This Week in OpenStack:Now (July 7, 2014-July 13, 2014)

A busy week in OpenStack, headlined by the release of Swift 2.0 with Storage Policies, the launch of Project Calico — an open source Layer 3 SDN architecture that meets requirements for NFV, and the release of RHELOSP 5.0. Meanwhile, contributors to the third OpenStack Book Sprint created a massive OpenStack Architecture Design Guide, soon to be available for download at a URL near you. 

Swift 2.0 Released – Now with Storage Policies

On Tuesday last, OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) released an upgrade hailed as the most significant since the project was initially open sourced. Swift 2.0 debuts Storage Policies, a simplified way to dynamically requisition storage meeting application requirements for storage tier/medium type, speed, capacity, replication level — even geographic area, to enable compliance with data sovereignty laws and regulations. Extensions to the Storage Policies scheme will support additional new features expected later this year, such as Erasure Coding. Read the full story

Metaswitch Launches Project Calico: Open Source Layer 3 Virtual Networking

Also on July 8, network virtualization pioneers Metaswitch Networks announced the launch of Project Calico, to which they’ve contributed the initial codebase under a (permissive) Apache license. Present virtual networking solutions for OpenStack run at Layer 2, requiring implementors to specify overlay networks as VLANs, which don’t scale well. Meanwhile, alternative technologies like GRE, VXLAN and other SDN approaches add big CPU overheads, limiting compute-node VM density (or compelling use of specialized network hardware for CPU offload) and ultimately adding costs. Read the full story

Red Hat’s Icehouse-Based RHELOSP 5.0 Distro Will Offer Three Years of Support, VMware Integration

On July 8, Red Hat released version 5 of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. RHELOSP 5.0 is based on April’s Icehouse release of OpenStack, plus RH Enterprise Linux 7, and RH Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 — both released last month. The new spin will offer three years of support, double that of RHELOSP 4, released seven months ago. Read the full story

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In addition to the Swift 2.0 release (see above), twelve brave members of the OpenStack community (including OpenStack: Now’s Editor in Chief, Nick Chase) joined this past week at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, CA for the third OpenStack Book Sprint. Despite rumors of mutiny and periodic threats of prison-break emerging on the Twitter feed, the assembled experts have, by confidential report, successfully produced a 65,000+ word OpenStack Architecture Design Guide, soon to be released for free download, and as a paper-based book. Said contributor Nick Chase over drinks on Friday night: “I can’t believe we wrote a whole book. And it’s … really, really good!”

July 15, 2014, London, UK: OpenStack and the future of the Open Source Cloud
July 15, 2014, Fort Collins, CO: Celebrate OpenStack Icehouse and Juno
July 15, 2014, Fairfield, CT: OpenStack 4th Birthday Party
July 17, 2014, Google+ Hangout: Automating OpenStack w/StackStorm
July 17, 2014, Sunnyvale, CA: Cloud Foundry on OpenStack for Service Orchestration
July 17, 2014, Atlanta, GA: OpenStack 4th Birthday Party
July 17, 2014, Quito, Ecuador: OpenStack 4th Birthday Party
July 17, 2014: Webinar: Bring Apps and Service to Market Faster with SDN and OpenStackl
July 19, 2014, Beijing, Beijing, China: 4th Birthday OpenStack Beijing
July 20-24, 2014, Portland, Oregon: OSCON
July 22, 2014, Portland, OR/Webinar – OpenStack Board Meeting
July 22, 2014, Google Hangout: Google+ Hangout: Shaping your OpenStack Journey w/ IGATE
July 23, 2014, Munich, Germany: OpenStack 4th Anniversary
July 26, 2014, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil: Openstack Brazil Day / 4th Birthday
July 28-30, 2014, Hillsboro, OR: OpenStack Ironic Juno mid cycle developer meetup
July 28, 2014, Frankfurt, Germany: OpenStack 4th Anniversary
July 29, 2014, Berlin, Germany: OpenStack 4th Anniversary
August 6-9, 2014, Prague, Czech Republic: OpenStack workshop at Fedora Flock conference
August 14, 2014, Boston, MA: Serviceability, Swift and OpenStack
August 14, 2014, London, England: LOPUG MeetUp on PaaS
August 19, 2014, Cambridge, MA: OpenStack Trove Day
September 16, 2014, Mountain View, CA: OpenStack Silicon Valley
September 19, 2014, Bussum, The Netherlands: OpenStack Conference Benelux 2014
September 29-30, 2014, New York, NY: Interop New York
November 4-6, 2014, Santa Clara, CA: Cloud Computing Expo
November 3-8, 2014, Paris, France: OpenStack Summit November

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