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Airship 1.0 Launches at Open Infrastructure Summit

April 29, 2019

Airship, a collection of loosely coupled, interoperable open source tools to declaratively automate cloud provisioning, is available in its first release today. Airship 1.0 delivers a wide range of enhancements to security, resiliency, continuous integration and documentation, as well as upgrades to the platform, deployment and tooling features. 

Airship simplifies cloud building for operators like telecoms, manufacturers, healthcare providers and individual developers. The Airship community formed a year ago to build a robust delivery mechanism for organizations that need to embrace containers as the new unit of infrastructure delivery at scale. Starting from bare metal, Airship manages the full lifecycle of infrastructure to deliver a production-grade Kubernetes cluster with Helm-deployed artifacts, including OpenStack-Helm. Airship allows operators to manage their infrastructure deployments and lifecycle through the declarative YAML documents that describe an Airship environment. One workflow handles both initial deployments as well as future site updates.  

“AT&T has been using Airship in our production network since last December,” said Ryan van Wyk, assistant vice president, Network Cloud Software Engineering, AT&T. “During the keynote, we’ll update the community about this and our 5G rollout, which is powered by an Airship-based, containerized OpenStack cloud.”  

Rapid Progress to v1.0
The Airship community has had a productive first year. The pilot project launched in May 2018, supported by the OpenStack Foundation, with initial code contributed by AT&T, Intel and SKT. Airship is already in production at AT&T and SKT. In November 2018, the Airship community debuted its 1.0 Release Candidate, marking the achievement of enterprise-grade security, scalable operations and reliable upgrades, as well nightly CI/CD validation of integrations and example deployments. The community at large was invited to test the software using “
Airship in a Bottle” and to contribute feedback and code, leading to the release of version 1.0 at the Open Infrastructure Summit Denver today. The Airship community has grown rapidly, with 3,072 commits in 15 repos and 137 contributors from 17 companies across Asia, Europe and the Americas.  

“We’re excited about the new projects that are part of the OpenStack Foundation. In fact, we are already using Airship for life cycle management as a key part of our plans for future releases of SUSE OpenStack Cloud,” said Matthew Johns, Product and Solutions marketing manager, SUSE. “As active contributors to OpenStack, we are also active in the Airship community and part of that means making open source easier. Airship helps us do that. In fact, Airship will be part of the tech preview of a containerized OpenStack arriving this summer. The goal of that project is to make it easier for enterprises to deliver highly available OpenStack environments and upgrade and manage those environments.”  

Airship at Open Infrastructure Summit
The Airship community will be front and center at the Open Infrastructure Summit Denver, from a keynote showing Airship in production to contributor on-boarding and interactive demos in the Marketplace. In the Monday morning keynotes, hear from teams at Ericsson and AT&T on the development behind the 5G use case, including an update on AT&T’s deployment of 5G, powered by an Airship-based, containerized OpenStack cloud. A virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) deployed on
an Airship-based containerized OpenStack cloud will also be showcased in the Ericsson booth. Community led sessions include the following:   

  • Lessons Learned Running Open Infrastructure on Bare Metal Kubernetes Clusters in Production
  • The Future of Kubernetes Workflows for Open Infrastructure
  • Akraino Birds of a Feather Session – Bring Your Questions
  • Bare Metal Provisioning in Airship, or "Ironic: It's Not Just for OpenStack Anymore"
  • Two+ Years and Still Going Strong: Edge Computing Working Group Update
  • Securing Your Cluster Network Using Calico and OpenStack Helm Infra
  • Airship - Project Update
  • Airship - Project Onboarding
  • Airskiff: Your On-ramp to Airship Development
  • Choosing the Containerized Cloud Provisioning Tool That Best Suits Your Need
  • Deploying OpenStack - What Options Do We Have?
  • Charting the Course for OpenStack Helm   

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