OpenStack 2013.1 "Grizzly" Is Out Of Hibernation
What would you do if you ran into a grizzly?
If you were in the woods, you would execute the appropriate response. But if you were in the cloud, you would greet it with a lot of excitement.
“Grizzly,” after all, is the codename for today’s latest release of OpenStack from the OpenStack Foundation, and like its namesake, this release of open source cloud technology will be a strong and powerful cloud solution.
As an active participant in OpenStack development, SUSE is pretty happy to see a new OpenStack release roll out the door. Of course, the fact that our own SUSE Cloud solution is based on OpenStack makes a difference, too.
We’re just one part of the broader OpenStack community, a cloud solution that now includes more than 480 contributors, a 45% increase from the number of contributors to Folsom, the previous OpenStack release.
Grizzly’s new features are numerous, but a quick overview could not help but point out the improved user interface with a backwards-compatible dashboard to ease transitions from earlier instances of OpenStack. Strong Hyper-V support, 10 storage backends, and five new networking plug-ins ensure better integration with existing enterprise technologies, too.
And the enterprise is ready for OpenStack solutions. We’re seeing a lot of our partners working on packaging their own solutions to integrate with the Quantum network layer and the Cinder block storage of OpenStack, to integrate their enterprise storage systems more effectively into OpenStack.
We’re also seeing vendor interest in working with SUSE Cloud to deploy faster and more capable enterprise private cloud solutions, which we’ll see more of in the coming day.
OpenStack is the heart of SUSE Cloud, and our next version will definitely be based on Grizzly. SUSE Cloud is also a big part of our integrated solutions. The upcoming release of SUSE Studio, for instance, will feature hooks into SUSE Cloud that will enable images built in Studio to appear directly within Glance, the OpenStack image repository.
If you want to get your hands on OpenStack Grizzly fast, the best way would be to visit the Open Build Service, where the most up-to-date Grizzly packages are available for openSUSE 12.3 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2.
Scope it out for yourself, and try SUSE Cloud to get your own private cloud solutions in place.