StarlingX 7.0 Provides Enhanced Scalability, Security, and Flexibility at the Edge

StarlingX 7.0 is now available, further supporting low-latency and distributed cloud requirements. StarlingX combines Ceph, OpenStack, Kubernetes, and more to create a full-featured cloud software stack that provides everything telecom carriers and enterprises need to deploy an edge cloud on a few servers or hundreds of them. StarlingX is used by the most demanding applications in industrial IOT, telecom, video delivery and other ultra-low latency use cases.

“Open source StarlingX is a proven solution for edge applications with commercial deployments around the globe. The StarlingX community is working diligently to expand the capabilities of the platform with each release, and StarlingX 7.0 is a prime example; it features enhancements that improve scalability, enhance security and stability, and provide further flexibility for users,” said Ildikó Váncsa, senior manager, community and ecosystem, for the Open Infrastructure Foundation.

The community prioritized these enhancements in StarlingX 7.0:

Improved scalability

  • To support a wider variety of edge use cases, StarlingX 7.0 increases the number of subclouds that the Distributed Cloud architecture can manage.
  • StarlingX 7.0 integrates Istio service mesh to enhance Kubernetes in areas such as observability, traffic management, security and policy management.

Enhanced security and stability

  • StarlingX 7.0 includes support for security audit logging to capture commands that were executed using the REST API of the platform services, including using SNMP. The functionality is also available for the Kubernetes component of StarlingX with the option to configure at bootstrap time. This feature helps with identifying any suspicious activity and applying preventive measures.
  • The community took the first steps to replace Pod Security Policies (PSP) with Pod Security Admission Controller for Kubernetes. With this change, the platform has a more efficient and reliable solution to enforce pod security standards.

Greater flexibility to manage a diverse set of decentralized workloads

  • Upgraded PTP Dual NIC Support Boundary Clock Configuration
  • Enhanced PTP features to support 5G Time SyncE Solution
  • Enhancements to Subcloud Local Installation feature

Other features include Debian OS migration, distributed cloud horizon orchestration updates, and more.

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