OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Jan 9 – 16)

2015 Election Results

Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s election. We reached quorum and passed the three bylaws amendments. We also reached quorum in electing eight Individual Directors to the 2015 OpenStack Board of Directors.

And the winner is….

Individual Directors

  • Tim Bell
  • Russell Bryant
  • Alex Freedland
  • Rob Hirschfeld
  • Vishvananda Ishaya
  • Kavit Munshi
  • Egle Sigler
  • Monty Taylor

Platinum Directors

  • Alan Clark
  • Eileen Evans
  • Toby Ford
  • Van Lindberg
  • Mark McLoughlin
  • Todd Moore
  • Imad Sousou
  • John Zannos

Gold Directors

  • Simon Anderson
  • Robert Esker
  • Tristan Goode
  • Steven Hallett
  • Chris Kemp
  • Boris Renski
  • Sean Roberts
  • Lew Tucker

Kilo Nova deploy recommendations

What would a Nova developer tell a deployer to think about before their first OpenStack install? Michael Still shares his thought process to consider your options and make informed decisions.

OpenStack Ambassadors Come Together

Ambassadors to help other user groups through communicating. meeting alternating Weekly on first, third, fifth Tuesdays at 08:00 GMT and second and fourth Fridays at 18:00 GMT on the chat.freenode.net IRC channel: #openstack-meeting-alt.

Small openstack

An interesting conversation on the Operators mailing list discussing request for small installation of openstack (about 3-5 nodes). The messages started in December, continued in January and drifted to discuss distributed glance.

User self registration and management

Adrian Turjak asked on the Development mailing list if there is any interest or need for an open-source user registration and management service for people using OpenStack. There seems to be a basic need a way for users to sign up themselves, choose their own password, and request new users to be added to their project. David Chadwick pointed to a blueprint and a demo of the system for University of Kent.Enrique Garcia also expressed interest in helping out in the effort.

The Road to Vancouver

Relevant Conversations

Deadlines and Development Priorities

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

2015 OpenStack Foundation Events Plan and Calls for Papers Available. The 2015 events plan is now available on the Global Events Calendar wiki. The detailed spreadsheet covers industry events, Summits (dates and locations), as well as regional OpenStack Days organized by the community.  If you’re interested in sponsoring or speaking at a planned OpenStack Day, please contact the contact listed in the spreadsheet.

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Why all OpenStack Foundation Individual Members should vote now

HOW TO VOTE: If you are an eligible voter, you should have received an email with the subject “OpenStack Foundation – 2015 Individual Director Election”from [email protected] This email includes your unique voting link. If you did not receive an email, please contact [email protected].

If you are an active member of the OpenStack Foundation, you should have received an email in your inbox with a link to vote for renewal of the Board of Directors and to change the Foundation’s bylaws. The changes to the bylaws make this election different from others and require your vote.

During 2014, the OpenStack community created several revisions of the Bylaws as part of the process to define what makes up core OpenStack functionality. The proposed revisions to the Bylaws are meant to provide flexibility in determining the software required for use of the OpenStack trademarks. The revisions also permit the adoption of the “DefCore” procedures and any changes to those procedures in the future. These amendments have already gone through fifteen revisions with comments from the Technical Committee, DefCore Committee, OpenStack Foundation management, Legal Affairs Committee and the Board of Directors.

Now it’s your turn: the change to the bylaws require that least 25% of the eligible voters cast a vote. If the quorum is not reached, the bylaws won’t change and the work of the Foundation will be more complicated.

You have a duty to fulfill and it won’t take much of your time. You can learn more about the amendments. We need your click to reach the quorum to improve the Foundation.

 

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Week 1, 2015)

Happy 2015!

“First App” Tutorial for OpenStack

OpenStack needs something like the tutorial “Writing your first Django app”. We’re looking for volunteers to flesh out ideas on what this tutorial would look like for OpenStack and how it would work. Particularly we need to think about the kinds of example applications we should go with. There’s an etherpad and your ideas are welcome there or join the conversation.

OpenStack Gold Director Selector Election Results for 2015

  • Aptira – Tristan Goode
  • Cisco – Lew Tucker
  • Dreamhost – Simon Anderson
  • EMC – Sean Roberts
  • Mirantis – Boris Renski
  • Nebula – Chris Kemp
  • (new) NetApp – Robert Esker
  • (new) Symantec – Steven Hallett

Welcome to all and good work!

Women of OpenStack Working Session Update

The WOS Group has a established a new women-of-openstack mailing list and is hosting next week a webinar to help Designing an OpenStack Summit Session Submission for Success. Register now, as this webinar comes just in time for the

OpenStack Summit Vancouver Call For Speakers

Submissions are open now for Vancouver OpenStack Summit 2015.

Gate Bug Triage Conclusion

A few months ago Matthew Treinish wrote about debugging a gate failure. He wrote an update about the conclusion to the triage efforts for the Out Of Memory failures on Neutron jobs. The cause of the failures was running out of memory but what was leading to the OOM failures wasn’t just limited to neutron. It was just that the neutron jobs ran with more services which used more memory which made failures there more common.

Sneak Peek into Heat New Features in OpenStack Kilo Release

Arthur Berezin gives a sneak peek at the new upcoming features in Kilo release, just as the first Kilo milestone has been reached.

Relevant Conversations

Deadlines and Development Priorities

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

2015 OpenStack Foundation Events Plan and Calls for Papers Available. The 2015 events plan is now available on the Global Events Calendar wiki. The detailed spreadsheet covers industry events, Summits (dates and locations), as well as regional OpenStack Days organized by the community.  If you’re interested in sponsoring or speaking at a planned OpenStack Day, please contact the contact listed in the spreadsheet.

Other News

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Women of OpenStack Working Session Update

In Paris, we added a new Women of OpenStack blueprint working session which gave our group the added opportunity to affect positive change for the Women of OpenStack.

The goal of the blueprint session was to discuss the Women of OpenStack’s charter and outline our top priorities for the next 6 months. Much of our discussion and  brainstorming in the room centered on ways to increase mentorship, leadership, and public speaking opportunities for women working on OpenStack.


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As the session concluded we decided as a group to focus on a few top priorities:

1. Increase the communication among the Women of OpenStack between Summits

As a result we have created a new Women of OpenStack mailing list. You can subscribe to the list herehttp://lists.openstack.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/women-of-openstack

Look for more frequent communication to help link us together including who are the Women of OpenStack, what are the projects they are working on, and how you can better connect by subscribing and joining the conversation. 

2. Positively influence the Vancouver and future Summit’s content with more women speakers

To help you prepare a successful speaking proposal, the Women of OpenStack group is sponsoring a webinar on January 15.  Anne Gentle, Niki Acosta and Diane Mueller will share their tips on creating a winning proposal for OpenStack Summits and will answer questions during a Q&A session.  


I am excited that we have been able to take these steps toward
s building a stronger foundation for our Women of OpenStack community. This is a team effort and I want to thank Anne Gentle, Johanna Koester, Claire Massey, and Allison Price for their ideas and dedication to the Women of OpenStack. I look forward to reconvening at the Vancouver OpenStack Summit to review our progress and discuss what we should focus on for the remainder of 2015.

Jessica Murillo is the Vice President of Strategy and Cloud at IBM Systems

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Dec 20 – 26)

Last newsletter of 2014, see you again in 2015!

University of Hawaii College of Education harnesses OpenStack to support faculty research via a secure private cloud

OpenStack powers a Holodeck at University of Hawaii at Manoa… Read the full story on Mirantis blog.

The TOSCA Cloud State of the Union

A nice summary of the status of OpenStack Heat and the relation between the different specifications to describe topology and orchestration in cloud world.

Relevant Conversations

Deadlines and Development Priorities

Security Advisories and Notices

Reports from Previous Events

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

2015 OpenStack Foundation Events Plan and Calls for Papers Available. The 2015 events plan is now available on the Global Events Calendar wiki. The detailed spreadsheet covers industry events, Summits (dates and locations), as well as regional OpenStack Days organized by the community.  If you’re interested in sponsoring or speaking at a planned OpenStack Day, please contact the contact listed in the spreadsheet.

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Dec 13 – 20)

The Way Forward

The OpenStack project structure has been under heavy discussion over the past months. There was a long email thread, a lot of opinionated blogposts, a cross-project design summit session in Paris, and various strawmen proposed to our governance repository. Based on all that input, the OpenStack Technical Committee worked on a clear specification of the problems we are trying to solve, and the proposed way to fix them. Thierry Carrez wrote an excerpt of the approved resolution. To enjoy with a cup of your favorite brew and away from distractions.

OpenStack Object Storage Swift 2.2.1 released

The work of 28 contributors (including 8 first-time contributors), this release is definitely operator-centric. Upgrade is recommended; as always you can upgrade to this release with no customer downtime.

Relevant Conversations

Deadlines and Development Priorities

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

2015 OpenStack Foundation Events Plan and Calls for Papers Available. The 2015 events plan is now available on the Global Events Calendar wiki. The detailed spreadsheet covers industry events, Summits (dates and locations), as well as regional OpenStack Days organized by the community.  If you’re interested in sponsoring or speaking at a planned OpenStack Day, please contact the contact listed in the spreadsheet.

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Matt Borland Erwan Velu
sarat inuguri Aleksey
Tom Swanson yuntong
Peter Penchev lu huichun
Moshe Levi Ph. Marek
Jie Li Shaoquan Chen
Jean-Frédéric watanabe.isao
Erik Wilson Putta Challa
Chris Gacsal Brian Ruff
Kai Qiang Wu
Jing Zeng

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2015 OpenStack Foundation Events Plan and Calls for Papers Available

The 2015 events plan is now available on the Global Events Calendar wiki.  The detailed spreadsheet covers industry events, Summits (dates and locations), as well as regional OpenStack Days organized by the community.  If you’re interested in sponsoring or speaking at a planned OpenStack Day, please contact the contact listed in the spreadsheet.  If you are interested in organizing an OpenStack Day in your region, please reference http://www.openstack.org/brand/event-policy/ and contact [email protected]

 

We’d like your input on the industry events plan. The events calendar is fully editable, so you can update the following criteria:

  • Share if your organization is attending, sponsoring or exhibiting (COLUMN G)
  • Provide feedback or ideas on events (COLUMN H)
  • Add vendor-independent industry events to the calendar (insert in chronological order and complete ALL criteria)

 

The Foundation is sponsoring two industry events with Pavilions, offering the ecosystem the opportunity to exhibit and/or speak in an OpenStack context, at a much lower cost than direct sponsorship.  Pavilions with speaking opportunities are available for these international events.  Commitments must be in place by January 31, 2015.  If you’re interested in joining us, please begin your internal authorization process today.

  • Cloud Expo Europe, March 11-12, 2015, London
    • For 4500 British Pounds, participants will receive:
      • A kiosk in the OpenStack section of the Open Cloud Park in the exhibit hall, to include a plasma display, wireless Internet, backwall graphics, power and lighting.  Lead retrieval is extra.
      • A 20 minute speaking session in the in-booth theater (you can scan attendees)
      • Your logo on event website, promotional emails, and name and description in conference guide.
      • Personalized promotion provided for your marketing effort
      • VIP telemarketing to 20 of your provided prospects
  • CONNECT 2015 April 21-22, 2015, Melbourne
    • For 8,000-10,000 Australian Dollars + 10% VAT, participants will receive:
      • Silver sponsorship and branding
      • Speaking slot in full day for-fee OpenStack Conference on April 21
      • Counter in Pavilion including:
        • Graphics, wireless internet, power and lighting
        • AV, lead retrieval is extra
      • A 25 minute presentation in the CONNECT ICT theater on expo floor
      • 1 full conference pass

Check out all of the upcoming CFP deadlines – the below deadlines that are bolded are approaching soon, so act quickly!

  • Cloud Expo Europe, March 11-12, 2015
    • OpenStack has two on-expo-floor theater slots for community speakers to represent the Foundation
    • Also offering a co-sponsorship package including expo floor Open Cloud Park theater spot.
    • Contact [email protected] by January 31, 2015
  • Interop
    • April 27-May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV
    • Asking for ecosystem input on sponsored (e.g. paid) sessions or vendor tech panels
    • Contact [email protected] by January 31, 2015
  • SDN & NFV Europe
    • April 29, 2015 in London, England, UK
    • OpenStack is offered a theater speaking slot
    • Contact [email protected] if interested, by January 31, 2015
    • In addition, see proposed agenda/topics then contact Ruki Rehman at [email protected]
  • Cloud Expo East, DevOps Summit, Big Data Expo, IoT Expo, SDDC Expo (all co-located, different tracks), June 9-11, 2015 in New York City, NY
    • Deadline December 31, 2014
    • http://www.cloudcomputingexpo.com/general/papers2015east.htm
  • DevNation, June 21-25, 2015 in Boston,MA
  • OSCON, July 20-24, 2015 in Portland, OR
    • Deadline February 2, 2015
    • http://www.oscon.com/open-source-2015/public/cfp/360o deadline listed
    • CloudOpents.linuxfoundation.org/events/cloudopen-north-america/program/cfp
  • Supercomputing 15, November 15-20, 2015 in Austin, TX

If you have any questions on industry events, please contact Kathy Cacciatore at [email protected].  Thank you for your continued support for OpenStack Events!

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Dec 6 – 13)

OpenStack DefCore Enters Execution Phase. Help!

OpenStack DefCore Committee has established the principles and first artifacts required for vendors using the OpenStack trademark. Over the next release cycle, we will be applying these to the Icehouse and Juno releases. Rob will be doing two sessions about DefCore next week (will be recorded): Tues Dec 16 at 9:45 am PST- OpenStack Podcast #14 with Jeff Dickey and Thurs Dec 18 at 9:00 am PST – Online Meetup about DefCore with Rafael Knuth.

Keeping up to date with OpenStack Blueprints

OpenStack is a living product – and because it is community driven – changes are being proposed almost constantly. The specifications approved in each project are published on http://specs.openstack.org as html pages and RSS feeds. Maish Saidel-Keesing compiled an OPML file with all the current projects that you can add to your favorite RSS reader.

Korea User Group got “The community of the Year” award

Great news for the whole OpenStack community: OpenStack Korea User Group received “The community of the Year” award from Korea Open Source Software Association. Congratulations to all for the amazing work you’ve been doing all these years. The Korean user group doesn’t rest on their laurels and they’re busy organizing the OpenStack Day Korea 2015: check the sponsorship opportunities.

Ask OpenStack passes 10,000 questions

Recently, our Q&A site, Ask OpenStack passed an important milestone – more than 10,000 questions. Since it was launched by community manager Stefano Maffulli with the help of our tame AskBot developer Evgeny Fadeev early last year, we’ve had great support from our entire community – users and vendor support staff alike getting on there and helping each other out. Everybody can give answers: read how to give answers and head out to answer questions on Ask OpenStack.

Relevant Conversations

Deadlines and Development Priorities

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Reports from Previous Events

Upcoming Events

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Chris Gacsal Ankur Rishi
Babu Shanmugam Alger Wang
Abhishek G M Tom Pollard
Bogun Dmitriy Dan Ritchie
Cosmin Poieana
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Roman Dobosz
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Matt Borland
Toshiaki Higuchi
Dexter Fryar
Chris Gacsal
Hironori Shiina

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Ask OpenStack passes 10,000 questions

Recently, our Q&A site, Ask OpenStack passed an important milestone – more than 10,000 questions. Since it was launched by community manager Stefano Maffulli with the help of our tame AskBot developer Evgeny Fadeev early last year, we’ve had great support from our entire community – users and vendor support staff alike getting on there and helping each other out.

At points like this one, it is wise to reflect on whether the endeavour has been successful. Anecdotally, we hear good things, and there seems to be a reasonably self-sustaining community around the site.

We have pulled the data to compare the proportion of questions that were asked to those that were answered, and compared it to other forums to gauge where we stand. Although there were some fluctuations that occurred during some periods, the volunteer team was able to diagnose the problem and move forward.

During some months of this year – luckily unseen by most – we suffered from a serious spam problem. This is an example of something that can seriously turn members away, though the moderation tools and volunteer team was able to keep it in check. A potential problem as serious as a spam infestation is if user’s questions don’t get answered. So we did some quick math and googling to try and quantify how we’re doing.

There are about 1,700 unanswered questions out of over 10,000 in total. Based on the rough conclusions for similar sized/typed communities – we’re essentially in a best-of-field position. Now, let’s look at if we’re keeping it there.

This time series has been tracking our unanswered questions for 494 days. We started with 150 unanswered questions, and on average over this period we add 3.12 questions per day. This is already good, because it means that if we can push just 25 people to answer an extra question every week we’ll start going in the other direction.

Now, to look at whether the trend is going up. Dividing the space into two 247 day segments, we can calculate the relative average over these two chunks of time (basically 2/3rds of a year each). In the first chunk, from Jul 2013 to Mar 2014 the average is 2.6 new unanswered questions per day. In the second chunk it’s an average of 3.5 new unanswered questions per day.

So, the trend is increasing by about 23% over this 2/3rd of a year chunk. If it increases to 4/day, which will take about a year at the current rate of increase, that means that rather than getting 25 new people involved, we’d need to have 30+. Still not so bad.

Of course, this analysis doesn’t take into account that some of the unanswered questions are just unanswerable – but in theory the moderation team should be weeding those out.

 

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Final idea – which might put us firmly in the “best practice” bucket. What about a global 24 hour Ask OpenStack Question Answering day? Do you think such a thing would work? Everybody can give answers: read how to give answers and head out to answer questions on Ask OpenStack.

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Nov 28 – Dec 6)

December 2014 OpenStack Infrastructure User Manual Sprint

During this week the Infrastructure team released a significant milestone for the Infrastructure User Manual. The manual consolidates documentation for Developers, Core Reviewers and Project Drivers, which was spread across wiki pages, project-specific documentation files and general institutional knowledge. The manual is starting to look great and a lot of wiki pages have been declared obsolete meanwhile.

Third-party CI account creation is now self-serve

This means that new third-party account will need to follow a new, leaner process. There are some changes for existing accounts. Read the full announcement.

My Key Learning from Paris

Matt Fischer “learned a bunch of things in Paris: French food is amazing, always upgrade OVS” and “All operators have the same problems.” The result of his and others’ realization is the beginnings of an Operations Project.

Relevant Conversations

Deadlines and Development Priorities

Stable Release

Tips ‘n Tricks

Reports from Previous Events

Upcoming Events

Other News

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Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Kai Qiang Wu Midun Kumar
Jing Zeng Jukka Lehtniemi
Marco Fargetta Sunil Kumar
Sam Yaple chenglch
Qi Zhang Yoni
Richard Hedlind Kyle Rockman
Hironori Shiina qiaomin032
yoan desbordes Stefano Canepa
Surojit Pathak Sam Yaple
Rohit Jaiswal Chris Cannon

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