Bright Cluster Manager Version 7.2 is out today, a new release that “extends insight, integration, and ease-of-use for managing clustered and cloud-based IT infrastructures.” The new release incorporates a wide range of new features and significantly enhanced monitoring capabilities.
Bright Computing has always prided itself on upgrading its product offerings to respond to new technological trends and user feedback,” said Martijn de Vries, Chief Technology Officer of Bright Computing. “The enhancements we have made in Version 7.2 address recent technology trends, such as the rapid adoption of containers to drive IT efficiency, and support our customers’ ongoing need to stay on top of their dynamic, complex, and converging IT infrastructures.”
Bright Cluster Manager 7.2 includes greatly enhanced support for running containers on nodes using Docker. Administrators and other users can use Bright Cluster Manager to easily set up a web workload orchestration system or to run other containerized workloads with Kubernetes. Administrators can configure the system, add new users, monitor the system, and easily update it.
Other updates to Bright Cluster Manager include improved integration with Puppet to simplify fine-grained control over individual nodes, ZFS support to provide a robust alternative to BtrFS for software image revision control, and support for Intel Omni-Path.
Bright Cluster Manager for Big Data greatly improves integration, featuring enhanced support for Apache Spark, as well as the latest releases from Apache, Cloudera, and Hortonworks. It now also offers built in integration for such components as Apache Accumulo, Apache Kafka, Apache Pig, and Apache Storm. New tools like Apache Drill, Apache Flink, Apache Zeppelin, and the Tachyon open source memory-centric distributed storage system are now also supported.
Bright OpenStack has been updated to OpenStack Liberty, which offers users finer-grained management controls, performance enhancements for large deployments, and more powerful tools for managing new technologies such as containers in production environments. Deployment has been simplified by grouping OpenStack nodes into logical units using configuring overlays, streamlining the cluster manager graphic user interface (CMGUI) OpenStack deployment wizard, and adding a new basic CMGUI wizard that makes deploying a Bright OpenStack cloud even quicker and easier.
Complementing existing device-centric metrics are a wide range of new job-based metrics, which now allow administrators to view monitoring data based on the jobs users are running on a system. This makes the metrics far more intuitive and meaningful for those using clusters for high-performance computing.