Pike is the second update in 2017 for OpenStack, following OpenStack Ocata’s debut in February. Pike’s successor, OpenStack Queens, supplanted OpenStack Pike in late February 2018. And the follow-up to Queens, OpenStack Rocky, is expected to be released not too long after that.
As with previous OpenStack releases, Pike takes its name from a nearby city or distinguishing feature relative to the OpenStack design summit corresponding to each OpenStack release. In this case, OpenStack Pike is short for the Massachusetts Turnpike, a major highway running through the state of Massachusetts that connects the high-tech industry in Boston with the state’s workforce.
Feature Enhancements in OpenStack Pike
Like OpenStack Ocata, OpenStack Pike serves primarily as a stabilization release for the OpenStack platform, focusing on improved manageability with a particular emphasis on enabling standalone OpenStack services without the need for an entire set of OpenStack projects. Pike makes it possible to run both the Ironic bare-metal service and the Cinder block storage project in a more standalone, composable approach.
Additional new features in OpenStack Pike include a new native container management service called Zun, improved OpenStack Kolla lifecycle management tools, and "production-ready" support for Cells version 2 in Nova.
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