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Xena Highlights: A Quick Glance at OpenStack's 24th Release

Mohammed NaserMohammed Naser

OpenStack Xena was released recently and we would like to present the highlights so that you know what to benefit from the new version.

OpenStack Xena was released yesterday, 7 October 2021, and we would like to present the highlights so that you know what you could benefit from soon in terms of cloud infrastructure.

Xena is the 24th version of the widely deployed open source software, OpenStack. It follows closely on the previous releases such as Wallaby and Victoria but has some significant upgrades too.For Xena, there were 15,000 code changes by over 680 contributors belonging to 125 organizations worldwide. What changes are we talking about? Here is a glance.

OpenStack Xena Highlights

OpenStack Xena release includes highlights such as support for new hardware features, improved component integration, and technical debt reduction to help maintain OpenStack's stable and reliable core.

Advanced Hardware Features Support

Nova - added support for SmartNICs through the platform.

Cinder - added support to many current back-end storage drivers for features outdoing the vital driver functions (example, multiattach)—furthermore, can effectively utilize back-end optimizations.

Ironic - delivers definite API improvements in node list retrieval performance and added reinforcement for boot_mode and secure_boot state visibility on bare metal nodes. Also included is the ability to set these states as API actions.

Kolla - added integration with Hashicorp Vault to handle control plane secrets.

Neutron - With Xena, Neutron now supports ECMP routes. It can consolidate multiple routes with the same destination address into a single ECMP route.

Project Component integration

Blazar - added OpenStackClient support to python-blazarclient. This means that users can now interact with Blazar using OpenStack reservation commands, providing a command-line interface similar to interacting with other OpenStack projects.

Glance - features added support for unified quotas. It is made possible using Keystone limits.

OpenStack-Ansible Integration - added a role for Freezer deployment for the popular deployment tool.

Manila - the significant increase in feature parity between the manila-client shell utility and the unified OpenStackClient, enhances the usability of the Shared File Systems API.

Technical Debt Reduction

Cinder - removed the long-deprecated Block Storage API version 2.

Cyborg - offers a refactoring documentation structure that includes API docs and user and contributor guides.

Horizon - the project and all its plugins now support nodejs14.

Neutron - added a new quota driver called DbQuotaNoLockDriver. This driver isn't capable of creating unique locks per (resource, project_id).

Xena on VEXXHOST Cloud - Stay Tuned!

At VEXXHOST, we are excited about implementing OpenStack Xena into our offerings - stay tuned for updates regarding that. We provide cloud solutions for many clients worldwide and pull all stops to ensure that, as a customer, your cloud runs on the most updated platforms available. We provide OpenStack-based clouds, including public clouds and dedicated and highly secure private cloud environments, ensuring utmost security and agility.

Take advantage of our limited-time deal just to set up a one-time, OpenStack-based private cloud deployment - at 50% off! The cloud will be running on the latest OpenStack release, Wallaby, which allows you to run Kubernetes and VMs in the same environment, and can be deployed in your own data centers with your hardware. Furthermore, all these will be deployed and tested in under a month!

What are you waiting for? Learn more!

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