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Project codename



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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 DNS as-a-service project. It is intended to be used to provide DNS service from the entry point of creating, updating, maintaining and deleting DNS data using the Designate API, to providing DNS resolution for users. It is a very modular project, allowing for the use of whatever DNS server and organization demands, or the database where DNS data is stored. It is also intended to work in conjunction with other components such as Nova and Neutron.

The purpose of the project is provide managed DNS for the Openstack Ecosystem using a REST API or Designate Sink which consumes events from other Openstack projects, such as Nova or Neutron.

Designate is relevant to the mission by adding a missing piece of data-center functionality, namely, one of the most ubiquitous services, DNS. It's relevant to other OpenStack projects by automating the name resolution changes required for the creation and deletion of Nova instances or other components.

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

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 Public Cloud for over a year


The team has been working together for approximately 18 months, but has been growing during that time as new contributors join the team

Project developers qualifications

Kiall Mac Innes

Graham Hayes

Endre Karlson

Betsy Luzader

Vinod Mangalpally

Emmanuel Ankutse

Tim Simmons

Joe McBride

Ron Rickard

Rich Megginson

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 infra team provide

Have all current contributors agreed to the OpenStack CLA?