None of OpenStack's three main service families (Nova, Swift, and Glance) received major additions in the release on November 10, though Nova did get a few new features along with the major bug fixes that were implemented. Other mentionables include the following:
- Addition of Keystone, OpenStack's identity service API, as a core project
- Essex-1 as the first official milestone for the OpenStack Dashboard (aka Horizon), a baseline user interface running on the Django framework
Thierry Carrez at Seeing the fnords provides some useful specifics on what's been added to Keystone in the Essex-1 release:
Keystone delivered their first milestone as a core project, with a few new features like support for additional credentials, service registration and using certificate-based SSL client authentication to authenticate services. It should be easier to upgrade from now on, with support for database migrations.
According to the official Essex Release Schedule, Essex-2 should be released in just a little over a month. With much of the preliminary work out of the way, it will be interesting to see what the module dev teams have in store!