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Salt Air 18 – Salt 2014.1.0 (Hydrogen) release

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Tom Hatch provides an overview of the Salt 2014.1.0 (Hydrogen) release. Topics include: the Salt Cloud merge; new Salt Cloud support for Google Compute Engine, IBM Softlayer, and Windows Azure; Salt Virt enhancements; Salt support for managing Docker environments; integration with PagerDuty; BSD package management; Debian / Ubuntu network management; many more Salt tests; the release of the Salt proxy minion for network device management; and much, much more. Automate & secure your servers with SaltStack. Full release notes are here: http://docs.saltstack.com/topics/rele…

“Welcome to another exciting episode of Salt Air. It’s been a long time since we’ve done one of these but it’s also been a longtime since we’ve had a major release. I want to talk about today is the latest release codenamed hydrogen 2014.1.0 of SaltStack. This is the biggest release that we’ve done thus far and it’s got a new numbering scheme. This is really important we’re switching all of our numbering over to be date-based. We think of this much more closely relates to what’s going on inside of Salt as well as may be very clear as to when certain things have been released. The very nature of Salt is that it is a very much so a rolling release piece of software. Our old release numbering system was arbitrary numbers being increased whereas now what we’re looking at is the year of the release, the month where we branch the feature release, and then the bug fixed version afterwards.”

“The next release that is a bug fixed version of the 2014.1 will be 2014.1.1.1. There are many exciting things that have come in the 2014.1 release of Salt. Most notably we’ve merged the Salt cloud project directly into Salt itself. The benefits here are that we’re not going to have discrepancies between versions, between Salt cloud and solving proper. It is noteworthy that it integrates many many more controls and capabilities of Salt cloud directly into Salt itself. The result there is that it’s much easier to orchestrate things of a cloud nature from the core components of Salt. Salts API now has more direct access to Salt cloud. Salt can be more easily accessed by others. Salt cloud can also be controlled via execution modules and states.”

“Another noteworthy thing is that we have many new backends for Salt cloud. We have the new Google compute engine. We’ve been in cooperation with Google. They have helped us deliver something which is quite fantastic as far as the total stability capability of the Google compute engines integration. We’ve had it support for Microsoft Azure and software. We have been actively engaged with partnerships and communication with IBM for software as well as Microsoft for Azures. It’s been a really good four or five months of development with respect to these new Salt cloud additions. The next thing that I want to talk about briefly is Salt Virt. We have seen a number of additions and extended capabilities with respect to Salt Virt. Primarily what we’re looking at here with Salt Virt is the fact that it is now a little more robust, it’s gone through a lot more testing, Salt Virt has been deployed with many many more users in the wild, and we’ve been in cooperation with many of these deployments to harden Salt Virt to make it faster, make it easier to use, and make it more scalable.” – Thomas Hatch

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