OpenStack Murano Evolving as an On Ramp for Cloud Apps

by Sean Michael Kerner

Getting applications to run as a service in the cloud isn't as hard as it once was.

The OpenStack Murano app catalog project is continuing to grow and evolve, led by the continued effort and support of Mirantis.

"Murano is a big area of focus for us," Mirantis co-founder Boris Renski told ServerWatch.OpenStack

Renski said that from a Mirantis perspective, the company keeps on adding to the list of verified applications that customers can pull in. Among the applications that Murano can run in Mirantis OpenStack 7 are CloudFoundry and Google Kubernetes with Docker.

According to Renski, the Murano project as a direction is becoming an easier first step to get applications into the cloud. For example, database giant Oracle worked with Mirantis to get Oracle database exposed as a database-as-a-service (DBaaS), where an organization can use Murano APIs to perform basic operations on the Oracle database.

"At the same time, there is the OpenStack Trove project that is building database-as-a-service," Renski said. "What we're noticing with Murano is it is evolving into a service engine."

How Developers Are Increasingly Using Murano

Renski explained that, for example, Symantec has an OpenStack deployment it tries to sell to different internal development groups. Within those groups, while developers like OpenStack, they all have their own sets of higher-level services they use to build applications.

"You can't expose all the different services as a PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) to the different development groups, " Renski said. "So what some of our customers are doing is using Murano to wrap some of the existing applications into a thin services API layer and then exposing those on top of OpenStack infrastructure."

For example, if a group of developers has been using Oracle database, they can write a quick Murano wrapper around the Oracle database and expose it as an API-driven service. Renski said organizations can create whole lists of services using Murano that are tailored to the needs of specific development groups.

"You can wait and see which services get more adoption, and for those that are more widely adopted, more engineering rigor can be applied, for a project more like Trove," Renski said.

Renski noted that Murano is increasingly being used as a wrapper for taking any application, using a script and enabling a service.

Looking forward to the OpenStack Mitaka release, which is set to debut in 2016, Renski said Mirantis and other Murano contributors will be spending a lot of time to further the application wrapper capabilities.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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This article was originally published on Monday Oct 12th 2015
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