OpenStack Upstream Training in Japan

While we’re completing the training sessions in Paris, I’m glad to share the results of the Upstream Training in Japan on Oct.10-11 in Tokyo. The training session was organized by the Japanese user group with 19 people attending from 11 different Japanese companies and organizations and 7 mentors helping them. There are a lot more developers interested in becoming contributors to OpenStack so the Japanese community is organizing more sessions. The next one will be in February, co-located with OpenStack Days Tokyo. Trainees chose bugs from Launchpad and engaged with mentors two weeks before the live, in-person sessions.

The Japanese community has shared lots more pictures, showing impressive work on the collaborative LEGO building role playing game. Congratulations to the Japanese community for being the first to bring home the practice of OpenStack Upstream Training.

The Lego building role playing game

The Lego building role playing game

Full learning mode

Full learning mode

 

2014 Summer of Interns at OpenStack

OpenStack has been a regular participant in community-led internship programs, such as the FOSS Outreach Program and for the
first time this year, the Google Summer of Code. Our wonderful mentors and coordinators have made it possible for OpenStack to have some great interns over the (northern hemisphere) summer. Julie Pichon has helped collect thoughts from the interns. Here is what they have to say about their experience:

Artem Shepelev worked on a scheduler solution based on the non-compute metrics: Working as a part of Google Summer of Code program was very interesting and useful for me. I liked the experience of working with a real project with all its difficulty, size and people involved with it. (Mentors: Yathiraj Udupi, Debojyoti Dutta)

Tzanetos Balitsaris worked on measuring the performance of the deployed Virtual Machines on OpenStack: The experience was really good. Of course one has to sacrifice some things over the summer, but at the end of the day, you have the feeling that it was worth it. (Mentors: Boris Pavlovic and Mikhail Dubov).

Rishabh Kumar: I worked on improving the benchmarking context mechanism in the Rally project. It was a really awesome experience to be part of such a vibrant and diverse community. Getting to know people from all sorts of geographies and the amazing things they are doing humbled me a lot. The code reviews were particularly good with so many people giving their reviews which made me a better programmer. (Mentors: Boris Pavlovic and Mikhail Dubov).

Prashanth Raghu: GSoC was a great opportunity for me to get started with learning about contributing to open source. During my project I was greatly backed by the community which helped me a lot in finally getting my project successfully shipped into the OpenStack Zaqar repository. It was great fun interacting with the team and I would like to thank all those who supported me in this wonderful experience. (Mentor: Alejandro Cabrera).

Ana: I am very grateful for being given the chance to participate in OPW. I had a really positive experience thanks to an amazing mentor, Eoghan Glynn, who explained everything clearly and was enthusiastic about the project and was patient with my many mistakes. I was working on Gnocchi, a new API for Ceilometer; my project was to add moving statistics to the available aggregation functionality. (Mentor: Eoghan Glynn).

Victoria: During my GSoC internship in OpenStack I researched the feasibility of adding AMQP 1.0 as a storage backend for the Messaging and Notifications Service (Zaqar). Since this was not possible, I changed the direction of my research to the transport layer and worked
on creating a POC for it. (Mentor: Flavio Percoco).

Masaru: Awesome experience which is more than I expected at the beginning of my project about VmWare API! Also, great and considerate hackers there, I’m grateful to have participated in GSoC 2014  as one of the students from the OpenStack Foundation. (Mentor: Mr. Arnaud Legendre).

Nataliia: It was a fascinating opportunity. During the internship I worked with the Zaqar team, mainly on Python 3 support, but also with developing api-v1.1. Professionally I learnt a lot, about Python 3 of course, but also from reading and participating in discussions of other interns: about Redis and AMPQ and how to do proper benchmarking. Socially-wise: There was no feeling of being “an intern”. The team considers all interns as teammates and treats them equally as any other developer. Anyone could (and actually can — why not?) actively participate in discussions and in making decisions. After finishing it, I helped with other tasks, in particular api-v1.1-response-document-changes. (Mentor: Flavio Percoco, Kurth Griffiths).

OpenStack doesn’t plan on stopping there and is already preparing for the next round of the FOSS Outreach Program, this time scheduled during the southern hemisphere summer round starting this December. Stay tuned for more announcements.

OpenStack at LinuxCon / CloudOpen Europe

The Foundation had a great time meeting friends old and new as a Silver sponsor of this year’s LinuxCon / CloudOpen Europe in Düsseldorf, Germany on October 13-15. A huge thank you to our Community heroes Tomasz Napierala, Oded Nahum, Christian Berendt, Adalberto Medeiros, Marton Kiss, Kamil Swiatkowski, and Jamie Hannaford who helped us staff our busy booth alongside Foundation Community Manager Stefano Maffulli and Marketing Associate Shari Mahrdt. Our swag (150 T-Shirts and Stickers) was gone by the morning of day 2 and we met a great deal of visitors who were very interested in OpenStack.

This year’s talks showed how leaders in various different industries are using the power of open source and collaboration for innovation and advancement in technology.

 

Highlights included:

  • VIP Reception at the oldest restaurant in Dusseldorf the “Brauerei Zum Schiffchen”, which was open to speakers, sponsors and media, offered traditional German food and made sure every single guest had a glass of beer in their hand at all times :)
  • The closing party for all attendees at the “Nachresidenz”, an architecturally unique club in Düsseldorf.

 

OpenStack related speaking sessions included:

 

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LinuxCon-CloudCon-1

 

(Photos by Tomasz Napierala)

 

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Oct 17 – 24)

OpenStack Startup/Venture Capital Ecosystem – it’s real and coming to Paris!

Recently OpenStack has been generating financial headlines with the acquisitions of OpenStack ecosystem startups eNovance, Metacloud, Cloudscaling and OpenStack veteran Mirantis raising $100M in venture capital this week. At the OpenStack Summit in Paris next week, we are launching a new track called “CloudFunding” where we will hear from startups that have been successful in attracting essential capital and ventures capitalists who are actively investing in OpenStack startups.

OpenStack Foundation Staffing News!

The Board of Directors approved the promotion of Lauren Sell to Vice President of Marketing and Community Services. Lauren has been instrumental in the growth of Openstack from the beginning. Thierry Carrez, who has managed the OpenStack releases from the beginning has taken on the role of Director of Engineering, and is building out a team of technical leaders. Be sure to check out our open positions if you’d like to join our team!

Peer Reviews for Neutron Core Reviewers

Food for thoughts from members of the Neutron community: they have started an exploration to improve the process by which we understand a core’s responsibilities, and also a process under which we can judge how cores are performing up to that standard. Join the conversation and give comments to Neutron’s PTL Kyle Mestery blog post.

Numerical Dosimetry in the cloud

What’s the connection between a dentist’s chair and OpenStack? Fascinating post by Patrik Eschle about the practical uses of the clouds we’re building.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

Full access sold out! Only a few spots left for Keynotes and Expo Hall passes.

Report from Events

Relevant Conversations

Tips ‘n Tricks

Security Advisories and Notices

Upcoming Events

Other News

Got Answers?

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Welcome New Reviewers, Developers and Core Reviewers

Dmitry Nikishov Peng Xiao
Weidong Shao Jiri Suchomel
Roman Dashevsky Amaury Medeiros
Peng Xiao Chris Grivas
M. David Bennett Sridhar Ramaswamy
Edmond Kotowski Jun Hong Li
Amandeep Jorge Niedbalski
Wayne Warren Alan Erwin
Amaury Medeiros Y L Sun
Vijayaguru Guruchave
Sagar Damani
Daniel Wakefield

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OpenStack Trainings and Certifications Available in Paris

It’s almost here!  The OpenStack Summit in Paris is just around the corner and we wanted to update you on some upcoming OpenStack Training and Certification classes that will take place in Paris around the Summit dates.  For those of you traveling, you might want to take advantage of these offers and make the most of your visit.

 

Training Offerings:

Mirantis Training – OpenStack Bootcamp

  • Dates: October 29 – 31, 2014 (week prior to OpenStack Paris Summit)
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: 27/29 rue Bassano – 75008 Paris, France

Red Hat OpenStack Administration Training and exam bundle: 50% discount

  • Dates: October 27 – 31, 2014 (week prior to OpenStack Paris Summit)
  • Fee: 50% discount for OpenStack Summit attendees. Register now using code RHOSS to unlock the discount.
  • Location: eNovance 11 bis rue Roquépine – 75008 Paris, France ‘Ada Lovelace’ Room, Ground floor

 

Certification Exams:

Free Red Hat OpenStack Exams: Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack exam

  • Session 1 Registration
  • Session 2 Registration
  • Date: November 6, 2014 (after OpenStack Paris Summit, onsite registration available)
  • Times: Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Session 2: 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Fee: Free exams for OpenStack Summit attendees. Use code RHOSS to receive the promotional pricing.
  • Location: eNovance 11 bis rue Roquépine – 75008 Paris, France ‘Ada Lovelace’ Room, Ground floor

 

Mirantis Certification

  • Dates: November 5, 2014 (after OpenStack Paris Summit, onsite registration available)
  • Time: 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Sisley Meeting Room at the Hyatt Regency Etoile, Paris
    3 Place du Général Koenig
    Paris, France 75017

 

If you have any questions regarding the above Training and Certifications, please contact the Member companies directly for more information.  Can’t wait to see you in Paris!

OpenStack Startup/Venture Capital Ecosystem – it’s real and coming to Paris!

Recently OpenStack has been generating financial headlines with the acquisitions of OpenStack ecosystem startups eNovance, Metacloud, Cloudscaling and OpenStack veteran Mirantis raising $100M in venture capital this week.

Startups have always been critical to driving innovation in software and platforms and OpenStack has spawned a vibrant ecosystem of startups that are finding new ways to serve customer needs and deliver value on top OpenStack.  Access to capital to support development and growth within these companies is critical.  Storm Ventures recently gathered data around OpenStack startups and venture activity estimating the number of startups currently offering OpenStack related products at 63.  These companies have collectively raised approximately $1.8 billion from corporate and traditional venture investors.  And these investors are already starting to see returns.

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At the OpenStack Summit in Paris next week, we are launching a new track called “CloudFunding” where we will hear from startups that have been successful in attracting essential capital and ventures capitalists who are actively investing in OpenStack startups.  We hope you’re as excited about this new track as we are and will join us at these sessions to learn more.

OpenStack Foundation Staffing News!

I’m very excited to report that on Monday the Board of Directors approved the promotion of Lauren Sell to Vice President of Marketing and Community Services. Lauren has been instrumental in the growth of Openstack from the beginning.  Under her leadership the Summits have grown from just 75 attendees to over 4,000, and the OpenStack brand has gone from zero to Wall Street Journal in record time.  Since we started the Foundation 2 years ago, she’s built out a high performing marketing and community services team, including recent additions Allison Price , Shari Mahrdt , and Chris Hoge. When not taking OpenStack to new heights Lauren is know to spoil her cat Rhiley.

Rhiley

I’m also happy to report that we’ve continued to expand the OpenStack team over the past several weeks.  Thierry Carrez, who has managed the OpenStack releases from the beginning has taken on the role of Director of Engineering, and is building out a team of technical leaders.  One of his first hires was Clark Boylan, who joins us as an infrastructure engineer along with Jeremy Stanley and Stefano Maffulli.  Thierry is a strong leader in the OpenStack community, who was once again voted in as a member of the Technical Committee and their chairman!

Thierry Carrez

We continue to hire in support of the growth of OpenStack.  Be sure to check out our open positions if you’d like to join our team!

If you’re coming to Paris, I hope you have a good time with OpenStack, don’t forget to say hello to the whole Foundation team!

Mark Collier

COO, OpenStack Foundation

@sparkycollier

 

OpenStack Workshop At Grace Hopper Open Source Day 2014

This year, OpenStack participated in Open Source Day (OSD) at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) for the second time. The main focus of this year’s Open Source Day was humanitarian applications. Along with OpenStack, participating open source projects included Microsoft Disaster Recovery, Ushahidi, Sahana Software Foundation and others.

As important as it is to build humanitarian applications, it is equally important that they are up and running in times of need and disaster. Hence, the OpenStack code-a-thon focused on building fault tolerant and scalable architectures using servers, databases and load balancers.

The six-hour code-a-thon started at 12.30 p.m. October 8. OpenStack had more than 55 participants ranging from college and university students, to professors and teachers, to professionals from various software companies. The day kicked off with a presentation by Egle Sigler on the basics of cloud computing and OpenStack, and what factors one must keep in mind when designing a fault tolerant architecture.

We divided the participants into smaller groups of five to six and each group had a dedicated group volunteer. We had two activities planned out for the OSD. During the first activity, the participants wrote a Python script to deploy two web servers with a HA Proxy server and a database server. The second activity involved deploying a demo Ushahidi application on cloud servers using Heat templates. Along with completing these activities, the participants were encouraged to architect and deploy their own solutions on the public cloud.

We had some pre-written base code in the GitHub repository to help the participants get started. We used OpenStack-powered Rackspace Cloud Servers for deployments. Some of the participants were more adventurous and even wrote code to backup their information using Swift/Cloud Files.

The participants were from different skill levels. For some of them it was their first time getting accustomed to the command line and using git; whereas for some it was their first time trying out OpenStack. Everyone who attended the code-a-thon got to learn something new!

At the end of the day, one of the participants, Yanwei Zhang, demoed how after decommissioning one of the two Apache servers the application still could be accessed using the load balancer IP.

We received some great feedback from the participants. Here are some of the responses we received in anonymous survey:

Got to learn about OpenStack deployment and meet some great women.

It was fun learning something new.

I liked the participation of the volunteers, their experience was great to hear!”

The Open Source Day would not have been possible without the help of the amazing volunteers who inspired the participants to keep hacking and learning. One of the participants mentioned: “The helpers were awesome, very positive, and obviously very enthusiastic about their work. Good job.” Overall, we had 14 volunteers, a mix of Rackers and graduates from the GNOME OPW program: Victoria Martínez de la Cruz, Jenny Vo, Sabeen Syed, Anne Gentle, Dragana Perez, Riddhi Shah, Zaina Afoulki, Lisa Clark, Zabby Damania, Cindy Pallares-Quezada, Besan Abu Radwan, Veera Venigalla, Carla Crull and Benita Daniel.

This is a post written and contributed by Egle Sigler and Iccha Sethi.

Egle Sigler is a Principal Architect on a Private Cloud Solutions team at Rackspace. In addition to working with OpenStack and related technologies, Egle is a governing board member for POWER (Professional Organization of Women Empowered at Rackspace), Rackspace’s internal employee resource group dedicated to empowering women in technology. Egle holds a M.S. degree in Computer Science.

Iccha Sethi is a long time contributor to OpenStack and has worked on the Cloud Images (Glance) and Cloud Databases (Trove) OpenStack products at Rackspace. She has been involved in several community initiatives including being a mentor for GNOME OPW program and is the founder of Let’s Code Blacksburg!

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Oct 10 – 17)

OpenStack Juno is here!

OpenStack Juno, the tenth release of the open source software for building public, private, and hybrid clouds has 342 new features to support software development, big data analysis and application infrastructure at scale. The OpenStack community continues to attract the best developers and experts in their disciplines with 1,419 individuals employed by more than 133 organizations contributing to the Juno release.

Tweaking DefCore to subdivide OpenStack platform (proposal for review)>

For nearly two years, the OpenStack Board has been moving towards creating a common platform definition that can help drive interoperability. At the last meeting, the Board paused to further review one of the core tenants of the DefCore process (Item #3: Core definition can be applied equally to all usage models). The following material will be a major part of the discussion for The OpenStack Board meeting on Monday 10/20. Comments and suggest welcome!

Forming the OpenStack API Working Group

A new working group about APIs is forming in the OpenStack community. Its purpose is “To propose, discuss, review, and advocate for API guidelines for all OpenStack Programs to follow.” To learn more read the API Working Group wiki page.

End of the Election Cycle – Results of PTL & TC Elections

Lots of confirmations and some new names. Thank you for all who served in the past cycle and welcome to new OpenStack Tech Leads and members of the Technical Committee.

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 survey to provide input for the group.

Report from Events

Relevant Conversations

Tips ‘n Tricks

Security Advisories and Notices

Upcoming Events

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers, Developers and Core Reviewers

Dominique Savanna Jenkins
Andrew Boik Marcin Karkocha
Nelly Dmitry Nikishov
dominik dobruchowski Cory Benfield
mfabros Richard Winters
Nikolay Fedotov vinod kumar
Imran Hayder Wayne Warren
Chaitanya Challa Carol Bouchard
Shaunak Kashyap pradeep gondu
Mudassir Latif Vineet Menon
Jiri Suchomel Evan Callicoat
Edmond Kotowski
Julien Anguenot
Boris Bobrov
Rajini Ram
Nikki
Martin Hickey
Lena Novokshonova
Jin Liu
Hao Chen
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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Oct 3 – 10)

Mentoring others and yourself

While this topic would have been good for the Tips-and-tricks section below, I think it deserves to open this week’s wrap-up. With a new session of Outreach Program for Women about to start for OpenStack, our good mentor Flavio Percoco gives some ideas on being a good mentor.

OpenStack Technical Committee Update

The last meeting of the current Technical Committee before the elections (which started today). Vishvananda Ishaya wraps up the conversations around graduation, the contributor license agreement and the “big tent”.

Next steps for ‘Hidden Influencers’

With Paris only weeks away it’s time to announce that we have a time and place to meet people whose job is to decide what OpenStack means for their company. The OpenStack Foundation has offered a room to meet in Paris on Monday, November 3rd, in the afternoon: please add the meeting to your schedule and join the mailing list.

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 survey to provide input for the group.

Relevant Conversations

Tips ‘n Tricks

Security Advisories and Notices

Upcoming Events

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers, Developers and Core Reviewers

Mudassir Latif Daniel Mellado
Anna Joakim Löfgren
woody Shaifali Agrawal
Barnaby Court Oleksii Zamiatin

OpenStack Reactions

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Just finished a successful and very productive mid-cycle hackathon

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