As an open source infrastructure, OpenStack operates under a twice-yearly release model — which means that cloud upgrades have become a frequent chore. The optimizations of the newer cloud form factors make it challenging to consume the new technology as it becomes available, and older versions are end-of-lifed after two years. So how can organizations with existing clouds find a repeatable path to upgrade OpenStack environments?

Why OpenStack Updates Are So Painful

Whether it’s application or infrastructure, upgrades are certainly not without a degree of risk. Best practices dictate that any architect, engineer, or other member in charge of this environment should protect themselves in the event of:

  • Hardware and software failures (manual or programmatically)
  • Data loss
  • End-of-life (EOL) hardware and software components
  • Demanding business compliance requirements and regulations

New OpenStack versions are released every six months. With that kind of frequency, it grows urgent for IT leaders to identify safe, reliable, and repeatable upgrade paths for OpenStack cloud environments.

Organizations have traditionally resisted making system changes and occasionally bypassed updates in order to avoid interruptions in day-to-day operations. However, older software versions become more susceptible to security and stability risks over time, and businesses miss opportunities for new features that improve performance, scale, and manageability.

Leveraging Native Workload Migration to Upgrade OpenStack

With native cloud workload migration, customers can dramatically reduce both the risk and timeline associated with this often-costly upgrade process. Native data protection makes it easy to backup the existing cloud environment — including valuable workload metadata — and restore it to the upgraded cloud environment, regardless of your preferred distribution.

Trilio enables a safe upgrade path and ongoing data protection for organizations managing OpenStack infrastructure.

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To reduce the risk of data loss during an upgrade, TrilioVault captures and protects tenant workloads throughout the upgrade procedure. Trilio captures entire workloads — including configurations, VM flavors, and more — enabling operators to rapidly and efficiently recover their environment from a given state in the event that the upgrade process encounters failures.

Trilio backups capture data and metadata of OpenStack workloads in an incremental-forever fashion. This enables the recovery of full VMs, volumes within a VM, individual files/folders, or complete tenant workloads which, in turn, can be recovered to clouds running newer versions or alternate distributions of OpenStack. You can back up a workload in a cloud running Ocata and restore it to a cloud running Rocky for immediate use.

Benefits of an OpenStack Upgrade with Trilio

  • Latest Cloud Version Support: Upgrade to the latest long-term release
  • Simplified Project Management: Create a predictable timeline for your project completion
  • Cloud and Tenant Data Protection: Protect your overcloud during upgrade
  • Professional Service-Backed: Confer with Trilio Professional Services experts

TrilioVault provides a consistent, safe, and secure upgrade process, regardless of whether an operator is performing an “in-place” or “out-of-place” upgrade. Trilio enables both in-place and out-of-place upgrades, enabling you to safely leverage new or existing hardware as needed.

How to Upgrade OpenStack with an In-Place Upgrade through Trilio
How to Upgrade OpenStack with an Out-of-Place Upgrade through Trilio

Get in touch with Trilio to learn more about our program to upgrade OpenStack environments to the latest version.

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