Akanda Delivers OpenStack Liberty-Based Platform Update

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 26, 2015

It was all the way back in 2010, when we at OStatic first did a short post on an emerging open source cloud computing platform called OpenStack. "The open platform will go head-to-head with cloud platforms from VMware and Microsoft, and will likely compete with other open source cloud platfroms such as Eucalyptus Systems'," we noted at the time.

Fast-forward to today, and the 12th release of OpenStack, dubbed Liberty, is out. Lots of vendors are announcing upgrades to their OpenStack distributions based on Liberty, and the latest is Akanda, the major contributor and supporter of the recently launched OpenStack Project Astara, which announced Astara's Liberty release at OpenStack Summit Tokyo.

Among the improvements in the Liberty release are finer-grained management controls, performance enhancements for large deployments and more powerful tools for managing new technologies like containers in production environments. New capabilities like common library adoption and better configuration management have been added in direct response to the requests of OpenStack cloud operators. 

"The production-proven OpenStack project fully negates the need for multiple plugins and SDN controllers," notes Akanda. "By orchestrating network functions from different providers on bare metal, VMs, and containers, Astara provides unprecedented flexibility, agility, and stability to OpenStack cloud developers and service providers."

"Astara's first release as an official OpenStack project is an exciting one for OpenStack operators," said Henrik Rosendahl, CEO, Akanda. "The goal of Astara is to make Networking and DevOps' lives easier. With tremendous community support and momentum for the platform throughout its first year, Astara is the answer for massively simplified OpenStack networking stack that can replace traditional -- and expensive -- single vendor lock-in."

"As an operator of OpenStack, it's fantastic to see new open source projects like Astara extend and simplify the platform," said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost and OpenStack Foundation board member. "The Liberty release of OpenStack demonstrates the power of the big tent approach to offering choice and operating efficiency for delivering a 100% open source cloud to end users and customers."

 More information is found via the Astara Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvZgBFz9yjQ, and at the Akanda Blog: http://akanda.io/blog