During the VMworld US 2016, VMware announced the VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) 3.0 release.
OpenStack is a framework that provides cloud-style APIs for the developers, and also some tools on the top. Developers needs not only to build applications but also provision them and scale up on an infrastructure. It is a cloud framework for creating an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud. OpenStack software controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter managed by a dashboard or using the OpenStack API. It works with enterprise and open source technologies making it a good solutions for mixed infrastructure.
VIO is an Integrated Product approach to OpenStack, that make it easy to deploy and manage, but it’s still based on standard OpenStack distribution. It’s targeted on to be deployed and to manage proven production architecture on VMware SDDC. And it’s fully supported by VMware.
It try to take the best of both worlds: the features of OpenStack and the strength of VMware products like vSphere and NSX.
This version is based on Mitaka OpenStack that has several improvements:
- Improved day-to-day experience for cloud admins and administratorsS
- implified configuration for Nova compute service
- Streamlined Keystone identity service is now a one-step process for setting up the identity management features of a cloud network
- Keystone now supports multi-backend allowing local authentication and AD accounts simultaneously
- Heat’s convergence engine optimized to handle larger loads and more complex actions for horizontal scaling for improved performance for stateless mode
- Enhanced OpenStack Client provides a consistent set of calls for creating resources no longer requiring the need to learn the intricacies of each service API
- Support for software development kits (SDKs) in various languages
- New “give me a network,” feature capable of creating a network, attaching a server to it, assigning an IP to that server, and making the network accessible, in a single action
The deployment is simplified: VIO 3.0 can be deployed in a compact mode: this is a 2 VMs deployment only and it is ideal for multiple small deployments or in relaxed SLA scenarios. Otherwise it can be deployed in full HA mode with a new slimmer Full HA Architecture with database replication and able to manage 6000+ VMs and 200+ Hypervisors.
With this new release VIO is now able to import vSphere workload in order to permit managing vSphere VMs through standard OpenStack APIs.