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[tripleo] deprecating Mistral service


On Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 8:54 AM Renat Akhmerov <renat.akhmerov at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Although the decision was made long ago (about 1.5 years AFAIK) itâ??s still
> disappointing for me to see it happening and I feel like saying something.
>
> It may sound weird but, in the best attempt to be technically honest, I
> actually agree with the decision to remove Mistral from TripleO. As far as
> I know, TripleO never used the strongest distinguishing sides of Mistral
> (like running workflows at scale, using it for very long running workflows
> etc). Mistral was mostly used just to extend configurability
> customizability of TripleO. Red Hatâ??s engineers who I had a great pleasure
> to work with on Mistral a few times told me â??Hey, we are allocated to
> Mistral but we just donâ??t know what else to work on that our company would
> need. It just works for us. Works very well for the case we use it. Bugs
> are very rare, maintenance doesnâ??t require 4 people from Red Hat. So weâ??ll
> be shrinking our presence.â?? So it happened, as expected. I realized there
> was no point in trying to keep them on the project. Then some new engineers
> came and said: â??Why canâ??t we use something else, more well-known, like
> Ansible?â?? So, honestly, for this use case, yes. However, I heard many times
> that Ansible is essentially the same thing as Mistral but it is more
> mature, well maintained, etc etc. And every time I had to explain why these
> two technologies are fundamentally different, have different purposes,
> different method of solving problems.
>
> Iâ??m saying this now because I feel it is my fault that I failed to explain
> these differences clearly when we started actively promoting Mistral years
> ago. And it would be bad if misunderstanding of the technology was the real
> reason behind this decision. For what itâ??s worth, if you ever want me to
> elaborate on that, let me know. This thread is not a good place for that, I
> apologize.
>
> And finally, I want to reassure you that the project is still maintained.
> More than that, it keeps evolving in a number of ways and new functionality
> is consistently being added. The number of active contributors is now lower
> than in our best times (Also true I believe for OpenStack in general) but
> itâ??s now promising to change.
>
> Again, my apologies for writing it here.
>

Renat, I don't think you need to apologize here.
Your team has done excellent work at maintaining Mistral over the years.
For us, the major reason to not use Mistral anymore is that we have no UI
anymore; which was the main reason why we wanted to use Mistral workflows
to control the deployment from both UI & CLI with unified experience.
Our deployment framework has shifted toward Ansible, and without UI we
rewrote our workflows in pure Python, called by Ansible modules via
playbooks.

Again, your message is appreciated, thanks for the clarification on your
side as well!
-- 
Emilien Macchi
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