openATTIC 2.0.18 beta has been released

We are very happy to announce the first openATTIC release in 2017. Although it is not as extensive as usual it contains some significant highlights:

This release comes with a very new feature - the implementation of a Taskqueue module. Tasks that take more time, for example the creation of placement groups in a Ceph cluster, can now be controlled in the openATTIC GUI. The Taskqueue adds the functionality to create tasks, run them in the background, track their status and collect their results. We also added some sections about background tasks and the Taskqueue usage to our documentation.

Furthermore, we've made some usability improvements. The installed version of all known openATTIC hosts is displayed in the GUI now. Buttons and pages without any function have been removed from the user interface.

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Speaking about openATTIC at FOSDEM 2017

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On February 4th and 5th, the annual FOSDEM conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium.

This year, I'll give a talk titled Ceph and Storage management with openATTIC in which I'd like to give an overview and update about our project.

The talk will be a session in the the Software Defined Storage developer room that is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 5th. My talk takes place at 13:30.

FOSDEM is a very popular and intensive conference - I look forward to attending it again!

openATTIC 2.0.17 beta has been released

Shortly before the holidays, we're happy to announce the availability of openATTIC version 2.0.17!

Due to the onboarding of the openATTIC team to SUSE, this release took a bit longer than the usual cycle. But we hope it was worth waiting for!

As usual, we included a good mix of bug fixes, improvements and some new functionality. Some highlights in this version include:

  • Lots of improvements for installing and running openATTIC on Ubuntu Linux 16.04 aka "Xenial Xerus". openATTIC on Xenial now passes all tests and the installation should be fairly straightforward. We're still interested in your feedback, though - please let us know if you still find any issues installing and running openATTIC on this platform. An installation how-to is available in the last Release announcement, an update of the installation documentation will also be provided.
  • In the Ceph backend, we moved calls to librados into separate processes, to prevent potential blocking of the Django application and Web UI in case that RADOS calls get stuck.
  • We've replaced the previous systemd DBUS calls with calls to systemctl and now use systemd for starting/stopping/reloading services on all platforms where systemd is available (previously, openATTIC was still using the "old" SysV init tools, e.g. service). We also switched to using reload-or-restart for reloading services by default.
  • The Web UI received a number of refinements and improvements, e.g. some API-Recorder fixes and usability enhancements. Now, it's also possible to obtain a user's authentication token via the web interface, which helps to avoid using passwords in external scripts or applications that want to access the openATTIC REST API.
  • During the initial installation on RPM-based systems, the openattic PostgreSQL database and user account are now created using a random password via oaconfig install.
  • Improvements for setting up development environments using Vagrant.
  • We also added a new chapter to the Documentation that describes how to set up a multi-node configuration.

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openATTIC Wins a Silver OSBAR Award 2016

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Since 2014, OSBAR, the innovation award of the German Open Source Business Alliance (OSB Alliance), highlights open source projects that add real benefit to the IT-world.

Submissions are assessed based on originality, innovation, practical relevance and maturity by a committee of six well-known German IT- and open source experts.

In total, 20 open source projects applied for this year's awards and one of them was our open source Ceph and storage management framework.

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Status of openATTIC on Ubuntu Xenial

We have been working on porting openATTIC to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" for quite some time now, and we wanted to give you a quick update on the current status as of openATTIC version 2.0.16.

It turns out that Xenial provides a number of challenges and differences that we needed to take into account, for example a new version of Django and the Django REST framework, as well as some additional underlying changes.

Making all the required changes in a backwards-compatible manner and testing them is quite time-intensive.

In a nutshell, we're not quite there yet, but we're making progress.

Some of these issues can be worked around, but the overall "out of the box experience" still needs to be further improved.

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We're hiring: Senior Frontend Developer

Now that we've joined SUSE, we're able to extend the team working on openATTIC!

We've just opened a new position and are now hiring for the position of a "Senior Frontend Developer Enterprise Storage Management".

In this role, you'll be working with the openATTIC team on adding new features to openATTIC's web-based management frontend, as well as improving and extending existing functionality.

The openATTIC web interface is based on well-known web development technologies like AngularJS and Bootstrap and communicates with the openATTIC backend via it's REST API.

See the job opening for further details on our expectations and requirements. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, don't hesitate to get in touch with us!

By the way, if you're interested in working on open source software, SUSE currently has 70+ job offerings available!

Update 2017-02-17: this position has been filled in the meanwhile (welcome Ricardo Marques to our team!)

However we're now hiring for a senior backend developer role!

openATTIC 2.0.16 beta has been released

We're happy to announce the availability of openATTIC version 2.0.16!

Following our mantra "release early, release often", we have published a release four weeks after the release of 2.0.15. One of the highlights in this version is the migration support for openATTIC instances still running on Django 1.6!

Moreover, the openATTIC REST API does now report all installed packages as well as the currently installed openATTIC version. Most other changes are bug fixes and improvements of openATTIC. We have also continued working on supporting Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus".

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