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OpenStack Conference and Design Summit -Day 2 Recap

Another amazing day at the OpenStack Conference and Design Summit; highlights:

Hallway Conversations – Making OpenStack Happen

Billy Cox from Intel

Lew Tucker from Cisco

Mark Collier on Facebook’s Open Compute

Mark Collier has a detailed blog post with plenty of videos on the recent Facebook announcement of Open Compute.  The complete post is here.

My favorite part…

Starting today, communities like Open Compute can combined forces with other open communities like OpenStack and Cloud Foundry to get real world data on how a given workload (say, serving up TMZ.com to 10M users or something less critical, like storing images from Mars) actually consumes power to find the waste and come up with innovative solutions across domains. To prove that collaboration is about action and not talk, Jesse Andrews, Jim Curry and myself approached the Facebook team after the event and said “hey! lend us some of these servers and we’ll take them to our office in San Francisco and have OpenStack running on them tonight!”. Something that might have taken months to arrange was now in motion in a matter of hours! A couple of videos of our secret plan in action:

Click over to Mark’s blog post to see OpenStack running on Open Compute hardware on launch day….

OpenStack Participating Company Midokura Raises 1.3 Million US

As many of the participating companies in the OpenStack ecosystem are startups, it is great to see important milestones reached. As of today, Midokura, a pioneer in the network virtualization space providing cloud-enabling technologies for both public and private clouds, has announced the raising of 1.3 million USD in seed-funding. The complete announcement is at http://www.midokura.com/pr/pr04132011.html. Congratulations to Midokura and we look forward to a successful relationship with the OpenStack community.

Open Compute Project Videos from OpenStack team at Launch

Here are some videos of the event last week at Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg introduces Open Compute April 7th, 2011 from OpenStack on Vimeo.

Untitled from OpenStack on Vimeo.

Nati Shalom – GigaSpaces OpenStack Explained

Nati Shalom from GigaSpaces posted a blog today, “GigaSpaces OpenStack Explained.”

From the post,

One of the major concerns of many IT organizations is cloud vendor lock-in. This concern was expressed recently in “Banks fear cloud vendor lock-in,” from IT Wire:

The onset of cloud computing gives vendors the chance to lock customers in to their infrastructure, using proprietary protocols to ensure they’re on the monthly billing cycle as long as possible.

The OpenStack project emerged with a mission to address this concern by creating a community-led open source project enabling any organization to create and offer cloud computing services running on standard hardware.

GigaSpaces joined the OpenStack project with the mission to enable any organization to build its own Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), with its own choice of language and best-of-breed middleware stack.

In this post, I’ll try to provide more insight into our current and future plans around OpenStack, and more specifically our joint collaboration with the Citrix OpenCloud initiative.

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Ubuntu Cloud Days IRC Event

On March 23 and 24th, the Ubuntu community is hosting their first Cloud Days event via IRC. Soren Hansen is representating the OpenStack Community with an introduction talk at 20.00 UTC. The schedule for Wednesday March 23 is below:

Wed 23rd Mar
16.00 UTC
Cloud Computing 101, Ask your questions — kim0
17.00 UTC Scaling shared-storage web apps in the cloud with Ubuntu & GlusterFS — semiosis
18.00 UTC What is Ensemble? – Presentation and Demo — SpamapS
19.00 UTC Using Linux Containers in Natty — hallyn
20.00 UTC Open-Stack Introduction — soren

For all the details, please visit http://cloud.ubuntu.com/2011/03/ubuntu-cloud-days-approaching/.

OpenStack Dashboard Demonstration Video

For those of you wanting to learn more about the Dashboard, I give you a video by Anthony Young:

Anthony Young of Rackspace Cloud Builders demos the OpenStack Dashboard from OpenStack on Vimeo.

Building the Complete Open Source Cloud with Xen.org and OpenStack

The Xen.org community, home of the open source Xen hypervisor, announced today the availability of Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) 1.0.  XCP 1.0 provides a full-featured virtualization platform solution from bare metal including the Xen hypervisor, network and storage support, and a management stack. This platform is a perfect complement to the OpenStack cloud infrastructure solution by providing the virtualization layer for a complete open source cloud stack from bare metal to cloud orchestration software.

The release of XCP 1.0 enables the Xen community to leverage the industry leading Xen hypervisor in creating a virtualization platform for the OpenStack community. Citrix Systems, a leader in the OpenStack and Xen communities, enabled not just the Xen hypervisor but also tightly integrated XCP 1.0 with OpenStack Compute and OpenStack Object Storage. This newly available joint solution provides solution providers building public and private clouds an opportunity to fully deploy a complete open source solution for their customers and employees.

Not only are the two communities actively working together to ensure a quality customer solution, but Xen.org is also taking a leading role in the governance of OpenStack with Ewan Mellor participating as a member of the OpenStack Project Oversight Committee. Ewan’s leadership role in OpenStack provides the community with an experienced open source and enterprise developer helping to guide the technology and development process.

Finally, the two projects have also submitted a joint paper proposal for OSCON 2011; “Achieving Hybrid Cloud Mobility with OpenStack and XCP” from Paul Voccio at Rackspace and Todd Deshane at Xen.org. The connection between these two open source communities is off to a great start and we look forward to more alignment in the future as open source cloud computing becomes a significant player in the industry.

You can obtain XCP 1.0 here.

OpenStack in Korea

It’s been a very busy week for OpenStack in Koera and I wanted to highlight the events with some more details and pictures.

Monday Feb 21 – OpenStack at KT

Stephen Spector (OpenStack Community Manager) and John Willis from OpsCode presented to the Cloud Service Business Unit at KT on OpenStack, DevOps, and Chef. Unfortunately, the flag was cut off in the picture but OpenStack has made its mark on KT with a sizable banner hanging in their cloud computing offices.

Tuesday Feb 22 – OpenStack at Korea University

Professor Chuck Yoo invited KT and OpenStack for a special cloud computing presentation to the Graduate School Computer Science department. KT supported the OpenStack introduction presentation from Stephen Spector with detailed technical overviews of both OpenStack Compute and Object Storage. The students at Korea University asked excellent questions about the existing architecture and design; I anticipate seeing future research for OpenStack coming from Korea University in the near term.

Wednesday Feb 23 – OpenStack User Group Launch Seminar

The official OpenStack Korea User Group launch was attended by 120+ at the Coex Conference Center in Seoul. Speakers included Stephen Spector, John Willis (OpsCode), Paul Guth (Cloudscaling.com), Jaesuk Ahn (KT), Jinkyung Hwang (KT), Kyungyoon Kim (Clunet), Donghoon Kim (KT), Jaeuk Kang (FeelingK), Bundo Kang (Ubuntu Korean Community), and Byung-gon Kim (Java Community). The event detailed OpenStack, its role in the open source community, and ways for the Korean technical community to become active members with OpenStack. The event also coincided with the launch of the new Korean OpenStack User Group website at http://www.openstack.or.kr/.

KT has done an excellent job of evangelizing OpenStack within Korea and the sizable audience will lead to increased OpenStack efforts in Korea. Korea is on its way to being a leader in the development and promotion of OpenStack within our global community.

Tweet of the event from Jaesuk Ahn:

@songerie: I mean it. It’s packed. :) http://yfrog.com/gy6y6nj #openstack korea community opening seminar.

Thursday Feb 24 – OpenStack at National IT Industry Promotion Agency

KT once again took the lead in promoting OpenStack at a government open source conference http://www.oss.kr/oss_etc1/2501 by presenting an overview of the project and how the government can engage with our open source community. As this talk was done in Korean (and I am more than a little rusty), I passed the baton to Jaesuk Ahn from KT who is an outstanding community leader in OpenStack and is driving our project to both business and government agencies throughout South Korea.

Final thoughts on my week in Korea:

  • OpenStack is a serious competitor for cloud computing in Korea and there is a high degree of interest to learn more about our project across both business and government agencies
  • KT, Jaesuk Ahn and his team are fantastic ambassadors for our open source community in Korea and their dedication to the success of OpenStack is evident in both their actions and passion for OpenStack. I leave Korea confident that our community has a great team in place to spread the OpenStack message in Korea
  • I anticipate one or two more events for OpenStack in Korea this year and hope to see more OpenStack community members add Korea to their 2011 travel plans as OpenStack is happening here
  • I encourage anyone wanting to learn how to promote OpenStack in their country to contact Jaesuk and his KT team; they have much to teach the rest of us in their ability to drive the open source message

Finally, thank you to both Jaesuk Ahn from KT, his team (cloud team at project expert group, KT) – especially Yunbum Huh who did all the “behind the scenes work”, as well as Professor Chuck Yoo for being outstanding hosts this week. With their support, we were able to promote OpenStack to the business, academic, and government communities in four days. Not bad for a weeks work.


OpenStack Lightning Talks: Chiradeep Vittal, Cloud.com

OpenStack Lightning Talks: Chiradeep Vittal, Cloud.com from OpenStack on Vimeo.

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