OpenStack Cactus supports further virtualisation solutions
Initiated by NASA and Rackspace last year, the OpenStack project has released Cactus, a new version of its Apache-licensed cloud software. With this new version, the OpenStack Compute software, also known as Nova, can now talk to Linux containers (LXC) and VMware/vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.1 from Update 1. Cactus is the first version to support live migration and offers improved XenServer cooperation.
When delivering data, the "Swift" OpenStack Object Storage software for object-oriented data storage now uses checksums to identify damaged code as quickly as possible; further improvements to the database structure are designed to enhance performance in certain situations. The (Glance) OpenStack Image Registry and Delivery Service now includes a command line program for controlling Glance services; checksums are now also used more extensively in this component to ensure that images are transmitted correctly.
Further details, including a full list of new features, can be found in the Cactus release notes.