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Exciting Features In OpenStack Train

Mohammed NaserMohammed Naser

As you probably know, OpenStack is the world's most widely deployed open-source cloud infrastructure software. First of all, its noteworthy software is easy to use, reliable and secure. OpenStack's software powers over 75 public clouds and thousands of private clouds all over the world. Not to mention, VEXXHOST runs the largest OpenStack public cloud in Canada. Uniquely, OpenStack is also the only infrastructure platform that is suited to deploy diverse architectures ranging from bare metal, virtual machines, graphics processing units, and containers. Hence, it's safe to say that we at VEXXHOST are enthusiastic members of this vibrant community.

OpenStack's twentieth release, OpenStack Train, was released on October 16th, 2019 at 9 am CDT. We were already on the scene, with Train already running in production on launch day. In anticipation of this release, OpenStack received 25,500 code changes by 1,125 developers from 150 different companies. That is no small number and truly attests to the passion of the global open source community.

In the spirit of keeping the same air of excitement as the day of its launch, we are highlighting what we believe are the most exciting features in OpenStack Train. Keep reading to learn how Train has brought dozens of enhancements to the cloud community and which we find most exciting.

Improved Security Where It Matters Most

Although there are many enhancements in Train, better security and data protection always rank highly in terms of importance. From Ironic bare metal service working to protect services from disk failures to Nova featuring a new framework for supporting hardware-based encryption of guest memory to protect users against attackers, these changes make OpenStack infrastructure safer. For that reason, when it comes to data protection, the OpenStack project Karbor even adds events notifications for planning, checkpoints, restoring, scheduling and trigger operations. As a result, users are able to backup image boot servers with the newly added data located on the root disk.

Certainly, with every new release, the already secure OpenStack infrastructure continues to enhance and improve their security by the community, for the community.

Enhanced Resource Management

Secondly, thanks to the completed transition of the Placement capability into an isolated service, users can now use it independently of Nova. In addition, OpenStack Train has managed to decrease the service response time to 0.7 seconds from 16.9 seconds. Meaning that the service response time is 16.2 seconds faster than Stein's release. Faster response times mean better allocation of extra time. Above all, that's something that all users of Train can benefit from.

VEXXHOST & OpenStack Train

In conclusion, there are dozens of exciting new enhancements in OpenStack Train. Certainly, it's difficult to highlight all our favorites in a single blog post. As we mentioned earlier, we employed a rapid-deployment cycle that tracks and tests against the latest stable branch of each software release. That means that we were able to run Train via our private cloud deployments on the day of its release. We love the challenge of releasing new capabilities and features quickly so that our users can enjoy them sooner.

Finally, have you been thinking about upgrading to OpenStack Train? We're proud members of the open-source community, contribute upstream and actively participate with every new release. Contact us to learn more about how the experts at VEXXHOST can help you update in record time.

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