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OpenStack graduates its first two open infrastructure projects—Zuul and Kata Containers

Zuul and Kata Containers

At Open Infrastructure Summit (formerly called the OpenStack Summit) in Denver, the OpenStack Foundation has announced the graduation of Kata Containers and the Zuul project gating system.

For more than a year, the OpenStack Foundation has been shifting its focus from only OpenStack project to other infrastructure projects as well. Kata Containers and the Zuul project gating system were in pilot phase, before the board of the organization voted for these projects to graduate.

Kata Containers is an open source container runtime with lightweight virtual machines (VMs) that work like containers, but deliver stronger workload isolation using hardware virtualization technology as a second layer of defence.

On the other hand, Zuul is a program for continuous integration (CI), delivery and deployment systems. It is focused on project gating and interrelated projects.

“It’s an awesome milestone for the projects themselves,” Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation executive direction, told TechCrunch. “It’s a validation of the fact that in the last 18 months, they have created sustainable and productive communities.”

Apart from graduating these two projects, OpenStack Foundation has also brought Airship to version 1.0. The Airship is a set of open source tools used to automate cloud provisioning and management.

It comes with a declarative framework that can define and manage the life cycle of open infrastructure tools and the underlying hardware. These open infrastructure tools include OpenStack for VMs, Kubernetes for container orchestration, and Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) for bare metal. The organization has also planned the support for OpenStack Ironic.

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“Airship originated within AT&T,” Bryce told TechCrunch. “They built it from their need to bring a bunch of open-source tools together to deliver on their use case. And that’s why, from the beginning, it’s been really well-aligned with what we would love to see more of in the open-source world and why we’ve been super excited to be able to support their efforts there.”

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