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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(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.

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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!

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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
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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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Futurecom 2014

Next week, the OpenStack Foundation is sponsoring the Congress and Business Trade Show at Futurecom 2014 in São Paolo, Brazil. Dualtec Cloud Builders, based in São Paolo, will be co-sponsoring the event with the Foundation.

OpenStack has been gaining popularity worldwide, and we are reaching potential users and community members via industry and community events. Futurecom will be the first industry event that the OpenStack Foundation sponsors in South America.  Last month, Dualtec hosted an OpenStack Meetup in São Paolo with an impressive turnout of more than 500 IT Managers. The event speakers broadcasted the OpenStack concept and its benefits, including more than ten hours of presentations, hands-on workshops and case studies from two predominant Brazilian companies using OpenStack: Serpro and UOL.

Dualtec Meetup

Heidi Bretz, the Director of Business Development for the Foundation, will be attending Futurecom and moderating a panel with several OpenStack users on Tuesday, October 14 2:40 – 3:10pm in Room São Paolo. Panelists are:

  • Renato Serra Armani, Innovation Manager, Dualtec Cloud Builders
  • Roberval Aratame Ribeiro, Gerente Geral de Projetos – P&D – Cloud Services, UOL
  • Max Tkach, Technical Leader, Cloud Services, MercadoLibre

Marcelo Dieder, the OpenStack Ambassador in Brazil, will also be introduced.  All speakers, including Heidi Bretz from the OpenStack Foundation, will be available to chat after the session and in the OpenStack booth in the Tradeshow Hall B, Booth C22, from Monday evening through Thursday.

 

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The OpenStack Foundation is expanding it’s strong history of supporting international events with the Futurecom sponsorship. The Foundation has also supported DEVIEW in South Korea, Cloud Connect China in Shanghai, CloudOpen in Düsseldorf and regional events in Taiwan, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, London, Paris, Berlin and Budapest. In the first half of 2015, OpenStack will sponsor linux.conf.au in Auckland in January and Cloud Expo Europe in London in April.

In addition to industry and regional events, the OpenStack Summit first went international in November 2013 in Hong Kong and again this November in Paris. Learn more or register for the upcoming OpenStack Paris Summit here.

OpenStack Technical Committee Update

Since TC elections are around the corner, the OpenStack Technical Committee had what is likely the last meeting of this cycle. The last update was about one month ago, and a lot has happened since then.

Graduation Discussions

The technical committee completed an integration review for both Ironic (Bare-Metal Provisioning) and Zaqar (Messaging).

Ironic has been in incubation for a long time, and the community has been working hard to complete it so the nova bare-metal driver could be deprecated. The last few steps were completed in time for juno, and Ironic will be joining the list of integrated projects for the Kilo release in April 2015.

The TC was split about the inclusion of Zaqar. Primarily the concerns were raised about the purpose of the project and whether its functionality is technically sound. It was one of the closest votes the TC has seen, but in the end the decision was not to graduate Zaqar at this time. It will remain an incubated project for the Kilo cycle.

Improving the Contributor License Agreement

At its July 2014 meeting, the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors heard information about the impact and options to address the OpenStack Contributor License Agreement (CLA). One of the questions raised was whether the issues being brought forward were simply the opinion of one member of the Board. The Technical Committee agreed to make a recommendation to the board to adopt a Developer Certificate of Origin (DCO) instead of the existing CLA. This is ultimately a Board decision since it has legal ramifications, but the consensus on the TC is that the DCO will streamline contributions and offers advantages over the CLA.

The Big Tent of OpenStack

Over the past year the TC has been attempting to raise the quality bar on both incubation and integration. This also extends to improving currently integrated projects, which motivated the Gap Analysis that you have read about in previous updates.

There has been a ton of discussion (and possibly one of the most verbose mailing list threads of OpenStack’s history) about changes to the integration process and release cycle. This discussion originated to help address the tensions between being inclusive community and maintaining the quality of OpenStack. Specifically, there are a few related issues:

  • The integrated testing gate has become a huge bottleneck
  • Cross-project teams are at risk of being overloaded
  • People feel incubation is necessary to be “part of OpenStack”

There have been some excellent suggestions discussed around simplifying both the integrated gate and the release schedule. In addition, there has been discussion about opening up the incubation process. The ideal outcome would be for everyone to feel like they can be in the “Big Tent” of OpenStack without overloading the system to the point where we cannot make quality releases.

The TC feels it is important to have some clear proposals on the table for the in-person meeting in paris, so Doug Hellmann congealed the various discussion into a series of governance proposals. No decisions will be made on this until after the TC elections, but this will allow future discussions to be more concrete.

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