Mirantis' Fuel Project Joins the OpenStack Big Tent
Mirantis, which is well-known for its laser focus on the OpenStack cloud computing platform, long ago open sourced its own library of configuration and deployment tools for OpenStack under an Apache license. The library is called Fuel, and has made a difference as a cloud deployment and management toolset.
Now, the news comes that Fuel has become an official OpenStack component under the project's "big tent" organizational policy.
Fuel has been successfully used to deploy OpenStack in environments ranging from personal proof-of-concept micro-clouds to production infrastructures composed of hundreds of nodes running tens of thousands
of instances, using a wide variety of network and storage backends, with
out-of-the-box support for most OpenStack projects.
We've covered some of the other management and automation tools for OpenStack. Some organizations use Puppet and Chef for automation. Mirantis stayed focused on Fuel, though and it is now seen as a comprehensive management tool.
Fuel provides a REST API, a web UI, a command line interface, and plugin framework that automate and simplify deployment and operation of cloud infrastructures based on OpenStack.
"The OpenStack Big Tent just got a whole lot bigger," announced Mirantis co-founder Boris Renski. "The Technical Committee has voted in the largest OpenStack project yet: Fuel."
The Fuel tools come with complete documentation and a step-by-step deployment guide. There is also guidance available on matching the tools with the right hardware configurations. There are also many scripts and components that can help integrate OpenStack with existing platforms.
You can learn much more about Fuel here.