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OpenStack Folsom released

Elliot Bentley
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Today sees the long-awaited release of OpenStack 2012.2, considered by some to be the first mature enough for commercial release.

Today
sees the long-awaited
release of OpenStack 2012.2
(or Folsom to its friends), the
latest version of the open-source cloud software. Yesterday,
release manager Thierry Carrez
wrote on his blog
that Folsom includes code from 330
contributors, with 185 new features and over 1400 bug fixes.

Duncan McGreggor, Cloud Engineering Manager and DreamHost, told
JAXenter that “the biggest new feature is the complete integration
of the advanced (over Nova’s initial offering) networking features
provided by the Quantum project”.

Over email, he said that other exciting new features include
“improvements in various APIs (covering several of the core
OpenStack components), continued work on consolidation of code
dependencies (The OpenStack “common” library project), and further
excellent refinements of the management user interface
(Horizon)”.

Folsom is notable for being the first version considered to be
mature enough for commercial release by many companies involved,
including DreamHost and Red Hat. In an
exclusive interview with JAXenter
, Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens
said his company waited until Folsom to “productise” OpenStack
because they believed Quantum to be “a pretty needed
ingredient”.

This release also comes just over a week after the
launch of the OpenStack Foundation
, which saw Rackspace hand
over control of the project to the community. Stevens said that the
change was “subtle, but significant”.

According to Bitergia, who published a
preliminary analysis
of the Folsom source code last week,
Rackspace and Red Hat were by far the two most active companies on
the project, contributing 47.07% of total commits between them. Out
of these two, while Rackspace has contributed a greater portion of
the codebase, Red Hat employees have submitted a higher number of
commits each.

Considering that Red Hat was the third largest contributor to the
previous release, Essex, it seems likely that they may reach the #1
spot by the time Grizzly is released.

Next month is likely to see the release of CloudStack 4.0, the
first version since it was
taken under Apache’s wing
. However, Stevens told JAXenter that
the foundation doesn’t regard CloudStack as a threat since it has
“no thriving community or industry participation”.

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