It’s all hands to the cloud platform pumps over at the OpenStack community this month. For one, Mirantis (a software, services and training company) is buddying up with Google and Intel to develop Fuel, the leading lifecycle management tool for OpenStack.
What is OpenStack Fuel?
Fuel is an open source deployment and management tool for OpenStack — it provides a GUI-driven experience for deployment and management of OpenStack, related community projects and plug-ins.
The reason for this architecture-level engineering effort is to allow Fuel to use Kubernetes as its underlying orchestration engine.
The companies say they will work with the OpenStack community to package OpenStack into Docker containers to be managed by Kubernetes.
The resulting software will give users so-termed ‘fine grain control’ over the placement of services used for the OpenStack control plane and the ability to do rolling updates of OpenStack, make the OpenStack control plane self-healing and smooth the path for the creating of microservices-based applications on OpenStack.
“With the emergence of Docker as the standard container image format and Kubernetes as the standard for container orchestration, we are finally seeing continuity in how people approach operations of distributed applications. Combining Kubernetes and Fuel will open OpenStack up to a new delivery model that allows faster consumption of updates, helping customers get to outcomes faster,” said Mirantis CMO, Boris Renski.
To support Kubernetes on OpenStack, Mirantis will become an active contributor to the Kubernetes project.
“Kubernetes in Fuel will turn OpenStack into a true microservice application, bridging the gap between legacy infrastructure software and the next generation of application development. Many enterprises will benefit from using containers and sophisticated cluster management as the foundation for resilient, highly scalable infrastructure,” said Google senior product manager, Craig McLuckie.
Mirantis has also joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a Linux Foundation project and organization dedicated to advancing the development of cloud native applications and services, as a Silver member.
“Combined open source leadership of Intel and Mirantis will be instrumental in bridging the OpenStack and Kubernetes communities. Our joint efforts will marry two complementary and powerful open source communities, making it simpler for enterprises to manage private clouds,” said Intel VP & GM, software defined infrastructure group, Jonathan Donaldson.