What's on the Horizon for the OpenStack Grizzly Cloud?

by Sean Michael Kerner

As the open source cloud project continues to grow,  new projects could land in the next release.

SAN DIEGO. The open source OpenStack effort started off two years ago with only two core projects: Nova compute and Swift storage.

As involvement in OpenStack has grown, so too has the number of core projects. Today the core project includes Nova, Swift, Horizon dashboard and Keystone identity, as well as Cinder block storage and Quantum networking. Cinder and Quantum were new additions that came on board with the OpenStack Folsom release that debuted at the end of September.

At the OpenStack Grizzly Summit this week in San Diego, there was talk of multiple otherOpenStack Rounded projects. Among them is the RedDwarf Database as-a-Service effort and the Ceilometer billing project.

Which new project will land in the next major OpenStack release, codenamed Grizzly? The answer to that question is still being determined. In an interview conducted at the summit, OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce explained his views on what's next.

"The focus for what is the primary OpenStack software has always been around core infrastructure services," Bryce said. "Things like storage, compute and networking all make a lot of sense there."

OpenStack now has all that, which leads to the current challenge of figuring out what's next.

"One of the things that is great about OpenStack is that you don't have to be part of the official OpenStack software to get a lot of value from the community and to get exposure to developers and users," Bryce said.

He added that there are some projects that are not part of the OpenStack core, and while they aren't incubated they are developed by a lot of the same developers. The RedDwarf effort, for example, is being developed by OpenStack members at HP and Rackspace. The Ceilometer billing system is already in production use at the new Dreamhost OpenStack cloud.

Having all those additional complementary projects will ultimately enhance what OpenStack can do over the long term.

"Figuring out what moves into incubation and what moves into core is important," Bryce said. "But it's also important to realize that there are far more projects that are not core but are connected to OpenStack."

Watch the full interview:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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This article was originally published on Friday Oct 19th 2012
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