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Q&A: Kamesh Pemmaraju Talks About Mirantis OpenStack (MOS) Distribution Version 7.0

 

On Tuesday, Mirantis announced its latest major release of OpenStack. To find out more information and better understand what they are doing, I spoke with Kamesh Pemmaraju, Mirantis vice president of product marketing. 

VMblog:  Explain a bit more about what Mirantis recently announced.

Kamesh Pemmaraju:  We are announcing the latest 7.0 version of our Mirantis OpenStack (MOS) Distribution. Our Global 2000 enterprises and service provider customers told us they want to run business-critical workloads on OpenStack - and they want the solution to be resilient at scale and easy to operate, maintain, patch, upgrade, and rollback, over its entire lifecycle. 

And that's exactly what we are delivering with MOS 7.0

Our engineering team has been fanatically focused on improving the stability, resilience, availability, security, and scale of the code base while also adding features to make this a life-cycle-operationally-friendly release.

VMblog:  What's new in MOS 7.0 that VMBlog readers would care about the most?

Pemmaraju:  OpenStack operators will love this new release because it is designed to ease their jobs of maintaining and managing large-scale clouds. Here are just a few of the most compelling features: 
  • We are making it ever-more easier to upgrade OpenStack to newer releases while continuing to reduce downtime during the upgrade process.
  • We added a rollback capability in this release which allows you to revert back to the previous release in case you have an issue with the upgrade.
  • We have the most VMWare-friendly OpenStack that is also very flexible and interoperable with other SDNs and hypervisors. For example, with this release, our customers can build rich heterogeneous clouds that can run both KVM and vSphere workloads with a single OpenStack control plane. More significantly, we also now support NSX-v for those customers who want a pure VMWare SDN option. We also implemented a vSphere distributed switch that interoperates with other Neutron SDN's.
  • We continue to maximize infrastructure flexibility and choice through our Mirantis Unlocked Technology partner program.  We are adding a number of Partner Fuel-plugins which automates the deployment and configuration of partner solutions. Calico, SolidFire, Juniper Contrail, SwiftStack,  Zabbix, MidoNet are just some of the partner solutions available. Check out the full list here: https://www.mirantis.com/products/openstack-drivers-and-plugins/fuel-plugins/
We also want to make OpenStack the most developer-friendly infrastructure platform. With self-service push-button simplicity, developers can deploy using Murano (the OpenStack app catalog) a wide-variety of common workloads including complex platforms and container orchestration engines such as Kubernetes, CloudFoundy, and more. In this release, we have made several enhancements to Murano including improved role-based access control and support for VMWare and Windows apps. There's also a new developer guide if you are developing Murano applications. 

VMblog:  You recently announced a $100 million investment round led by Intel that talked about close joint engineering collaboration on OpenStack.  What can we expect to see from this effort for OpenStack?

Pemmaraju:  The Mirantis - Intel joint engineering collaboration is mainly about accelerating OpenStack development to more quickly meet enterprise needs of availability, performance, scale and to enable workloads such as NFV (Network Function Virtualization). All of this work will be done upstream in the OpenStack codebase so that the community at large benefits from it.

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It is always a pleasure to get the chance to speak with Kamesh Pemmaraju, Mirantis vice president of product marketing.  Thanks again for your time.

Published Thursday, October 01, 2015 8:03 AM by David Marshall
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