Open vStorage 1.6

Just before we start the holiday season at the CloudFounder’s HQ, we wanted to give the community an early Christmas present: Open vStorage version 1.6:
So what is included in this release:
  • Audit trails: In version 1.5 we added the option to add multiple users. In the 1.6 version we keep a log of all the actions performed through the Open vStorage API for 30 days. Not only user actions are included by also volume driver actions. This will allow us to f.e. track who  creates or deletes a vPool.
  • Improved usability: With this release we wanted to create a better user experience. Some examples, when a vPool is added we no longer ask for ports and Cinder gets now automatically downloaded, the API now returns paging metadata and we revamped the GUI so it doesn’t look as empty as it used to. So basically a whole lot of small features which make life easier.
As you can see we have limited the amount of new features in this release but focused more on bug-fixing:
  • Fix for OVS workers being stuck in rare cases.
  • Fix for a bug which causes the GUI and other API calls to take a very long time to complete in case a host goes down. There was a manual workaround but the current fix automates the process.
  • Memcache can now be restarted without the need to restart the volume driver process.
  • Fix for the slow responding of the SNMP server in case of many objects.
  • The volumedriver logs are now compressed and correctly rotated.
  • Fix for issues with live migration on OpenStack.
  • Faster loading of the vMachine Detail page.
  • Fix for incorrect amount of vDisks under Storage Routers on the Dashboard.
  • Better layout for Firefox.
  • The setup script incorrectly calculates the machine_id on some OSes.
  • Fix for xforwarding being broken.
  • Fix for failing addition of a vPool on slow environments.

Enjoy the holidays!

Open vStorage 1.2

Another month flew by which means the Open vStorage team is very proud to announce Open vStorage 1.2. The new big features for this release are:

  • apt-get install openvstorage: during the month of May we have improved our install process, making it much easier to install Open vStorage. The advised way to install Open vStorage is now by using Debian packages. When using Apt-Get, the software can also be installed on Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS. Stay tuned for more supported OSes in the future.
  • SNMP monitoring: in this new release all parameters, ranging from vDisks, vMachines, vPools to the actual Grid Storage Routers of the Open vStorage Cluster can be monitored through SNMP. This means you can now use your favorite monitoring tool (Zenoss, Nagios, Cacti, …) to see real-time statistics and create historic graphs of IOPS, memory usage and many more parameters.
  • Improvement in the vStorage Driver to allow clones to be created in parallel from a vTemplate.

This release also contains a lot of bug fixes. The most important fixes are:

  • Various bugfixes to harden the rebooting of an Open vStorage Cluster.
  • Fix to the Add vPool wizard to make sure it doesn’t get stuck.
  • Making the user messages more clear.
  • Fix for a create from vTemplate issue on VMware in case of multiple nodes.
  • Removing a vPool is now possible in case there are vMachines on another vPool.
  • Incorrect tooltip on the vPool Detail Management tab.
  • After deletion of a vTemplate, the corresponding VM is also deleted from the vSphere client and the vPool.