OpenStack Havana: So many changes, so little time
October 9, 2013
The Havana release of OpenStack is just over one week away, and as the community prepares to send it out into the world, users, developers, administrators, operators, and everyone else in the ecosystem are trying to get their heads around what’s coming.
It’s no surprise. The upcoming OpenStack Havana release will see the addition of a staggering 393 implemented blueprints, each of which represents a new feature or change in the way OpenStack works. Even the release notes, which distill the list down to just the essentials, lists 34 new features just for Nova!
In fact, at the time of this writing, only a few projects — OpenStack Identity (Keystone), OpenStack Compute (Nova), OpenStack Orchestration (Heat), and OpenStack Documentation — had completed their release notes, but there’s already a lot to be excited about.
A sampling of OpenStack Havana additions
Some of the new features listed include:
That’s just a tiny fraction of the new capabilities that OpenStack’s Havana brings, and it doesn’t even mention the addition of two completely new projects that were not part of the integrated release for Grizzly, OpenStack Orchestration (Heat) which provides the ability to automatically scale a cluster up or down based on templates, and OpenStack Metering (Ceilometer), which provides a way to measure the usage and activity of your cluster, for billing or monitoring.
It’s a lot to take in and in the weeks to come we’ll be looking at some of the new features in advance of a webinar I will be giving with Oleg Gelbukh, “What’s New in OpenStack Havana: A Technical Overview”, on October 29 at 1:00pm EDT. At that webinar, we’ll look at some of the most important changes, and what they mean to you and your OpenStack cloud.5 comments
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