OpenStack open infrastructure projects gathering pace
Wed 14 Nov 2018
While absent of major announcements, delegates at day two of the OpenStack Summit in Berlin were talked through new features, roadmaps, and use cases of new open infrastructure pilot projects supported by the OpenStack foundation
BERLIN – OpenStack’s fresh crop of community projects – Airship, Kata Containers, StarlingX and Zuul – have all been launched in the last twelve months, targeting various areas of open infrastructure.
Airship is the freshest of the pack and had its release candidate showcased, ahead of version 1.0 expected early next year. Airship provides full lifecycle management of open stack infrastructure, allowing users to deploy and manage containers, virtual machines and bare metal infrastructure environments across multiple sites, and is the sister project to OpenStack’s Helm.
Key user-developers of Airship are AT&T and SK Telecom, who are leveraging it for 5G to NFV, VDI and big data processing.
In a live demo, AT&T showcased its 5G commercial deployment that is “born in the cloud”, powered by OpenStack while deployed and managed by Airship.
“Airship enables us to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds with the scale, speed, resiliency, flexibility and operational predictability demanded of our Network Cloud platform,” said Ryan Van Wyk, AVP Network Cloud Engineering, AT&T.
Next up was Zuul, an open source CI/CD platform. The most significant feature of Zuul is its automatic gating functionality, which allows pre-patch gating of new code against multiple projects, easing the complex open source integration process for developers.
BMW is using Zuul for some of its larger and complex projects like autonomous driving that require high CI/CD performance.
“With autonomous driving software, safety and security is an obvious must – its complex software stack benefits from the simulation of Zuul and gating is a key feature prevents merging of broken code upfront,” said Tobias Henkel, Zuul Maintainer at BMW.
StarlingX – the open source edge platform – delivered its first release just last month. It focuses on real-world edge use cases for industrial and telecom IoT that demand low-latency performance, such as subways that need to process video data to avoid accidents in real-time. Members of the fledgeling StarlingX community were revealed, including developers from Fujitsu, Intel, and Wind River.
Finally, details of the next Kata Containers update were revealed. The Kata Containers community is building a standard implementation of lightweight VMs that ‘feel and perform like containers’, but with the workload isolation and security of VMs. Version 1.4 will offer better logging, ipvlan/macvlan support through TC mirroring, and NEMU hypervisor support.
The OpenStack Foundation supports the development and adoption of open infrastructure globally by hosting open source projects and communities of practice. Over the past decade it has accumulated a community of 100,000 individuals in 187 countries.
“As the governance structure of the OSF is evolving to meet the needs of our open infrastructure community, these four pilot projects are already demonstrating impressive progress. What they’ve accomplished in a short period of time is proof that focusing on open infrastructure is the right model, putting users at the centre of everything we do,” said Mark Collier, COO of OpenStack Foundation.