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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 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

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

Kiall is the Technical Lead for the HP "Helion" Cloud DNS service, and the lead and founding developer of the Designate project. Kiall 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

Tim Simmons

Joe McBride

Ron Rickard

Sr. Cloud Engineer, eBay Inc.

IT professional with over 25 years experience with emphasis on devops. Spent the past 2 years at eBay Inc. working on DNSaaS solutions including contributing to the Designate open source project.

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?