SOURCE: Akanda

Akanda

October 26, 2015 09:00 ET

Akanda Releases New Version of Astara That Simplifies Networking for OpenStack Liberty

Open Source Network Orchestration Platform Designed for Multi-Tenant, Vendor-Agnostic OpenStack Environments Gets Significant Technical Upgrade

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and TOKYO, JAPAN--(Marketwired - Oct 26, 2015) - Akanda, the major contributor and supporter of the recently launched OpenStack Project Astara, today announced Astara's Liberty release at OpenStack Summit Tokyo. The new version now available to OpenStack operators is the open source network orchestration platform's most substantial since its initial launch, and is Astara's first since becoming an official OpenStack project.

Astara's Liberty release gives OpenStack operators a vendor-agnostic network orchestration platform for layer 3 through 7 network services that radically simplifies the complexity and scale of Neutron implementations. The production-proven OpenStack project fully negates the need for multiple plugins and SDN controllers. By orchestrating network functions from different providers on bare metal, VMs, and containers, Astara provides unprecedented flexibility, agility, and stability to OpenStack cloud developers and service providers.

What's new in Astara's Liberty release?

  • More configurability: A new load balancer driver allows OpenStack operators to configure the platform to load and manage only the resources they choose. Current implementations include NGINX and NGINX Plus.
  • Quicker provisioning: Neutron resources are now much more quickly provisioned onto appliance VMs via a new service that manages pools of hot-standby appliance VMs.
  • Cumulus Networks integration: Tight integration and support for Dynamic Lightweight Network Virtualization gives OpenStack operators a complete, OpenStack-ready stack.
  • Higher availability: Active-active high availability and scaling improvements.
  • Full compatibility with Liberty: Astara is synced to Liberty's global requirements, ensuring smooth installation into system namespaces shared by other OpenStack projects.
  • Full compatibility with Kilo and Juno: For clouds running OpenStack Kilo or Juno, the new Astara release can be completely backported.

"Astara's first release as an official OpenStack project is an exciting one for OpenStack operators," said Henrik Rosendahl, CEO, Akanda. "The goal of Astara is to make Networking and DevOps' lives easier. With tremendous community support and momentum for the platform throughout its first year, Astara is the answer for massively simplified OpenStack networking stack that can replace traditional -- and expensive -- single vendor lock-in."

"As an operator of OpenStack, it's fantastic to see new open source projects like Astara extend and simplify the platform," said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost and OpenStack Foundation board member. "The Liberty release of OpenStack demonstrates the power of the big tent approach to offering choice and operating efficiency for delivering a 100% open source cloud to end users and customers."

Supporting Resources

Astara Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvZgBFz9yjQ
Project Astara Wiki: https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Astara
Akanda Blog: http://akanda.io/blog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/akandaio
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/akanda-inc

About Akanda, Inc.
Akanda, Inc. is the major contributor and supporter of the open source Astara network virtualization software project. Founded by the DreamHost team that developed and supported the Ceph storage platform, Akanda provides the Astara project with development resources. Akanda also offers commercial subscriptions and enterprise support to its customers and partners deploying Astara. For more, visit akanda.io and follow @akandaio.

About Astara
Astara is an open source network orchestration platform built by OpenStack operators for real OpenStack clouds. An official OpenStack project, Astara is changing the future of networking by delivering an open, extensible, and cost effective platform for enterprises and service providers to virtualize their networks. Astara is layer 2 agnostic and powers network virtualization for DreamCompute, the OpenStack-based public cloud offered by DreamHost.