An Update on OpenStack Neutron, Magnum, and More

By Kyle Mestery
Senior Director and Chief Technologist of Open Source Networking at HP, and Neutron PTL

As has been the case for years now, there is a lot going in OpenStack cloud computing. As the PTL of OpenStack Neutron, I’m heavily involved in the day to day workings of the project on many fronts. With OpenStack Silicon Valley being right around the corner, I thought I’d take some time to talk about a few exciting things happening in the community. There are many groups in the community doing some incredible work. The below are some highlights of groups doing everything from coding to product management to interoperability to deployment.

This is my third cycle being the PTL of Neutron. I’ve been honored to lead a team of contributors which continues to grow. We’re continuing to evolve Neutron as a pluggable platform for virtual networking and services, while at the same time stabilizing its own reference implementation. The changes we’ve been able to make include adding new core reviewers and evolving the contribution process, and that has allowed the ecosystem to flourish. I’m proud of what we’ve done and what the future holds.

OpenStack Magnum is a relatively new OpenStack technology project whose mission is to make container orchestration systems available as first-class citizens in the OpenStack world. Containers and OpenStack technology go together quite well, and Magnum will be interesting to watch as it evolves to enable a more seamless integration of the two.

A relatively new group to the OpenStack ecosystem is the Product Working Group. This group has a mission to work with existing technical and community members to both aggregate feedback on the roadmaps for projects, and to help feed input into the technical teams from OpenStack operators. I’m very interested to see how this team evolves and contributes to the broader OpenStack community.

The DefCore Committee inside OpenStack has been working for a while to define a set of capabilities, code, and must-pass tests for all OpenStack products. The group has really picked up steam lately, and their work is what allows you as a consumer to ensure the OpenStack powered cloud you’re using is interoperable with other OpenStack powered clouds. The group has recently taken on the task of working to define networking tests, and I’m happy to report these will be focused on OpenStack Neutron.

The last group I’d like to highlight is the Large Deployment Team. This team is doing work to align the needs of large, high-scale operators in a cross functional manner. Some of the more recent work they’ve taken on includes review and input on Nova Cells and IP reachability and segmentation inside of Neutron.

There are lots of other great groups working in the OpenStack ecosystem, I’ve merely highlighted a smaller sampling here. The ecosystem is very active and there is a large amount of productive work being done in the community. An open source project is only as strong as its community, and in the case of OpenStack, this community is a strength which continues to grow and blossom as the project matures.

Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

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