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Project Solum Goes Full Steam Ahead To Milestone 1

After less than six months in development, Project Solum has accomplished the first development milestone (Milestone 1). This important event allows deployment of code from Github via Heat to generate a running app deployed to Docker containers using a generalized (Heroku) build pack for the app stack.

You can see a short demo of Solum M1 code in action:

While it is still early days for Solum, an open source application lifecycle management platform, we have several more milestones planned on our roadmap. Development is progressing at full steam to ensure we reach these subsequent milestones.

Solum Summit And Design Workshop

Last month, the Solum community conducted our second face-to-face Solum Summit and Design Workshop. Red Hat hosted the event in Raleigh, NC. It was well-attended and featured participation from Rackspace, Red Hat, Mirantis, Numergy and Oracle. The two-day semi-annual workshops provide a forum for the Solum community to come together and have a focused set of discussions on project vision, design and roadmap.

Reaching Milestone 1 and the success of the recent summit show Solum’s momentum and illustrate that our community’s vision is taking shape.

Project Solum was initiated in November 2013 to make OpenStack clouds easy to consume for app developers. A few months ago, Rackspace expressed interest in joining the proposed Cloud Foundry Foundation along with IBM, Pivotal, VMware, EMC, HP and SAP, which raised speculation that Rackspace might be abandoning project Solum. In reality, Solum development has continued at a good pace. Rackspace views Solum and Cloud Foundry as complementary – each platform serves different customer needs.  Adrian Otto, Principal Architect at Rackspace, spelled out these differences in a blog post. Meanwhile, Rackspace continues to invest in Solum as a platform that is natively designed for OpenStack.

I look forward to OpenStack Summit Atlanta next month, where Solum will likely be a major discussion topic.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Roshan Agrawal.

Roshan has 18 years of experience in product management and engineering leadership. He has deep experience in the cloud computing space, working previously for Microsoft's cloud division as an engineering leader in their online services business. Roshan is currently working for Rackspace as the product owner for the company's PaaS initiative.

Roshan has a master in entrepreneurship from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He lives in Austin, Texas.


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