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Summary and Review of the 2012 Openstack China Tour

In August 2012, the OpenStack Asia Pacific Technology Conference was successfully held in Beijing, Shanghai and the city, setting off public’s interest in OpenStack. On this basis, China OpenStack User Group(COSUG)  continues to work together with CSDN to further promote OpenStack in China, thus, a series of activities of the 8-city speech tour came into being.

The OpenStack Tour, which lasted three months, successfully ended in Wuhan on December 22.  This tour, which was organized by OpenStack user group (COSUG) and CSDN company, covered 8 big cities in China (Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tianjin, Wuhan) Over 700 people participated in the on-site lectures and more than 30 people gave speeches. The event includes fantastic keynotes, which attracted more than 700 people to participate on site. The event provided a good exchange and communication platform for domestic developers and users of OpenStack, expanded the influence of the OpenStack community, and enhanced the OpenStack domestic level.

For the convenience of those who want to know more about this series of activities and OpenStack, we hereby write down the review and summary of the OpenStack China Tour activities. Hope you can further exchanges and communications between each other, therefore promote the development of OpenStack in China.

Content Guide:

1. 2012 Openstack China Tour Stop Cities

2. Enrollment and the Number of Participants

3. Lecturers

4. Review of Exciting Contents at the 8 Stops and Speech Downloading

5. Summary of Activities and Sharing of Operations Experience

1.      2012 Openstack China Tour Stop Cities

Initiated by Hui Cheng, the lead manager of China OpenStack community, and co-organized by   OpenStack User Group (COSUG) and CSDN, the 2012 OpenStack China Tour activities began on September 16, 2012, and ended on December 22, 2012, respectively covering Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tianjin and Wuhan.

2.       Enrollment and the Number of Participants

 The recruitment of participants took full advantage of CSDN, who has a huge amount of developer members. The participants of each activity are really interested in this technology. Venues were sponsored by the guests involved in the activities. Among the eight venues, only Shenzhen was under AA system, and the others were lent for free by local volunteers. The total enrollment of the 8 events is1060 and the actual number of participants is 710.

3.      Lectures

The theme of which is around OpenStack, this series of activities convened companies and institutions principally engaged. The lecturers were front-line OpenStack engineers, OpenStack code contributors, developers, experienced users, etc. The total number of lecturers is 31, 7 at Beijing stop, 6 at Shenzhen stop, 6 at Chengdu stop, 4 at Xi’an stop, 7 at Shanghai stop, 7 at Nanjing stop, 5 at Tianjin stop and 5 at Wuhan stop. As the initiator of the 2012 OpenStack Tour, Hui Cheng attended the events held in six cities. Rongze Zhu, Storage Engineer of Sina Cloud Computing, also gave speeches at multiple stops.

Introduction to lectures and their topics

 Introduction to lectures and their topics

4.      Review of Exciting Contents at the 8 Stops

1)      Beijing Stop

OpenStack China Tour (Beijing Stop) was held in workplace of Shanda Innovations. Core contribution engineers from Intel, Sina, IBM, Gamewave etc. made presentations. Over 150 engineers attended this activity on-site. And more than half a hundred of engineers watched the whole meeting live through WebEx.

As the most influential OpenStack senior engineer and early evangelist in China, Hui Cheng gave a deep insight about the open ecosystem of OpenStack, and why OpenStack becomes so successful. Hui shared the latest OpenStack events happened both at home and abroad.

“Sina, Intel, IBM, Baidu, Netease, HiSoft, China Standard Software, Gamewave Ltd., Shanghai Jiaotong University has become the first wave of OpenStack players in China” said Hui Cheng, “They have already deployed OpenStack to their production or testing environment, and some of them is also the active corporate contributor in OpenStack projects. For example, Sina has already contributed more than 100 patches in the OpenStack Folsom release, and definitely will have more in Grizzly.”

In addition, Hui Cheng said, “Sina will join hands with some companies, such as Intel, IBM, and other major Chinese corporate contributors, to unite the R & D resources, and jointly develop for some project blueprint, thereby to enlarge the contribution from China.


Topic 1: OpenStack and OpenStack Foundation

Topic 2: Brief Introduction to OpenStack Virtualization Technology

Topic 3: Introduction to Quantum, its structure and practice

Topic 4: OpenStack block Device Storage Services

Topic 5: Deploy OpenStack with Chef

Topic 6: Explanation of Keystone

Topic 7: Thinking of Cloud Computing

Detailed Report on Beijing Stop

Speech materials of Beijing Stop Downloading:

 Video Downloading:

2)      Shenzhen Stop

The Shenzhen Stop Activity was held in 3Wcoffee. It was the first time that OpenStack came to Southern China. This event attracted over 80 on-site attendees. Most of them were Cloud specialists, IT engineers, as well as OpenStack users from Canton, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hangzhou etc.


Topic 1: Development Practice of Building Public Cloud Platform Based on OpenStack

Topic 2: OpenStack in Hong Kong

Topic 3: Swift Architecture and Practice

Topic 4: OpenStack Block Device Storage Services Cinder

Topic 5: Juju – Make Your Life Easier in the Cloud

Issue 6: OpenStack – The Best Private Cloud Infrastructure for Enterprises

Detailed Report on Shenzhen Stop Activity:

Speech Materials of Shenzhen Stop Downloading:

Video Downloading:

3)      Chengdu Stop

The Chengdu stop event was held at e Coffee in Tianfu Software Park in Chengdu. Hui Cheng, community manager of China OpenStack User Group (COSUG), led engineers from Redhat, Ubuntu, Sina and IBM to this event. All of them made wonderful presentations, which attracted about 100 stackers to participate in this activity.


Topic 1: StackLab: An Open OpenStack Lab

Topic2: Introduction for libvirt architecture and APIs

Topic 3: Juju – Make Your Life Easier in the Cloud

Topic4: Adoption OpenStorage with Openstack

Topic 5: Swift Architecture and Practice

Topic 6: Introduction to Quantum, its structure and practice

Detailed Report on Chengdu Stop Activity:

Speech Materials of Chengdu Stop Downloading:

4)      Xi’an Stop

The Xi’an stop event was held at Qing Feng Plaza, Software Park in Xi’an. Engineers from RedHat, Sina and Stackform attended this event. All of them made wonderful presentations, which attracted about 110 stackers to participate in this activity.


Topic 1: Practice of OpenStack Public Cloud

Topic 2: The OpenSource OpenStack+OpenShift

Topic 3: OpenStack Block Device Storage Services Cinder

Topic 4: Incubation Cloud Management Platform Based on OpenStack

Detailed Report on Xi’an Stop Activity:

5)      Shanghai Stop

The Shanghai Stop event was held in an innovation workshop. Engineers from Sina, Intel,, and Dell gave wonderful speeches. Around 40 OpenStack enthusiasts attended this event on-site.


Topic 1: Practice of OpenStack Public Cloud

Topic 2: Practice of OpenStack Public Cloud

Topic 3: Swift Infrastructure and its Key Technologies

Topic 4: Cinder Project Status and New Feature for Grizzly

Topic 5: Swift Performance Measurement and Tuning

Topic 6: Internal process of Quantum

Topic 7: Nova and Virtual Machine Management

Detailed Report on Shanghai Stop Activity:

Speech Materials of Shanghai Stop Downloading:

6)      Nanjing Stop

The Nanjing Stop event was held in Gulou Campus of Nanjing University. As one of the founders of China OpenStack User Group (COSUG), Yujie Du gave a speech at the event. Cloud computing architect from 360buy, Manager of NEC Development Department, OpenStack community developers, Ubuntu developers and technical pre-research engineer from ZTE the Openstack gave wonderful speeches. The number of on-site audience was more than 70.


Topic 1: Introduction to OpenStack Foundation and the Community

Topic 2: Realization of 360buy ELB

Topic 3: Applicatios Based on OpenStack and Openflow/SDN

Topic 4: Internal Process of Quantum

Topic 5: OpenStack+OpenShift

Topic 6: Juju – Make Your Life Easier in the Cloud

Topic 7: OpenStack Operational Needs and Practice in Telecommunications Industry

Detailed Report on Nanjing Stop Activity:

Speech Materials Downloading:

7)      Tianjin Stop

The Tianjin Stop event was held in the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Zone. Representatives from the four major open source platforms (OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, OpenNebula) got together and explored the future development of OpenStack.


Topic 1: Commercial Thinking on OpenStack

Topic 2: Experience Sharing of Developing Public Cloud Solutions Based on OpenStack

Topic 3: The development of CloudStack and its China Community

Topic 4: Experience Sharing of Developing and Infrastructure Analysis of OpenNebula

Topic 5: Introduction to Eucalyptus Components

Topic 6: Panel

In the panel forum, Hui Cheng (OpenStack user group (COSUG) Administrator), Xuehui Li (CloudStack Committer), Qingye Jiang (Eucalyptus Account Director), China cloud Junwei Liu (computing researcher of Academy of Telecommunications Research) launched a discussion. Each of them introduced their most successful open-source platform deployments.

Detailed Report on Tianjin Stop Activity:

Speech Materials Dowloading:

8)      Wuhan Stop

The Wuhan Stop event was held in Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Experts from Sina, Zhongda Huanyu, and OS-Easy gave speeches on the following topics.

Topic 1: The Road of Cloud Computing Adoption—OpenStack Open Source Cloud Platform

Topic 2: Deploy and Manage OpenStack on Crowbar

Topic 3: Practice of Build Server virtualization Based on OpenStack

 Topic 4: Integration Practice of OpenStack and Hadoop

Detailed Report on Wuhan Stop Activity:

  1. Summary of Activities and Sharing of Operations Experience

The activities of the the “OpenStack line” is a community collaboration Technical Tour of exploration. In the case of commercial sponsorship, community activities are often faced with three questions: Lecturer, venue and participants. The event lecturers are volunteers, travel expenses own burden, activities to attract so much lecturer to join, thanks to OpenStack have accumulated under the core members of the user group in China more than a year operations. Eight venues of the city, only Shenzhen is using the AA system, others are lent free of charge by local volunteers. Recruitment of participants take full advantage of the CSDN advantage of the huge amount of developers Member, participants of each event are really this crowd interested in technology.

The event has accumulated a lot of experience.

How to push offline activities to online. Offline activities have pros and cons. Interactivity is the advantage. Face-to-face communication is the most efficient. In the beginning of promoting technologies such communication is really needed. The disadvantage is that such communications are costy.  In order to make offline activities as fruitful and influential as possible, collecting materials accessible online is need as much as possible, such as speech scripts, photos, video, and reports.

On-site activities. Organizers were multitaskers, who were responsible for registering, contacting lectures, hosting meetings, reminding, taking photo, several roles to manage the conference attendance, Lecturer Contact presided over the meeting, reporting, etc. It would be better if some people are willing to take some tasks, if they don’t want, the tasks should be in order. Contacting lectures and controlling time are the most important, followed by collecting materials. Here is a tip. Here is a tip. You’d better collect speech materials as soon as the conference ends. Otherwise, you have to ask lectures email you their speech materials. If this is the case, you have to wait for a long time. So the priority after the activity is to post the materials collected online.

Meeting Application Control. To organize an offline activity, two extremes should be avoided. If few people, the scene looks empty. If too many people, it would be crowded. Attendees would feel uncomfortable. At the stage of releasing and promoting the activity,     organizers should know how to make full use of the accessible resources. Promote from the core to the periphery. When the number of applicants reaches the expected goal, you do not have to re-accumulate marketing resources. In accordance with the experience of organizing community activities, to have 50% applicants attend the activity is reasonable.

Location. Previous community activities helped bring some free venue, which can be reused .For the venue provider, supporting community activities is a good way to improve the company’s reputation. And if the activities are responding the company’s business, this is like requesting experts to deliver free trainings for employees. Software Parks and software base in some cities can also be sponsors. But in practice, free venues were gotten by using personal relationships, such as friendship, colleagueship, former colleagueship, and so on.

If you can’t find a suitable venue by using some existing resources, you can seek help in mail group. Such as sending requests in COSUG mail group. But be sure to write clearly all your needs in one email. Otherwise, your frequent emails would disturb others. Internet search  is also a good way. For instace, by googling keywords, “**community”, “community activities” to find related persons in charge. Generally, these people are active online. You can be linked to these people through various activities pages and microblogging. These people usually have some resources at the local, and are very kind.

After visiting so many venues looking down, we find they all have advantages and disadvantages. Offices in companies have good conditions, but they are usually not air-conditioned on weekends, sometimes, you may run into blackout. In addition, security measures are strict and you have to registration at the door. Cafes possess comfortable environment, but they charge and the space is limited. Big university classrooms are wonderful. But for foreign participants who are unfamiliar with the campus, they have to waste some seeking the specific classroom which is usually not identifed on a map. Software parks and software bases are extremely good, but you’d have to hold the activity there during the working day. Because on weekends, there are people in such work places far away from the downtown.

Like lectures, alternative venues are also needed. Lots of lectures and audience will gather at one specific place at the same time. If the activity is cancelled due to venue problems, many people will be sad and disappointed, what’s worse, once this kind of unreliability spreads out , it would be more difficult to gather people next time.

Concern about participants. Because community activities are frequently held on weekends, Participants are more enthusiastic than other people will be more enthusiasm. They are the resource of volunteers. Hosts and organizers should communicate with these potential volunteers at the scene. Reunions after the activity are a good way.

Volunteers. Lots of volunteers are needed community activities. Some organizers think the recruitment of volunteers is very simple, just listing tasks, and waiting for claim. However, some organizers don’t think this is easy. This is a matter of opinion. Actually, many volunteers claim voluntary work by themselves. So clearly write down organizers’ email addresses or phone number on the propaganda or in email. This allows those who are interested to easily find you. Another method is to collect. List stuffs and tasks that need volunteers’ assistance in email or microblog. Then people would apply. Most volunteers are students, some are those who are very active in community.

Chinese Version of this post: CSDN)

How Sina Contributes to OpenStack

OpenStack launches a new release every 6 months. Essex was released 6 months ago, and Folsom came out on September 27. Every release  is followed by a third-party report on the individual and corporate contributions. In this article,  I’d like to talk about how we Sina OpenStack dev team, as an important corporate contributor in OpenStack projects, involves in the OpenStack community and how we contribute to OpenStack Folsom ?

6 months ago, in a report of Who Wrote OpenStack Essex? by ReadWriteWeb, we were surprised to see that Sina was for the first  time listed among Top 10 bugfix companies, ranking #9. My team was highly inspired, and we never thought that our little work in OpenStack could be able to be listed along with the International IT giants, like Rackspace, RedHat, IBM and HP.  Since then, we have devoted much more weight on the community development of OpenStack official projects, and  invested more resources and encouraged all team members  to engage in OpenStack community development as well.

As a result, we have achieved much progress during Folsom release according to the statistics from openstack-gitdm, which is maintained by Mark McLoughlin, an OpenStack contributor from Red Hat,  and provides the contribution data extracted from git commits, Gerrit and launchpad for 7 core projects of OpenStack during the whole Folsom release.

In general, we have contributed 147 patches to the 7 core projects of OpenStack, ranking #4; having 74 bugfix been approved, also ranking #4;  11,787 lines of code been merged, ranking #8, and we have 18 stackers who have code contributions in Folsom release, ranking #2 after Rackspace.  Bitergia’s report on Folsom using different toolset and methodology also concludes the similar result.  (More statistical graphs are shown in the photo gallery bellow)

Moreover, we have been involved in the collaborative developments of all the 7 core projects, which means we have balanced investment in these projects, and we believe this strategy  will benefit us in better understanding the whole OpenStack frameworks and different components. If only counted by the number of patch, we ranked #6 in Nova, #3 in Quantum, #3 in Cinder, #6 in Glance, #3 in Keystone and #11 in Horizon.

But why, how and what did we Sina OpenStack team contribute to OpenStack community and OpenStack projects?

Why and How?

In the mid of 2011, when the Diablo release was under heavy development, we decided to use OpenStack as our underlying system of Sina IaaS public Cloud, Sina Web Services(SWS), and another strategic product besides Sina App Engine(SAE), which is developed by my former team members and already the most popular public PaaS cloud in China.  But then OpenStack was full of bugs, not very stable and not ready for production deployment, and also lacked  some essential components, such as billing, monitoring and load balancer etc. So we invested several engineers to do bugfix, to implement new features and to design necessary services. In the beginning, we forked an internal branch from a particular commit of OpenStack, and had much development on the internal branch. Later we found that it is a little difficult to merge upstream updates to our own branch, if this condition did continue, our project would be dangerous since it would go more and more far way from the official projects, and we would finally lose the community and the ecosystem. So we stopped the trend immediately and cut down our own fork. Instead, we joined the community, collaborated with gurus around the world, and combined the requirement of our own public cloud projects and need of OpenStack community, so that we could be able to avoid duplicated development, and it has become a win-win game for the community and my employer. In fact, we have contributed all our bugfixes and feature improvements to upstream. We also opened sourced our own implementation of  biling(Dough) and monitoring(Kanyun). We benefited a great deal from  this change.

First, most importantly, many of my team members have  grown up from a newbie to an experienced and qualified OpenStack contributor through the collaborative community development in a short time, thus in turn the progress of our own projects were speeded up  with such quick learners.

Second, by means of contributing our own feature implementations and open-sourcing additional projects, we got lots of valuable feedback from PTLs, core developers and the community, guiding us to better software design and  implementation.

That’s why and how we are  involved in the community development and contributing to OpenStack.


Besides code contribution mentioned above, what else have we done for OpenStack in the last 6 months?

As the early OpenStack dev team who operates the first production OpenStack cloud in China, we have done lots of work to promote OpenStack in China, as well as building COSUG to be the most active and influential open source user group in China. To be specific:

  • Among our 174 patches, some of which are tagged with high priority and critical for stability and usability of OpenStack projects, including:
  • Leading the COSUG to be the second largest user group after the official OpenStack community, with around 3000 members in total according to COSUG Updates presentation by Hui Cheng in Shenzhen OpenStack meet-up. We often plan and organize regular online and off-line OpenStack meet-up in Beijing and other cities, building a bridge connection for OpenStack developers, users and companies to communicate and share their insight regarding OpenStack and cloud computing.
  • As the lead manager of COSUG, our team leader Hui Cheng is responsible for operating the OpenStack Chinese portal,,  COSUG ML, COSUG official Weibo account @OpenStack(, and OpenStack events arrangement.
  • We devoted much time and energy in co-organizing the OpenStack Asia/Pacific Conference(OSAC) held in August, 2012, in Beijing, making it a successful and largest cloud event in Asia. It is the conference that make OpenStack and its community widely known and recognized  by most Chinese IT employees and companies.
  • We co-founded China Open-Source Cloud League(COSCL) with Intel,  which officially supports their developers to share R&D resources and jointly participates and contributes to Openstack official projects and the community.See news report about COSCL then.
  • We initiated projects, for is not accessible from China for same reasons.  StackLab is an fully accessible OpenStack Laboratory which now mainly provides an free OpenStack sandbox for the cloud developers, users and anyone else who is interested in OpenStack, testing and experiencing OpenStack.We have attracted more than 200 registered users in less than 1 week.  Here is StackLab news report and its HOWTO document.
  • We have planed the nationwide OpenStack promotion campaign, OpenStack China Tour, which is a series of meet-ups in Chinese major cities, covering most active OpenStack users and developers in China, such as Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Wuhan, Xi’an and Shanghai, and possibly more cities will be involved in.
  • We also have published articles and blogs about OpenStack projects and market opportunities  through InfoQ, CSDN, Programmer Magazine and our multi-language team blog, these articles, blogs and our slides have been being regarded as important sources and reference for Chinese OpenStack users to know and learn OpenStack.

What’s more?

At the last OpenStack Conference and Design Summit in April, we shared our work through presentation Integrating OpenStack To Existing Infrastructure, and  Dough: OpenStack Billing Project.

For the upcoming OpenStack Summit at San Diego, we have prepared one presentation DevOps in OpenStack Public Cloud, and one design proposal Local Storage Volume plugin for Cinder for Grizzly, looking forward to seeing you guys in the grand meeting.

In August, 2012, I was elected by the individual members of the OpenStack global community as a board member of OpenStack Foundation, that drives me to continue contributing, promoting, and more deeply involved in OpenStack projects and the community.


Even though we have done these work, I would consider this is not enough, we still have large space to do better and more.

For example, even though we have good scores if counted by changeset or bugfix, the average changed lines is not very high compared the developers from Rackspace, RedHat and others. The rank by code influence is not high as well, and so far we do not have a core developer in any projects, and so on.

But we believe Sina OpenStack dev team will definitely have much more progress and more contributions in Grizzly.

In the end, we must thanks the OpenStack community, and the newly founded OpenStack Foundation, who help us grow up,  give us guidance to how to communicate and how to delve into the core of OpenStack.(See OpenStack Foundation birthday global meet-up in Beijing)

More importantly, OpenStack gives us great opportunity to success, not only in career, but also in business.


This article is translated to Serbo-Croatian language by Anja Skrba from

OpenStack China Tour #2 Shenzhen

The second stop of OpenStack China Tour, Shenzhen, has been successfully hosted by the COSUG and CSDN on Septempber 22, 2012, which is impressive til now, it was held in 3Wcoffee, a famous Internet theme coffee shop in Shenzen. It is the first time that OpenStack comes to Southern China, attracted about 80 attendees came in the scene, most of them are Cloud specialists, IT engineers, as well as OpenStack users from Canton, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hangzhou etc.

Speakers are coming from Sina Corporation, HK Cyberport, Canonical, CIeNET Technologies, they shared the vision about OpenStack in the Cloud market in the Greater China, and the newly launched OpenStack Foundation, and the technical view of OpenStack core projects. The interaction and communication between speakers and audience is also relatively sufficient, these speakers have done impressive presentations, so that you could hear constant applause in the scene.

Like usual, the first lecture come to Hui Cheng, the lead manager of COSUG and the technical manager of Sina, who initiated the first OpenStack based public cloud in China, Hui also leads his team to become the active corporate contributor which make Sina rank in the top 10 companies by changeset in Folsom release. He was elected by individual members to be an board member of OpenStack Foundation, which makes him to take more responsibility to promote and empower OpenStack in China. This time Hui Cheng introduced the latest progress of OpenStack Foundation and COSUG, as well as delving a little deeper in the deployment of Sina OpenStack production environment and experiences gained from the whole process of building a public cloud based on OpenStack, also explained why Sina choose OpenStack and its underneath of KVM and Ubuntu.

Bruce Lok is responsible for OpenStack IaaS public cloud platform`s development and operations in the Technology Centre of Hong Kong Cyberport, which has been put into the production environment to use. Bruce is also the manager of the newly created HKOSUG, he is excited to promote of open source cloud software OpenStack to the Hong Kong IDC industry and the community.

Rongze Zhu, the storage engineer of Sina, is one of the top 20 contributors to OpenStack projects, he introduced the status and objectives of Cinder. The Cinder support a lot of back-end storage, including open-source sheepdog, and ceph etc. also including the major storage vendors like IBM, Dell, HP, NetApp storage`s products. Rongze said Cinder’s emergence also gave domestic storage vendors an opportunity to participate in Cloud computing, he introduced how to write a driver, to let Cinder support their own storage products.

Zhengpeng Hou, the cloud specialist from Canonical, introduced the latest deployment tool (juju) of OpenStack in Ubuntu, and a live demonstration showed, Zhengpeng emphasized that juju is open source, anyone can use free.

George Wang, the director of CIeNET Technologies, said that because OpenStack is more open than the other Cloud platforms, so he chose to build internal IaaS platform through OpenStack. Cloud platform, engineers of CIeNET around the world can reuse resources, they can also have the right to call and release resources, which greatly accelerates the speed of application deployment which meets user’s requirement, also to enhance the utilization of internal resources.

In the end of this event, audience were giving rounds of warm applause while Hui Cheng was having a closing address, “We are not afraid of disclosing and sharing our detail network topology and design spec of production deployment, as well as our secret to success, because it’s the spirit of Internet and Open-Source, which make us grown up and will lead us stronger and stronger.”

The China OpenStack Tour @ Shenzhen event has proved to be successful, we received many praise and positive feedback in Weibo and email, one attendee send us an email saying “You guys have done a good job in arranging this event, thanks for your selfless sharing and wonderful speech, it’s really helpful for our start-up company”.


Slides are uploaded to Slideshare:

OpenStack China Tour Launches from Beijing

On September 16, OpenStack China Tour began its trip from Beijing, it is a series of OpenStack meetups organized by COSUG and CSDN in some Chinese major cities(Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Wuhan and Xi’an) in turn,  Beijing stop attracted more than 150 engineers to come to the scene , was held in workplace of Shanda Innovations. Core contribution engineers from Intel, Sina, IBM, Gamewave etc. made a presentation. It is worth mentioning that more than half hundred of engineers watched the whole meeting live through WebEx, and this is also thanks to the support provided by  Cisco.

 As the most influential OpenStack senior engineer and early evangelist in China, Hui Cheng gave a deep insight about the open ecosystem of OpenStack, and why does OpenStack become so successful. Hui shared the latest OpenStack events happened both at home and abroad.

“Sina, Intel, IBM, Baidu, Netease, HiSoft, China Standard Software, Gamewave Ltd., Shanghai Jiaotong University have become the first wave of OpenStack players in China” said Hui Cheng, lead manager of COSUG and technical leader of Sina OpenStack team,  “They have already deployed OpenStack to their production or testing environment, and some of them is also the active corporate contributor in OpenStack  projects. For example, Sina has already contributed more than 100 patches in the OpenStack Folsom release, and definitely will have more in Grizzly.”

In addition, Hui Cheng said, “Sina will join hands with some companies, such as Intel, IBM, and other major Chinese corporate contributors, to unite the R & D resources, and jointly develop for some project blueprint, thereby to enlarge the contribution from China.

Dr. Jinsong Liu, senior engineer from Intel, reviewed the history of virtualization, and Intel’s contribution to the OpenStack community. Jinsong Liu showed the Intel TXT security technologies at the chip level.

At present, Yongsheng Gong is full-timely working at IBM and focuses on the OpenStack research and development. He shared the Quantum project’s architecture as well as his own understanding. CSDN noticed that audience raised many questions about Quantum, and they worried whether Quantum can be applied to the production environment. In regards to this concern, Hui Cheng added, “Quantum version needs to be G version (ie the second quarter of 2013) in order to meet the requirements of real production environment.”

Rongze Zhu, an active contributor in Cinder/Nova project from Sina, introduced the status and objectives of Cinder. Cinder supports a lot of back-end storage, including open-source sheepdog, ceph, etc., and also including the storage products of major storage vendors, such as IBM, Dell, HP and NetApp. Rongze Zhu said, “Cinder’s emergence also gave domestic storage vendors an opportunity to participate in Cloud computing.” Zhu Rongze introduced how to write a driver to enable Cinder support their own storage products. “Domestic storage vendors can also be added to the OpenStack ecological chain, Sina is willing to provide support,” said Rongze Zhu.

Junqiang Chen, the SA engineer from Gamewave Group Limited,  illustrated how to use the chef management OpenStack efficiently. Besides, Junjiang Chen recommended to developers two good books: “Getting Real” and “ReWork“, both of which are from 37signals.

As a member of the SWS team, Yejia Xu is mainly responsible for the OpenStack Keystone project and the development of SWS auth and identify system. Meanwhile, he is also the core developer of SWS Dashboard. Yejia Xu shared the architecture, expansion, installation and configuration of Keystone.

Shake Chen is the most active volunteer and mentor in COSUG, who has much experiences in OpenStack deployment,  he  contrast Xen and KVM, and evaluated some major opponents of OpenStack. Additionally, Shake Chen commented on several major IaaS platforms in China. According to him, AWS is still the giant of the entire cloud computing market, the domestic IaaS market is still in the incubation stage.

In the end, Hui Cheng, the lead manager of COSUG and co-organizer of OpenStack China Tour, expressed his sincere thanks to CSDN, the awesome partner of COSUG, and Shanda Innovations, who provides the venue and free drinks, as well as Cisco, who sponsored the WebEx online live video broadcast.

The next stop of this tour will be Shenzhen(event link), and welcome stackers from southern China and Hong Kong to participate.

Yan Bao from CSDN has much contribution to this news report.

OpenStack Won Unprecedented Popularity in Asia/Pacific

On August 10 -11, the first two-day OpenStack Asia-Pacific Conference (OSAC) was held in Beijing and Shanghai concurrently. This conference is  jointly organized by CSDN (Chinese Software Develop the Net), the world’s largest Chinese IT technology community and the OpenStack user group (COSUG).

This conference is the highest-level OpenStack meeting held in the Asia-Pacific region so far, attracting more than 1000 people in Beijing venue and nearly 700 people in Shanghai venue, which come from more than 180 companies. OpenStack enthusiasts and community representatives from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia and U.S. have also witnessed the grand conference.

Representatives of some OpenStack big players, such as Billy Cox from Intel, Kyle MacDonald from Canonical, Steven Hallett from eBay X.commerce, Boris Renski from Mirantis, Hui Cheng from Sina etc., delivered a very compelling and attracting speech, making all audience listen carefully. 

Many audience asked lots of good questions at the conference. Speakers were never reluctant to give them thorough answers.

Among the speakers, Hui Cheng, manager of COSUG and technical leader gave an opening address talking about the status of COSUG(link), as well as a keynote speech OpenStack Opportunities and Challenges(link).In the opening address, he mentioned that after deduction of overlap user registration, it’s a conservative estimation that COSUG has 2,500 user members in China, which maybe the biggest user group out of U.S., he also believed that China would be the second largest Openstack market in the world.

The first day was ended by by a panel on The Current Status and Trends of OpenStack. The panelists are the OpenStack community representatives from different countries and regions of APAC, they are, from the second to right, the panel host from CSDN and representatives from Taiwan, mainland China, Japan, South Korea, two guys from Australia, and Boris on behalf of OpenStack Foundation.

Outside of the meeting, OSAC sponsors’ boothes  had attracted lots of attention, companies and potential customers were communicating and connected through specific OpenStack related products.

Sessions on the second day were attracting and appealing as well. When the sessions finished, some administrators from COSUG, industrial leaders and OpenStack specialists got together to share experience and ideas on OpenStack community, network virtualization and business opportunities around OpenStack.

In the evening, Rackspace sponsored a free beer party. COSUG managers and some OpenStack related companies joined this party. Mike Metral, the solution architect from Rackspace, gave a introduction about the newly launched Rackpsace next generation cloud, and we also discussed some technical detail under OpenStack projects.

The event sponsor list is Rackspace, Intel, Canonical, Dell, HiSoft, NEC, VMware, 99Cloud, Cloudena, Midokura and Sina, thanks to them,  who made the event available  to us. I also want to thank CSDN and COSUG volunteers, they have devoted much energy and time during the whole preparation and organization process of such a big event.

All slides has uploaded to Slideshare tagged with 2012osac:

More photos can be seen at Flickr:

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