Raise a toast for the Stein release, Kata Containers graduates and how to get hands-on with StarlingX.

Welcome to the latest edition of the OpenStack Foundation Open Infrastructure newsletter, a digest of the latest developments and activities across open infrastructure projects, events and users. Sign up to receive the newsletter and email [email protected] to contribute.

Spotlight on OpenStack Stein

Congrats to the 1,400 contributors from more than 150 organizations that contributed to Stein, the 19th release of OpenStack that launched this week!

Check out a full list of features and contributors and download the OpenStack Stein release here.

Among the dozens of enhancements in Stein, highlights include:

Delivering core functionality for Kubernetes users

Kubernetes is the number one container orchestration framework running on OpenStack, with 61% of OpenStack deployments indicating they integrate the two platforms, according to the 2018 OpenStack User Survey.

In Stein, OpenStack continues to deliver the core infrastructure management features delivering the bare metal and network functionality that containers need:

  • OpenStack Magnum, a Certified Kubernetes installer, improved Kubernetes cluster launch time significantly—down from 10-12 minutes per node to five minutes regardless of the number of nodes.
  • With the OpenStack cloud provider, you can now launch a fully integrated Kubernetes cluster with support from the Manila, Cinder and Keystone services to take full advantage of the OpenStack cloud it’s created on.
  • Neutron, OpenStack’s networking service, has faster bulk port creation, targeting container use cases, where ports are created in groups.
  • Ironic, the bare metal provisioning service, continues to improve deployment templates for standalone users to request allocations of bare metal nodes and submit configuration data as opposed to pre-formed configuration drives.

Networking enhancements for 5G, edge computing and NFV use cases

  • Within Neutron, Network Segment Range Management enables cloud administrators to manage segment type ranges dynamically via a new API extension, as opposed to the previous approach of editing configuration files. This feature benefits StarlingX and edge use cases, where ease of management is critical.
  • For network-heavy applications, it is crucial to have a minimum amount of network bandwidth available. Work began during the Rocky cycle to provide scheduling based on minimum bandwidth requirements, and the feature was delivered in Stein. As part of the enhancements, Neutron treats bandwidth as a resource and works with the OpenStack Nova compute service to schedule the instance to a host where the requested amount is available.
  • API improvements boost flexibility, adding support for aliases to Quality of Service (QoS) policy rules that enable callers to execute the requests to delete, show and update QoS rules more efficiently.

OpenStack Foundation news

  • Open Infrastructure Summit Denver, April 29 – May 1
      • Registration prices increase THIS WEEK: Thursday, April 11 at 11:59pm PT. Buy your tickets now!
      • Interested in learning to contribute to OpenStack upstream? Sunday, before the Summit begins, OpenStack Upstream Institute (OUI) will run as a day long training teaching you the basics of contribution- everything from the tools we use to collaborate to how our community is structured and how releases work. There’s still room left! Register for OUI here.
      • The Speed Mentoring Lunch on Monday at the Summit is looking for mentors. Pay it forward by signing up to share your experiences and give advice on careers, technical topics, or the community. Lunch will be provided thanks to our sponsor, Intel.
      • There are still a few tickets left for the Project Teams Gathering following the Summit, May 2-4. Take a look the list of teams meeting at the event and register to participate in these contributor team meetings.

OpenStack Foundation project news

Airship

  • The Airship 1.0 release is getting ready to land. Keep a look out on the skies in the coming weeks as the Airship team does a flight check on the final features.
  • Join us at the Open Infrastructure Summit for a wealth of sessions on how Airship is being used right now, how you can get started on your own journey with Airship and and some exciting announcements about the growing Airship community.

StarlingX

  • Join us in Denver for the StarlingX hands-on workshop to learn how to deploy and use the project. Don’t forget to RSVP.
  • Got edge? Tell us about your StarlingX story and give feedback to the community by filling out a short survey.

Zuul

  • Meet the Zuul Community at the Open Infrastructure Summit, April 29 – May 1 in Denver, Colorado. Topics include a project update and opportunities to hear from users of Zuul across a variety of communities, technologies and industries (Airship, Finance, Kubernetes, OpenLab, SR-IOV).

Kata Containers

  • This week marks a major milestone for the Kata community! On April 8, the OSF Board of Directors voted and approved Kata Containers as the first new top-level Open Infrastructure project in the Foundation. Learn how Kata Containers got started and what it means to be an OSF confirmed project.
  • Join the Kata community in celebration at the upcoming Open Infrastructure Summit in Denver. Kata will also be featured at several other upcoming events, including Container World and both KubeCon//CloudNativeCon events in Europe and China. See a full lineup of upcoming Kata talks here. In the meantime, explore Kata on GitHub, KataContainers.io and connect with the community via Slack or IRC Freenode: #kata-dev, mailing list, weekly meetings and Twitter.

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