Midokura today announced the latest release of Midonet, its software defined networking platform for IaaS infrastructures. MidoNet now integrates with OpenStack Grizzly and OpenStack Havana and supports Layer 2 Gateway networking. MidoNet’s support of Layer 2 Gateway means that customers can now “connect bare-metal servers to the overlay network” and thereby add physical networks to its network virtualization platform. The latest release also features an enhanced management console marked by the ability to understand how a virtualized network would operate if it had experienced a physical installation. In addition, today’s release boasts an enhanced command line in its web-based user interface. Midonet’s distributed, decentralized, software defined network virtualization platform represents an alternative to the Open vSwitch (OVS) Plugin provided by OpenStack. In an interview with Cloud Computing Today, Adam Johnson, General Manager of Midokura, notes that Midonet claims competitive advantages over OVS such as improved security, efficiency, scalability and performance as it strives to become the networking solution of choice for the OpenStack community.
The OpenStack community recently celebrated the release of OpenStack Havana, the eighth release of its open source Infrastructure as a Service platform. Orchestration and Metering represent the key components of the Havana release. OpenStack Orchestration enables the automation of compute, storage and networking resources by leveraging pre-configured templates. Meanwhile, OpenStack Metering provides administrators with a unified picture of data usage across the entire OpenStack platform including activities like “enterprise chargebacks and feeding systems monitoring tools.” This release includes Firewall-as-a-Service as well as SSL support for all service APIs. Havana also features support for Docker containers as part of OpenStack Compute, which enables users to spin up containers rather than virtual machines and thereby benefit from improvements in efficiency and performance. In total, OpenStack Havana contains 400 new features from 910 contributors, which represents a 70% increase in contributors as compared to the previous release, Grizzly. Interested users can learn more about Havana and the next release, Icehouse, at the upcoming OpenStack summit in Hong Kong from November 5-8.
The following overview of OpenStack Havana is provided courtesy of the OpenStack Foundation: