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VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0: What is New

VMware announced VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 Data Center edition at VMworld in Las Vegas.  We are truly excited about our latest OpenStack distribution that gives our customers the new features and enhancements included in the Ocata release, with a bundled Container platform option included. For OpenStack cloud admins, the 4.0 Data Center edition is also about enhanced platform performance and manageability, increased scale and advanced networking.











New Features Include:

OpenStack Features available in Newton + Ocata:

VIO 4.0 is based on the upstream Ocata release.  Ocata is the first release in which Cells v2 is the default deployment configuration for OpenStack Nova, a single Cell is supported in Ocata.  Cell support enables future scale out of an OpenStack cloud in a more distributed fashion.  The placement service, introduced in the Newton release, is now an essential part of VIO 4.0 in determining the optimum placement of VMs. Not to be mistaken with VMware DRS, the OpenStack placement service allows a cloud admin set up pools of resources, and then set up allocations for resource providers. VM placement policies can be built on top of those resources for optimal placement of VMs (Additional blogs to follow).

New capabilities in OpenStack Horizon include: enhanced workload placements, LBaaSv2 and Heat template versions to name a few. Heat template versions provide user with a list of available template versions and functions for a particular template version.

Resource tagging, Cinder availability zones, enhanced Cinder snapshots, and Heat templates with conditions are some of the other notable enhancements available from upstream release in VIO 4.0 release.

vRealize Automation Integration

Another great example of VMware empowers customers to leverage existing investment in infrastructure management and tooling. Integration provides enterprise customers the ability to consume VIO resources with governance. Using vRA XaaS blueprints, a cloud admin can automate OpenStack user and project creation, governance based Heat template deployment or other common aspects of VIO consumption through vRA governance. Once OpenStack resources are on-boarded, vRA integration allows cloud admins and users to view the VIO Horizon dashboard directly from the vRA portal using SSO integration with vIDM.

Networking Advanced Capabilities

VIO 4.0 greatly simplifies network addressing and reachability management leveraging dynamic routing.  Instead of relying on NAT to provide address uniqueness, cloud admins can leverage Neutron address pools or get-me-a-network feature to define a scope of unique addresses spaces.  Tenants needing unique address space can allocate subnets from this pool without worrying about overlapping with another tenant.  With BGP routing, another VIO 4.0 new feature, cloud admin can enable end-to-end connectivity dynamically without managing low-level static routes.

Enhanced Neutron availability zone support allows OpenStack tenants to place NSX ESG workloads to different physical clusters, across different racks for increased availability.  Finally, Firewall-as-a-Service and guest VLAN tagging are some of the other major Neutron enhancements.

Enhanced Platform Support

We are extremely proud of multi-vCenter support in VIO 4.0.  Multi-VC support with NSX-T allows VIO customers the ability to define multiple fault/availability zones, avoiding single point of failure.  Multi-VC can also be used for scaling out VIO by adding more vCenters upon reaching concurrency or total object limits.

Enterprise workloads require both horizontal and vertical scaling.  While horizontal scaling is made simple through Heat or Terraform, vertical scaling often requires downtime/outage window.  With VIO 4.0, cloud admins can offer Glance images that support live resize: OpenStack tenants can increase CPU, Memory, and disk of their virtual machine without VM powering down.  VIO 4.0 also provides increased resiliency with vCenter HA and LVM support on the OMS server to allow flexible storage growth.

Enterprise Grade Container

Finally, VIO offers enterprise grade Kubernetes with built in security, HA and scale (up or down).  Out of box, VIO provides Cloud Admins with simplified day 1 deployment automation for Kubernetes with multi-tenancy and user management.  Once deployed, VIO Kubernetes integrates easily with SDDC vRealize suite of products solving day 2 operational challenges in container life cycle Management, monitoring and logging.  Persistent storage, load balancing and container networking powered by VMware NSX are also standard out of box.

Adopting agile processes is a key driver to help business digitally transform.  It is changing not only the way applications are coded, but also the process they are built and operated.  In the new DevOps driven era, infrastructure admins and developers are solving the same problem – faster time to value.  VIO 4.0 is the answer for any organization looking to digitally transform their business.

VIO 4.0 Data Center edition will enable DevOps teams to build and deliver:

  • Container based micro-services, in addition to traditional VM based workloads
  • End-to-end infrastructure automation leveraging existing tools
  • OpenStack deployment scale out using multi-VC, OpenStack placement API and Cells v2
  • Advanced Neutron and container networking to simplify addressing and reachability while ensuring application security
  • Solving Day 2 operational challenges in Infrastructure life cycle management

Supported by the most rock solid VMware SDDC Infrastructure, VIO enables businesses faster time to value.

Try VMware Integrated OpenStack Today

Take a free test drive, no installation required, with the VMware Integrated OpenStack Hands-on Lab.  Try out the latest VIO 4.0 HOL If you are attending VMworld Vegas or Barcelona.


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About Xiao Gao

Xiao Hu Gao is a Technical Marketing Manager at VMware CNABU. He enjoys speaking to customers and partners about the benefits of running Kubernetes on top of VMware technologies. Xiao has a background in DevOps, Data Center Design, and Software Defined Networking. Xiao is CCIE (Emeritus) and holds few patents in the areas of Security and Cloud.

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