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OpenStack Folsom released

Elliot Bentley

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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