With the launch of Pike, the OpenStack community released the 16th version of its open source cloud infrastructure platform, making it easier for users to adopt OpenStack with the improved lifecycle management tools and new delivery models that include private-cloud-as-a-service.
Pike’s modular architecture will now enable running of standalone services, thus eliminating the need of complete set of OpenStack services. Composability of Pike addresses new use cases like containers and edge computing. Projects that can be run in a standalone way include Ironic bare-metal and Cinder block storage.
To simplify, now OpenStack Ironic bare metal service comes with enhanced integration for Neutron networking and Cinder block storage. Cinder, can also be run as a standalone storage service for bare metal, virtual machines or containers that use Docker or Kubernetes.
“The features and upgrades that Pike brings are the lessons of experience you get from enabling thousands of public and private clouds, large and small, for seven-plus years,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation.
He further said, “The rise of composable services and simpler consumption options are part of that maturation process. Our community is now focused on eliminating future technical debt as well as growing OpenStack’s capabilities to support ever-expanding use cases.”
OpenStack Pike offers some new capabilities to its users that will contribute towards improved manageability and greater flexibility and scalability.
- Nova Cells v2 : With this new Pike release, Cells Version 2 have become production ready and now the architecture of the Nova Cells will support large deployments and scaling of the compute services.
- Python 3.5 upgrade : With the Pike release, platform has been re-based to support the much newer Python 3.5 and to take advantage of new features and increased performance in the future.
- Swift object storage : Individual regions can function even if the cross-region network is down, and failures in one region can use the remote region to recover. Users can now run multiple concurrent processes per server.
You can download OpenStack Pike and learn more about it here.