Software-defined storage provider SwiftStack and the open source community have built new high-availability and disaster-recovery features into global clusters for OpenStack Havana.
Enhancements to global clusters represented only part of the more than 400 new features that debuted last week with OpenStack Havana. For enterprises that demand high-availability software performance and rapid disaster recovery, however, those updates open up major new opportunities in the OpenStack open source platform for cloud computing. That, at least, is what SwiftStack, which develops software-defined storage solutions and was one of the 64 organizations that contributed to the open source code of Havana OpenStack, is saying in the wake of the release.
According to the company, "The addition of full support for global clusters in OpenStack Havana enables new and existing users to rapidly deploy cloud storage between geographies for disaster tolerance and improved levels of service."
In less geeky terms, global clusters allow OpenStack users to extend their cloud storage networks in a redundant fashion across large geographic areas. That, in turn, helps to ensure that data will remain available in the event of a disruption in part of the cloud, and that it will be recoverable if part of the storage infrastructure fails.
This development means the OpenStack Foundation can add the buzzwords "high availability" and "disaster recovery" to its cloud platform. Those are important assets in our age of ubiquitous mobile apps and always-on computing, which demand highly reliable data.
The news also seems particularly timely, since it was just about a year ago that Superstorm (nee Hurricane) Sandy was preparing its onslaught against data networks across the eastern seaboard. When the next major disruption to cloud platforms strikes, those deploying OpenStack global clusters should be better-positioned to ride out the storm.
Reflecting the interest of the open source community in highly available software-defined storage for the cloud, SwiftStack also announced that community involvement in the development of OpenStack Swift, the company's storage platform, is growing rapidly. The total number of contributors now totals 136, with more than 30 developers making code contributions to the project for the first time in advance of the latest release.
For the channel, the takeaway is clear: Interest in fault-tolerant, high-availability, software-defined, object-oriented (that's a lot of compound adjectives!) storage for the cloud is growing, and the open source community surrounding OpenStack is working hard to deliver it.