OpenStack 'Newton' Unites Infrastructure

Focused on scalability, resiliency and improved user experience for the popular open source cloud platform.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

October 6, 2016

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OpenStack 'Newton' Unites Infrastructure

The OpenStack community has launched its "Newton" release, with a focus on enhanced scalability, resiliency and improving the user experience for operators and app developers. Newton is designed to be easier than its predecessors to set up, operate, change and fix, with improved automation.

The release of the popular open source cloud platform is designed to unify the most popular cloud infrastructure technologies -- bare metal, virtual machines and containers, OpenStack Executive Director Jonathan Bryce tells Light Reading.

"People wonder if those are competing technologies," Bryce says. "But our view is that in the modern data center and development you have all those present. OpenStack needs to support all of them and integrate with all of them."

OpenStack is in use at more than 30 public cloud providers, with established providers including Internap and City Networks expanding business into new regions, Bryce says. And China has been a fast-growing market for OpenStack, with major financial services, manufacturing and telecom users including China UnionPay, Dong Feng Motors, China Telecom, China Mobile, Lenovo and more.

The new version supports bare metal provisioning through technology called Ironic, container orchestration provisioning through Magnum for Swarm, Kubernetes and Mesos, and container networking from Kuryr, Bryce says.

The software will be available for download 10 a.m. ET Thursday.

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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