Open-source Cloud Computing Platform OpenStack Launches First Official Release

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In its continuing effort to provide a viable open-source alternative to other clouds, open-source cloud computing platform OpenStack (www.openstack.org) has released its first OpenStack Compute and Object Storage release.

Based on source code from Rackspace Cloud Files, the code for OpenStack Object Storage was made available as a developer preview in July. According to the organization’s Thursday announcement, the initial release, named “Austin”, makes the highly available cloud storage platform easier to install and deploy, and has dozens of bug fixes and new features such as a statistics processor, enhanced access control and user-defined metadata.

“The support and active participation from the community has been amazing to see. We are much further along than we expected to be three months into this project, and the future is very promising,” said Jim Curry, Chief Stacker and General Manager of OpenStack. “The community is rallying around the vision of an open source cloud alternative, which would eliminate the need for service providers to reinvent the wheel with proprietary cloud stacks, and allow cloud consumers the freedom to move their applications among the open source clouds, whether it be an enterprise private cloud or simply to change service providers.” 

“Congratulations to the community on the OpenStack ‘Austin’ code release,” said Yoichi Kihara, Executive Manager of NTT DATA Corporation. “NTT DATA expects this release will have great power in making Cloud Computing technology open and that OpenStack will be widely used over the world.” 

The initial release of large-scale compute provisioning engine OpenStack Compute is ready for testing and prototyping, and users are encouraged to participate in the open development process by installing the code and providing feedback. 

The goal of Austin, according to OpenStack, was to create an easier path to adoption for the three stakeholder communities: service providers building cloud offerings, enterprises and government agencies deploying private clouds, and the ecosystem of cloud technology providers integrating with OpenStack. The Austin Release of OpenStack Object Storage features access control lists for stored objects, public containers so that headers can control link access to objects, and extensible statistics.

The Austin OpenStack Compute release features support for Xen, KVM, QEMU, and User Mode Linux hypervisors, security groups implementation, rescue mode, and “Glance” an experimental image store as a service.

“Citrix will deliver OpenStack technology as an integral part of the Citrix OpenCloud platform,” Citrix (www.citrix.com) data center and cloud division senior vice president and general manager Peter Levine said in a statement. “The industry has spoken, and customers are demanding open, cross platform virtualization solutions. We’re already seeing positive results from our early participation in the developer community, and we see momentum building to make OpenStack the open source standard for both enterprise and public cloud deployments.”

Since the project’s inception three months ago, OpenStack has built an active community of contributors, delivered on its code release and feature commitments, attracted new member organizations and received significant interest from enterprises and service providers.

OpenStack said its contributor community will determine the roadmap for the next two releases, starting with the “Bexar” release currently slated for January.

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