Folsom no longer stuck in prison

OpenStack Folsom gets September release date

The highly anticipated next iteration of the collaborative cloud IaaS project OpenStack is expected to be released on September 27th, just in time for OpenStack Summit in October.

Clearly not wanting to hang about, some of the core contributors behind the project (including Red Hat, IBM, Dell, HP and VMware) decided yesterday in a conference call to release Folsom in September, so that it dovetailed with the San Diego conference. The last OpenStack release, 'Essex', was a big leap forward for the project which claimed to focus on 'quality, usability and extensibility across enterprise, service provider and high performance computing (HPC) deployments'. Additions to the platform included "Nova” Compute, “Horizon” Dashboard, “Glance” imaging, “Swift” Object Store and “Keystone” Identity services, really fleshing out the fledgling offering somewhat.

For Folsom, the main attraction is "Quantum", an overlord for controlling network virtualisation, say the people behind the project. Quantum will be an automated framework for managing data center network activities, which was previously incubated in Essex, no doubt to make sure they got it right and to make sure it offered the high availablity it boasted previously.

“There are quite a few real-world benefits of the development that’s happening on the Folsom release of OpenStack,” said Christopher MacGown, CTO of Piston Cloud Computing, talking to ZDNet's Paula Rooney. “With the on-going modularization of OpenStack Compute and the newly created volume service, we’re seeing expanded support for traditional SAN and NAS from the usual suspects — EMC, NetApp, and Nexenta."

The cloud infrastructure war is truly on now - OpenStack is moving at a rapid pace from the development side of things. A recent Design Summit in San Francisco attracted a record number of developers thus far, suggesting that more and more are on side. The key committers also realise the importance of keeping the project fresh, with Citrix's Apache-donated CloudStack lurking in the shadows. But with some of the biggest software players putting their chips on OpenStack and the community thriving, we're sure Folsom will push this IaaS beauty onto another level.

This interview from DataCenter Knowledge, with Rackspace's Mark Collier and Jonathan Bryce, reveals more into what we can expect to be unleashed from Folsom.

Chris Mayer

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