Mirantis has delivered the latest version of its distribution of the OpenStack cloud computing framework, based on the most recent Mitaka release of the platform and focused on making it easier for organisations to deploy and operate a private cloud.
The company styles itself as the 'pure play' OpenStack provider, as it does not tie its distribution to a build of Linux and instead leaves the choice of operating system to customers.
Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 is available now, and the firm said it has included a rich set of features to simplify lifecycle management of OpenStack, as well as making the uploading of workloads easier.
These are intended to address the problems that many organisations still face in building and maintaining an infrastructure-as-a-service private cloud using the OpenStack platform, which has grown into a large open source project that continues to evolve quickly.
"OpenStack, as we know well, is a distributed software system. It is also 100 per cent open source, meaning that no single company determines its fate and making it hard to productise," said Mirantis senior director for product solutions Amar Kapadia.
"Plus it is fast moving, and as if that's not enough OpenStack's jiu-jitsu skills are in short supply. All of this makes it really hard for enterprise IT teams to manage OpenStack. That is exactly why we are making Mirantis OpenStack easier to operate."
Some of these capabilities are provided through enhancements to Fuel, the OpenStack management project, which enables users to deploy new functionality to an existing cloud, as the tool can now add plug-ins post-deployment without having to redeploy the entire platform.
Mirantis also said it has made deployment easier with the ability for IT staff to pause a rollout if problems are encountered during the process. Previously, if a networking problem or hardware failure came to light during deployment, customers had to fix the fault and restart the entire deployment process to all nodes.
"With 9.0, you can stop and restart deployments to fix these types of issue, and simply redeploy to the failed component," said Kapadia.
In a similar light, administrators now have the option of staging the provisioning of OpenStack and the underlying operating system as two separate processes on any node. This enables users to test many aspects of the environment, such as networking and hardware compatibility, before triggering the deployment of OpenStack packages and services.
On the workloads side, Mirantis now supports the Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications framework in the Murano OpenStack application catalogue.
Other enhancements are aimed at making it easier to run high-performance workloads in OpenStack, such as network function virtualisation for telecoms service providers.
These include features such as SR-IOV for virtualising access to I/O devices on the PCI Express bus, Numa CPU pinning to ensure workloads are running on the optimal physical processor, and huge pages support for allocating larger than standard memory pages to applications.
Many of the improvements in Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 are based on feedback from production deployments by customers such as AT&T and Volkswagen, according to Mirantis chief marketing officer and co-founder Boris Renski.
"The improvements we made, largely in the area of post-deployment operations, integrate Mirantis' services expertise into the software so that we can deliver better business outcomes. Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 will be a valuable asset to Mirantis as we help customers build and operate private clouds," he said.
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