OpenStack Ceilometer Bringing Metering to Open Source Grizzly Cloud

OpenStack FolsomFrom the ‘Metered Cloud’ files:

One of the most talked about new technologies for the open source OpenStack cloud platform that I heard about at the last OpenStack Summit was Ceilometer.

Ceilometer provides metering for OpenStack -think billing and usage. It is already in used at multiple cloud providers including AT&T and DreamHost. The effort also has contributions from Rackspace, Red Hat and HP.

While Ceilometer was a separate project for Folsom it has now graduated and is an official OpenStack project. That means that we are like to see Ceilometer as part of the official Grizzly release now set to debut on April the fourth.

Having an integrated metering/measuring infrastructure is a huge advantage and use for IaaS. After all, the NIST definition of cloud defines cloud as a metered service, so how can you meter a service without integrated metering? Now with Ceilometer it’s an integrated part of the OpenStack platform as a whole.

Back in October I askedOpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan about what might land in Grizzly from an incubated project perspective, so it’s great to see this come to fruition.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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