OpenStack Mitaka Launched

OpenStack Summit, the bi-annual OpenStack infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud conference, takes place on April 25; however, the latest release of OpenStack, OpenStack Mitaka, has already been launched. 
 
 
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The main focus of this particular release is to make OpenStack easier to deploy. OpenStack, which has tried to be all things to all users, has become both powerful and extremely difficult to install as well as manage.
 
This might have been accepted in OpenStack’s early days, when only technical experts from Rackspace and NASA were using it. However, now, major corporations such as Comcast, AT&T, SAP Time Warner, and Volkswagen are deploying it in their production.
 
Hence, according to OpenStack Foundation COO Mark Collier, the developers have been working on making setting up and configuring OpenStack a bit easier by setting up more default settings for the platform’s core components.
 
The company states,
 
“OpenStack Mitaka, the 13th release of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds, now offers greater manageability and scalability as well as an enhanced end-user experience. The Mitaka release was designed and built by an international community of 2,336 developers, operators and users from 345 organizations.",
 
"OpenStack has become the cloud platform of choice for enterprises and service providers, as an integration engine to manage bare metal, virtual machines, and container orchestration frameworks with a single set of APIs.”
 
New Features in Mitaka as per the official blog:
 
Manageability
 
Numerous advancements focus on improving day-to-day ease of use for cloud deployers and administrators. A simplified configuration for Nova compute service introduces additional standard defaults and reduces the number of options that must be manually selected. The Keystone identity service has been streamlined from a multi-step process for setting up the identity management features of a cloud network—installing, running, authenticating, distributing tokens, etc.—to a one-step process. Neutron enhanced manageability through improved Layer 3 networking and Distributed Virtual Router (DVR) support.
 
Scalability
 
Heat’s convergence engine, which first appeared in the Liberty release, can now handle larger loads and more complex actions for horizontal scaling and deliver better performance for stateless mode. Keystone’s fernet tokens now handle more actions and authentication requests. Developers also made significant progress on Cells v2, a feature that was introduced in Liberty.
 
User Experience
 
The community is dedicated to improving the experience of the cloud user—not only the cloud operator, but also the end user of the cloud, that is, the developer or the application deployer. OpenStack Client provides a consistent set of calls for creating resources so that end users don’t have to learn the intricacies of each service API. Mitaka also delivers improved support for software development kits (SDKs) in various languages. Neutron introduced “give me a network,” which consolidates the process of creating a network, attaching a server to it, assigning an IP to that server, and making the network accessible, into a single action.