[openstack-dev] [designate] Status of the project

Joshua Harlow harlowja at fastmail.com
Fri Feb 10 17:21:08 UTC 2017

Hayes, Graham wrote:
> The HTML version of this is here:
> http://graham.hayes.ie/posts/openstack-designate-where-we-are/
> I have been asked a few times recently "What is the state of the Designate
> project?", "How is Designate getting on?", and by people who know what is
> happening "What are you going to do about Designate?".
> Needless to say, all of this is depressing to me, and the people that I have
> worked with for the last number of years to make Designate a truly useful,
> feature rich project.
> *TL;DR;* for this - Designate is not in a sustainable place.
> To start out - Designate has always been a small project. DNS does not have
> massive *cool* appeal - its not shiny, pretty, or something you see on the
> front page of HackerNews (unless it breaks - then oh boy do people
> become DNS
> experts).

Thanks for posting this, I know it was not easy to write...

Knowing where this is at and the issues. It makes me wonder if it is 
worthwhile to start thinking about how we can start to look at 'outside 
the openstack' projects for DNS. I believe there is a few that are 
similar enough to designate (though I don't know well enough) for 
example things like SkyDNS (or others which I believe there are a few).

Perhaps we need to start thinking outside the openstack 'box' in regards 
to NIH syndrome and accept the fact that we as a community may not be 
able to recreate the world successfully in all cases (the same could be 
said about things like k8s and others).

If we got out of the mindset of openstack as a thing must have tightly 
integrated components (over all else) and started thinking about how we 
can be much more loosely coupled (and even say integrating non-python, 
non-openstack projects) would that be beneficial (I think it would)?


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