OpenStack Updates Cloud Networking with Havana

IT experts working with private or public clouds are getting a refreshing wakeup call regarding OpenStack. This open-source cloud-technology initiative is going places and drawing the attention of IT pros working for service providers, big business, government, and academic institutions.

The new release from OpenStack was announced Thursday and is dubbed Havana. It marks the eighth major release and is being positioned as a significant milestone for the OpenStack initiative.

OpenStack is an advancing open-source cloud architecture and system designed to control pools of processing, storage, and networking resources. The Havana release offers orchestration, monitoring and security features that represent major additions and upgrades to basic services.

These include impressive workload orchestration and metering capabilities, as well as many other new features. HavanaEUs Orchestration service is a template-driven service for describing and automating the deployment of compute, storage, and networking resources for an application.

Havana also supports Docker container technology for tools that make it easy for administrators to move workloads around a system. In all, nearly 400 new features have been added to this open source cloud platform across compute, storage, networking and cross-platform services.

Bringing on the Code

As an open-source project, over 50 engineers from over 20 different companies poured vast amounts of code into the Havana release and that point leads to the bigger picture beyond the news of a release. Those watching the marketplace in cloud services point to OpenStack as moving from budding open-source collaborative to powerful community, proof of which partly lies in the work and scope of involvement that went into Havana.

Code contributions came from 910 developers, a 76 percent increase from the former Grizzly release just six months ago. Developers who contributed to this release included big names such as Canonical, HP, IBM, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE. What's more, the latest stats...

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