The latest and greatest version of OpenStack, the open source cloud-computing operating system, is out. Called Juno, the new release brings more stability and enterprise-readiness than ever, according to its developers.

Juno "continues a trend for OpenStack in which the project's twice-annual releases have focused on stability, operational improvements and performance," the OpenStack project reported, adding the emphasis stems from the growing importance of OpenStack to production environments.

The release also introduces several significant new features, including:

  • A data processing service for deploying Hadoop and Spark via APIs and a web-based dashboard.
  • Storage policies that provide more granular control for OpenStack's object storage component.
  • Network functions virtualization (NFV) support that makes it easier to integrate OpenStack with software-defined networking environments. According to OpenStack, Juno brings only the first of a rich set of NFV features that will evolve over the course of coming releases.

And that's not all. A longer list of new features bring additional improvements to OpenStack deployment and management, as well as to various of the specific components of OpenStack.

Red Hat (RHT), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Mirantis, Rackspace (RAX), SUSE, OpenStack Foundation, B1 Systems, VMware (VMW) and NEC topped the list of companies contributing to Juno, OpenStack reported.

The next OpenStack Summit, which takes place early next month in Paris, will bring more shape to the future path that OpenStack will take as it continues to evolve.