OpenStack is a widely supported, open source suite of components for provisioning public and private IaaS cloud platforms. The latest release, Essex, is available for both Fedora 16 (as a preview) and Fedora 17. With OpenStack and Fedora, you'll find:
- Nova: A service to manage virtual machines, including stopping, starting, and live migration. Fedora support for libguestfs increases the variety of virtual machineimage formats you can manipulate.
- Glance: A virtual machine image registration service, providing a REST interface to image caching and tretrieval.
- Swift: An object storage service akin to Amazon's S3 service.
- Quantum: A virtual networking service with a REST interface and pluggable back-ends. The Essex release supports Open vSwitch, Linux bridging, and a variety of virtual networking controller technologies.
- An included dashboard self-service and administration UI
- Open vSwitch available for use by Quantum (this line may be redundant with above?)
- Simplified dependencies with Qpid as the messaging transport
- Upstream-supported libguestfs integration
- Optimized handling of VM images to minimize time and disk space used
- KVM support for booting from ISOs and better control over disk images
- Separate admin and volume APIs in Nova
- Optimized image transfer and progress info with Glance
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