Rally v0.11.0


Release date 02/16/2018
  • Stabilize Rally releases (see requirements section)
  • Publishing docker images is returned!
  • Environment introduction (see Deployment section)



As for long time we tried to make our releases stable and workable even after a year from release date. For this purpose, upper limits for all our requirements were used. Such solution helped to make releases more stable, but it did not work well and created more pain than a profit. The main issue was related to new releases of not-direct rally dependencies which can be incompatible which each other.

From Rally 0.11.0 we are stopping adding upper version limits for our requirements (this does not apply to cases when we sure that some new releases of dependency broke us for sure).

As alternative solution, the upper-constraints file is selected. It is a file with a list of packages and their versions which we used in our CI while testing. Versions from this list are suggested to use in production. Please note, that it also contains not direct Rally dependencies (dependencies of rally dependencies and dependencies of dependencies of rally dependencies as well) and packages which possibly doesn’t relate to Rally at all.

The example ou usage:


The default value of use_stderr option of Rally config is changed to True. It is done to ensure that json output of rally commands will not be messed with logging and integration with third-party tools and scripts should become simpler.


Unfortunately, we lost access to rallyforge organization at DockerHub, so our docker images were not published anywhere officially for some time. Docker Support did not help us a lot. At least, the original repo is removed now and we can start new organization at DockerHub from the scratch.

The new docker images for Rally+OpenStack plugins with an updated HowTo you can find at xrally/xrally-openstack repo. It contains all Rally releases + latest tag which maps to master branch.

Command Line Interface

  • Introduce rally db ensure command. It is going to create Rally DB if it doesn’t exist, otherwise it does nothing.
  • Various improvements for rally db. Such as printing results of operations as well as connection string to DB, hiding credentials by default, etc.
  • Various changes in returning error codes. Error codes become different for different exceptions. Also, rally task start began to return 1 in case of any runtime issues and 2 if any workload doesn’t pass it’s SLA.
  • The new CLI for new component (see Environments & Deployments section for more details) - rally env

Environments & Deployments

Deployment Component is fundamental part of Rally which is used by Task and Verification components. Whereas Task and Verification components experienced redesigns (some parts were redesigned even several times), Deployment component was only extended over the time. Currently, we are at the point when further extending requires much work and user experience become worth. It is a hard decision, as like we had done with Verification component in Rally 0.8, the Deployment component is re-written from the scratch. To be clear, the new version of the component has not only the new code, but the new name as well - it is the Environment.

We are at the stage when Rally is suitable not only for OpenStack but for various platforms and systems. The Environment is some entity against which Rally should perform load. The specific Environment can include credentials for OpenStack or for Kubernetes or for both. The Environment is a way to describe the complex system/cloud which all of us have. As well it can be used for simple systems as easy as for complex.

If you are regular Rally user which tests OpenStack clusters, nothing is changing for you at this moment. rally deployment CLI still works and it is not even deprecated. It will be kept for a while. But you can start looking at our new CLI rally env .

As for writing plugins for external platforms - we are working on updating our documentary.

Task component

  • The json results are extended with context execution stats (i.e when and which context was executed, how much time setup and cleanup methods took, etc). Also, volumes@openstack and volume_types@openstack are ported to include detailed stats of executed actions. In further releases, all existing contexts will be adopted to the similar behavior.

  • Better OSProfiler integration

    Rally environment&deployment config began accept profiler_conn_str property which is used to generate OSProfiler native html-report and to embed it to Rally’s html-report.

  • HTML report is extended to include a timestamp of failures.


As it mentioned above, the Deployment Component will be replaced soon. Such decision led to abandoning all deployment-related plugins (engines, providers, etc).


  • NEW!!



network@openstack context is extended with ability to specify external router information.

Fixed bugs

  • [backported into 0.10.1][deployment] Suppress deprecation warning about an old format in case of using –fromenv option of rally deployment create

  • [backported into 0.10.1][deployment] Failure rally deployment show while displaying the information about deployment with a config in an old format.

  • [backported into 0.10.1][task] New json report processed the hook results in a wrong way

    Launchpad bug-report #1734336

  • [backported into 0.10.1][task] Failure while generating trends reports in case of failures in setup method of any context

    Launchpad bug-report #1732193

  • [backported into 0.10.1][task] Failure to export results in ElasticSearch 5.x cluster in case of extra / in the end of destination url.

  • [deployment] OpenStack deployment creation with –fromenv option used old deprecated format.

  • [verify] Rally did not support creating verifiers from Gerrit/SSH source.

    Launchpad bug-report #1737529

  • [task][openstack] Removing default security group in users@openstack context did not take into account that neutron can return multiple resources in some configuration instead of one security group which relates to requested tenant.

  • [task][openstack] Existing openstack users get their roles un-assigned if they are equal to what roles@openstack context is configured to assign.

    Launchpad bug-report #1720270

  • [task][openstack] Validation step ignores roles@openstack context and marks as “invalid” valid cases

    Some actions in openstack can be performed only if the user has specific role. Since these roles can be different in different OpenStack installations Rally has roles@openstack context context which can assign roles to the users. Validation step did not check for specified roles in workload config and made wrong assumption about accessibility of resources

    Launchpad bug-report #1539878

  • [task][openstack] Wrong identifiers were used for filtering Mistral resources while cleanup step.

  • [task][openstack] NovaServers.boot_and_live_migrate_server does wrong target host selection

    Launchpad bug-report #1734914


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