The OpenStack project has launched the nineteenth version of its software. This version comes with some new features, as well as updates and improvements, writes TechCrunch. There is now improved support for Kubernetes.

The Open Source project OpenStack controls more than 75 public and thousands of private clouds. According to our own research, 61 percent of OpenStack deployments use both Kubernetes and OpenStack. It is therefore logical that many of the developments in this version revolve around Kubernetes and the tools used to manage the container clusters.

For example, the team behind the OpenStack Kubernetes installer in this new version has managed to speed up the launch time of a cluster from ten minutes to five minutes, regardless of the number of nodes. Support for Kubernetes has been further improved with updates to Neutron, the project’s networking service. This service now makes it easier to create virtual networking ports in bulk when containers are set up.

Placement

An entirely new function is Placement. “When people build a cloud and start to grow, and it is more widely adopted in an organization, there are often different requirements involved,” explains Executive Director Jonathan Bryce. Users increasingly want to run specific workloads on machines with specific hardware requirements. This should be made easier with Placement.

Such a feature already existed, but the team decided to disconnect it from the existing computer service and turn it into a more general service that is easier to use outside the compute stack.

There is also Blazer, a reservation service that offers OpenStack users something similar to AWS Reserved Instances. This allows users to guarantee that they have the resources to, for example, run some of their standard, nightly batch jobs or data analytics workloads.

Finally, Sahara makes it easier to offer Hadoop clusters on OpenStak.

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