Introducing Mirantis OpenStack 6.0 for Juno

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Mirantis OpenStack version 6.0.  MOS 6.0 introduces the ability to add functionality to Fuel with plugins, and adds support for the latest OpenStack release, Juno. In addition to providing rock-solid hardened OpenStack packages, and Fuel, the OpenStack control plane that enables you to easily and reliably deploy OpenStack, the 6.0 release provides support for larger deployments out of the box, enhancements in networking and VMware integration, and some interesting new experimental features.

Extend OpenStack functionality with Fuel plugins

New in 6.0, Fuel plugins enable you to install and configure additional capabilities for your cloud, such as additional storage types and networking functionality.   For example, the included Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS) plugin enables you to add network load balancing functionality to your cloud so that incoming traffic can be spread across multiple nodes.  Or perhaps you want to use a Gluster file system as the backend storage for OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder); the included GlusterFS plugin makes that possible.  Plugins for VPN as a Service (VPNaaS) and NetApp are included as well. Last, but not least, you can create your own Fuel plugins using the open source framework.

You can learn more about Fuel plugins here, or learn about building them yourself.

Support for OpenStack Juno

There’s a lot of great stuff in the Juno Release of OpenStack, such as storage policies, the foundation for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and operational and federated identity enhancements. OpenStack Juno also brings data processing to the cloud with Sahara, an Openstack project that lets users provision Hadoop clusters.

Resiliency and Scale

We’ve made a number of improvements to deliver even more reliable OpenStack deployments at scale, including:

  • Improvements in High Availability functionality.   We continue to make improvements in resiliency, based on customer feedback and ongoing testing, including migrating the public virtual IP to a second controller if necessary.  See the release notes for more details.

  • Certification with Fuel up to 100 nodes.  Our scale lab continues to push the envelope with testing out of the box Mirantis OpenStack deployment at the scale of 100 physical nodes.

  • New kernel.   MOS 6.0 Ubuntu-derived host deployments now include the 3.13 kernel for greater stability.

Networking Enhancements

Networking in OpenStack continues to see a lot of innovation.   The MOS 6.0 release includes the following networking features:

  • Multiple L3 agents. Fuel now supports multiple active L3 agents in Neutron so that traffic can be balanced across multiple network controllers in multi-tenant deployments.

  • Multiple Cluster networks. Using the Fuel command-line, you can now deploy a single environment with multiple L2 networks.

Expanded VMware support

The latest release includes expanded support for VMware environments, in terms of both storage and networking:

  • vSphere Datastore. Fuel can deploy Glance and Cinder with vSphere data store back-end.  Cinder is supported using the VMware VMDK driver in environments that use vCenter HV.  

  • Nova-network VLAN Manager support for vCenter. VLAN manager is now an option for Nova-network networking topologies in vCenter environments.

If you’re planning to use Mirantis OpenStack with VMware, you may also find our recently released reference architecture useful.  We’ve also got a handy VMware planning guide.

Experimental features

Some features are “almost awesome” and we’re making them available for feedback — without jeopardizing your installation. Experimental features are preview functionality, and stay out of your way unless you specifically enable them through a Fuel configuration file change.  They include:

  • Faster node provisioning. Image-based node provisioning for faster deployment at scale.

  • Fuel Upgrade. For those of you who have already installed Mirantis OpenStack 5.1.1, 5.1 or 5.0.1, you can upgrade your Fuel Master Node in place and retain management of your existing environments.

  • Zabbix Monitoring. Zabbix can be installed as a monitoring solution for deployed environments.

  • Support for vCenter and NSX.  Fuel can deploy an environment that uses both vCenter as a hypervisor and NSX as a networking option.

How do I get it?

You can download Mirantis OpenStack 6.0 from our website.  We’re already busy preparing the next release of Mirantis OpenStack.   Have a suggestion?  We want to hear from you!

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