On September 30, Mirantis announced the availability of version 7.0 of its OpenStack distribution in addition with the long awaited extension of the support from two to three years.
Mirantis OpenStack 7.0 is based on OpenStack Kilo, 11th release of the open source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) engine, which introduced about 400 new features.
Among the key features of this new release we can find an enhanced scalability and resilience, improved interoperability with VMware vCenter and support for a wider choice in networking, including Juniper Contrail and VMware NSX.
Mirantis OpenStack 7.0 also includes:
- Improved upgrade process from previous versions with reduced downtime and a new rollback capability;
- Instances migration from hosts marked for maintenance;
- A rewritten Fuel deployment plugins that can define new node roles and reserve virtual IP addresses;
- Network templates which simplify to specify network topology;
- Ability to move services onto separate controller nodes;
- Ability to deploy controllers on virtual machines for small footprint deployment;
- Hierarchical multi-tenancy;
- Secure integration of control-plane of various IT systems with SSL endpoint encryption;
- Scale North-South traffic with Distributed Virtual Router (DVR);
- Integration with container platforms, including Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes;
- Simplify bringing VMware environments to the cloud with new functions such as NSX-v and vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS);
- Deploy multiple Hadoop or Spark big data clusters in parallel through new Sahara features and gain additional flexibility via an updated plug-in for HDP v2.2.