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Revision as of 19:33, 16 May 2014

Project codename



(Does this project name, codename or contents use any trademarks, and if so, who owns them? List the codenames or other marks for which a trademark search should occur.)

No known trademarks. Project codename is "designate"

Summary (one sentence abstract of the project)

Designate is a DNS as a Service (DNSaaS) for OpenStack clouds.

Parent Program name and PTL


DNS Program. Designate/Program_Application

Mission statement

(if the project is part of a new OpenStack program)


Detailed Description

(what is the purpose of the project and vision for it? describe the relevance of the project to other OpenStack projects and the OpenStack mission to provide a ubiquitous cloud computing platform)

Designate is a critical missing piece of the OpenStack driven data center - one of the most ubiquitous services, DNS. Designate is relevant to other OpenStack projects by automating the name resolution changes required for the creation and deletion of Nova instances, Trove databases or other components.

Designate provides DNS for both end user zones, and for other OpenStack projects. This functionality is exposed through a REST API, that is consistent with the standards in OpenStack projects today. Designate has a vendor neutral plugable architecture that allows nearly all the internal components to be replaced as needed.

Basic roadmap for the project

Near Future

  1. MiniDNS (new method for providing customer facing DNS servers with updates)
  2. Pools (Allow for designate to control multiple groups of servers)
  3. Private Pools
  4. V2 API

Location of project source code



Programming language, required technology dependencies




Message queue, DNS server, database server, keystone

Is project currently open sourced? What license?

Yes - Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0

Level of maturity of software and team


Running as a GA service in HP Helion Public Cloud for over a year, and been in development for over two years.


The team was formed two years ago and has grown to include a diverse group of highly skilled developers from a range of companies including, HP, Rackspace, eBay Inc. and Red Hat.

Project developers qualifications

Kiall Mac Innes

Kiall is the Technical Lead for the HP "Helion" Cloud DNS team - responsible for both the operation of the production service, and ongoing development. Kiall is also the lead and founding developer of the Designate project and has been involved in OpenStack since Diablo, from both the operational and development sides.

Graham Hayes

Endre Karlson

Betsy Luzader

Vinod Mangalpally

Vinod is a software developer at Rackspace working on Designate.

Emmanuel Ankutse

Emmanuel Ankutse is a contributor to Designate. He is a software developer at Rackspace and has been with Rackspace since 2009. Emmanuel Ankutse also contributed to the implementation of the current Cloud DNS API solution at Rackspace and has been in enterprise software development since 1990.

Tim Simmons

Tim is a software developer at Rackspace and holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin.

Joe McBride

Ron Rickard

Sr. Cloud Engineer, eBay Inc.

Ron is a IT professional with over 25 years experience with emphasis on devops. Ron spent the past 2 years at eBay Inc. working on DNSaaS solutions for eBay's OpenStack cloud including contributions to the Designate open source project.

Rich Megginson

Principal Software Engineer

Rich has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software design at Red Hat, AOL, iPlanet, and Netscape, and was technical lead on the 389 project and a contributor to the FreeIPA project.

Infrastructure requirements (testing, etc)

We currently use stackforge / gerrit / jenkins for our testing suite - we do not see any additional requirements on top of what the OpenStack Infrastructure team provide.

Have all current contributors agreed to the OpenStack CLA?