Among the dozens of enhancements provided in Rocky, two key highlights are refinements to Ironic - the bare metal provisioning service - and fast forward upgrades. There are also several emerging projects and features designed to meet new user requirements for hardware accelerators, high availability configurations, serverless capabilities, and edge and internet of things (IoT) use cases.
The vast majority of enterprises are running both VMs and containers to support emerging use cases like edge computing, network functions virtualization (NFV) and artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning. Enterprises are starting to deploy containers directly on bare metal in addition to VMs. OpenStack bare metal Clouds, powered by Ironic, lay the foundation for this hybrid environment. Ironic is one of the fastest growing OpenStack projects.
OpenStack Ironic is bringing more sophisticated management and automation capabilities to bare metal infrastructure, and as a driver for Nova, allows for multi tenancy. That means users can manage physical infrastructure in the same way they are used to managing VMs, especially with new Ironic features landed in Rocky:
"OpenStack Ironic provides bare metal Cloud services, bringing the automation and speed of provisioning normally associated with virtual machines to physical servers", stated Julia Kreger, principal software engineer at Red Hat and OpenStack Ironic project team lead. "This powerful foundation lets you run VMs and containers in one infrastructure platform, and thats what operators are looking for."
"At Oath, OpenStack manages hundreds of thousands of bare metal compute resources in our data centres. We have made significant changes to our supply chain process using OpenStack, fulfilling common bare metal quota requests within minutes", stated James Penick, IaaS Architect at Oath. "We're looking forward to deploying the Rocky release to take advantage of its numerous enhancements such as BIOS management, which will further streamline how we maintain, manage and deploy our infrastructure."
The capabilities of Rocky are available on launch day via a new, Silicon Valley public Cloud availability zone powered by Canada-based provider, VEXXHOST. Mohammed Naser, CEO of VEXXHOST, stated: "The OpenStack Rocky release makes it possible to deploy quickly and upgrade more easily. This is a huge advantage for public cloud providers, who compete on the ability to push new capabilities to customers faster. OpenStack Rocky made it possible for us to open our new Silicon Valley region on launch day."
Additional highlights include:
The Fast Forward Upgrade (FFU) feature from the TripleO project is ready for prime time, all set to help users overcome upgrade hurdles and get on newer releases of OpenStack faster. The recent releases of OpenStack delivered a wealth of features to support the evolution in cloud use cases, but users on older versions miss out on these innovations. Now FFU lets a TripleO user on Release "N" quickly speed through intermediary releases to get on Release "N+3" - the current iteration of FFU being the Newton release to Queens, gaining access to the ease-of-operations enhancements and novel developments like vGPU support present in Queens.
At the Berlin Summit, November 13-15, Adobe Advertising Cloud and the Science and Technology Facilities Council are presenting their OpenStack upgrades strategy. Oath will also be leading a workshop, tapping into their own experience from upgrading 20,000 cores from Juno to Ocata.