Mirantis OpenStack 9.1
Streamlines Operating a Private Cloud
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, and Mirantis OpenStack 9.1 enhances the distribution with UX improvements for lifecycle management capabilities, as well as features for improved security.Read Blog Post
Enhanced OpenStack Lifecycle Management
Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 and 9.1 build 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.
Flexible Day 2 Operations
Small and medium scale cloud operators can utilize capabilities in Fuel to scale the cloud up/ down, selectively make changes to their configuration (e.g., changing network DHCP address ranges) and deploy new functionality to an existing cloud (e.g., adding plugins like StackLight for monitoring or Murano for a self-service application orchestration and catalog). Customers operating large-scale infrastructure using configuration management tools can now export Fuel configuration values into existing configuration management tools. This enables lifecycle management of a large cloud by using a combination of OpenStack Fuel and existing tools.
The new Workflows tab in 9.1 provides a sortable table to more easily view, manage, and run the custom workflows first supported in 9.0. This makes it easier for operators to find and replicate customized sets of node deployment tasks across multiple clusters. 9.1 also extends this capability beyond node deployment, with support for data-driven Task Graphs for node provisioning, deletion, and verification.
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”. First introduced in Mirantis OpenStack 8.0 as a tech preview, this feature speeds up deployment by over 2x by parallelizing tasks, and is now fully supported.
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.Watch NFV Video
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.