Following a six-monthly release cycle, the 10th release of OpenStack is now available. Of all releases, the new OpenStack Juno is a monster. In addition to 3,200 bug fixes, it offers over 340 additional features. Announced in a press release, the making of OpenStack Juno involved 1,419 developers.
The first goal with OpenStack Juno is to determine how fast all of the main distributions from Cisco, IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, Mirantis, and HP, among others, are updated. For those who offer OpenStack as a Service (OSaaS) that supports enterprise installations, this will be a huge test. However, both OVH and Cisco recently got involved and as such, this new release offers the perfect opportunity to take a slice of the OpenStack markt.
While the earlier release was said to be difficult to install and maintain within smaller enterprises, OpenStack Juno has significant focus on improving automated provisioning features but also has the ability to conduct rolling upgrades without seriously impacting any running applications. Because of this, enterprise customers will find it much easier to deliver their own private cloud.
A major improvement with OpenStack Juno is support pertaining to big data. This past April, support for Database as a Service (DBaas) was delivered by OpenStack but with this new release, there is now a much broader range of databases. In addition, support is now being offered for NoSQL and SQL products using MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Apache Cassandra, Redis, and Couchbase.
Something else new for OpenStack Juno is data replication support using read-only replicas for MySQL. As a result, access for a lot of users inside an organization needing to query but not change data. Support for database clustering is also provided for certain databases.
Other Robust Features
Better support is just one of the new features associated with OpenStack Juno. Examples of others include:
• Storage policies
• Zero-copy GET responses using splice
• Parallel object auditor
• Server-side account-to-account copy
• Improved partition placement when adding a new server, zone, or region