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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Aug 22 – 29)

The results are in – Manila is an OpenStack incubated project!

OpenStack Technical Committee voted Manila into official incubation status. The TC formally accepted the creation of shared file systems program, as well as the incubation of the Manila project.

OpenStack as Layers

Sean Dague has a good suggestion for representing OpenStack’s pieces and how they stack up together to realize Infrastructure As A Service. His post expands on the timely topic of what should be part of an integrated release.

Keystone is not an authentication service

Nathan Kinder dives deeper into Keystone. While many would argue that Keystone in OpenStack world has something to do with authentication, Nathan argues that Keystone’s main purpose is authorization within an OpenStack deployment. While it’s true that Keystone can perform authentication itself, Nathan argues that doesn’t mean that it should be used for authentication.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Reports from Previous Events

Relevant Conversations

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Atin Ruia Santosh Kumar
abhiram moturi Matt Rutkowski
Peter Krempa Carl Bader
Kentaro TANAKA Veena
Eric Blake Nolan Brubaker
Artem Osadchiy Neeti Dahiya
Shanthakumar K Mikhail S Medvedev
Sanja Nosan Abhishek Talwar
Prasoon Telang Yukinori Sagara
Oscar Romero Ted Ross
Jeremy Moffitt Prabhakar Kudva
Csaba Henk Eric Blake
Santosh Kumar abhiram moturi
Randy Perryman
Kent Wang
Johnu George
Jeffrey Calcaterra
Grace Yu
David Mahony

OpenStack Reactions

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Aug 15 – 22)

Call for Proposals: Open Source Ecosystem Design Sessions at the Paris Summit

We’re continuing the Open Source Ecosystem Design Sessions at the OpenStack Summit Paris (Nov 3-7, 2014). It’s an opportunity to foster the projects and communities that don’t fall under the umbrella of the OpenStack Foundation, but are actively being used and developed within the greater ecosystem. We were inspired by everyone who came together to plan the next development cycle on their storage, configuration management, orchestration and networking projects. If you have an open source project that’s related to OpenStack and has a significant community of contributors, we invite you to submit a proposal.

OpenStack Ceilometer and the Gnocchi experiment

Julien Danjou reports on what’s happening within the OpenStack Telemetry program, with a retrospective on Ceilometer and its drawbacks.

Your baby is ugly! Picking which code is required for Commercial Core.

Entertaining post by Rob Hirschfeld about DefCore. “There’s no point in sugar-coating this: selecting API and code sections for core requires making hard choices and saying no. DefCore makes this fair by 1) defining principles for selection, 2) going slooooowly to limit surprises and 3) being transparent in operation.”

Who Are the Most Influential People of OpenStack®?

Fun game by the fun folks at Metacloud. They’re printing and giving away in Paris custom-printed decks of cards that include the most influential people of OpenStack. The best part? The community gets to decide who is featured in the deck!

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Reports from Previous Events

Relevant Conversations

Security Advisories and Notes

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Welcome Michael Bayer to oslo-db core reviewers

Vlad Okhrimenko Yu Zhang
Simona Iuliana Toader Taku Fukushima
Sergey Lupersolsky Simon Leinen
Johnu George Shaun McDowell
Brent Roskos RedBaron
Bhavani Shankar Jesse Proudman
Alexis GUNST Jesse J. Cook
Adelina Tuvenie Edouard Outin
Doug Baer justin thomas simms
Angus Thomas Tom Holtzen
avi berger TARDIVEL
Dorin Paslaru Samer Deeb
Aishwarya Thangappa Puneet Arora
phanipawan
Venkatasubramanian Ramachandran
Tomáš Nováčik
Kyle Stevenson
Can ZHANG
Doug Baer
Clinton Knight
Игор Миловановић
Steven Tan
Rob Cresswell
yuriy brodskiy
avi berger
Oscar Romero
Louis Taylor

Latest Activity In Projects

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OpenStack Reactions

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Aug 8 – 15)

Patchwork Onion delivers stability & innovation: the graphics that explains how we determine OpenStack Core

The OpenStack board, through the DefCore committee, has been working to define “core” for commercial users using a combination of minimum required capabilities (APIs) and code (Designated Sections).  These minimums are decided on a per project basis so it can be difficult to visualize the impact on the overall effect on the Integrated Release. Rob Hirschfeld and Joshua McKenty have created the patchwork onion graphic to help illustrate how core relates to the integrated release.

OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris

We’re doing it again, bigger: the OpenStack Foundation is delivering a training program to accelerate the speed at which new OpenStack developers are successful at integrating their own roadmap into that of the OpenStack project. If you’re a new OpenStack contributor or plan on becoming one soon, you should sign up for the next OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris, November 1-2. Participation is strongly advised also for first time participants to OpenStack Design Summit. We’re doing it again before the Paris Summit, as we did in Atlanta, only bigger.

Using gerrymander, a client API and command line tool for gerrit

Over the past couple of months Daniel P. Berrange has worked on creating a python library and command line tool for dealing with gerrit. Gerrymander was born out of his frustration with the inefficiency of handling reviews through the gerrit web UI. Reviewers can use gerrymander to query gerrit for reviews and quickly get a list of comments filtering out comments by bots.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Reports from Previous Events

Tips ‘n Tricks

Security Advisories and Notices

Upcoming Events

Relevant Conversations

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers and Core Reviewers

Louis Taylor wudx05
Puneet Arora Miguel Grinberg
Sandro Tosi Piet Delaney
Sam Betts Ilia Meerovich
Philippe Jeurissen Chirag Shahani
Amit Gandhi venkata anil
Takashi Sogabe Takashi Sogabe
Veena Saro Chandra Bhooshan
Juergen Brendel selvakumar
Jin Dong sandhya
Qijing Li Tarun Jain
Mathieu Losmede
Lakshminarayanan Krishnan

Latest Activity In Projects

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OpenStack Reactions

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Found the bad commit that messed up the gate

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Aug 1 – 8)

OpenStack and NUMA placement

Nonuniform memory access (NUMA) is a memory architecture that provides different access times depending on which processor is being used. This is a useful feature for improving the performance of virtualized guests. Guests can be optimized to use specific NUMA nodes when provisioning resources. On most modern hardware, one can specify which NUMA nodes a guest can use for virtualization. As an example, by improving performance and reducing latency, the network functions virtualization (NFV) use cases can really take advantage of it. Tiago Rodrigues de Mello wrote a report on the current plans to improve use NUMA placement and asked for comments on his blog.

How do companies do OpenStack?

Yours truly is going around these days asking “how does your company do OpenStack?” to collect best practices and notable mistakes from various leaders of OpenStack’s corporate community. I’m hoping to build a ‘how to’ manual to help managers build better dev teams, more effective at collaborating while shipping products to their customers. This is an effort that goes hand-in-hand with training new developers with Upstream Training and other initiatives aimed at sustaining OpenStack growth. Email me, please, I’d love to hear more stories.

Ops Mid-Cycle Meetup – August 25/26

Are you running an OpenStack cloud? Come down to San Antonio on August 25-26th and hang out with others who do as well.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Reports from Previous Events

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Relevant Conversations

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers and Core Reviewers

Welcome Victoria Martínez de la Cruz (vkmc) to Zaqar’s core team

Welcome (back) Jay Pipes to nova-core

Claire Delcourt Koichi Yoshigoe
Ravi Sankar Penta HAYASHI Yusuke
Sridhar Ramaswamy Winnie Tsang
Игор Миловановић Wee Loong
Zsolt Dudás Sunu Engineer
Robbie Harwood Sam Betts
Vitaly Gridnev John Davidge
Victor A. Ying Jacek Świderski
Sergey Nuzhdin Aishwarya Thangappa
Sridhar Ramaswamy
Mike Smith
Di Xu
Subrahmanyam Ongole
John Trowbridge
Emily Hugenbruch
Patrizio Tufarolo
Yaling Fan
Robin Wang
Joseph Davis
Ambroise CHRISTEA
Alexey Miroshkin
Pavlov Andrey
Aviram Bar-Haim

Latest Activity In Projects

Do you want to see at a glance the bugs filed and solved this week? Latest patches submitted for review? Check out the individual project pages on OpenStack Activity Board – Insights.

OpenStack Reactions

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Taking over a review of someone else by messing with the Change-ID

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (July 25 – Aug 1)

Brace yourself, DevStack Ceph is here!

It’s already a legend: after 7 months and 42(fortytwo) patch sets, Sebastien Han’s patch got merged into DevStack. The patch configures things to bootstrap a Ceph cluster and then configure the OpenStack services Glance, Cinder, Cinder backup and Nova. A toast to Sebastien’s persistence and to all Devstack maintainers who provided help.

Coding all summer long in OpenStack

The end of Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is near, and intern Victoria Martinez de la Cruz shares her experience as an OpenStack intern with OpenStack.

Keystone team looking for feedback

The Keystone team is looking for feedback from the community on what type of Keystone Token is being used in your OpenStack deployments. This is to help us understand the use of the different providers and get information on the reasoning (if possible) that that token provider is being used. Please respond to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZNDH3M

Third Party CI group meeting summary:

At this week’s meeting the Third-Party group continued to discuss a new testing terminology proposal and and a proposal for recheck syntax. There was also a summary review of the proposed initial draft for a sharing of best practices and a good discussion on using templates for configuration files. Anyone deploying a third-party test system or interested in easing third-party involvement is welcome to attend the meetings. Minutes of ThirdParty meetings are carefully logged.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

sanu m Mahalakshmi
Sitaram Dontu Petteri Tammiaho
Renee Oleksii Chuprykov
Marcus V R Nascimento Liyi Meng
Fausto Marzi JC Delay
Jeff Kramer Chelsea Winfree
lisa michele marino Vlad Okhrimenko
Maria Abrahms Vitaly Gridnev
Alexey Miroshkin Vladyslav Drok
Simeon Monov Pramita Gautam
EliQiao Murali Balcha
Andreas Steil Mike Heald
Alin Gabriel Serdean John Schwarz
Lin Yang Gergely Szalay
Geraint North Forest Romain
Georges Dubus Eddie Lin
Stephane Miller Tim Kelsey
Sunil G Sitaram Dontu
Will Foster ryszard chojnacki
Walter Heck Stephane Miller
Mithil Arun PORTE Loïc
Kieran Forde Robbie Harwood
Sanjay Kumar Singh Mingyan Bao
Fausto Marzi
Daniel Shirley
Martin Seidl

Latest Activity In Projects

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OpenStack Reactions

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Me trying to use devstack

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (July 18 – 25)

How to Effectively Contribute to An Open Source Project Such As OpenStack Neutron

As Neutron’s Tech Lead (PTL), Kyle Mestery has been mostly heads down working to ensure the Neutron project has a successful Juno release. Increasingly, and especially near OpenStack Juno milestone deadlines, he’s forced to make hard choices and start turning new features down in order to focus on shipping good quality code for Juno. He sent an email to the openstack-dev mailing list this morning addressing the pressure his team is under. He also wrote a longer blog post to expand upon that email.

OpenStack Failures

Last week the bulk of the brain power of the OpenStack QA and Infra teams were all in one room, in real life. This was a great opportunity to spend a bunch of time diving deep into the current state of the Gate, figure out what’s going on, and how we might make things better. Sean Dague, Jim Blair, wElizabeth K. Joseph and bmwiedemann wrote a summary of the week.

OpenStack plays Tetris : Stacking and Spreading a full private cloud

CERN is running a large scale private cloud which is providing compute resources for physicists analysing the data from the Large Hadron Collider. With 100s of VMs created per day, the OpenStack scheduler has to perform a Tetris like job to assign the different flavors of VMs falling to the specific hypervisors.

Juno Updates – Security, Authentication and other neat things

There is a lot of development work going on in Juno in security related areas. Nathan Kinder wrote up some of the more notable efforts that are under way in Keystone, Barbican, Kite and other projects.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Mike Smith Roman Vasilets
Mika Ayenson Motohiro Otsuka
Claudiu Nesa David Yuan
Scott Reeve Amey Ghadigaonkar
Pawel Palucki Alexandr Naumchev
Travis McPeak Michele Paolino
Livnat Peer Marcus V R Nascimento
zhangtralon daya kamath
Ryan Brown arkady kanevsky
David Caudill Travis McPeak
FeihuJiang ChingWei Chang
Anusha JJ Asghar
Lee Yarwood Neetu Jain
François Magimel
Ashraf Vazeer

Latest Activity In Projects

Do you want to see at a glance the bugs filed and solved this week? Latest patches submitted for review? Check out the individual project pages on OpenStack Activity Board – Insights.

OpenStack Reactions

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My reaction when for the first time I had a contribution merged in OpenStack

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (July 11 – 18)

DefCore Update: Input Request for Havana Capabilities

As part of our community’s commitment to interoperability, the OpenStack Board of Directors has been working to make sure that “downstream” OpenStack-branded commercial products offer the same baseline functionality and include the same upstream, community-developed code. The work to define these required core capabilities and code has been led by the DefCore Committee co-chaired by Rob Hirschfeld (his DefCore blog) and Joshua McKenty (his post). You can read more about the committee history and rationale in Mark Collier’s blog post. The next deadlines are: OSCON on July 21, 11:30 am PDT and the Board Meeting on July 22nd.

And the K cycle will be named… Kilo !

The results of the poll are just in, and the winner proposal is “Kilo”. “k” is the unit symbol for “kilo”, a SI unit prefix (derived from the Greek word χίλιοι which means “thousand”). “Kilo” is often used as a shorthand for “kilogram”, and the kilogram is the last SI base unit to be tied to a reference artifact (stored near Paris in the Pavillon de Breteuil in Sèvres).

Five Days + Twelve Writers + One Book Sprint = One Excellent Book on OpenStack Architecture

A dozen OpenStack experts and writers from companies across the OpenStack ecosystem gathered at VMware’s Palo Alto campus for the OpenStack Architecture Design Guide book sprint. The intent was to deliver a completed book aimed architects and evaluators, on designing OpenStack clouds — in just five days.

Only developers should file specifications and blueprints

If you try to solve a problem with the wrong tool you’re likely going to have a frustrating experience. OpenStack developers use blueprints define the roadmap for the various projects, the specifications attached to a blueprint are used to discuss the implementation details before code is submitted for review. Operators and users in general don’t need to dive in the details of how OpenStack developers organize their work and definitely should never be asked to use tools designed for and by developers.

Third Party CI group formation and minutes

At this week’s meeting the Third-Party group continues to discuss documentation patches, including a new terminology proposal, as well as CI system naming, logging and test timing. There was also a summary review of the current state of Neutron driver CI rollout. Anyone deploying a third-party test system or interested in easing third-party involvement is welcome to attend the meetings. Minutes of ThirdParty meetings are carefully logged.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Will Foster zhangtralon
Walter Heck Gael Chamoulaud
Mithil Arun Fabrizio Fresco
Kieran Forde badveli_vishnuus
JJ Asghar Ryan Lucio
Gilles Dubreuil Martin Falatic
Emily Hugenbruch Bryan Jones
Christian Hofstädtler Tri Hoang Vo
Steven Hillman Ryan Rossiter
Rajesh Tailor Mohit
akash Tushar Katarki
Rajini Ram Pawel Skowron
Pawel Skowron Karthik Natarajan
Abhishek L Ryan Brown
takehirokaneko Keith Basil
Kate Coyne
Ju Lim

Latest Activity In Projects

Do you want to see at a glance the bugs filed and solved this week? Latest patches submitted for review? Check out the individual project pages on OpenStack Activity Board – Insights.

OpenStack Reactions

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Trivial fix on a review of someone else while he’s asleep so jenkins can pass

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (July 4 – 11)

OpenStack Swift 2.0 Released and Storage Policies Have Arrived

OpenStack Swift 2.0.0. This release includes storage policies – the culmination of a year of work from many members of the Swift contributor community. Storage policies are the biggest thing to happen in Swift since it was open-sourced four years ago. Storage policies allow you to tailor your storage infrastructure to exactly match your use case. This release marks a significant milestone in the life of the project that will lead to further adoption and community growth. You can get Swift 2.0 from http://tarballs.openstack.org/swift/swift-2.0.0.tar.gz. As always, you can upgrade to this version without any client downtime.

Wrapping up the Travel Support Program – Juno

The OpenStack Foundation brought 21 people to Atlanta for the Summit in May, thanks to the grants offered by the Travel Support Program, sponsored by VMware. The Travel Support Program is based on the promise of Open Design and its aim is to facilitate participation of key contributors to the OpenStack Design Summit. The Travel Support Application for the November Summit in Paris is NOW OPEN! You can apply for the Travel Support Program, including costs for travel and accommodation.

Missing Building Blocks for Enterprise OpenStack: Part 1 – High Availability

In the long term debate of pets vs cattle OpenStack has always been on the side of cattles. Dmitriy Novakovskiy shared his thoughts on why pets are good and how far away OpenStack is from supporting the more ‘legacy’ applications (TL;DR: not too far away).

Third Party CI group formation and minutes

At Juno Summit in Atlanta, Kurt Taylor, Anita Kuno, and Jay Pipes agreed to form a group focused on the Third Party experience, including but not limited to continuous integration. Part of the mission of the group is to focus on the quality of Third Party testing for OpenStack through improving documentation, gathering requirements, and easing the deployment of third party testing systems. The group has been working to improve the consumability of the components and documentation. They’re inviting all people involved in CI testing to join and help make the Third Party experience easier for developers and administrators to understand and deploy. The group holds regular weekly meetings. This week they discussed timelines for Cinder and Neutron testing, requirements for documentation patches, a proposal for system terminology and helped openATTIC solve its issues starting up the CI system.

Kudos Corner

It’s a great pleasure to highlight good examples of first time contributors to OpenStack getting through their first changeset proposal. Jeegn Chen‘s first changeset is one of such cases. Kudos to him and the community helping him fixing bug #1327497.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

Reports from Previous Events

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Matthew Printz Slawomir Gonet
Fabio Massimo Di Nitto Prashanth Prahalad
azher ullah khan takehirokaneko
João Cravo azher ullah khan
Romain Soufflet Wayne
deven Vasiliy Artemev
Julia Kreger Dave Neary
Fabrizio Fresco Arnaldo Hernandez
Anant Patil Amit Kumar Das
Liyi Meng Shivakumar M
Richard Jones Richard Hagarty
Maurice Leeflang Michael Chase-Salerno
sh.huang
jizhilong
Rajesh Tailor
Chris Crownhart
Aleksandr Shaposhnikov
Matjaz Pancur
Alok Kumar Maurya
Jyoti
Andrey Epifanov
Abhishek L
Łukasz Oleś
Victor Chima
FeihuJiang
Mike King

Latest Activity In Projects

Do you want to see at a glance the bugs filed and solved this week? Latest patches submitted for review? Check out the individual project pages on OpenStack Activity Board – Insights.

OpenStack Reactions

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Elastic-recheck bot pointing us to which bug we need to recheck to

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (June 27 – July 4)

OpenStack Turns 4 – It’s Time to Celebrate the Community!

OpenStack celebrates its 4th birthday July 19, and we’re celebrating with the entire OpenStack community during July!  User maturity, software maturity and a focus on cloud software operations are rapidly emerging for OpenStack and none of it would be possible without the quickly growing OpenStack community. There are now more than 70 global user groups and 17,000 community members across 139 countries, spanning more than 370 organizations. This calls for a big toast to the OpenStack community members and our users.

OpenStack Technical Committee Update (July 1)

This week the TC held a special meeting entirely focused on clarifying some points around DefCore and providing some responses to the questions DefCore posed to the TC. A must-read.

We need to start uncovering OpenStack’s Hidden Influencers

After the summit (#afterstack), a few people compared notes and found a common theme in an under served but critical part of the OpenStack community. Sean Roberts, Allison Randall, and Rob Hirschfeld are expanding the discussion to the broader community in a series of blog posts.

Call for Speakers now OPEN – November Summit in Paris

The Call for Speakers is OPEN for the November OpenStack Summit in Paris! Submit your talks here: submit your talks now. Don’t wait! The Call for Speakers will close on July 28 at 11:59pm CDT.

Reports from Previous Events

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Jeegn Chen Richard Jones
Ciaran O Tuathail Mateusz Blaszkowski
Amit Prakash Pandey EliQiao
Melissa Wong warewang
Gael Chamoulaud Rakesh H S
François Magimel Maurice Leeflang
Tomáš Nováčik Markus Zoeller
Theron Voran Christopher Dearborn
Suthan Venkataramanaiah joanne
Jason Baker Tardis Xu
Harry Rybacki Rui Zang
Anthony Lee Ivo Vasev
Angela Smith Ian Cordasco
Anastasia Martynova stephen
Rikimaru Honjo
Alexander Maretskiy
Alex Weeks
Tim Hinrichs
Mike Bayer
Julia Kreger

Latest Activity In Projects

Do you want to see at a glance the bugs filed and solved this week? Latest patches submitted for review? Check out the individual project pages on OpenStack Activity Board – Insights.

OpenStack Reactions

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Getting nitpicked on code reviews

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OpenStack – A Global Perspective: Five Things we Learned at OpenStack Events Across Europe and Israel

We say the words “global community” and “collaboration” so often they can start to lose their meaning. It’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, and the scale of our community far beyond name-brand users from the US or the number of Summit attendees. A few weeks ago, members of the OpenStack community organized a series of events across Europe and Israel, including Budapest, Paris, Milan, Tel-Aviv and London.I was fortunate enough to attend several events, and my goals were two-fold: to do some learning as we prepare for the November Summit in Paris, including getting a pulse on the issues and topics resonating most in the region and identifying new users we could feature; and second, of course, to start promoting the Paris Summit (shameless plug, happening November 3-7) by getting sponsors, press and potential attendees on board.

Jonathan

But what I really took away from the trip was a reminder that our greatest strength truly is the diversity and size of our global community. They aren’t just words that we throw around, but the hundreds of people we met and stories we heard in just a few short days. Reflecting on my conversations and a few interviews with the user group leaders, I wanted to pass along my five takeaways from the trip:

Businesses everywhere just want to move faster. Full disclosure, my original plan for this blog post was to interview the user group leader at each event and ask about the unique drivers in their region for OpenStack (or cloud and general). I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when they gave me essentially the same answers. The themes we discussed at the Atlanta Summit, including the Software-Defined Economy and needing to move faster than emerging competitors, resonated with everyone (unprompted!). Sure, there may be different regulatory environments or more financial services organizations in the UK and startups in Budapest, but at the end of the day they still want the same thing: the speed and agility to compete. The beauty of OpenStack is that there are many different ways to consume it, whether you’re a small business in Italy using Enter’s public cloud services, or building scale-out infrastructure for researchers to store and analyze data at CERN in Switzerland.

One of those user group leaders was Mariano Cunetti of Enter IT, based in Milan. According to Mariano, “the idea of team and company is changing. It has not been a painless process, but moving to the cloud is not only a matter of infrastructure. It’s not just a matter of how you develop your tools, it’s changing your processes. It’s being more agile and quick. In the next few years, the difference between companies adopting cloud compared to the ones who are not adopting cloud will be the difference of surviving and not.  Time to market will be so fast, that you need to keep the pace. You choose the pace you want to run to.”

London

Data sovereignty and national services create a different landscape in Europe, especially in industries like telco. I am familiar with the concept of data sovereignty and implications for our users, but one interesting thing we learned on the trip is that likely this year an update is coming to the EU-wide Data Protection Act Directive established in 1995. The new regulation, called the General Data Protection Regulation, is expected to take into account globalization and technological developments like cloud computing. As I mentioned, we’ve been talking about data sovereignty for some time — and it’s been a pretty significant driver of adoption among mid-size service providers across Europe and Australia — but debate and discussion around the new EU regulations, as well as court cases like Microsoft’s Dublin datacenter will be very timely for the OpenStack Summit in Paris, where we expect to discuss such issues with leading telcos, enterprises and technology vendors.

LivePerson

We’ve moved from “what” to “how.” Attending many of these same events a year ago, what really struck me is how the conversation has changed in tone. We’ve moved beyond the question of “what is OpenStack?” or “why OpenStack” to how it’s being used and more advanced topics. Attendees seemed eager for more technical deep dives and workshops. At the Paris event, Andrew Mitry from Comcast presented their user story, and had the most engagement and questions from audience members who were planning or operating their own deployments. In a short video interview, Nati Shalom, CTO of GigaSpaces and organizer of the OpenStack Israel Day, said: “When they were getting started, there was a lot of questions about whether OpenStack was the right thing. Is it going to happen? Is it going to be successful? Is it something that I should bet on? Even until last year that was the main discussion, but this year it’s more about how do I get started, how do I actually implement things, and how do I move fast with OpenStack.”

Budapest Check-in_2

Márton Kiss, who co-organized OpenStack CEE Day in Budapest, told me, “the major driving force behind this interest is that people started to trust the open source technology. The startups are definitive end-users of cloud technology, they know and use agile development, continuous integration / deployment, the entire devops culture, and OpenStack fits here as an alternative platform to Amazon. Larger enterprises here still have a conservative attitude, but telecom and financial sector are doing pilot projects. The structure of enterprises is a bit different in this Eastern European region, because most companies don’t have HQs here, but there are a lot of software development / technology center located here.”

Shuttleworth

Contribution pays off. One of the most exciting things to see is the companies who have been contributing — both code and community activities like organizing these events — have been making a name for themselves, and building their brand as OpenStack experts in the global community. They’ve gained knowledge and relationships that are translating into real business opportunities. We met some very large users who are choosing to work with smaller, focused companies in the OpenStack ecosystem because they know contributions equate to knowledge and influence. Companies who are consistently contributing are also openly attracting talent, because many of the OpenStack experts want to work in an environment where they know their efforts are going to have a broader impact. As one example, I was going to report on how impressive it has been to see eNovance grow and expand globally, because we had the chance to tour their new — OpenStack themed! — offices in Paris, but they’ve since been acquired!

Thierry

Need more focus on operations and end users. This isn’t so much a lesson learned on this trip, as it was reinforced by these events. The makeup of attendees has evolved from primarily vendors looking to productize OpenStack and contributing developers to infrastructure teams within larger enterprises and research organizations who are using the software. The content has also evolved, but there’s more we can do to focus on cloud operators and app developers. One thought is for the Foundation to help recruit and sponsor more users like Andrew Mitry to travel and speak at these events, because hearing case studies and having the chance to ask/answer questions first hand is incredibly valuable.Please feel free to weigh in, whether or not you attended the events, I’d love to get your perspective.

Thank you to all of the organizers who put significant time into these events: Márton Kiss and Gergely Szalay in Budapest; Annie Potvin and the eNovance (now Red Hat) team in Paris; Martina Casani, Mariano Cunietti and the Enter team in Milan; Avner Algom, Nati Shalom, Sharone Zitzman and the GigaSpaces team in Tel-Aviv; and Mark Baker, Cezzaine Zaher and the Canonical team in London.

I’m energized as we head to Paris in November, and hope to see you there.

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