Tesora Enterprise 1.5 Expands OpenStack Database as a Service

New features in Tesora Enterprise 1.5 include several from the upcoming OpenStack Liberty release, providing improved MongoDB and Reddis database support.


OpenStack database-as-a-service (DBaaS) vendor Tesora released version 1.5 of Tesora Enterprise 1.5 today, providing users with new features including several that are part of the upcoming OpenStack Liberty release.

Tesora is a venture-backed vendor that has raised $14.5 million in funding to date, including a $5.8 million round announced on Aug. 13. The company is one of the leading contributors to the OpenStack Trove DBaaS project, which is part of the OpenStack Liberty milestone that is set to officially debut on Oct. 15. Among the new updates in Tesora DBaaS Platform Enterprise Edition 1.5 that come from OpenStack Liberty are improved MongoDB and Reddis database support.

The updates include not only features that are set to debut in OpenStack Liberty, but also improved hardened capabilities from the OpenStack Kilo release of Trove that first became generally available in the open-source project in April, according to Ken Rugg, founder and CEO of Tesora. In the OpenStack Kilo release, IBM contributed DB2 and CouchDB database support, which Tesora has since brought into its own testing regimen to integrate the capabilities into its Tesora DBaaS Platform Enterprise Edition, he said.

"We're also bringing in some capabilities that we have been working on internally that are already part of our testing that will show up in the OpenStack Liberty release," Rugg told eWEEK.

The new items from the OpenStack Liberty code that Tesora is bringing to market include improved backup, clustering and user management capabilities for the MongoDB database. Tesora also worked on improving Reddis database support with an improved user interface.

In addition, the new release includes improved Trove integration with the OpenStack Horizon dashboard.

"Horizon is something where we continue to be quite a bit ahead of the community for release reasons," Rugg said. "We're very active in the Trove project as a top contributor, but on the Horizon side we don't have as big a role in the project, and as such getting code upstream takes a bit longer to work through the cycle."

Looking forward, there are additional items in the Liberty release cycle for Trove that will likely land in future updates of the Tesora DBaaS Platform Enterprise Edition, including improved log management and enhanced support for MySQL database clustering capabilities. Rugg noted that Hewlett-Packard developers have been leading the effort for the MySQL database clustering enhancements in Trove.

The role of DBaaS as a stable cloud service is making headlines—this week in particular—as Amazon's cloud had services outages on Sept. 20 as a result of failures in its DynamoDB database service. Amazon's troubles might well represent an opportunity for those looking to run DBaaS in their own private cloud deployments.

"The way Trove and Tesora DBaaS operate is it lets organizations operate within their own private clouds," Rugg said. "I'm not an Amazon basher; I think they're doing a good job and they have failures like anyone else, but at the same time people do feel more comfortable when they're in full control."

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

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.