OpenStack Kilo release promises greater interoperability and added functionality

OpenStack also now comes with the first full release of the Ironic bare metal service for provisioning workloads that require direct access to hardware

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The 11th release of the OpenStack open source cloud management system – Kilo - is now available for download. Kilo promises greater interoperability and improved driver compatibility.

OpenStack also now comes with the first full release of the Ironic bare metal service for provisioning workloads that require direct access to hardware. There is also new object storage support for erasure coding, providing the ability to balance density and durability based on the application.

Kilo also comes with improved identity federation to enable hybrid and multi-cloud use cases. OpenStack production deployments continue to grow, with companies like eBay operating OpenStack at a large scale.

Subbu Allamaraju, chief engineer for the cloud at eBay, said: "The ability to scale and operate efficiently is critical when you want to offer services for mission-critical workloads via large data centre footprints. OpenStack Kilo delivers a robust set of enhancements and tooling to deploy and operate compute, storage and networking resources at scale.

“Kilo is the most robust, fully production hardened release of OpenStack and we're looking forward to putting it to work."

Al Sadowski, research director at 451 Research, said: “OpenStack continues to grow and features like federated identity and bare metal provisioning support make the platform more compelling for enterprise IT leaders and application developers who want a stable, open source alternative to proprietary options.”

A separate report released by 451 Research today highlighted the difficulty many firms have accessing skills to support private cloud deployments using the software, leading to a higher cost of ownership.