Telcos Mobilizing to Drive NFV Adoption

Today the Linux Foundation announced the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) Project, a group comprised primarily of telco operators working across open source projects and vendors to implement Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) within their organizations. This is an exciting development because the market is growing quickly, and many OpenStack community members are also participating in OPNFV, giving us an opportunity to collaborate closely with another like-minded open source Foundation. User input is critical at this stage of a technology shift as significant as NFV will be for telco and even enterprise networks, and any organization that is willing to contribute knowledge and code to those efforts is welcome in the OpenStack community.

Much work has been done to build in support for NFV by the OpenStack community. Mark Lambe of SDN Central said on September 8, 2014:

Network functions virtualization (NFV) is now synonymous with OpenStack. When people say NFV, there is an implication that they are talking about OpenStack.”

Why is that? The open, modular and interoperable framework of the OpenStack project simplifies software. This flexibility is apparent in the OpenStack Networking component that features drivers and plug-ins from numerous leading telco vendors. Working through a project like OpenStack Networking, users do not have to worry about altering their APIs or modifying code if they decide to switch the underlying implementation technology. Much of the early interest surrounding NFV also led to updates in the OpenStack Compute component to meet the demanding requirements of the world’s leading operators.

After our OpenStack Summit in May, an NFV community team formed to accelerate development around NFV-specific features. Led by community member and former compute Program Technical Leader Russell Bryant, the group includes telco giants AT&T and Verizon as well as operators like Telefonica, Orange, and Portugal Telecom, and technology companies such as Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Red Hat, Canonical, Alcatel Lucent, Mirantis, eNovance, Wipro, Wind River, Cisco, NEC, Juniper, VMware, Mellanox, HP, and more. For more information on the technical progress being made to support NFV you can read Russell’s blog post on this topic. The momentum surrounding NFV continues as we gear up for the Juno software release and OpenStack Summit Paris, where NFV-related topics and panels will dominate our telco strategies programming track. We hope to see you soon in Paris to continue our NFV work and conversation November 3 – 7, 2014.

OpenStack Summit Paris NFV presentations and panels:

Previous OpenStack Summit NFV Talks of Note:

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Sep 19 – 26)

How is your OpenStack team organized?

I’ve been collecting a lot of good insights talking to directors and managers about how their companies are organized to contribute to OpenStack. For geographic reasons I have mostly gathered comments from people between San Francisco and Silicon Valley and I’d like to expand the research. Fill in this brief survey or contact Stefano Maffulli directly via email (replying to this message).

Journey of IPv6 in OpenStack

With the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, IPv6 is no longer a choice but is now a necessity, even more so in case of a cloud environment. Sridhar Gaddamat shares his notes on how IPv6 support has evolved in OpenStack with references at appropriate places to where you will be able to find more information.

Deploying Humanitarian Applications On OpenStack At Grace Hopper Open Source Day

This year, Iccha Sethi, Egle Sigler and Dana Bauer, along with other Rackers and OpenStackers, will lead a workshop for developers on how to deploy humanitarian applications on OpenStack during the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

Reports from Previous Events

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

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Welcome New Reviewers, Developers and Core Reviewers

Vinny Valdez Ionut-Madalin Balutoiu
Steven Ren Victor Silva
Kamil Rykowski Dustin Schoenbrun
Victor Silva Noel Burton-Krahn
Tetiana Lashchova JC Smith
Lena Novokshonova Tony Breeds
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Rafael Rivero Shivanand Tendulker
Ian Govett Kamil Rykowski
Johan Viklund
Denise Hale

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Sep 12 – 19)

The Kilo Design Summit in Paris

In less than two months the OpenStack development community will gather in Paris to discuss the details of the Kilo development cycle. It starts after the keynotes on the Tuesday of the summit week, and ends at the end of the day on the Friday. We decided a number of changes in the Design Summit organization in order to make it an even more productive time for all of us.

Reports from Previous Events

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

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Welcome New Reviewers, Developers and Core Reviewers

Welcome Nejc Saje to ceilometer-core and Radoslav to oslo-vmware core team and StevenK to core tripleo core team

m-k-k Rafael Rivero
Loa Billy Olsen
Dave McCowan Zoltán Lajos Kis
Zhai, Edwin Yogesh
Syed Ismail Faizan Barmawer Rajaneesh Singh
Neill Cox Barnaby Court
Satoru Moriya Ari
Jamie Finnigan Gary Hessler
Dan Sneddon Chardon Gerome
Brian Tully
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Martin André

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Sep 5 – 12)

Dox a tool that run python (or others) tests in a docker container

What if there was a tool that allows to integrate docker containers to do the automatic testing for OpenStack? The idea of dox is to slightly behave like the tox tool but instead of running, use docker containers.

What’s Coming in OpenStack Networking for Juno Release

As the Juno development cycle ramps up, now is a good time to review some of the key changes we saw in Neutron during this exciting cycle and have a look at what is coming up in the next upstream major release which is set to debut in October.

Horizon’s new features introduced in Juno cycle

Matthias Runge gives an overview on what happened during Horizon’s Juno development cycle. Horizon’s blueprints page on launchpad lists 31 implemented new features which may be grouped in sub-topics: Sahara-Dashboard, RBAC, JavaScript unbundling, look and feel improvements and more. If you’re curious about what’s coming, read the full post.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

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Welcome New Reviewers, Developers and Core Reviewers

Welcome Dina Belova to ceilometer-core

Robb Romans Jim West
Rob Cresswell Huai Jiang
Martin André Abhishek Asthana
Tony Campbell Zura Isakadze
Srinivas Sakhamuri Robb Romans
Isaias Jeremy Moffitt
Stig Telfer Eduard Biceri-Matei
Sarvesh Ranjan Tom Barron
Hongbin Lu Szymon Wróblewski
Timothy Okwii Saksham Varma
Thomas Järvstrand Mike Fedosin
Kyle Stevenson
Komei Shimamura
Dave Chen
Aidan McGinley
Rishabh

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Aug 29 – Sep 5)

Latest Technical Committee Updates

The OpenStack Technical Committee meets weekly to work through requests for incubation, to review technical issues happening in currently integrated projects, and to represent the technical contributors to OpenStack. We have about a month remaining with our current crew and elections coming soon. Read the summary of latest meetings to find out about defcore, gap analysis and projects in incubation.

OpenStack DefCore Process Flow: Community Feedback Cycles for Core [6 points + chart]

DefCore is an OpenStack Foundation Board managed process “that sets base requirements by defining 1) capabilities, 2) code and 3) must-pass tests for all OpenStack™ products. This definition uses community resources and involvement to drive interoperability by creating the minimum standards for products labeled OpenStack™.” Rob Hirschfeld details in a blog post what “community resources and involvement” entails. Check out the upcoming DefCore Community Meetings Sep 10 & Sep 11.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

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Reports from Previous Events

Relevant Conversations

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Security Advisories and Notices

Upcoming Events

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Welcome New Reviewers, Developers and Core Reviewers

Welcome to Trove-core: Amrith Kumar.

Ilia Meerovich Cesar Mojica
John McDonough Bartosz Fic
Gerard Garcia Adrien Vergé
Colleen Murphy Yi Ming Yin
Antoine Abélard Yanping Qu
Miguel Grinberg Timothy Okwii
Brian Moss Sarvesh Ranjan
Karen Noel Rishabh
Saksham Varma Komei Shimamura
Can ZHANG Prasoon Telang
Chirag Shahani Steve Lewis
Christian Fetzer Srinivas Sakhamuri
Juan Zuluaga Patrick Amor
Yukinori Sagara Om Prakash Pandey
Peter Krempa Srini
Matt Kovacs

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Latest Technical Committee Updates

The OpenStack Technical Committee meets weekly to work through requests for incubation, to review technical issues happening in currently integrated projects, and to represent the technical contributors to OpenStack. We have about a month remaining with our current crew and elections coming soon. What have we been up to? Here’s an overview of current activities.

User Committee Nominees

We’ve recently put together some more nominees for a User Committee representative to replace Ryan Lane. These nominees are willing to serve in consolidating user requirements, guiding the dev teams when user feedback is needed, track OpenStack deployments and usage (typically done through the annual user survey), and work with user groups around the world.

  • Beth Cohen, Verizon Cloud technology strategist
  • Chet Burgess, Metacloud Chief architect
  • Andrew Mitry, Comcast cloud architect
  • Jonathan Proulx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Senior technical architect
  • Jacob Walcik, Rackspace Principal solutions architect

We’re happy to report that Jonathan Proulx will join the User Committee, and we’re definitely going to ask for more ways for the others to get involved. Thanks to all for their willingness to get involved.

Milestone Gap Analyses for Current Teams

With each milestone for the Juno release, currently integrated teams had a list of technical items to work through based on TC input. Networking (neutron), Databases (trove), Telemetry (ceilometer), Orchestration (heat), and Images (glance) all addressed technical concerns this release. We also discussed with Object Storage (swift) their current plans and the potential for more alignment. For Networking, the neutron team focused on database migrations, test coverage, feature parity with nova-network, and documentation for open source driver options. For Images, the glance team is addressing critical testing gaps. For Databases, the trove team addressed concerns about test coverage and documentation as well as CI and bug triaging. The horizon team, working on the OpenStack dashboard, completed its mission statement and is working on refreshing integration tests while splitting their repos into a separate toolkit from the django app itself. Telemetry, handled by the ceilometer team, gave an update to the TC about Gnocchi, a separate experimental approach to store and retrieve time series data and resource representations such as what ceilometer does for its datapoint collection for say, an instance resizing or migrating to another compute host. The Orchestration efforts with the heat team is all about improving functional testing and upgrade testing and stating their mission statement.

Integration and Incubation Discussions

This six-month period revealed these incubation requests: Designate, Rally, and Manila.

Designate works on providing access to DNS services and was accepted for incubation in the Juno release.

The Manila project was originally based on the Block Storage project cinder and it provides file-based shared storage services with coordinated access. It is designed to support multiple storage backends. As an example use-case, end-users create an NFS share with the REST API, make sure its accessible on the correct network, and sets up the NetApp (or EMC, or GlusterFS, or another storage driver) volume backend.

The Rally project provides SLA management for production OpenStack clouds. While this mission is helpful for performance testing and keeping live clouds running smoothly, the TC concluded it does not need to be a part of OpenStack, rather it is a project that can be adopted outside of OpenStack.

Leading up to Juno also proves busy for integration discussions with these teams: Barbican, Ironic, and Zaqar (you may remember the team name Marconi).

Barbican continues to be incubated, and both Zaqar and Ironic are being discussed so feel free to follow along at next week’s TC meeting.

DefCore: Community feedback and technical leadership for the layers of OpenStack

The TC had a joint meeting again this past week to talk about the definition of OpenStack. Discussion in meetings and online continues with recent communications from Rob Hirschfeld and Sean Dague. These visuals and processes are helping us make our community efforts what we want them to be.

Conversations to Follow

We’re also deep diving into discussions about programs adopting projects or guidelines for adopting new official projects. We’ve had lively discussions about the scope of programs on the openstack-dev mailing list with over 100 responses so it’s definitely a topic of interest.

As a community we are seeking cross-project themes or initiatives, so please follow along on the openstack-dev mailing list.

We hope these summary posts are helpful for sipping from the firehose. Let us know your thoughts through our many feedback channels.

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.

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Relevant Conversations

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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

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OpenStack Taking Its Place in the Software-Defined Economy

We are now living in the software-defined economy.

I blogged about this back in May, after talking about it in a keynote at OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. Since then, the meme has sort of caught on.

Here’s the idea:

No matter what size your organization is, it must move faster. Supply chain and IP advantages are fleeting and costly; organizations are realizing that continuous software innovation is critical in terms of building and preserving competitive advantage.

Companies are trying to figure out how to leverage their developers to make this happen. OpenStack is the infrastructure platform more and more of these companies are choosing to give their developers the tools they need to bring agility to a completely new paradigm of software development.

Keynoting About It

I’m going to talk more about OpenStack’s role in the software-defined economy at OpenStack Silicon Valley, a community event taking place at the Computer History Museum on September 16. Specifically, I’ll look at the role that infrastructure agility plays in the software-defined economy. You can register here, and if you’re attending VMworld, Oracle OpenWorld or the Paris Summit, you can get in free.

Software supported by agile infrastructure makes rapid innovation a reality, and the OpenStack community is making agile infrastructure a reality for a growing number of companies. The stakes are high: Richard Foster conducted an analysis in which he says, among other things:

  • On average, an S&P 500 company is being replaced about once every two weeks, either because of market cap decline or acquisition.
  • The churn rate of companies has been accelerating over time.
  • Corporations in the S&P 500 in 1958 lasted in the index for 61 years, on average.
  • By 1980, the average tenure had shrunk to about 25 years. Today, it stands at just 18 years based on seven year rolling averages.

But here’s the punch line:

At the current churn rate, 75% of the S&P 500 will be replaced by 2027.

This lies at the heart of why every company either is a technology company or is becoming one. Users of OpenStack are putting software at the center of their strategies to do just that.

Join me at OpenStack Silicon Valley to talk about how we position the project for continued success as the infrastructure of choice to drive the software-defined economy.

 

OpenStack Community Events in September

If you want to hear some great content before the OpenStack Summit in Paris this November, attend one of these OpenStack Community events being held around the world. Join fellow community members, learn from user stories and hear directly from industry leaders. Hurry, registration deadlines are quickly approaching!

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On September 16, attend OpenStack Silicon Valley to hear from industry thought leaders on a wide range of topics, including OpenStack in the Enterprise, OpenStack for NFV, Emerging Trends in OpenStack in addition to a half-day OpenStack training.Review the full agenda and register before prices increase on August 28!When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Where: Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California
Tickets: If you are registered to attend the OpenStack Summit in Paris, email paris-summit@openstacksv.com to register for free.
Featured Speakers:

  • Alessandro Perilli, Red Hat
  • Marten Mickos, Eucalyptus Systems
  • Jesse Proudman, Blue Box
  • Chris Kemp, Nebula
  • Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
  • Boris Renski, Mirantis
  • & more!

 

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OpenStack Conference Benelux 2014
Register for the first official OpenStack Conference Benelux 2014, a one-day conference for developers, users and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software. Whether you are just getting started and want to learn more about OpenStack, or are an advanced user, there’s content planned for you, including case studies, technical talks and workshops.

View the agenda and register today!

When: Friday, September 19, 2014
Where:
‘t Spant, Bussum
Doctor Abraham Kuyperlaan 3
1402 SB Bussum
Tickets: Free
Featured Speakers:

  • Alan Clark, Board Chairman of the OpenStack Foundation
  • Ruud Harmsen, Fairbanks NV
  • Erik Monninkhof, Dupaco Distribution B.V.
  • Alessandro Vozza, Red Hat
  • Marijn de Vos, SUSE
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Please note that the content planned for OpenStack Day Taiwan will be presented in Chinese. Registration will close on September 18th, so register for free now!When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Where: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
Tickets: Attendance is free, but registration is required to attend
Featured Speakers:
  • Tom Fifield, OpenStack Foundation
  • Chris Huang, SUSE
  • Jimmy Kao, In Win Development
  • Sam Chen, In Win Development
  • Robert Feng, Cisco
  • Dr. Sen Ming Chang, Red Hat
  • Terence Tsao, HP
  • Eugene Chang, Brocade
  • Wenyu Chen, InfinitiesSoft
  • Berry Chen, VMware

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

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Security Advisories and Notes

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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
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Venkatasubramanian Ramachandran
Tomáš Nováčik
Kyle Stevenson
Can ZHANG
Doug Baer
Clinton Knight
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Steven Tan
Rob Cresswell
yuriy brodskiy
avi berger
Oscar Romero
Louis Taylor

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.

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