The cloud grew. From its premillennial beginnings and even throughout its prehistory when cloud computing was just circular, curly-edged diagrams drawn on whiteboards by network engineers dreaming of the future connectivity substrate we now all take for granted. , the cloud has grown outward, upward, and occasionally sideways.
Where this burgeoning development trajectory is taking us today is to a point where there are quite possibly more virtual machines (VMs) on the planet than there are physical computers. laptops or even smartphones. An instance of abstract virtualized computing capability described and defined to run on a cloud server in a data center, a virtual machine can be established to perform some, all, or even more functions than a single physical computer.
So if virtual machines (very generally simply written as: VM) are now so widespread and important, what factors underlie the next stage of their development and how will a) we be able to orchestrate the multiplicity of functions that make them work? and b) be able to bundle, contain and control their existence in the new levels of cloud-native technologies being created.
Configured consistent cluster check
Mirantis, headquartered in California, thinks it’s a best-in-class configuration, merged cluster controls, and of course (the open-source cloud container orchestration technology that underpins so many key cloud developments today) Kubernetes. The company says its Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes (MOSK) offering has now seen virtual machines deployed on its infrastructure explode more than 10 times over the previous year.
“The significant growth we’ve seen in VM deployment on MOSK in 2022 proves, once again, that OpenStack is still a relevant and important infrastructure for enterprise and service provider virtualized workloads,” said Artem Andreev, Product Manager, Mirantis OpenStack. for Kubernetes. « MOSK hardens open source [version of] OpenStack as the foundation for mission-critical operations, removing the typical challenges of OpenStack cluster deployment and operations with an easy-to-use virtualization platform – containerized and optimally configured for Kubernetes.
For essential context here, Mirantis said it “powers” OpenStack, a free and open-source cloud computing platform that works to provide infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) functions for all types of clouds. , i.e. public clouds hosted by Cloud Services Providers (CSPs), private clouds operated by organizations in their on-premises data centers (obviously smaller, often single room), and the hybrid middle ground which overlaps the two. OpenStack’s operational mechanisms enable it to orchestrate and manage a variety of computing processing, data storage, and network connectivity tasks.
Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes is one of many key OpenStack distributions, other well-known distributions of course include Red Hat OpenStack Platform, VMware Integrated OpenStack and those from Canonical, Oracle, HPE, IBM and open source purists Debian.
Specifically regarding Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes, it is a containerized edition of the open source technology. By treating OpenStack as a cloud-native application, Mirantis claims it provides the configurability, resiliency, scalability, and seamless updates of Kubernetes. It dramatically simplifies the delivery and management of an IaaS infrastructure, but also with a simple self-service developer experience and a consistent cluster architecture for application portability and DevOps. It provides centralized logging, monitoring, and alerting, as well as tools to automate management of the underlying infrastructure, from hardware provisioning to software configuration.
“MOSK’s growth closely mirrors what we’re seeing in OpenStack’s overall growth,” said Allison Price, director of marketing and community at the OpenInfra Foundation. [the home of OpenStack today]. “Organizations are increasingly using OpenStack to deploy robust and scalable on-premises virtualization infrastructure, a trend reflected in the 2022 user survey, which revealed more than 40 million OpenStack cores in production. in the world.
Celebrating the latest release of its product in accordance with the release timeline of OpenStack itself, Mirantis now officially offers LTS (Long Term Support, a technology term used to describe a policy alignment on a stable version of a software release rather than on any ‘helpdesk support per se) for OpenStack Yoga, which was released in March 2022.
“We are pleased to announce that OpenStack Yoga is now fully available to all MOSK customers and will be supported for 2 years. For existing deployments running OpenStack Victoria [released in 2020] there is an easy upgrade path, thanks to MOSK’s superb lifecycle management,” the company notes.
The path to cloud-native ZeroOps
Like so many cloud stories we focus on now, the main story here boils down to one big and very important trend – the ability to manage IT infrastructure and the power to do so through software-defined controls with as much preconfigured automation intelligence as possible.
It’s what the tech industry likes to call ZeroOps, which is the ability to perform the function of operating a software application development “shop floor” (by which we mean a department, obviously) without having to constantly tinker with the inner workings of the system used to create applications and services.
As the cloud continues to grow, virtual machine instances and usage will also grow naturally — and that’s a solid trend.