OpenStack Icehouse Brings Compute, Storage, Networking and Database to the Open-Source Cloud
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Among the new features that have landed in OpenStack Icehouse that were specifically driven by user feedback is an improved federated identity capability.
"Now you can use a single credential and be able to log into multiple public and private clouds," Mark Collier, Chief Operating Officer of the OpenStack Foundation said. "That's a key step on the path toward the hybrid cloud requirement that a lot of people have today."
Storage also gets a boost in the OpenStack Icehouse release with a new replication mechanism for object storage. The OpenStack Swift project is one of the core OpenStack projects and provides object storage capabilities. Swift had previously been using the "rsync" open-source application to enable replication across different storage drives in a cluster, The OpenStack Foundation's Bryce, told eWEEK.
"There is now a native replication service called sSync, or Swift Sync, that is actually providing better performance for large environments," Bryce said. "It taps directly into the requests coming in and out of the object storage system to add and remove objects, so it's able to be more intelligent than rsync."