OpenStack Folsom: Looking at the numbers
While Rackspace still leads in committing code to OpenStack, Red Hat is surging as it looks to productize the OpenStack project. HP and Piston Cloud have standardized on earlier versions of OpenStack for their cloud offerings.
Most Exciting New Features in Folsom
Two of the most noteworthy new features in the Folsom release are Quantum and Cinder. Quantum is now a core project and provides "networking as a service" between interfaces for other OpenStack services. Quantum lets you use a set of different backends called "plugins" that work with a growing variety of networking technologies depending on your stack:
Big Switch Networks Plugin
Cisco UCS/Nexus Plugin
Linux Bridge Plugin
NEC OpenFlow Plugin
Open vSwitch Plugin
Ryu OpenFlow Controller Plugin
Rackspace is partnering with Nicira (now VMware) on our upcoming Cloud Networks product based on Quantum. Cinder provides block storage capabilities, abstracting code that was previously part of Nova (nova-volume). Another major update in Folsom is the return of Hyper-V as a supported hypervisor in OpenStack Nova.
Coming up: The OpenStack Summit
It's an exciting time to be a part of the OpenStack community! Wayne and I will be posting from the Summit in a few weeks and you can expect complete coverage here and on the Rackspace Blog.
You can find a preliminary schedule for sessions posted on Google Docs. UPDATE: The schedule for the OpenStack Summit is live here.