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OpenStack Newton arrives, promising advances in virtualization, bare-metal provisioning and containers


Newton brings more security and resilience, said the OpenStack Foundation's Jonathan Bryce. OpenStack has released Newton, the 14th version of the open-source cloud software. The OpenStack Foundation said new features will improve the user experience for container cluster management and networking, as well as scalability and resiliency. It said updates to the Ironic bare-metal provisioning service, Magnum container orchestration cluster manager, and Kuryr container networking project will make it easier to integrate containers, and virtual and physical infrastructure under one control plane. Products and services based on OpenStack Newton would become available "in the coming weeks and months", it said.

The next release of OpenStack, Pike leaps up


The cloud is disrupting traditional operating models for IT departments and entire organizations. Whatever else has ever been said about OpenStack, no one has ever said the open-source Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud was easy to deploy or update. Pike, and the two updates, Queens and Rocky, to follow it, won't bring major new features or changes. Instead, each will build on the Ocata release. Ocata, too, was focused on improving stability, scalability, and performance of the core services.

OpenStack Newton serves up a heaping helping of scalability


The next release of OpenStack made its debut on Thursday with a raft of new features for better scalability and resiliency. Architectural and functional barriers can make it difficult for companies to scale their clouds up or down across platforms and geographies, but OpenStack's 14th release -- dubbed Newton -- does away with many of those limitations. The open source cloud-building software now includes improved scaling capabilities in its Nova, Horizon, and Swift components, its makers say. New improvements bolster the horizontal scale-out of Nova compute environments, while others add convergence by default in the Heat orchestration service as well as multi-tenancy improvements in Ironic. On the resiliency front, Newton adds new features for high availability, adaptability, and self-healing.

Open-source cloud royalty: OpenStack Queens released


The cloud is growing faster than ever, and OpenStack, the open-source cloud for the enterprise, is growing with it. By next year, 60 percent of enterprise workloads will run in the cloud, according to 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation, Workloads and Key Projects survey. Indeed, as OpenStack moves toward making more than $6 billion in 2021, OpenStack's private clouds are expected to deliver more revenue than its public cloud implementations. Technology innovations are driving OpenStack's growth. In the just-released OpenStack Queens, the following new features will bring in new customers.

Containerized OpenStack Clouds? Sure says Mirantis


It may sound like your putting the container cart before the cloud horse, but there are times it makes sense. For example, you can use the OpenStack cloud running on containers being orchestrated by Kubernetes to host both legacy and modern apps, such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The trick is to get this to work without pulling your hair out. Now, Mirantis has announced enhancements to its Mirantis Cloud Native Platform in its Mirantis Container Cloud, which enables you to deploy, scale, and update private clouds on Kubernetes. Building on this foundation, Mirantis has released Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes -- a containerized edition of the open-source infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud.