved Operational Experience: During this release cycle,
significant effort went into increasing the breadth of functionality
that is exposed through the Dashboard. A new team of user experience
experts also contributed their time to improve the UI, workflows and
productivity. OpenStack Metering, another new service in Havana,
provides users with a single source of usage data across OpenStack
services for activities like enterprise chargebacks and feeding
systems monitoring tools.
More Enterprise Features: OpenStack continues to mature and
support enterprise-driven features such as end-to-end encryption
across all Block Storage drivers, SSL support across all service APIs,
new VPN and Firewall-as-a-Service capabilities, and support for
rolling upgrades and boot from volume, which provides the foundation
for live migration. Additionally, popular storage and networking
providers continue to improve and write new plugins for OpenStack,
making it easier for enterprises to work with their trusted vendors
and take advantage of existing infrastructure.
To see the dashboard demo, detailed release notes and download the
source code, go to http://www.openstack.org/havana.
OpenStack Summit Hong Kong
The next OpenStack
Summit taking place November 5-8, in Hong Kong, will bring together
open source developers, business leaders and OpenStack users around the
world to discuss the future of cloud computing. The OpenStack Summit is
the premier open cloud event of the year to share cloud deployment case
studies and best practices, cover topics of strategic interest for IT
executives, and determine the roadmap for "Icehouse"--the next OpenStack
release. Headline sponsors include HP, IBM, Red Hat (News - Alert) and Ubuntu supported
by Canonical, and the event will feature presentations from OpenStack
users including Baidu, CERN, Concur, Ctrip, HP, Intel, MIT (News - Alert), PayPal,
Qihoo360, Qiyi, Rackspace, Shutterstock and Workday.
OpenStack is software for building clouds.
OpenStack clouds enable businesses to rapidly roll out new products, add
new features, and improve internal systems while preventing technology
lock-in as the only open source cloud platform that's supported by
virtually every IT industry leader. Cisco WebEx, eBay, Intel, PayPal,
Sony, MercadoLibre, CERN, Comcast (News - Alert), Best Buy, and hundreds more rely on
OpenStack to run their businesses every day, reducing costs and
accelerating time to market.
OpenStack is backed by an independent Foundation and global community
with more than 12,000 individual members and 260 supporting
organizations across 130 countries.
For more information and to join the community, visit www.OpenStack.org.
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