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What's Next for OpenStack Is Ironic [VIDEO]

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted June 2, 2014


The open-source OpenStack cloud platform is now in the development phase for its next major release code-named Juno, set to debut in October. Among the major new features in development is a technology known as "Ironic," which provides bare metal server provisioning capabilities.

In a video interview with ServerWatch, Jonathan Bryce and Mark Collier, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the OpenStack Foundation, respectively, OpenStack Ironicdetail some of the innovations in the pipeline for the OpenStack Juno release.

Bryce noted that work is underway for object storage policies that will enable different storage back-ends. The policy could enable an OpenStack administrator to determine on an object-by-object basis which back-end should be used.

Project Sahara, which will provide an elastic Hadoop service for Big Data, is also set to land in OpenStack Juno.

Another key project that OpenStack developers are working on is Project Ironic, though it's not a technology that will likely be integrated with the Juno release. Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation, said he has heard from a lot of companies that were looking at internal efforts to do more bare-metal automation and decided to join the Project Ironic effort.

Though there is a lot of interest in Ironic, Collier expects that the Ironic technology will stay in the incubation phase for a while longer before it lands in an integrated OpenStack release.

Watch the full video with Jonathan Bryce and Mark Collier below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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