The developers behind the OpenStack project have released the fifth version of the open source cloud platform.
Nicknamed 'Essex,' the release aims to better integrate components of OpenStack in both public and private cloud deployments.
Essex will also bring the first fully-functional versions of its dashboard management portal and an identity authentication system.
Introduced in the 2011 'Diablo' build, the components aim to simplify the day-to-day administration of OpenCloud systems.
Additionally, the update will update the Compute hypervisor management tool and the Object Storage platform.
The OpenStack group said that the Essex build involved more than 200 developers and received help from 55 different companies, including original OpenStack developer RackSpace.
The project is also receiving backing and integration with platforms from NetApp and Ubuntu.
"The Essex code release is a major milestone for OpenStack," said Rackspace cloud builders director Jesse Andrews.
"With Essex, the code is at a mature place and can be used to power public and private clouds across the globe."
The Essex release comes as the open source cloud computing market continues to evolve and take shape around several key platforms.
Earlier this week, Citrix made a bid to take over the space when it submitted the CloudStack platform to the Apache Foundation in hopes of boosting its developer support and ecosystem.
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