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OpenStack Summit – now with more Ops

I’m excited about what the upcoming Atlanta OpenStack Summit is going to bring, especially for those of us running clouds.

Once again, we’ve got an Operations track in the main conference. It’s bigger than ever, running Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — and, the sessions were selected by individuals with some serious ops credentials (as opposed to say, our vendor friends).  “Training your cluster to take care of itself and let you eat dinner in peace“, “because AD != LDAP“, and “Cinder on Ceph War Stories” are some of the sessions I’m looking forward to.

Throughout the week, there’s also specific presentations on Security, Compute, Networking and Storage, but today we’re excited to highlight a brand new section: the Ops Meetup.

People who run clouds need to have a place to congregate at the Summit and swap best practices, architectures, ideas and give feedback – this is the Ops Meetup. Essentially, all of the sessions are designed to be full-room discussions: there will be no presenters and salient notes will be collaboratively recorded on Etherpads, just like in the Design Summit.

So, if you’re running a cloud and you want to actively engage in serious and not-so-serious discussion with like-minded folks, register for the summit, then turn up Monday and Friday to room B308 in Atlanta! You might even make OpenStack better in the process.

You can find the current schedule below. Further details can be found on the planning etherpad, and you are welcome to participation in the discussion on the openstack-operators mailing list.

Until then, may your MTUs match, expired tokens be few, and your message queues be clean. See you at the Summit!

Monday
1115 – 1155   Ask the devs: Meet the PTLs and TC, How to get the best out of the design summit
1205 – 1245  Reasonable Defaults

1400 – 1440  Upgrades and Deployment Approaches
1450 – 1530  Architecture Show and Tell, Tales and Fails
1540 – 1620  Architecture Show and Tell, Tales and Fails

1730 – 1810  Security

Friday
9:00 – 9:40   Enterprise Gaps
9:50 – 10:30  Database

10:50 – 11:30 Issues at Scale
11:40 – 12:20 Meta Discussion – ops communication and governance

1:20 – 2:00 Ansible
2:10 – 2:50 Chef
3:00 – 3:40 Puppet

4:00 – 4:40 Networking
4:50 – 5:30 Monitoring and Logging

Category: Uncategorized

Participate in the OpenStack User Survey by April 11!

We’re kicking off the third round of the OpenStack User Survey this month! You may remember before last November’s Summit in Hong Kong, we helped the User Committee run a survey to aggregate OpenStack deployments and share the results.

Hong Kong Survey Results

The survey received nearly twice as many answers as the previous round (822 compared to 414) and 387 deployments compared to 187.

The first User Survey in Spring 2013 provided great insight to the types of deployments and technology decisions made by the OpenStack community. We were able to catalogue 230 unique deployments – you can see the results presented by the User Committee at the last Spring Summit. Another huge benefit was the ability to uncover new users willing to talk about their OpenStack deployments, which can be found here: http://www.openstack.org/user-stories.

If you are an OpenStack user or have customers with OpenStack deployments, please take a few minutes to respond to our User Survey and pass it along to your network. The goals of the survey are to better define the OpenStack user community and requirements, facilitate engagement and communication among the user community, and uncover new use cases or OpenStack users who might be willing to tell their stories publicly.

Below you’ll find a link and instructions to complete the User Survey by April 11, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. If you already completed the survey last year, there’s no need to start from scratch. You simply need to log back in to update your Deployment Profile, as well as take the opportunity to provide any additional input.

http://www.openstack.org/user-survey

All the information provided is confidential and will only be presented in aggregate unless the user consents to making it public. Aggregate responses will be shared with the OpenStack Board, Technical Committee and community at large to help shape the roadmap and share useful information regarding operational decisions.

You can also help us by promoting the survey so we can secure as much participation as possible, for example by retweeting the OpenStack handle: @OpenStack

Remember, you can hear directly from users and see the aggregate survey findings by attending the next OpenStack Summit, May 12-16, in Atlanta.

Thank you for your support!

 

Category: Event, OpenStack Update, Summit, Uncategorized

Call for Proposals Open Source @ OpenStack Summit

UPDATE: Friday, April 18 is the deadline for submissions. 

At this year’s OpenStack Summit we’re going to be offering space to Open Source projects that are important to the OpenStack community. We’re calling it Open Source @ OpenStack, and it’s an opportunity for these projects to hold small design summits with their community members. We’re impressed by the number of projects that have grown in the OpenStack ecosystem, and want to continue the practice we started with StackForge of fostering these projects.

We have space and time available for half day sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, both morning and afternoon. The purpose of the space is to get developers in the same room so they can plan their development for the Juno release cycle. Rather than being a time to market a particular company or technology, it should be an opportunity communication and goal setting. To achieve these goals, we would like participating projects to use the following guidelines:

  • The project needs to be directly related to OpenStack in some way.
  • The project must be open source, with source code available and actively developed.
  • The work needs to be non-commercial and vendor neutral, although a vendor that sponsors a project can organize the meeting.
  • Sessions must be open to anyone who wants to attend. This should be not just an opportunity for core developers to meet, but to also give a venue for people interested in your project to get more information.
  • Meeting notes from the design session should be made publicly available.
  • The group organizers and participants must adhere to the OpenStack Summit Code of Conduct.

If you have a project that you think qualifies for this space, we invite you to submit a proposal for Open Source @ OpenStack. Update: Friday, April 18 is the deadline for submissions. 

Please include:

  • The name of your project.
  • A description of the project and how it relates to OpenStack.
  • The names and contact information for the organizers commiting to hosting the session.
  • Relevant links to project sites such as repositories, bug trackers, and documentation.
  • An estimate of the number of developers you expect to attend your design meeting.
  • A plan for how you intend to use the time and space.

We want to thank everyone for the time and effort they put into supporting OpenStack.

Category: Communication, community, Development, Event

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Mar 21 – 28)

OpenStack Summit May 2014 Schedule & Registration Deadlines

The official Summit agenda is now live. Adjustments, edits, additions to the schedule may be made between now and the Summit.  Continue to visit the site for updates.
March 28 is the last day to save 50% off the full price and register for the Summit at the discounted Early Bird rate. Don’t miss out – prices will increase on March 29. Register now.

Running a Baseline Usability Test on Horizon

Over the last few months, a group of folks from multiple companies has been doing research around building a set of Personas to present at the Atlanta Summit. Liz Blanchard wrote up the results of the first usability testing on the most recent (Icehouse) version of the OpenStack Dashboard (Horizon).

The road to Juno Summit – Atlanta 2014

  • Redeem your invite code NOW or pay extra to join the Summit! Check your inbox and spam folder if you contributed code before March 3rd for your invitation.
  • No more batch invites will be sent.
  • Applying for Visa? Looking for accommodation in Atlanta? Visit http://openstack.org/summit
  • Check the official agenda

How to Build OpenStack Docs and Contributors through Community

Anne Gentle lays the ground for the discussions to be held in Atlanta: collaborate on a request for proposals for a new front-end design for our documentation that can help us make changes to how docs are authored. Also, how to enable non-CLA contributors to the docs. Read more about our Docs team, how it manages to work upstream and coordinate work across continents.

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

Got Answers?

Ask OpenStack is the go-to destination for OpenStack users. Interesting questions waiting for answers:

Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Joseph Robinson renminmin
Michał Jastrzębski Longgeek
Erlon R. Cruz Thom Leggett
Uros Jovanovic Michał Jastrzębski
Thom Leggett Hareesh Puthalath
Kazutaka Morita Emmet Hikory
Chris Friesen Ryan Hallisey
Luigi Toscano Zhang Gong
Longgeek Vlad Naboichenko
Joseph Matthew Ching Steven DuChene
Jeff Applewhite Sergey Gotliv
Zhang Gong Marco Morais
Therese McHale Luis Fernandez
Allison Randal Jason Kincl
Aleksey Chuprin Steven Gonzales
Ricardo Carrillo Cruz Sergey Murashov
Jay Faulkner Michael Elder
Svechnikov Artur Christian Huebner
Alon Marx Chad Lung
lirenke Alexei Vinogradov
Brandon Logan Feng Xi Yan
Meena Pitchiah
Madhuri Kumari
Jeremiah Patterson
Anna Shen

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

Trying to ping for a review during openstack summit

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Category: Communication, community, Newsletter

Open Mic Spotlight: Sascha Peilicke

Sascha PeilickeThis post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful. Each week, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun. If you’re interested in being featured, please choose five questions from this form and submit!

Sascha Peilicke is a cloud software engineer for SUSE, where he works on the company’s OpenStack, Crowbar and SUSE Cloud business areas. He is also an open SUSE community member, core contributor and package/maintenance update reviewer. He resides in Nuremberg Germany. Follow him on Twitter @saschpe

1. What random or unique items are in your bag or backpack right now?

Headphones, an umbrella and an air pump. Nothing can go wrong with these.

2. Where is your happy place? Favorite place to visit, vacation, decompress?

The hammock on my balcony – I just installed it yesterday again after temperatures in Germany surpassed 19 degrees Celsius.

3. What publications, blogs, mailing lists, etc do you read every day?

A whole lot, I’d say. I am following a range of mailing lists covering OpenStack (of course), openSUSE, Go, Python, Django, and general Linux. On the other hand, I’m a heavy (Tiny Tiny) RSS user and read a long list of IT industry and developer blogs.

4. What do you think OpenStack will be used for in 20 years, 50 years!?

It will provide just about everything as a service by then. It will be feature-complete with VIMaaS (VIM as a Service) and end the long-raging editor wars.

5. If you couldn’t be a developer, what would your dream job be?

Bar owner next to the Mediterranean Sea. Ideally at the Côte d’Azur or Liguria (Italy).

Category: Open Mic

OpenStack Summit May 2014 Schedule & Registration Deadlines

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The official Summit agenda is now live: http://openstacksummitmay2014atlanta.sched.org

Adjustments, edits, additions to the schedule may be made between now and the Summit.  Continue to visit the site for updates.

Upcoming deadline reminders:

March 28* is the last day to save 50% off the full price and register for the Summit at the discounted Early Bird rate. Don’t miss out – prices will increase on March 29.

Register here: https://openstacksummitmay2014.eventbrite.co.uk

March 31* is the deadline to sign contracts to sponsor the Summit. We still have a few Event and Startup sponsorship levels available. Contact events@openstack.org if you are interested.

April 14* is the deadline to redeem all sponsor and speaker registration codes. If you are a sponsor or a confirmed speaker – please check your email inbox or junk folder for the code. When registering on Eventbrite you will need to enter your code before you select the ticket.

* The time for each deadline listed above is 11:55pm CST.

Please contact events@openstack.org with any Summit related questions.

Category: Event, Summit, Uncategorized

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Mar 14 – 21)

Upcoming changes to Design Summit format

Since the very beginning of OpenStack we fulfilled our Open Design promise by organizing a developer gathering open to all OpenStack contributors at the beginning of all our development cycles, called the Design Summit. Those events have proven to be an essential part of OpenStack success and growth. Lots of things are changing for the Atlanta “Juno” Summit: staggering conference and Design Summit, no more unconference but “Other Projects” dedicated track, more coordination with cross project discussions. Read the details, do it now.

OpenStack 2013.1.5 released

The OpenStack Stable Maintenance team is happy to announce the release of the 2013.1.5 stable Grizzly release. A total of 44 bugs have been fixed across all projects. These updates to Grizzly are intended to be low risk with no intentional regressions or API changes. The list of bugs, tarballs and other milestone information for each project can be found on Launchpad.

I need some data from the OpenStack user group leaders

OpenStack Ambassadors are compiling user group data. To better track how we’re doing worldwide. Pay attention to messages from your area’s Ambassador as they may need to get a few details about how your OpenStack user group has been doing in the past half-year. The data provided will be used in the first “Regional Activity Report” at the Juno summit.

CERN Cloud Architecture – Update

CERN Cloud Architecture has grown, included a third cell and enabled Ceilometer compute-agent. Because of that CERN needed to perform some architecture changes to cope with the number of nova-api calls that ceilometer compute-agent generates. Read the details provided by Belmiro Moreira.

The road to Juno Summit – Atlanta 2014

  • Redeem your invite code NOW! Check your inbox and spam folder if you contributed code before March 3rd for your invitation.
  • No more batch invites will be sent.
  • Applying for Visa? Looking for accommodation in Atlanta? Visit http://openstack.org/summit

Tips ‘n Tricks

Reports from Previous Events

Upcoming Events

Other News

Got Answers?

Ask OpenStack is the go-to destination for OpenStack users. Interesting questions waiting for answers:

Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

li jian Ramashri Umale
Russell Haering Joe Fegan
Yuko Fukuda ramesh
Octavian Ciuhandu Srinivasa T N
Boden R Sridhar Gaddam
Adrian Vladu Matthew Edmonds
Ben Bell Jose Idar
mariam john Brandon Logan
Santiago Baldassin Sriram
Om Kumar Kevin Fox
Erno Kuvaja Jeremy Hopkins
Andrew Bramley Andre Aranha
Aleksandr Chirko dingxy
Greg Lucas Sylvain Baubeau
Matt Griffin Piyush Masrani
Jon Grimm Akhil Hingane
boh.ricky
cyli
Ying Li
Thiago Paiva Brito
Jamie Hannaford
Christian Martinez

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

fail-period

submitting a patch that passes Python tests, but realizing jenkins failed you because the commit message has a period at the end

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Category: Communication, community, Newsletter

Open Mic Spotlight: Charles Beadnall

charlesbeadnall_headshotThis post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful. Each week, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun. If you’re interested in being featured, please choose five questions from this form and submit!

Charles is currently VP of Engineering at GoDaddy. Previously, he was responsible for the ad and personalization platform at Yahoo!, and before that was in charge of infrastructure at Metaweb, and systems architecture at VeriSign. Connect with him on LinkedIn here

1. What new OpenStack projects do you think will have a significant impact on the cloud market in the next year?

Neutron, Ironic and Anvil. Neutron improves and standardizes the way we manage and interact with networked devices. Ironic completes the compute platform: not all workloads are optimized for virtualization. Anvil does a good job filling the installation gap for large deployments with packaging and standardization of OpenStack itself.

2. What does “open source” mean to you?

Open source means constant re-evaluation and optimization. Leveraging a community to streamline code and prevent the commercial software bloat: Linux vs. Windows.

3. What is your favorite example of OpenStack in production (besides yours, of course!) 

Yahoo! since I pulled the team together and they continue to push the envelope with scalability and stability.

4. What do you think is the single most important factor for the success of OpenStack users in 2014?

Getting more hosting companies to adopt and provide OpenStack API-compatible services.

5. What drew you to OpenStack?

I was initially involved at a previous company in an evaluation of Eucalyptus, CloudStack and OpenStack. At the time, Eucalyptus was endorsed by Amazon and CloudStack had the largest stable production deployments. OpenStack had an active, growing and inclusive community and high levels of testing. We chose OpenStack at that point and subsequently at GoDaddy as well. Hindsight is 20/20 – the OpenStack community and capabilities have definitely grown faster.

Category: Open Mic

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Mar 7 – 14)

My take on OpenStack proects, Congress, part 1 of 10

Sean Roberts started a series of posts about OpenStack projects that he thinks are critical and risk of getting lost in the noise.

An Icehouse Sneak Peek – OpenStack Compute (Nova)

It seems like it was only yesterday that the OpenStack community found itself gathering in Hong Kong to set the design goals for the Icehouse release. As we entered March development was still progressing at a fever pitch in the lead up to the feature freeze for the release but now the dust has started to settle and we are able to start getting a real feel for what OpenStack users and operators can look forward to in the Icehouse release.

People don’t like to queue up

Marconi’s developer Flavio Percoco has a crazy idea: let’s get rid of queues. How wacky is that?

OpenStack community training

The OpenStack community training project has been working since July 2013 to provide a structured training program to enable skill development for maintaining, consuming, and contributing to OpenStack. The team iscontinuing to increase the accuracy and usability of the documentation and training by engaging with user groups and community members across the world. Get familiar with this project and consider helping it out.

The road to Juno Summit – Atlanta 2014

  • Redeem your invite code NOW! Check your inbox and spam folder if you contributed code before March 3rd for your invitation.
  • No more batch invites will be sent.
  • Applying for Visa? Looking for accommodation in Atlanta? Visit http://openstack.org/summit

Tips ‘n Tricks

Reports from Previous Events

Upcoming Events

Other News

Got Answers?

Ask OpenStack is the go-to destination for OpenStack users. Interesting questions waiting for answers:

Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Jia Dong Cristian Fiorentino
David Pursehouse zhangjinnan
zhiwei steve sonnenberg
mouad benchchaoui Jon Grimm
Roey Chen Greg Lucas
Piyush Masrani David Pursehouse
Mark Maglana Martin Konrad
Ana Malagon Alfredo Deza
Alexandra Settle Martin Mágr
Thiago Paiva Brito Bertrand Lallau
Madhuri Kumari Benjamin Staffin
Ivan Chavero (imcsk8) Sudhakar
Trevor Hutton Josh Gachnang
Tom Howley Jim Rollenhagen
Steven Kaufer Don Schenck
Simon Lorenz Russell Haering
Seth Fox Simon Chang
Maish Nirali
John Wood Michael Yu
Hemanth Ravi tinytmy
Facundo Farias mariam john
Ziad Sawalha bruceSz
Pierre Rambaud Gang Wei
Peter Belanyi Charles Crouch
Numan BK Box
Krsna Alexandra Settle
Ghanshyam John Haan
Chuck Burkett izikpenso
Akhil Hingane Tom Howley
Trent Geerdes Phil Hopkins
Jay Faulkner
rbenali
Joel Friedly
Forrest Carpenter
Danny Al-Gaaf
Brad P. Crochet
Brad P. Crochet
wanglianmin
hzxiongwenwu
Zhang Yang
Rajdeep
Pierre Rambaud
Luke Gorrie

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

swag

Finishing the last few bits of documentation and translating before passing it to the release manager

The weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please leave a comment.

Category: Communication, community, Newsletter

Open Mic Spotlight: Ryan Brady

ryanbradyThis post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful. Each week, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun. If you’re interested in being featured, please choose five questions from this form and submit!

Ryan Brady lives near Jacksonville, NC with his wife and 2 children. He enjoys running and woodworking. He’s a Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat where he works primarily on the TripleO project for OpenStack. Follow him on Twitter @rjbrady

1) How did you learn to code? Are you self-taught or did you lear in college? On-the-job?

I started out tinkering on my own. I got my first professional programming job while serving on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. Through both college courses and writing a lot of code on the job, I learned a lot and continued down the path I’m on now. I’ve been very luck to work with very talented programmers over the years who taught me many things I couldn’t find in a textbook. I’ve also continued tinkering on my own time for fun working on embedded devices and web projects. I feel like I’m still learning something new every week.

2) What does “open source” mean to you?

Freely available to view, modify and distribute. I think it applies to more than source code, but that is debatable.

3) Where is your favorite place to code? In the office, at a local coffee shop, in bed?

I love to work at home. Most of the time it’s in my home office, but during the spring and fall I love to work for short periods of time from my back porch. The lack of a commute allows me a little extra time every day to devote to development and has the obvious economical and environmental benefits.

4) What is your favorite example of OpenStack in production (besides yours, of course!)

I was very impressed by the deployment at CERN to help process data from the LHC.

5) What drew you to OpenStack?

My initial draw to OpenStack was to investigate it for software development and testing. I was impressed by what I saw and when I was offered the chance to work on it full time, I immediately said yes.

Category: Open Mic

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