May 26, 2022

OpenStack, the massive open source IaaS project that enables enterprises and shared hosting services to run their own on-premises clouds, today released version 25 of its Yoga software. Like all major open source projects, OpenStack has had its ups and downs, but as recently announced by the Open Infrastructure Foundation, the organization behind OpenStack, and several other projects such as Kata Containers, OpenStack Now manages more than 25 million CPU cores. Manufacturing and nine of the top 10 telcos now use OpenStack, as do large corporations such as Bloomberg, Walmart, Workday and parent company gaming-updates Yahoo. Only China Mobile uses the 6 million core OpenStack deployment, and over 180 public cloud data centers now use OpenStack.

Even after 25 releases in 12 years, the OpenStack community is still adding new features in addition to the usual bug fixes and maintenance updates. As with the most recent releases, this means more support for additional hardware, e.g. In line with Nvidia’s significant contribution to OpenStack, there is new DPU SmartNIC support, the ability to offload network processing to dedicated cards in OpenStack’s core networking and computing services. The OpenStack Cinder Storage Service now also supports LiteOS for new storage types such as NVMe/TCP and NEC V Series. Not what you need for a small implementation, but some features that are important for the biggest users of OpenStack.

“It’s great to see all of these hardware vendors working directly with OpenStack to make sure we properly support and make available their hardware features,” said Thierry Carrage, general manager of the Open Infrastructure Foundation. It’s worth noting that the CEO position is still fairly new, as Carey joined in January of this year, after several years as VP of Engineering at the OpenStack/Open Infrastructure Foundation. In this new role, he now oversees the Foundation’s activities, including development, product, community, and marketing.

Other major updates in this release include a new soft-delete scheme for OpenStack Manila, the project’s shared file system service. Kendall Nelson, Upstream Developers Senior Supporter for the Open Infrastructure Foundation, likens it to trash on your desktop. “It’s one of those things where, you know, why don’t we do it? We could do this all the time and I think Manila has been pretty stable for a while. [the developers were] Like, “Oh okay, let’s go and do the obvious things we could always do,” she said.

With this release, OpenStack is also expanding support for a number of cloud infrastructure projects such as the popular Prometheus monitoring system and Kurir and Tacker Kubernetes tools, and welcomes two new projects: Skyline Dashboard and Venus Log Management Module.

As for the fund, it is worth noting that 12 new companies have recently joined the organization. These new members usually have less than a Silver level, such as B1 Systems, Okestro, Openmetal and TransIP, but for example Vexxhost joins as a Gold member. Overall, corporate membership in the organization has increased by 20% since November 2021.

Later this year, the Open Infrastructure Foundation will also host its first face-to-face OpenInfra Summit in Berlin, Germany in early June. Jonathan Bryce, CEO and CEO of the Open Infrastructure Foundation, said: “When we launched the Open Infra Foundation, we said we would bring the community together to build the next decade of open infrastructure after 10 years of OpenStack and related projects.” “We’ve been in business for a year now and it’s great to see this alliance of companies with projects from different vendors, new technology leaders like Nvidia, new users like the BBC and others. I’m really excited to finally bring all these people together for the first time since the pandemic.”

Soon the OpenStack project will also change the release frequency. The community currently releases two releases a year. From 2023, it will move to the “Tik-Tok” timeline, with one major and one minor release lasting six months to date. This is partly due to feedback from operators who do not want to update their environment every six months.

“It really helps small OpenStack clouds because you can confidently say, ‘Okay, okay, we have a year to breathe, not the next six months.’ The risk associated with upgrades is much less than before, but there is still a lot of work to do, so for those companies using OpenStack that are a bit younger and have smaller teams or maybe new ones, it’s like a long-term support cadence. You need help getting off the ground and moving on. And then big companies that are used to six-month release schedules like Red Hat will still be able to fix their features when they come out.

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