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The week in cloud: New OpenStack release will address rolling upgrades and other IT wish list items; the state of cloud adoption.

The OpenStack IceHouse release due this week promises more business-friendly enhancements including at least some support for rolling upgrades from the previous (Havana) release.

As Red Hat product manager Steve Gordon wrote in a blog post last month:

“The Compute services now allow for a level of rolling upgrade, whereby control services can be upgraded to Icehouse while they continue to interact with compute services running code from the Havana release. This allows for a more gradual approach to upgrading an OpenStack cloud, or logical designated subset thereof, than has typically been possible in the past.”

If this works as promised — although unclear what “a level of rolling upgrade” means, it could be a big advance for OpenStack which has been dinged for the difficulty of upgrades – which required complete system shut down — something no IT person wants to even consider. Gigaom Research analyst Paul Miller has more on architecting OpenStack for the enterprise. 

Expect more OpenStack news to emerge in the run up to the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta next month but rivals aren’t standing still: Apache CloudStack recently announced its 4.3 release with Hyper-V support. And Eucalyptus continues to push its Amazon-compatible private cloud infrastructure

To hear more about how the private cloud market is shaping up, check out Structure in San Francisco where Chris Kemp, founder and chief strategy officer of Nebula; Marten Mickos CEO of Eucalyptus and Sameer Dholakia, group VP and GM for Citrix’ Cloud Platforms Group will reunite on stage to discuss private cloud choices.

To get a taste of what’s in store from their panel, check out their appearance at Structure 2012. You won’t be sorry.

Watch live streaming video from gigaomstructure at livestream.com

Structure Show examines private cloud

For more on how traction of various private and public cloud is shaping up, check out this week’s Structure Show in which RightScale VP Kim Weins takes us through the company’s latest State of The Cloud Report.

  1. This is one of the major pain points for out of the box OpenStack. However, I don’t believe any of the black box vendors such as Piston or Cloudscaling have cracked this nut either. It still takes a good deal of professional services to upgrade. Making upgrades a core consideration of IceHouse will go a long way in bringing the TCO of OpenStack down and make it more competitive of a solution.

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