Operate OpenStack with Ease

With over 200 Fortune 1000 production OpenStack deployments, we understand how critical Day 2 or post-deployment management of OpenStack is to you. Mirantis OpenStack 9.0, based on the Mitaka release, introduced a rich set of features to simplify Day 2 lifecycle management of OpenStack. The Mirantis OpenStack 9.1 and 9.2 updates enhance the distribution by further streamlining lifecycle management, strengthening security and improving NFV performance.

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Enhanced OpenStack Lifecycle Management

Mirantis OpenStack 9.x builds on the cloud lifecycle management capabilities which we have been continually expanding and improving since their debut in 8.0. We offer open-source software components to manage OpenStack such as OpenStack Fuel and StackLight. Fuel is the OpenStack management software project; StackLight is purpose-built tooling for logging, monitoring and alerting of OpenStack.

Streamlining Day 2 Operations

Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 and 9.1 focused on improving operations by adding lifecycle management features to Fuel and enabling operators of large-scale infrastructure to combine Fuel with existing configuration management tools. With Fuel, operators can scale a cloud up/down, add plugins like StackLight for monitoring to an existing cloud, and easily monitor and manage deployment tasks and operational workflows.

Mirantis OpenStack 9.2 introduces a new system of configuration management, based on principles of Infrastructure as Code, which favors continuous small changes over infrequent batch updates. Based on a centralized Git repository, the new configuration management system gives operators precise version control to accurately track cloud configuration changes

The new Git-based configuration management streamlines Day 2 (post-deployment) operations by continuously deploying small, frequent updates into a cloud. Fuel orchestrator capabilities quickly push freshly committed configuration and/or package files from the Git repository through a deployment pipeline to nodes that satisfy predefined update criteria. Scheduled maintenance jobs can automate the process. Rollbacks to past configurations can also be performed as needed.

An important part of software lifecycle management is performing updates, and 9.1 automates the process of updating Mirantis OpenStack with minor releases (e.g., from 9.1 to 9.2).

Efficient Day 1 Initial Deployment

While the focus has been Day 2, Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 includes a number of new features to simplify Day 1 or initial deployment. Cloud operators can stop a deployment and subsequently restart it without having to redeploy the entire environment from the beginning, saving a significant amount of time and effort. Such a step may be necessary to address issues such as networking settings or node failures that might block a deployment task.

Moreover, cloud operators can enjoy added flexibility by selecting a set of nodes and choosing whether to provision just the operating system, to deploy (or re-deploy) OpenStack or to do both. Another operator time saver is “Task based deployment,” which speeds up deployment by over 2x by parallelizing tasks.

Run Workloads with Ease

Mirantis continues to make it easier to onboard workloads onto OpenStack, since running workloads efficiently is the primary goal of a private cloud.

Improved Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) Performance

Network operators will experience improved performance while running NFV workloads with support for hugepages, SR-IOV, NUMA/ CPU pinning and a technical preview for DPDK. In the 9.0 release, all of these attributes can be easily configured through OpenStack Fuel, and the 9.2 update adds features to further improve NFV performance and security, with special efforts to harden OVS DPDK for the DPDK VNF use case. We now support OVS based Security Groups for use with OVS DPDK.

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Application & Service Orchestration with TOSCA

Developers and DevOps practitioners can gain increased infrastructure orchestration flexibility with OpenStack Murano’s support for TOSCA in Mirantis OpenStack 9.0. New tools in OpenStack Murano to simulate workflow execution allow developers to package applications more quickly.

Updated Cloudera & Hortonworks Validations for Big Data

Big data scientists can take advantage of updated versions of Cloudera CDH (v5.5) and Hortonworks HDP (v2.3 with Ambari) with high availability features, and Spark (v1.6) on OpenStack with enhancements to the latest Sahara project. Big data professionals that were previously able to run jobs only on virtual machines can now run performance sensitive big data analytics directly on bare metal with the integration of Sahara and Ironic, and can take advantage of a performance optimized block device driver.

Increase Stability and Security

OpenStack stability has been a primary focus of the last two releases. Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 continues to build on this important vector. In prior releases, a service such as RabbitMQ could consume memory or other available resources without restrictions, impacting other services. In 9.0, cloud operators can define thresholds for memory, CPU and disk usage to ensure that services runs more reliably. The 9.0 release also supports compute node connectivity to SAN storage via multiple paths for higher resilience. And the legacy L3 router (non-DVR) is supported in high-availability mode for increased stability.

With every release, Mirantis continues to fortify our testing to provide cloud operators with the confidence they need. The 9.0 release is the first one where we have fixed all critical product related bugs. We continue to automate our test suite with over 96% tests automated; we have increased the number of automated tests by 27% and reduced manual tests by 66% as compared to 8.0. In addition to the bugs we resolved in the Mitaka cycle, we resolved an additional 1,898 bugs in Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 – this clearly demonstrates why it is important for customers to choose a distribution rather than going it alone.

Mirantis OpenStack 9.1 also improves security by enabling operators to apply different network security rules to API endpoints and Neutron, which can now reside in separate public and floating networks. Additionally, 9.1 delivers security hotfixes faster through an automated workflow in our CI/CD build system.

Maximize Infrastructure Choices

Cloud architects were able to dynamically build the Ubuntu bootstrap OS image with drivers or packages of their choice with 8.0. But this flexibility did not extend to Image Based Provisioning of the host OS and therefore had limited utility. With 9.0, you get the flexibility to inject additional software into the host OS image at deployment time, allowing you to customize both the bootstrap and provisioning images.

With each release, we add additional 3rd party hypervisors, storage, SDNs, and workloads validated with Mirantis OpenStack SDK guide and our evolving partner program. And the integration process just got easier with a new Fuel plugin SDK guide.

Gain Access to the Latest Innovation

Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 includes OpenStack Mitaka — the 13th release built by a community of 2,336 developers, operators and users from 345 organizations. Mirantis had 327 committers (ranked #1), 87 core contributors (ranked #1), resolved 3,700+ bugs (ranked #1), contributed 1.37 million lines of code (ranked #1) and conducted 52K reviews (ranked #1). In Mirantis OpenStack 9.0, our engineering team has given special emphasis to features that affect the operational experience such as Keystone v3 API, the ability to filter Glance images and Neutron networks, addressing the interim authentication failure of uploading large Glance images and adding a consistency group tab in Horizon.

A complete list of features and improvements is described in our Release Notes.


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