Airship, an interoperable set of open source software tools used to declaratively automate cloud provisioning, is available in version 2.0 today. Airship 2.0 delivers enhanced document management capabilities, an improved upgrade process using cloud-native tools, and the ability for operators to use the same workflow to manage their workloads on both bare-metal and public clouds. These enhancements enable faster deployments, a smaller control plane, the ability for Airship to deploy native Kubernetes resources, and better security.
Airship 2.0 integrates best-in-breed open source projects into a platform that transforms declarative YAMLs into ready-to-go open infrastructure, taking care of things like bare metal provisioning, security and network policy, and day 2 lifecycle management. Airship 2.0’s declarative model ensures predictability, repeatability and resiliency across sites and across upgrades, which is why AT&T is running Airship in production at scale.
AT&T’s 5G network runs on its 100% containerized, private network OpenStack cloud, deployed and managed by Airship. Using Airship, AT&T has been able to replicate its 5G infrastructure rapidly across dozens of regions. Furthermore, this architecture supports AT&T’s “evolved packet core” network and VNF teaming, enabling resilient mobile sessions. (See a keynote by AT&T demonstrating how Airship enables mobile communication sessions to continue even when the VM carrying the session is shut down.) Other companies with production use cases of Airship include Ericsson and SK Telecom.
“Airship 2.0 takes advantage of many of the good things that have been happening in the Kubernetes ecosystem,” said Matt McEuen, lead member of the technical staff for Network Cloud at AT&T and a working committee member of the Airship community. “Airship 2.0 gives operators the ability to consistently specify and control deployments across bare metal, public clouds, OpenStack and other kinds of use cases. It also deploys sites faster and with smaller footprints. In Airship 2.0 we’ve created a web-based UI that can be used to introspect a site and drive deployments and upgrades.”
“AT&T’s initial Airship 2.0 deployments will host centralized functions that support its 5G Containerized Network Function infrastructure,” continued McEuen. “These new cloud-native workloads will benefit from Airship 2.0’s close integration of CNCF technologies and its predictable and repeatable lifecycle management.”
Key Features of Airship 2.0
Additional features include:
The integrated open source components doing the heavy lifting in Airship 2.0 are substantially different than those in Airship 1.0, as described by Jeff Collins, cloud and NFVI director at Ericsson, at the Open Infrastructure Summit.
”The updates with Metal3 and Ironic, along with other tool sets have streamlined the lifecycle management process. The cross-platform capabilities with the Kubernetes Cluster API allow for a consistent deployment every time,” said Collins.