Eight Up and Coming OpenStack Cloud Projects

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2014-09-26

When the open-source OpenStack cloud platform first got started back in 2010, there were only two components, with Rackspace bringing in the Swift storage project and NASA contributing the Nova compute piece. Over the last four years, OpenStack has expanded significantly beyond its initial two core contributors and two primary components. OpenStack now counts many of the world's leading technology vendors—including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Cisco, Intel, Dell, VMware, AT&T and Comcast—among its many supporters. Just as the number of supporting companies has grown, so too has the number of projects within OpenStack. Since 2010, OpenStack has added new storage, networking, dashboard and orchestration capabilities. The OpenStack Bexar release in 2011 introduced the Glance cloud image discovery and delivery project. In April 2012, OpenStack's Essex release debuted the full integration of the Horizon dashboard, providing visibility into cloud operations for administrators. The OpenStack Folsom release in September 2012 added the Cinder block storage project, providing new storage options for cloud users. Folsom was also noteworthy in that it marked the debut of the Neutron networking project, which has since been renamed Quantum. More recently, in April of this year, the OpenStack Icehouse release debuted the Trove database-as-a-service project. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some upcoming OpenStack projects.


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