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Women of OpenStack at the Portland Summit

Keeping in step with the rapid growth in the OpenStack community, the Women of OpenStack presence at the Summit has grown significantly as well – over 200 women registered. Upon arriving at the Summit in Portland women were welcomed with specially designed lady’s-cut red hoodies, an invitation to attend a networking breakfast, and an open platform to share knowledge and ideas for how to get more women involved in the OpenStack community.

Over 70 women attended the networking breakfast hosted by the OpenStack Foundation and lead by community leader, Anne Gentle.  During the breakfast Anne was surprised to be recognized by the Foundation with the creation of the Anne Gentle Travel Scholarship for Women named in her honor. The scholarship will continue to fund travel for women to attend future OpenStack Summits. The initial use supported three OpenStack interns who attended the Portland Summit – Laura Alves and Victoria Martinez de la Cruz from Argentina and Anita Kuno from Canada. Learn more about the Outreach Program for Women here.

To watch a glimpse of the Women of OpenStack who attended the Summit, check out this video, Getting More Women Involved in OpenStack, filmed by Rackspace Videographer, Jacob Forbis.

To get involved yourself – join the Women of OpenStack group on LinkedIn today!

Group Shot of those who attended the Breakfast for Women

Group Shot of those who attended the Breakfast for Women

Anne Gentle is recognized with a Travel Scholarship for Women named in her honor

Anne Gentle is recognized with a Travel Scholarship for Women named in her honor

GNOME Interns: Laura Alves Anita Kuno Victoria Martínez de la Cruz

GNOME Interns:
Laura Alves
Anita Kuno
Victoria Martínez de la Cruz

Red hoodies given out at the Summit were specifically designed for women - based on feedback from the previous Summit

Red hoodies given out at the Summit were specifically designed for women – based on feedback from the previous Summit

OpenStack Grizzly

Today OpenStack’s 7th release, called “Grizzly”, will be released. and I just want to thank the over 500 stackers who contributed and the many more who participated in the OpenStack Summit last October where this release was planned.  This release, more than any before it, was driven by users who have been running OpenStack in production for the past year (or more) and have asked for broader support for the compute, storage, and networking technologies they trust and even greater scale and ease of operations.

On the compute side, we saw innovations for those operating at massive scale like “Cells” to manage distributed clusters and “NoDB” to reduce reliance on central databases, as well as big improvements in virtualization management with full support for ESX, KVM, XEN, and Hyper-V.

In the storage world, quotas were added to the object storage system as well as Cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) to enable browsers to talk directly to back-end storage environments.  And in block storage land, 10 new drivers were added including Ceph/RBD, Coraid, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, IBM, NetApp, Red Hat/Gluster, SolidFire and Zadara, while the system itself became much more sophisticated with an intelligent scheduler for allocating the right class of storage for each workload, such as for performance, cost or efficiency.

Networking is an area everyone is talking about (and investing in), and with Grizzly their was a focus on achieving greater scale and higher availability by distributing L3/L4 and dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) services across multiple servers. A new load-balancing-as-a-service (LBaaS) framework and API will bring another wave of investment and innovation in the coming months.  To deliver on the choice users are demanding,  we saw new plugins from Big Switch, Hyper-V, PlumGrid, Brocade and Midonet in addition to the existing support for Open vSwitch, Cisco UCS/Nexus, Linux Bridge, Nicira, Ryu OpenFlow, and NEC OpenFlow.  And many others are releasing plug ins now, including Arista, Extreme Networks, Ruijie, and Mellanox. Exciting time as we explore the final frontier of the software defined datacenter!

Since the Dashboard is all about UX, I recorded a short demo in place of a write up:

Some other helpful links:

  • Thierry posted to the openstack-announce mailing list with additional info and links here.
  • You can read more about the new features on this new Grizzly page.
  • Read the Grizzly Release Notes
  • Blog Post from Aaron Rosen:  Building a multi-tier application with openstack (highlights some exciting new features like LBaaS)
  • The folks at Bitergia once again did some great work analyzing the contributions and blogged about it today.

If you’re already a user, don’t forget to make your voice heard by taking this user survey and by attending our next OpenStack Summit in Portland April 15th-18th.  We fight for the users!





Participate in the first OpenStack User Survey!

If you are an OpenStack user or have customers with OpenStack deployments, please take 10 minutes to respond to our first User Survey or pass it along to your network. Our community has grown at an amazing rate in 2.5 years, and it’s time to better define our user base and requirements, so we can respond and advocate accordingly.

Below you’ll find a link and instructions to complete the User Survey by April 1, 2013. It takes 10 minutes. Doing so will help us better serve the OpenStack user community, facilitate communication and engagement among our users as well as uncover new OpenStack users that might be willing to tell their stories publicly.


All of the information you provide is confidential to the Foundation and will be aggregated anonymously unless you clearly indicate we can publish your organization’s logo and profile on the OpenStack User Stories page.

Make sure to tune in to the User Committee when they present the aggregate findings of this important survey at the OpenStack Summit, April 15-18, in Portland, OR. For those unable to attend, we’ll share the presentation and have a video of the session to view after the event.

Please help us promote the survey, and thank you again for your support!

Introducing the OpenStack Operations Guide

Planning to run, or design an OpenStack Cloud?  There’s a new book you should take a look at – the OpenStack Operations Guide.  Get your free download now at!
OpenStack Operations Guide
You may have already seen the blog post, We Did It: Zero to Book in Five Days, from Anne Gentle, the OpenStack documentation coordinator who came up with the idea to write the book sprint-style and gathered the team – including myself.
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Our overarching guidance (and why you should read this book) when writing was to share our experiences. The authors have all lost sleep and worked through holidays to nurse OpenStack clouds into a production-ready state. To that end, the book covers two main sections: Architecture and Operations.The aim of the Architecture section is to, once you’ve understood enough about OpenStack to realise that you are actually going to build a cloud using it as a basis, step you through many of the common and non-so-common concerns to deliberate while in design. Some of it might be principles you consider standard already, but others look to specifically address the hard questions specific to this platform. Questions like “How do you scale your OpenStack cloud?”, “How many servers should you buy for control infrastructure?”, “Should your storage be external or in the compute node?” are covered in an opinionated manner, with realistic perspective on what works.This book does not include installation instructions. This is already covered in the installations guides at, so the book segues into Operations assuming that you now have a working cloud – though a pre-install skim is a good idea too.In the Operations section, we really tried to consider running OpenStack from the perspective of a time-poor systems administrator. It starts with a to-the-point tour of your cloud via the commandline as a way of familiarising yourself with what will be your working environment. Following this is a compendium detailing ways in which you’ll be working with the cloud. “User Facing Operations” attempts to give you enough of a perspective on what users are trying to do at the IaaS level that you can can help them, while “Maintenance, Failures and Debugging” works on the dual principle of fixing broken services, or preventing them from breaking in the first place.Two important chapters end the section – “Customise” and “Upstream OpenStack”. Openstack is as much of a community as it is a software project, and the latter gives some insights on how to interact with the community – including how to get help when you’ve tried everything else. The former, probably the most advanced chapter in the book, assists in taking advantage of the framework to extend it without touching the core code. Hopefully you’ll use the two in conjunction and share your work with the community!For excellent bed time reading – perhaps to help understand that others are in the same boat, and reduce those stress levels – there’s an appendix called “Tales from the Cryp^H^H^H^H Cloud”. Here, a few of us share our OpenStack operations stories to help you understand the processes we go through when the stakes are high.

It’s been a privilege working on this book for you – learning as much as contributing – and I hope you find it useful.

History behind the book:

The creation of this book happened in just five days, but the story that goes with it is a little longer. More or less since people started using OpenStack for their production clouds (let’s call that Cactus timeframe – those before that were fairly ‘brave’) there’s been a request for information on the best practices for designing and running our favourite cloud software. As it were, the small number of people working on documentation were struggling just to keep track of the hundreds of configuration options that make this framework so flexible. Then, in May last year, Anne Gentle created a seemingly innocent blueprint “Create and OpenStack Operators Manual”, and started gathering a team – people who’d spent months sacrificing their sleep to tune their OpenStack deployments, and able to share their knowledge.

Originally, the proposal for a book sprint was submitted to Google Summer of Code’s documentation track – it didn’t make it in. The OpenStack foundation came to the rescue, providing the funding needed to get the writers to the one place and keep them fed. Thanks to the Book Sprint methodology, from February 25th to March 1st, 2013, the authors worked out of Austin, Texas producing more than 10,000 words  a day, allowing a launch of the book the following week.

A Pretty Good Place to Be

One of the best things about my work with OpenStack is the excitement I get when I envision the impact the work we do here today will have on the IT departments of the (very near) future.

Imagine a stay in a hospital, where instead of of nurses and med techs coming in every four hours around the clock to monitor your vital signs, a small monitoring device with specific sensors sends a steady stream of medical information to a central monitoring station. Software at the station not only looks for large anomalies, but also innocuous patterns that could indicate something serious.

Or imagine that kind of medical data being delivered to a central monitor when the patient is in their home. Or at work.

Fill a city with climate and environmental sensors, like noise and light levels, and use those sensors to identify emergencies before someone can dial a phone or long-term problems about the health of a particular neighborhood.

Put some sensors in a farm field in a developing country, and let farmers use the gathered data to know exactly how much water and nutrients to use for different parts of the field. For pennies a sensor, the yield of the field is maximized to help support a family for another year and maybe bring a little extra to the market.

A train car that knows exactly where it is at any given moment, cutting down on waste and unexpected routings.

A smart home that can control temperature, ambient light, and even alert a parent when a toddler is opening a cabinet they are not supposed to be in.

These are all just a very few examples of what the media calls the Internet of Things, either very real or in development as you read this. If you look an an object and imagine what that object could do if it were connected to the Internet, you can think of cool new applications on your own.

“Internet of Things” is a romantic notion. It’s not like web servers and file servers were animate objects all this time. But  whatever you call it, this new interconnected network of everyday objects will greatly impact people all of the world.

You can be sure that entrepreneurs are thinking of creative new ways to plug more devices into the Internet of Things, and all of them will need the same thing: a safe, secure platform on which they can store the data they will gather and analyze it to deliver the key services they will provide. If that platform is highly configurable and open, so much the better to mesh the platform to their needs.

One of the many applications of OpenStack technology will be to build that platform, and be a part of a world that will talk to us and tell us how to take better care of ourselves.

And that’s a pretty good place to be.


OpenStack and Friends at SCALE 11x

The Foundation had a great time meeting friends old and new as a Silver sponsor of this year’s Southern California Linux Expo in Los Angeles February 22-24.

We thank Christopher MacGown, Founder and Chief Scientist at Piston Cloud, whose standing-room-only, The Tao of OpenStack, talk was one of the hottest of the show.  Thank you also to Community Hero, Stephon Striplin, from DreamHost and OpenStack LA User Group co-organizer, who helped staff our busy booth alongside Foundation Community Manager Stefano Maffulli and Event Planner Kathy Cacciatore.

One of our favorite activities was the in-booth happy hour with besties Opscode and Rackspace – 2 kegs of Sierra Nevada and 12 bowls of chips happily consumed!  Check out the pics….

Rackspace and other new friends

Rackspace and other new friends

OpenStack Opscode and Rackspace happy hour pours with Tim Bell on screen

OpenStack Opscode and Rackspace happy hour pours with Tim Bell on screen

Opscode staff at happy hour

Opscode staff at happy hour

Christopher MacGown after his SRO Tao of OpenStack session

Christopher MacGown after his SRO Tao of OpenStack session

Stefano Maffulli and SCALE Poker Player

Stefano Maffulli and SCALE Poker Player

Here are the stats:

  • Over 2,300 attendees, 100 exhibitors and 90 speakers
  • 68 VIP badges scanned – Very Interested People of OpenStack cloud software
  • 250 Free as in Beer, Speech & Love t-shirts, 200 pieces of collateral, 150 stickers and 200 OpenStack LA User Group handouts given away.
  • Honorable mention for award for Favorite Clothing Item – our t-shirt came with the beer!

Project Incubation Process Update is Underway

If you take a moment to view the different projects, committees and work groups that are currently underway within the OpenStack project, 2013 is looking to be a very exciting year for cloud computing.  I could easily write an entire dissertation about the accomplishments the community will make this year now that the OpenStack Foundation is launched and the Technical Committee (TC) and OpenStack Board are formed. For this update, I’ll spare you the lengthy dissertation and focus on our effort to improve the existing open source incubation process for OpenStack. For ease, let’s call the incubation process update the IncUp effort.

The incubation process provides new projects the oversight, guidance and time needed to grow and mature.  The goal is to assure projects meet a high standard of usefulness and quality as they mature and become an integral part of OpenStack. The current process has served OpenStack well. Through that process the project has developed several key technologies that are core to OpenStack.

I read a funny quote  attributed to Mark Twain, “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something  he can learn in no other way.”   The TC has done a wonderful job with the current incubation process, with lessons learned and experience gained. With formally outlined roles and responsibilities by the Foundation bylaws the TC and Board have increased responsibility to ensure the incubation process is a success.

The goal of the OpenStack Foundation is to serve developers, users, and the entire ecosystem by providing a set of shared resources to grow the footprint of public and private OpenStack clouds, enable technology vendors targeting the platform and assist developers in producing the best cloud software in the industry.

To better meet this challenge, the Technical Committee (TC) and OpenStack Board have kicked off the IncUp effort to update the current incubator process.  The effort is significant to all of us within the community because it’s a fundamental part of how a project’s destiny is determined.  A clearly defined incubation process influences the way we work together, facilitates growth, and ensures success through fair equitable and open processes.

Gandhi said, “be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Which profoundly articulates how much of IncUp we’ve already accomplished through our current state of “being.” The launch of the Foundation established an independent, vendor neutral, secure and safe environment for OpenStack technologies to grow.  Today, members of the board and the technical committee work together for the proper advancement of OpenStack technologies. And support from our members, sponsors, community and dedicated resources foretell the many projects underway within the OpenStack Foundation are already positioned to succeed.

Over the past several weeks, the IncUp committee has spent much time ensuring we understand the current incubation process and the issues at hand. Many questions were raised and we’re listening closely to feedback from project leads. The information we’re collecting is helping us rapidly paint the improved process.  Once that step is complete we will quickly draft the updated process, conduct reviews and prepare to roll out the updates.

Much of the fun of open source is the feeling of being part of and contributing to a recognized, successful project.  The continued purpose of the IncUp effort is to help ensure that projects receive the focus, visibility and resources needed to be successful via a fair, equitable and open process.  A process that ensures open source projects support the mission of the Foundation and the purpose of OpenStack.

I agree with Mark Collier when he said one day cloud computing will power our global economy.  I believe this can only be accomplished with the mindset to make technology collaborative, affordable and available to all. OpenStack is an exciting place to be for 2013.  The IncUp effort is one of many great things happening this year. Be sure to join a project, committee or work group to be a part of the future of cloud computing.

Technical Committee & Grizzly Update

The OpenStack development teams continue to make progress in many areas. We recently published the grizzly-2 development milestone. It marks the middle of the “Grizzly” development cycle, which will end on April 4. So far 99 feature blueprints have been completed, and 113 more are still likely to be included before our feature freeze date on February 19th. This will mean nearly 200 improvements by the time the final release arrives.

Some changes are very visible, like the introduction of new versions of APIs and support for new networking, storage and authentication backends. Also, this release includes the much-anticipated work on Compute Cells that makes it easier to deploy and manage OpenStack clouds at very large scale. Some other changes are less visible, but as important, like the creation of common libraries to reduce technical debt and minimize duplication of code between projects.

Our development infrastructure, handling about 2000 commits per month, continues to improve. It now runs even more unit and integration tests before accepting new code, while reducing the overall time it takes to run them!

The Technical Committee has begun meeting regularly and working on a number of items. It decided to accept into incubation the Ceilometer and Heat projects, adopted new policies on 3rd-party API and Python support, and is participating in the joint committee working on defining the future of Incubation and Core with the Board of Directors.

October 2013 Summit: Where should we have it?

As we announced at the October 2012 Summit, we will be holding the October 2013 Summit outside of the U.S. for the first time, either in Europe or Asia.

The OpenStack Foundation seeks site proposals for the October 2013 Summit.  The deadline to submit is January 25th, 2013.

Following the announcement in October, we were contacted by officials from the Paris region, who have been extremely helpful in providing guidance and are making a strong case for holding the event in the region.

We would love to hear from anyone else who has a strong interest in bringing this important event to their region, whether from a government economic development office, or a private company with significant resources in the region.  Open source in general, and OpenStack in particular, are powerful forces for economic development and job creation, with hundreds of job openings related to OpenStack right now, and start ups getting funded on a regular basis.

Keys to include in any proposal:  1)  Venue options that can accomodate our requirements (see below), 2) Any potential economic help to offset event production costs 3) Identify local sponsors that are likely to bring additional resources as we get close to the event 4) Anything and everything that’s unique about your city or region, making it the perfect fit for our community.

Event Overview:

  • 4 day event (Monday-Thursday)
  • Dates:  First choice is October 14 – 17, second choice is October 21-24 (we’ll also need access to the venue a few days before and after the event for load in/out)
  • Expected Attendance:  1500-2000
  • Network Connectivity: Access to reliable Internet connectivity is required. If infrastructure is prepared for high speed, upgrade can be accomplished. Desired speed is 50Mb down, 5Mb up.
  • Food & Beverage: Need to be able to serve breakfast & lunch for 1500 – 2000 people.

Space & Room Requirements:

  • City Preference:  Near a major international airport with direct flights from major hubs.
  • General Session: One room to seat 2000 theater style with space for stage with rear projection
  • Breakout Sessions | Four rooms: Each rooms should seat 250 theater style with room for smaller stage and screen (no rear projection)
  • Design Summit | Five rooms (can be separated from the rest of the space): Each room should seat 100-150 semi-circle theater style, square rooms are better, will have screens and projector but no stage
  • Developer’s Lounge: Desired size is 2,000 sq. ft. to 2,500 sq. ft space, approximately 185m2 to 235m2 to accommodate lounge area (Cushioned Chairs, Couches, etc.)
  • Dining Area: Should seat 750 round tables of 10, with buffet and refreshment space
  • Sponsorship Area: Desired size is 10,000sq feet, approximately 930m2 to accommodate. The dining and sponsorship areas can be in the same space.
  • Special Event Room: Should fit 30-40 people classroom-style with a projector
  • 8-10 Meeting Rooms: Should fit 10-12 people in a boardroom-style setting

Please send proposals to . The deadline is January 25th, 2013.

Mark Collier
COO, OpenStack Foundation

OpenStack At Cloud Expo 2012 West

The OpenStack Foundation is the proud Diamond Sponsor of Cloud Expo 2012 West! If you’re in California for the event this week, please join the Foundation and the many members of the  OpenStack Community in attendance. If you can’t make it, follow the developments via twitter and of course follow openstack on twitter for general OpenStack information.

Already this morning, we’ve seen some big OpenStack news, including two announcements from RightScale regarding their sponsorship of the OpenStack Foundation and their partnership with Rackspace, and the acquisition of OpenStack supporter Vyatta by another recent OpenStack supporter (and Foundation Sponsor), Brocade. We also have some big OpenStack users speaking at the Summit this week, including Cisco WebEx, eBay and PayPal.  As the conference continues, I’m sure there will be other interesting developments.

Below you’ll find a list of OpenStack sessions to attend, and don’t forget to visit the OpenStack booth to learn how your organization can plan and implement successful, effective cloud environments.

You can also visit to get started down your own OpenStack path today, and to join the Foundation.

Monday, November 5

Opening Keynote: Open Cloud – Place Your Bets!

  • Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director, OpenStack Foundation 12:30-1:15pm, General Session Room – Ballroom A-H

Case Study Session: Open Cloud at PayPal

  • Saran Mandair, Sr. Director, and Anand Palanisamy, Architect/Technical Lead, Infrastructure Engineering, PayPal 2:10-2:55pm, General Session Room – Ballroom A-H

Conversation, demo and information

  • OpenStack and Community representatives
Welcome reception, Expo Hall, OpenStack Booth #603; 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-6:00pm

Tuesday, November 6

OpenStack Folsom demo

  • Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director, OpenStack Foundation Demo theater, Expo Hall booth #853; 11:00-11:20am

Conversation, demo and information

  • OpenStack and Community representatives
Expo Hall, OpenStack Booth #603; 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-6:00pm

Wednesday, November 7

General Session: Powered by OpenStack User Panel

  • Panelists from Cisco WebEx, eBay and PayPal, moderated by Chris C. Kemp, CEO, Nebula 11:45am-12:30pm, General Session Room – Ballroom A-H

Breakout Session: Making Money in the OpenStack Ecosystem

  • Boris Renski, Co-founder and COO, Mirantis 2:10-2:55pm, Room M1

Conversation, demo and information

  • OpenStack and Community representatives
 Expo Hall, OpenStack Booth #603; 10:00am-12:30pm and 3:00-6:00pm

Thursday, November 8

Conversation, demo and information

  • OpenStack and Community representatives
Expo Hall, OpenStack Booth #603; 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:30-5:00pm

OpenStack Community At Cloud Expo 2012 West

Please attend these sessions from the OpenStack Community!

Sessions by OpenStack members, sponsors and supporters Akamai, AT&T, Broadcom, ComputeNext, Dell, enStratus, HP, Intel, New Relic, Nimbula, OW2, Red Hat, SoftLayer, SUSE, UShareSoft, VMware, and Vyatta are also scheduled.

Keynote: The Ever Changing Cloud

Lew Tucker, Cisco; Thursday November 8, 9:05-9:50, General Session room

How Private PaaS Can Take You From Code To Cloud In 45 Minutes

Diane Mueller, ActiveState; Wednesday November 7, 2:10-2:55pm, Lafayette room (Hyatt)

Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Why the Enterprise Wants It

Troy Angrignon, Cloudscaling; Thursday November 8, 1:40-2:25pm, Room M2

OpenStack Momentum: Adopters Speak Up

Mike Fountaine, Dell and Bennett Bauer, DreamHost; Wednesday November 7, 2:10-2:55pm, Stevens Creek room (Hyatt)

CEO Power Panel: There’s No Business Like the Cloud & Big Data Business!

Chris C. Kemp, Nebula, Inc.; Tuesday November 6, 7:00-7:30pm, General Session room Interacting with a Cloud

Gabriel Hurley, Nebula, Inc.; Tuesday November 6, 6:10-6:55pm, Room M1

Beyond the Hype: Understanding Cloud Security for Your Application
Bryan D. Payne, Nebula, Inc.; Wednesday November 7, 5:10-5:55pm, General Session room

Cloud Application Black Magic

Wayne Walls, Rackspace; Monday November 5, 2:10-2:55pm, Lafayette room (Hyatt)

This is Your Career. This is Your Career on OpenStack

Niki Acosta, Rackspace; Monday November 5, 4:25-5:05pm, Room M1

Scaling the Cloud

Brian Jawalka, Rackspace, Monday November 5, 5:10-5:55pm, Lafayette room (Hyatt)

Keynote: An Open Cloud Discussion

John Engates, Rackspace; Tuesday November 6, 9:05-9:50am, General Session room

Network Virtualization – Amplifying the Power of Cloud Computing

James Meredith, Rackspace; Tuesday November 6, 2:10-2:55pm, Room M2

General Session: The IT Talent Shift – Preparing Your Enterprise IT Talent for the Cloud

Lisa Larson, Rackspace; Wednesday November 7, 9:55-10:40am, General Session room

Storage Performance in the Cloud

Nelson Nahum, Zadara Storage; Monday November 5, 5:10-5:55pm, Room M3

OpenStack In The Expo Hall

Please visit the following booths for more information on how the Community supports OpenStack software:

Platinum and Gold Members

AT&T 921

HP 421

Rackspace 301/309

Red Hat 509

SUSE 715

DreamHost 926

VMware 209


ActiveState 1020

Akamai 514

Cloud Cruiser 829

Cloudscaling 922

New Relic 415

OW2 915

SoftLayer 201

Vyatta 609

Zadara Storage 732


Mark Collier

COO, OpenStack Foundation


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