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VMware has unveiled its latest OpenStack distribution, VMware Integrated OpenStack 5 or VIO5, making it one of the first companies to support and provide enhanced stability on top of the newest OpenStack Queens Release.

VIO5 is available in two flavours, one for enterprise data centres and the other specifically designed to meet the needs of the telecommunications industry. It will enable customers to take advantage of advancements in Queens and adds support for the latest versions of other VMware products including vSphere, vSAN and NSX.

OpenStack (developed under the control of the OpenStack Foundation) is an open source platform that’s primarily used as a way to bring cloud capabilities to private data centres and is the backbone for many hybrid cloud solutions.

For both the Data Centre and Carrier editions, VMware boasts that VIO5 can run up to 500 hosts and 15,000 virtual machines per region, with support for multiple regions with monitoring and metrics at scale.

On the enterprise front the new capabilities include:

  • The ability to create snapshots, clones and backups of attached volumes that will dramatically improve VM and application uptime via enhancements to the Cinder volume driver
  • Deploying and running both VM and container workloads on a single virtualised infrastructure manager (VIM) and with a single network fabric based on VMware NSX-T Data Center, meaning customers can seamlessly deploy hybrid workloads where some components run in containers while others run in VMs
  • Advanced security features that will consolidate and simplify user and role management based on enhancements to Keystone

When it comes to container orchestration, VMware OpenStack 5 supports Kubernetes out-of-the-box.

Meanwhile, the telecoms industry will benefit from advanced features such as enhanced performance for networking support, together with service assurance visibility, analytics and troubleshooting capabilities.

VIO5 will be one of the first commercial OpenStack distributions to comply with the OpenStack Foundation’s 2018.02 interoperability guidelines, making migration to VIO from other vendors’ OpenStack that much easier.

And if you’re already using VIO, you can take advantage of OpenStack’s built-in upgrade capability to upgrade seamlessly to VIO 5.

Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of products and solutions, Telco NFV Business Unit, VMware commented: “We continue be a leader in OpenStack innovation by being one of the first companies to update to the latest OpenStack Queens, and we continue in our relentless dedication to providing CSPs, mobile operators, cloud providers and enterprises with the fastest path to successful, production OpenStack deployment.”

Glyn Roberts

Country Manager

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