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Announcing Oracle OpenStack Release 4

Dilip Modi
Product Manager

We are pleased to announce the release of Oracle OpenStack 4, based on upstream Pike.

What's New

Automated deployment for Oracle Database 12c single instance and Oracle RAC

  • Faster time to market for the large number of enterprise applications dependent on database workloads: Manual installation, configuration and testing of new database systems, prior to deployment, previously took days and weeks. Now with pre-configured and certified database templates, a database-driven application can be launched in Oracle OpenStack within a couple of hours from the Database Service Catalog. 

  • Improved uptime: Service requests for the database are often the result of configuration mistakes. Running Oracle Database on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Server using pre-tested templates and certified configurations reduces operational failures and improves uptime.  




Support for OpenStack Pike 

Oracle OpenStack Docker containers have been updated to the upstream Pike release (the prior release was based on Mitaka). New capabilities include:

  • Enhancements to OpenStack deployment and updates
     

    • The new kollacli reconfigure command enables users to apply post-deployment configuration changes to OpenStack services. This command copies the configuration changes to the nodes and restarts the Docker containers for all services that are affected by the configuration changes.
       

    • The new kollacli pull command enables users to pull the Docker images for the enabled services on to the nodes before deployment.
       

  • Application performance improvement, security enhancements and more efficient Neutron networking service

    • Application performance is improved through support of Load Balancing as-a-Service (LBaaS v2). A load balancer presents a virtual server to a set of clients. The role of the load balancer is to distribute client requests across the pool of servers, including rerouting requests when a member of the pool fails. Application performance is improved by distributing network or application traffic across the servers to mitigate bottlenecks due to resource contention, or against failed requests due to failures on any given servers.

    • Security enhancements in Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS 2.0 API): Allows firewall policies with different rules to be applied to different directions (ingress vs egress), offering more granularity and flexibility in applying security policies to Neutron, VM and router ports.

    • IPv6 support for VM data: Workloads that support IPv6 get networking benefits such as more efficient routing, more efficient packet processing, simplified network configuration, support of new services, and IPSec security. 

  • Flexibility and efficiency in Glance Image Service with support of Ceph and Swift backends

    • Support of Ceph and Swift backends for Glance eliminates the current restriction in Glance of getting images in one storage resource and copying them to another when users boot virtual machines in different backends. With the ability to support multiple storage backends in Glance, users can use different storage resources in multiple availability zones.

  • New OpenStack service support: Barbican 

    • Barbican is the key management service of OpenStack, providing secure storage, retrieval, provisioning and management of various types of sensitive data such as keys, certificates and binary data.. 

  • Workload performance improvements in Nova compute node

    • Non-Uniform Memory Architecture (NUMA) optimization for the KVM hypervisor in Oracle Linux 7. 

    • CPU pinning for KVM hypervisor in Oracle Linux 7. 

Tech Preview Features

  • Designate (DNS-as-a-Service)

    • Designate is a multi-tenant DNSaaS service for OpenStack. It provides a REST API with integrated Keystone authentication. It can be configured to auto-generate records based on Nova and Neutron actions. Designate supports a variety of DNS servers including Bind9 and PowerDNS.

  • Ironic Service (Bare Metal-as-a-Service)

    • Ironic enables users to deploy the workload (image) onto a real physical machine instead of a virtualized instance on a hypervisor. Users of the OpenStack Compute API can launch a bare metal server instance in the same way that they can currently launch a VM instance.

  • Magnum (Container-as-a-Service)

    • Magnum is an OpenStack API service making container orchestration engines (COE) such as Docker Swarm, Kubernetes and Apache Mesos available as first-class resources in OpenStack. Magnum uses Heat to orchestrate an OS image which contains Docker and COE and runs that image in either virtual machines or bare metal in a cluster configuration.

 

Product Life Cycle Support
 

Support for Oracle OpenStack is included as part of Oracle Premier Support for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Systems. There is no additional support cost for Oracle OpenStack.

 

Software Download
 

Download Oracle OpenStack Docker images from Oracle Container Registry, Docker Hub and Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Please refer to chapters 2 through 4 of the Installation and Deployment Guide, available in the Oracle Documentation Library, for important steps to be taken prior to downloading the Docker images.

Oracle Linux software packages required to deploy Oracle OpenStack are available from the Oracle Linux yum server and from the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN).

 

Resources

Product Training and Education

Training from Oracle University: 

Oracle OpenStack: Administration Essentials Ed 1 NEW

 Administration Essentials teaches students about essential OpenStack services for creating and managing cloud resources as a cloud administrator and identifies tasks cloud operators perform.

S Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux: Getting Started Ed 1

Getting Started teaches students that are new to OpenStack about this cloud computing architecture, core and optional services, Docker images and containers, a multi-node deployment, and troubleshooting deployments.

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