What's new in OpenIO 18.10

Major release with improvements all throughout the software, including integrated metadata indexing and search, a new alert and monitoring system, improved S3 compatibility.
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Integrated Metadata Indexing and Search

Metadata Indexing and Search are now integrated in OpenIO Object Storage through GridForApps. As we mentioned earlier this year, GridForApps is now integral part of OpenIO and we take advantage of it to create new features and keep the core of our system lightweight and efficient. Here is a video with a demo about this new feature recorded at the OpenIO Summit.

Alerting and Monitoring

The WebUI, included with our standard subscription, has a new alert and monitoring system. Demoed at OpenIO summit (here the video), this new alert system will help sysadmins to get better information on the status of their cluster sooner, and will improve their day-to-day activity. No matter how many nodes in a cluster, or their size, this new system is designed to give operators the most important alerts at first sight while filtering secondary issues with lower priorities.

Improved S3 Compatibility

S3 compatibility is a key feature for object stores. Our effort with S3 compliancy is constant and we improve our compatibility with each version of the software.

With 18.10 we have added CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing), tag management, and encryption compatibility. Some of these APIs have been available for a while but we wanted to be sure to test them thoroughly before releasing them.

Our customers really count on OpenIO S3 compatibility for their applications, and we want to ensure that all of them get what they need to run their storage infrastructure flawlessly

More Operating Systems Supported

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is fully supported for production environments, completing the list of supported Linux distributions, which also includes Centos 7, RHEL 7 and Ubuntu LTS 16.04. Flexibility is one of the core principles of OpenIO, and giving freedom of choice also in things like OS support makes a difference allowing end users to work with the systems and procedures they know better.

Focus on Performance

As always, we worked hard to improve performance across the board. Making the most of the available resources in the cluster is one of our goals, and continuous improvements have been part of our strategy since the beginning. This time we focused on better object listing in very large buckets, and tunable parallel data rebuilds.

Everybody can benefit from better performance because it also means better efficiency and lower resources needed. When compared to older versions of OpenIO, these new enhancements allow to get more results, faster but also extending the life of your infrastructure before the next upgrade.

Encryption Made Easy

A feature requested by the vast majority of enterprise customers, encryption at rest, is now S3 compliant and has had a complete overhaul; it is now easier to configure and use. Standard subscription customers can quickly enable this feature on their cluster seamlessly today.

And there is much more going on (Under the Hood)

With 18.04, we started a process to make some changes in the back-end. The 18.10 continues that effort on the internal directories, to make them manage ID of services instead of addresses, with the goal of a better integration in orchestrated cloud environments. We also released a new version of Rawx chunk service, written in Golang. This opens the door to new features and easier maintenance.

Availability

OpenIO 18.10 has been available since October 31, and is free to download from OpenIO Docs website and GitHub repository.