What’s New – VMware Integrated Openstack 2.0

The VMware’s global conference for virtualization and cloud computing “VMworld 2015” is completed  in San Francisco today. In that conference , they have announced the most important  release for “VMware integrated Openstack 2.0 (VIO 2.0)”.  The first VMware integrated  openstack (VIO) released in 2014. Since then VMware aggressively doing more enhancement on the Openstack part. VIO 2.0 has major updates with lot of features and expected to be available before the end of Q3 2015 for download.

Let’s see what VIO 2.0 brings new to the world.


Openstack Kilo:

VMware Integrated Openstack 2.0 is based on kilo which is the latest openstack release . The previous openstack release was named as Juno. VIO 1.0 is based on Icehouse release which was released prior to juno. Ironic is the new feature which is integrated in to the kilo release. Ironic helps to provision the physical machine in addition to the existing VM instance provisioning. It also supports the Linux containers which the next emerging technology. Users can place workloads in the best environment for their performance requirements. Rackspace is already using Ironic on their production environment.


OpenStack Upgrade:

Openstack is just 5 years old technology and the development is still going on the aggressive phase. So the release will be supported for just one year from the release date. So you have forced to upgrade the environment to get the community support. The upgrade is not so easy like a traditional operating systems. But  VMware Integrated Openstack 2.0 supports the seamless upgrade. VMware claimed that this is the industry’s first seamless upgrade capability between OpenStack releases. Customers will now be able to upgrade from VIO 1.0 (Icehouse) to VIO 2.0 (Kilo), and even roll back if anything goes wrong, in a more operationally efficient manner.


Language Support:

VIO 2.0 will support  in seven languages including English, German, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean.


Load Balancer as Service: (LBaas)

As you all know that VMware NSX is targeting to make all the psychical networks in to the software defined network(SDN) model. Load Balancer as service will be available to the openstack through VMware NSX from VIO 2.0 onwards.



Ceilometer is the openstack’s default billing system which provides the accurate resources usage  to the customer. VIO 2.0 will support ceilometer using the mongoDB as backend database.


HEAT: (The Orchestration  Program):

HEAT is the default orchestration program in Openstack.  Infrastructure as code  or programmable infrastructure to manage configurations and automate provisioning of infrastructure in addition to deployments and HEAT is responsible to do that in Openstack. HEAT uses the simple YAML based text files to create the infrastructure in few minutes. VIO 2. 0  supports the HEAT’s auto scaling facility to turn on the instance on demand basis.  When the workload reaches the specific limit, HEAT’s auto scaling can turn on another few instances to share the work load. LBaaS will provide load balancing for the scale out components.


Backup and Restore:

VIO 2.0 will include the ability to backup and restore OpenStack services and configuration data in quick time.


Windows Customization:

VIO  2.0 supports the windows image customization where you can specify the various attributes like SID, admin password for the VM. You will also get the options to specify the affinity rules.


Qcow2 Image Support:

VMware’s default image format is VMDK(Virtual Machine disk image).  From VIO 2.0 onwards, It will support the Linux ‘s famous qcow2 image. (Quick copy on write).


Feel free to try  VMware’s Hands on LAB for VIO . (HOL)


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