It's been less than year since we announced availability of the Havana version of the OpenStack cloud infrastructure software as part of Solaris 11.2 and we've since continued to see what can only be described as a startling amount of momentum build in the OpenStack community. It's an incredibly exciting space for us, and for Oracle as a whole, as we watch the benefits of cloud based infrastructure and service management transform the way in which our customers run their Enterprises.
Fully automated self-service provisioning and orchestration of compute, network, and storage is a beautiful thing...empowering developers to self-provision in minutes the infrastructure needed to build, test or deploy applications without having to waste time trying to file tickets, procure systems, or wait on others. Administrators are able to view, and manage what would otherwise be a sprawl of compute, networking, and storage as an actual system. Rather than wasting time repeatedly servicing individual requests, they can instead focus their attention on managing the cloud 's resources as a pool, and ensuring smooth operation of services provided by the cloud.
We've watched this transformation happen internally in Solaris Engineering as we've shifted from ad-hoc management of the test and development systems used, to managing that infrastructure as an OpenStack cloud. Utilization efficiency of our infrastructure has dramatically improved as Engineers who formerly "camped" on systems to ensure those environments would be available when needed no longer need to, since they can easily save and later re-deploy images of their development environment in minutes. Wasted time formerly spent hunting through lists of systems trying to find one that's free, working, and sufficient, is now spent getting actual work done, or better yet, drinking coffee!
If you've been thinking you would like to get started learning about OpenStack, perhaps by experimenting and building yourself a small private cloud, there's really never been a better time. Especially since today we're very excited to announce that OpenStack Juno is now available to you as part of Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta. You can start small, and in about 10 minutes install a Solaris Unified Archive that essentially is a fully configured OpenStack Cloud-In-A-Box. Deploy the OpenStack Unified Archive to a system, perform a few configuration steps (specific to your environment, e.g. SSH keys and such), and voila you have a functional OpenStack cloud that you can start learning how to operate.
If you are more experienced with OpenStack and are looking to build a cloud system for your Enterprise that is powered by best of breed Solaris technologies, such as Solaris Zones, the ZFS file system, and Solaris SDN...and that leverages SPARC systems, x86 systems (or both) you'll appreciate how well we've integrated the worlds most popular open source cloud infrastructure software with the Solaris technologies you've come to know and trust.
Within Solaris 11.3 Beta, we've integrated the Juno versions of the core OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure services: Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Swift, Keystone, Glance, Heat, and Horizon, along with the drivers enabling OpenStack to drive Solaris virtualization, and ZFS backed shared storage over iSCSI or FC (both from Solaris natively or via the ZFS Storage Appliance). Within OpenStack Horizon, you'll find an integrated Zones Console interface, and you can upgrade your 11.2 Havana based OpenStack cloud via IPS to Juno based Solaris 11.3 Beta.
Post 11.3 Beta, we'll be very excited to introduce bare metal provisioning support for SPARC and x86 systems through OpenStack Ironic. In addition to being able to offer virtualized environments of varying sizes/configs (e.g. flavors) to cloud tenants, Ironic enables bare metal flavors to also be provided. We'll probably also have a few more exciting features to talk about as well. :) But in the meanwhile, we hope you enjoy OpenStack Juno on Solaris 11.3 Beta, and do let us know if you have any questions and/or run into any issues as we would be more than happy to help!