Cloud Web Hosting Platform OpenStack Has Announced a New Version

The open source cloud hosting platform OpenStack that is supported by over 80 vendors has announced the release of a new version today.  The latest release that is labeled as “Diablo” has around 75 new features and enhancements to help increase the amount of use cases in order to increase it’s ecosystem, according to their press release.

OpenStack is a set of open sourced applications that allows anyone to create their own private or public account on a highly scalable platform with no vendor lock-ins.  The fact that the code is entirely open source allows anyone to extend it to their own usage scenarios.

The latest release added highly requested features such as support for enterprise storage systems and much needed features within all three elements of the OpenStack software which are compute (codenamed Nova), object store (codenamed Swift) and image service (codenamed Keystone).

All of these services running together allow anyone to create their own cloud web hosting infrastructure just like any of the infrastructures currently offered online.  This allows for enterprises that require locally hosting data for security purposes an easier path to entering cloud computing.

The most common management interface for the application is led by Nebula which creates a self-service portal that allows an easy web interface to deploy, destroy and manage servers within an OpenStack infrastructure.  The OpenStack dashboard project has also seen advancements in order to make use of the new authentication system “Keystone” with the release of the new OpenStack version.

“The OpenStack Dashboard project provides a way to visualize OpenStack and many of its capabilities. The addition of an official web based user interface will help to drive wider adoption of OpenStack,” mentioned Devin Carlen, the technical lead for the OpenStack dashboard project, founder and VP of engineering at Nebula.  He also added: “We want to ensure that the OpenStack user interface architecture is flexible enough to support the requirements of service providers, businesses, and the rich ecosystem of emerging products and services that are compatible with OpenStack.”

The new re-engineered API codenamed “Quantum” also allows for an extremely versatile API that allows the development of an entire ecosystem that surrounds the OpenStack application services.