OpenStack Unveils Project Navigator, Cloud Admin Certification

Certification for cloud software administrators and a new tool for enterprises deploying software in the cloud are among the announcements coming out of the OpenStack Summit running now through Friday in Tokyo. OpenStack unveiled both its Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) program and Project Navigator tool during the kickoff of its event today.

OpenStack, a free and open source software platform for cloud computing, has gained wide usage since launching in 2010 as a project of Rackspace and NASA. Designed to enable cloud computing based on standard hardware, OpenStack is maintained by the OpenStack Foundation and serves a community of more than 18,000 members in 148 countries.

The new Project Navigator is designed to make it easier for users to make informed decisions about the numerous projects and services available under the OpenStack umbrella, according to the foundation. They include Swift for object storage, Keystone for identity management and Nova for compute instance management.

More Details about OpenStack Services

"One of the primary reasons that the community reorganized the project into core and optional services was to simplify the process of architecting and deploying OpenStack-powered clouds," said Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation. "Project Navigator takes this a step further by giving users new to our community a simple, graphical presentation of core and optional project information to help them quickly make informed decisions about the components they need in their own deployments."

Project Navigator lets users view key details about each OpenStack service, such as maturity, release schedule, packaging and documentation support. It is also designed to make it easier for users to differentiate between the six core services most commonly deployed across every OpenStack cloud and other, more optional services.

The OpenStack Marketplace will now also provide more information about different components to help users identify the ones that...

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