OpenStack community lanceert nieuwe Zed Release

10 oktober 2022

De OpenStack-gemeenschap heeft vandaag Zed gelanceerd, de 26e versie van ‘s werelds meest gebruikte open source cloud-infrastructuursoftware. Highlights van Zed zijn onder andere verbeterde security functies en meer hardware mogelijkheden. Daarnaast speelt de OpenStack-community in op feedback van gebruikers met twee nieuwe projecten: Venus, dat logboekaggregatie biedt voor grote implementaties, en Skyline, voor verbeterde web UI.

Negentig procent van ‘s werelds grootste telco’s gebruiken OpenStack, en bestaande users blijven hun implementaties uitbreiden. Gebruikers als BBC Research en het Europees Centrum voor Weather Forecasts zijn enkele voorbeelden van users die zorgen voor innovatieve toepassingen en technologieën. Door continue verbeteringen zijn nu implementaties van enkele tientallen tot miljoenen cores mogelijk.

Naast de Zed release werd ook OpenStack Venus geïntroduceerd; een one-stop log aggregation service voor operators die hen o.a. in staat stelt OpenStack logs te verzamelen, op te schonen, te indexeren, te analyseren, te visualiseren en rapporten te genereren. Venus is van bijzonder belang voor operators die grote OpenStack implementaties beheren, omdat het een manier biedt om snel issues op te lossen, inzicht te krijgen in de operationele health van het platform en het niveau van platformbeheer te verbeteren.

Meer informatie is hieronder te lezen in het Engelstalige persbericht:

The End of the Alphabet, The Beginning of a New Era: OpenStack Zed Release Arrives as OpenStack Deployments Surge Beyond 40M Cores

AUSTIN, Texas — October 5, 2022 —The OpenStack community today released Zed, the 26th version of the world’s most widely deployed open source cloud infrastructure software. Zed highlights include enhanced security features and expanded hardware enablement. In addition, the OpenStack community is responding to user feedback through two new projects, Venus, which delivers log aggregation for large deployments, and Skyline, which promises an improved web UI.

OpenStack, the open infrastructure-as-a-service standard, is the one infrastructure platform for deployments of diverse architectures—bare metal, virtual machines (VMs), graphics processing units (GPUs) and containers. With more than 40 million cores in production and over 180 public cloud data centers worldwide running OpenStack, the community has steadily evolved to integrate emerging technologies like Ceph, Kubernetes and Tensorflow over the project’s history, with more than 576,000 changes from over 8,900 contributors merged since 2012.

Ninety percent of the world’s largest telcos run OpenStack, and established users continue growing their deployments while users like NVIDIA, Blizzard Entertainment, BBC Research and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts continue to bring innovative use cases and technologies to the community. All this has happened against a backdrop of consistent usability improvements, enabling deployments sizes that range from a few dozen to millions of cores.

In this 26th release of OpenStack, community stewardship and attention to user feedback really shines, both in terms of new security and hardware enablement features and in terms of new projects that are keeping the world’s most popular open source cloud platform in step with the ever-evolving needs of a user base that continues to grow across industries,” said Kendall Nelson, senior upstream developer advocate at the OpenInfra Foundation. “We’re 12 years in, and OpenStack deployments continue to grow at an incredible pace: just a year ago we celebrated 25 million cores, and we’re already exceeding 40 million cores in production today. It’s exciting to see usage among legacy and new users increase dramatically and also to see the community expand, with organizations like NVIDIA increasing their contributions by 20% this year.” 

Zed Release Expands Security, Hardware Enablement Features

The Zed release comprises 15,500 changes authored by over 710 contributors from more than 140 organizations and 44 countries—all accomplished in merely 27 weeks. Feature advancements in Zed include: 

  • Security enhancements: Cinder: Block Storage API microversion 3.70 adds the ability for users to transfer encrypted volumes across projects. Previously only unencrypted volumes were supported to be transferred. Also all the snapshots associated with the volume will be transferred along with the encrypted volume.Keystone: OAuth 2.0 support added.
  • Hardware enablement: Cinder: New backend drivers were added: 
    DataCore iSCSI and FC, Dell PowerStore NFS, Yadro Tatlin Unified iSCSI, Dell PowerStore NVMe-TCP, and Pure Storage NVMe-RoCE storage drivers. 
    Cyborg:  Cyborg now offers an Xilinx FPGA driver, which can manage Xilinx FPGA devices, including discovering devices’ info and programming xclbin. Proposes a spec of adding NVIDIA MIG for A100 devices. Multi-Instance GPU (MIG) is new feature in Cyborg that allows GPUs based on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture (such as NVIDIA A100) to be securely partitioned, which is different from VGPU feature; the MIG driver is need to managed compatible with PGPU and VGPU.
  • Nova: Virtual IOMMU devices can now be created and attached to an instance when running on a x86 host and using the libvirt driver.

New Projects Skyline, Venus Bring Improved Web UI, Log Aggregation for Large Deployments

In conjunction with the Zed release, OpenStack Venus is introduced as a one-stop log aggregation service tailored towards operators, allowing them to collect, clean, index, analyze, create alarms, visualize and generate reports on OpenStack logs. Venus is of particular benefit to operators who are managing large OpenStack deployments, as it provides a way to quickly solve retrieved problems, grasp the operational health of the platform, and improve the level of platform management.

OpenStack Skyline is a new OpenStack dashboard project with original code contributed by 99Cloud. Using a technology stack based on React, Skyline features a more modern webapp architecture and is designed to handle user requests and multiple current commands more gracefully than Horizon. Skyline is considered by the OpenStack Technical Committee to be in an “emerging technology state,” not yet ready for production. 

Robbert Hoeffnagel

Robbert Hoeffnagel

Editor and consultant @ Belgium Cloud, IDCA, SDIA/Green IT Amsterdam and Mepax

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