Salt Air 21 – Salt Helium release highlights

October 24, 2014 - Thomas Hatch
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In episode 21 of Salt Air, Thomas Hatch, SaltStack CTO, covers the highlights of the Salt Helium release. This release is the biggest Salt release yet and includes more management and automation capabilities for all the data center things including Docker, LXC, OpenStack, AWS (including autoscale groups), Aliyun (the Alibaba cloud), Oracle, Redis, CoreOS, Chef and more. Numerous SaltStack automation platform components have also received substantial updates including enhancements to RAET, Salt SSH, declarative or imperative configuration management, fileserver backend integrations and much more.

“I want to talk about the new features that are coming in the Helium release of Salt. This is the biggest release that we have ever done. It has taken much longer than any other release we have ever done. It’s gone through substantially more testing and implementation, it’s actually in production to companies like Salesforce and LinkedIn. It is very thoroughly tested and ready to go. It has a lot of new and very exciting pieces of functionality. I am going to walk through and talk about some of the things that we’ve got that are coming thats new in this release. Given our audience, I’ll highlight a lot of these features around the fundamental aspects of Salt, what it is and what it does.”

“For those of you that are familiar with Salt, Salt is an asynchronous command control system at its core. That remote execution engine is fundamentally built on top of a technology called ZeroMQ. We have had a lot of requests to change out that underline transport mechanism. Not that there necessarily is something wrong with ZeroMQ, but we have discovered that there is ways to make Salt scale better, even though it already scales very well. There was ways to make it faster, even though it’s already very fast. There’s ways to make it easier and more convenient depending on the scenario in which you are running your platform. One of the big things about Salt and one of the big things about how it is developed, is that we have made Salt to be an automation system which solves your problems regardless of what they are in deploying an infrastructure. Instead of trying to say, here is the doctrine of the way that you should deploy your infrastructure, follow us instead. We say lets help you solve your problems.

“The new release of Salt is coming with a new transport that is being released as a experimental transport. It’s called RAET. The Reliable Asynchronous Event Transport. It is an asynchronous encrypted secure messaging transport, which is truly asynchronous all the way down.” – Thomas Hatch

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