It’s been a whole two weeks since we haven’t announced new functionality, so by now the reader must be impatiently tapping his foot against the floor and twiddling his thumbs waiting. Wait no more! Here comes more Scalr greatness.
What is this greatness? We finally released support for OpenStack! As many of you who have been following our development know, the constant API and architecture changes made this cloud something of a moving target. But it has matured enough since the Bexar release we started working on, and today we are rolling out support for the Folsom release of OpenStack. We will also continue to support every subsequent release, with the upcoming Grizzly looming around the corner (think that sounds menacing? Two releases ago it was Diablo!).
So what does our OpenStack support look like? Quite like that of Amazon’s, actually. We use Cinder for persistent network storage, Glance for instance snapshots, Nova for compute, Swift for storing backups, and Keystone for authentication. We left out Quantum (the networking subproject), for the sake of getting something out the door, but don’t worry–it’s coming.
Documentation is non-existent, but we know about this and ask that you reach out to us for questions. We’ll document our answers to you.
So how do you get started? Simply launch an instance from Horizon or directly from the API, get keys from Keystone, upload to Scalr, and import the previously launched instance into Scalr–the same process as for any other private cloud.
Let us know what you think, and send feedback to email@example.com.
The Scalr “multi-cloud” Team