Intel Invested in Improving the OpenStack Experience

By Mauri Whalen, Vice President in the Software and Services Group and Director of Core System Software in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel

The message at Intel’s recent Cloud  Day event was clear:  we’re serious about making cloud deployments easier and faster through new products,  programs, and collaborations. OpenStack is critical to our cloud strategy, and we’re  excited about the OpenStack Mitaka release. I want to share some of the work  Intel is driving in the OpenStack community and through contributions to Mitaka.

The  OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC), our collaboration with Rackspace, continues  to show strong momentum. The joint Intel/ Rackspace engineering team working at  OSIC has submitted 174 patches and reviewed almost 1,000 more. Additionally, the  OSIC environment itself is uniquely equipped to allow community testing of the  upstream code base at true enterprise scale. After opening the first of  two 1,000-node clusters to the community in October, we’ve seen great  response with  reservations for bare-metal allocations already at full capacity. Buildout of  the second cluster is nearing completion.

Turning  our attention to Mitaka, I look forward to what this release is delivering.  Intel has been very active in Mitaka, contributing tens of thousands of lines  of code targeting high availability for tenants and services, network and  storage support, and ease of deployment among other areas. Our team also  focused on improving the upgrade process, enabling the upgrade of many core  OpenStack components without downtime, and have made significant improvements  to live migration. These enhancements help enterprises deliver stable services,  supporting long-running enterprise workloads capable of withstanding  maintenance to the underlying infrastructure.

We  believe containers are critical to cloud computing, and we continue to push the  boundaries of what’s possible with this technology through our Clear Linux for  Intel Architecture project. From Intel Clear Container support in Magnum  to compiler techniques enabling architecture-specific optimizations at runtime  and leveraging the security features of Intel® Architecture, Intel is committed  to improving performance and security of containers in the cloud.

Finally, building on two successful hackathons Intel conducted with Huawei last year in  China to address OpenStack bugs, Intel upped the ante this year, joining with  six more corporate sponsors in bringing the worldwide community together for a  Global OpenStack Bug Smash March 7-9 that included new and experienced  developers, mentors, and official code reviewers. The results are impressive:  in 12 cities across 9 countries, 302 contributors authored patches to smash 293  bugs. Thanks to everyone who participated in the first global bug smash. We  look forward to many more!

These  efforts underscore Intel’s commitment to accelerating OpenStack adoption. I  look forward to continuing the discussion at OpenStack Summit Austin this week.  Be sure to join Intel in Austin to hear more  about how we’re improving the OpenStack experience for operators, community  members and developers alike.