Good news! We’re almost there! We’ve made significant progress on almost all aspects of our OpenStack platform and we’re nearly ready for an official launch. This week, we’ve performed one final major test and maintenance cycle on the platform in order to find and fix any remaining flaws. We’ve updated configurations and software, done some serious stress testing, and conducted disaster recovery tests.
Naturally, we hoped to encounter as few weaknesses as possible. We did discover some issues, but none that affect the stability, security and performance of the platform. We’re convinced the platform is ready to go into production.
Before we really go live, we intend to wait for all key project members to be back from their summer holidays. We’ll do a final check-up of all services and components, and then we’ll go live and celebrate. We can’t give you a specific date yet, but the launch will be in September or early October.
Although we’ve run a bit behind on our OpenStack website, it will receive some large updates within the next two weeks. We’ll give it a graphical overhaul and release information on features, products and pricing.
Features still under development
We’ve mentioned before that we were still working on the implementation of Trove, Sahara and Designate. We’ve decided that, for a multi-tenant public cloud service, both Sahara (big data) and Trove (database as a service) are not secure and stable enough. We will continue to keep it in our test environment and as soon as the software is good enough, we will roll it out on the production platform. Regarding Designate (DNS as a service): we’re still busy fixing some quirks but trust we’ll have it production ready in time.
One of the main new features we’re still working on is official container support (with OpenStack Magnum). It’s a project within OpenStack that’s still under heavy development and is probably the biggest thing in OpenStack at the moment. If you’re interested, there’s a background article on the subject on the OpenStack Superuser website. Although we don’t officially support container technology itself yet within our OpenStack platform, there’s no reason you can’t experiment with it. A great source to help you get started is CoreKube (check it out on GitHub).
A thank you to our testers
As you can see, we’re really in the final stages of development. Our beta testers have been of invaluable help to us and have given us a lot of usage data to analyze and process. We’re convinced that our final product will be an OpenStack cloud service to be proud of. We believe you’ll be more than happy with it as well.