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Clarification re: Board Activity

Today the OpenStack Foundation is releasing the following statement:

“The OpenStack Foundation is aware of media reports that discuss the commercial activities of Red Hat and other OpenStack vendors. The Board has not met to discuss this issue, nor has the Board taken a formal position on the issue. Although certain Board members in their individual capacity have commented on the issue, they are not representing the views of the OpenStack Foundation, which would require Board action. The Board has not scheduled a meeting on the issue, but may discuss it at the next scheduled Board meeting. All questions should be directed to Jonathan Bryce, the Executive Director of the Foundation. “

As noted, you may direct questions to me:  Jonathan@openstack.org

Category: Uncategorized

Open Mic Spotlight: Pavlo Shcelokovskky

pavlov_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!

Having made science in Europe for 12 years (theoretical solid state physics and experimental biophysics), Pavlo Shcelokovskky returned back home to the Ukraine and switched to full-time programming. Currently, he is a software engineer at Mirantis Inc. and for the last six months he has been mostly involved in the OpenStack Orchestration program. Follow him on Twitter @pshchelo

1. How would you explain your job to your grandmother?

To my parents I say that I do stuff that makes things like Dropbox (that they know and use) possible.

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

Self-taught, mostly. There were some programming courses back in school and University (in Pascal), and I backed up my theoretical research during my PhD with some FORTRAN programming. Six years ago I started to learn and use Python in my research, and that is the love story going ever since. :)

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

As I come from science, I have a special attitude for “open source”. Openness is what really enables scientific progress by letting you build upon work of others and “stand on the giants’ shoulders”. Only recently, the scientific community started to understand that the code they use and produce is also science, and that it needs to be public as well as the research itself. I am proud to be part of a world-wide scale open source project now.

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

Sahara. Big Data, for better or worse, is the word of the decade, and providing an integration between big data’s stable horse Hadoop and OpenStack will surely draw in more customers and adopters.

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

My home is usually a busy and loud place. :) That’s why I prefer to write code in the office.

Category: Open Mic

Atlanta Summit, Day 3: Learning from the Community

The theme of the OpenStack Summit today is centered on learning, education, and development. Attendees are flocking to the “how to” panels — from “Scaling Out OpenStack Clouds in the Enterprise” to the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to DevOps Tools on OpenStack.” Sessions focused on OpenStack use cases are garnering a good deal of attention as well, including stories from users at Georgia Tech University, Time Warner Cable, Van Budd Lines, RGB Networks, Seagate and more.

It’s manifestly obvious that the OpenStack community is hungry to learn from the successes and failures of others in order to better adopt, deploy, or manage an OpenStack cloud. There are common problems across a number of OpenStack users — including storing very large amounts of data, controlling costs, and scaling quickly and reliably — that the community is coming together to solve.

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The business use of OpenStack was a topic of discussion as well. In a panel with Matt Haines from Time Warner Cable, Andy Salo from RGB Networks, and Doug Soltesz from Budd Van Lines, questions were brought up around how to convince decisions makers to choose OpenStack, how to calculate TCO when running Openstack, and why support will always be a critical element of any OpenStack strategy for enterprises.

When an audience member asked about how to look at OpenStack from an ROI point of view, Soltesz explained that for some enterprises, it’s difficult to argue for something as critical as disaster recovery from a revenue standpoint. “We’re a trucking company,” Soltesz said. “If I spend $100,000 on a solution, I just took one truck off the road, and that truck is a revenue generator.”But for him, and for many others trying to convince their CEOs and Boards to adopt OpenStack, the cost involved is one of many factors in adopting OpenStack. Fundamentally, “it’s gotta work,” he said.

Don’t Miss:

  • Summit selfies. They’re a thing. Check out the Twitter feed here and tag your own selfies with the #SummitSelfie hashtag.
  • Tonight’s Women of OpenStack Happy Hour!
  • The User Survey. Come by the Superuser area on level two, become a member of the OpenStack Foundation, and take the User Survey. Your participation truly makes a difference.
  • There’s new content going up on Superuser every day this week.

From Around the Web: 

Category: Summit

Atlanta Summit, Day 2: Speed and Innovation

We’re well into day two of the OpenStack Summit here in Atlanta, with a wonderful keynote presentation this morning lead by Chief Operating Officer, Mark Collier.

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He looked at innovation through a historical lens, detailing the ways in which OpenStack can help companies move faster.

“It has a lot to do with this massive transformation that is going on throughout the entire economy,” Collier explained. “There is a revolution going on inside of global corporations. Every company has to move faster. Every company is now competing with a startup.”

Drawing further upon that point, he pulled some interesting statistics to illustrate the importance of speed and agility. According to Collier, “75% of the S&P 500 will be replaced by 2027”.

AT&T, Sony, and DigitalFilm Tree were all featured Superusers that spoke to the value OpenStack has provided them. Toby Ford, AVP of IT Strategic Realization at AT&T, described the competitive advantage OpenStack is able to offer.

“AT&T has to move faster to compete, and OpenStack is helping to do that because we can expand to include workloads like Network Function Virtualization,” said Ford. “I’m confident in the model, people & in the adoption that’s happened. Expand the paradigm & think about OpenStack more broadly.”

Following an impressive video around the MLB ‘14 The Show release for Playstation 4, Sony’s own Platform Architect, Joel Johnston, described the usability of OpenStack on the back end. From a performance perspective, by bringing OpenStack in-house, the engineering staff at Sony can be sure that a real-time element exists.

In a comical “Between 2 Ferns” parody, DigitalFilm Tree CTO Guillaume Aubuchon explained OpenStack’s true prominence within their business. As he described, “OpenStack is the cornerstone to almost every television show that DigitalFilm Tree does”. He also harped on the importance of spreading OpenStack’s message, stating that “…the next step for OpenStack is education. We need to educate a broader range of people.”

From the Field:

  • Check out the photo booth at the Superuser experience in the hallway on Level 2 to take home a memory from the Summit. There are a ton of fun props, and we’ll feature you in the OpenStack Marketplace in the Expo Hall.

  • The OpenStack Design Summit kicked off today! Users and developers can enter on Level 3, and you can view the full schedule of events here: http://junodesignsummit.sched.org/

  • Don’t forget to check out our recently launched Superuser publication — we’re adding fresh content daily. Read more at http://superuser.openstack.org/.

  • We identified the winner of last night’s Booth Crawl. Congratulations, Matt Weeks! Be sure to check out this evening’s events schedule to be a part of the fun.

Around the web:

We hope to see you all at tonight’s festivities!

Category: Summit

Atlanta Summit, Day 1: Introducing Superusers, the Marketplace

The age of the Superuser began with the opening day of the Atlanta Design Summit. Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation delivered his keynote address to a standing-room-only conference room of developers, operators, users and more.

It was only 18 months ago in San Diego, where 1,200 members of the OpenStack community joined for the Design Summit. This week, 4,500 people will join for the Atlanta Summit.

Jonathan asked the standing room only crowd, “How many of us made their first contribution to Icehouse?” Dozens stood up to a round of applause. Jonathan, as well as the other speakers this morning, all recognized that there are many new faces, and more opinions. And that’s a big reason why OpenStack is so successful.

These new voices represent perspectives, energy, and potential to innovate that makes OpenStack unique and able to keep infrastructures agile.

“Every company now competes with a startup” Jonathan told the crowd. “More and more companies are using OpenStack to reduce their expenses, increase experimentation and increase innovation.”

But it isn’t just what people are doing with OpenStack. What’s more important is that they are changing their businesses. “Superusers are using their capabilities to bring about change, and more competitive in the software defined economy.”

Wells Fargo and Disney were featured Superusers in this morning’s keynote session. When asked why Wells Fargo uses OpenStack, Glenn Ferguson, head of private cloud enablement, focused on being part of a strong community.

“It is in my best interest to let the community know what we’re doing and what we’re interested in and what our use cases are. We’re running a serious business on this technology, and this is what we have to do to remain competitive and flexible in this environment.”

Chris Launey, Direct Cloud Services and Architect at Walt Disney Company, spoke passionately about why he uses OpenStack. “Like many others in this audience, I’m trying to lead a revolution to help empower people when they come to work in technology.”

“If you give somebody enough fast, they can get their make their own cheap. They can get their product to market quickly. You can make your own good by shrinking your own dev cycles.”

The Marketplace & Superuser Publication 

Also this morning, Jonathan introduced two new initiatives from the Foundation, aimed at extending the support for users and operators well past the bounds of the twice-yearly summit.

First, the Foundation announced the launch of a new OpenStack publication called “Superuser”, built by operators and users for operators and users.

The content will highlight organizational issues that users face when bringing OpenStack into their organizations. Featuring a mix of original journalism and user-generated content, the publication will emphasize a range of technical to business-level issues with feature stories, case studies, tips and videos for OpenStack cloud architects and administrators.

The Foundation is asking for your help, feedback and involvement: Check out: http://superuser.openstack.org/about to learn more.

Subscribe to the Superuser newsletter, or send ideas for content or posts to editor@openstack.org.

The second announcement was the launch of the OpenStack Marketplace. This new service for OpenStack users is “oriented around the path to adoption”, and designed to help users and operators to make informed decisions. It will be the go-to spot for information-gathering in the early stages of Openstack adoption and for evaluating various production options.

Learn more about the Marketplace and how you can join at openstack.org/marketplace or contact ecosystem@openstack.org.

 
Around the Web

In addition, there was a good deal of news and activity on the web coming out of today’s Summit. We’ve highlighted a few below, there will be more to come!

Category: Summit

OpenStack Superuser

Today, we’re announcing the beginning of something new and exciting for OpenStack.

Superuser is a new online publication dedicated to the experiences of individuals who are running OpenStack clouds of all sizes, across all industries.

Topics will range from very actionable how-tos, case studies and architecture profiles to tackling less-tangible, strategic initiatives such as culture change, dev/ops, cost and vendor management.

Why are we launching a new publication?

One of the biggest benefits of the OpenStack community is the opportunity for knowledge sharing and collaborative problem solving among peers. There is a growing community of systems administrators, engineers and cloud architects and who are now running OpenStack in production and are eager to share their stories, compare notes, and have frank conversations about the problems they’re encountering and how to solve them.

Because the community is so large, distributed and fast-moving, it’s easy to duplicate efforts, and valuable information doesn’t always make it from one user group meetup conversation to the next design summit session. Based on feedback from the user community, we think there’s an opportunity for the Foundation to help aggregate content and create a destination specifically for OpenStack operators.

Our goals are to:

1) engage and help create a forum for the operator community

2) aggregate the vast amount of content being created and shared in various locations

3) promote and recruit participation for our community resources like documentation, the operations and security guides, training, and ask.openstack.org.

How will the publication be delivered?

Superuser will be an online publication that lives at superuser.openstack.org.

We aim to produce approximately three unique pieces of content per week — including news stories, topical feature stories, case studies, video interviews, and Q&As with operators — supported by a breadth of curated content that will be syndicated from the blogs/channels and our user community, ecosystem and analyst community.

How can you get involved?

We’re seeking the involvement of community members like you to help us shape the editorial direction, identify leads, make connections and contribute content. Your job will be to help us listen, and to make sure we’re giving a platform to the right voices.

Send us an idea for a story, a link to something the community should know, provide feedback to editor@openstack.org.

Subscribe to our newsletter, where we’ll periodically send you a digest of the latest Superuser happenings.

We’ve enlisted the help of volunteers in the community who have experience running OpenStack clouds to serve as members of our Editorial Advisory Board.

If you’re interested in helping shape the content, please subscribe to our editorial team mailing list[link]. This is where we will discuss story ideas, review editorial calendars, and solicit feedback from our editorial advisors and the user community.

The road ahead

“This publication was built to chronicle the work of superusers, and their many accomplishments personally, professionally, and organizationally. Our goal is to amplify their impact. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll bring superusers together to share their stories, and in so doing help shape this new economy in a way that benefits us all.”

Check out Jonathan’s inaugural Superuser post, where he talks more about why Superuser was started, and what’s in store for the community and the publication.

And above all, we’re proud to introduce Superuser!

Category: Summit, Uncategorized

OpenStack Upstream Training in Atlanta A Big Success

The first edition of OpenStack Upstream Training completed today in Atlanta: the class made of software developers from around the world, started learning technical and social convention of one of the largest open source collaboration project. During the first day, twenty people picked a real bug or feature to work on, got their development environment setup, signed the CLAs and made the first attempts at committing and reviewing patches. After getting the ‘hard’ technical skills sharpened, the second day of training was all about learning the ‘soft’, social skills necessary to collaborate with a massive amount of people across the continents.

If you saw pictures of legos on twitter tagged #openstack, you have seen images of the OpenStack City role playing game. The students were split in three groups and starts with a city partially built, with a rough master plan for expansion. One group of students acts as the rulers of the city, another group acts as new contributor and the third group acts as the Product Manager of the new contributors. The role game is a nice way to practice the suggestions of the morning. on how to communicate intentions, execute on ideas, interact with other people working on OpenStack components.

With many years of practise contributing to many free software projects, Loic Dachary kindly donated his time to the OpenStack Foundation to lead the training, adapting the content of Upstream University to the specific needs of OpenStack. The class gives strong emphasis on the soft skills necessary to speed up acceptance of contributions. We noticed that over the years, a lot of new contributors, especially occasional ones, don’t have enough exposure to the big picture of OpenStack and these are more likely to be frustrated by the complex set of tools, processes, people between a bug fixed on a local branch and code accepted upstream. Based on the feedback gathered, this first set of graduates from OpenStack Upstream Training will surely get a pleasant experience. Hopefully they’ll keep growing inside OpenStack community and help future first time contributors.

The group is the first set of graduates of OpenStack Upstream Training: David BinghamBob Bennett, Daneyon HansenJacki Bauer, Gangadhar Singh, Om KumarTim FreundRichard ColemanJerry Xinyu Zhao, Sam Su, Shuichiro MakigakiJunichi MatayoshiDerek AndersonDave Fogelson, Ryo KurahashiRajeev GroverSrinivasa AcharyaVishal Thapar, Rashmi, Rohit, Jack Mac. When you meet them this week, please thank them for the time they dedicated to the project and consider them a beautiful present. I, Loic and other mentors will keep meeting online with them in the next weeks, until their chosen contribution will be merged.Thanks to all participants, Loic and Sahid Orentino Ferdjaoui, Édouard Thuleau, Chris Ricker for assisting.

We hope to replicate the training in Paris: stay tuned for the details soon.

Category: Communication, community, Development, Event

Countdown to the May 2014 OpenStack Summit

The May 2014 OpenStack Summit in Atlanta Kicks Off in 3 Days!

Continue to check OpenStack.org/Summit for updated information.

Summit Schedule
The main conference will run Monday through Thursday, and the Design Summit (developer working sessions) will run Tuesday through Friday. Arrive early on Monday to make sure you don’t miss any of the keynote action!

Registration Check-In Information

Skip the lines & pick up your badge early – registration begins on Sunday, May 11th at 3pm on Level 4 of the Georgia World Congress Center. Registration check-in will also be available throughout the week during the following times:

  • Sunday, May 11, 3pm – 7pm
  • Monday, May 12, 7am – 8pm
  • Tuesday, May 13, 7am – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 14,  7:15am – 6pm
Not yet Registered? It’s not too Late!
  • Online Registration is now CLOSED but you can still register to attend the Summit onsite in Atlanta during the above listed registration hours.
New Summit Mobile App!
Plan ahead & streamline your Summit experience by downloading the official mobile app! Within the app, you can:
  • View the main conference & design summit schedules
  • Navigate maps of the GWCC, including breakout sessions and the expo hall
  • Chat with other Summit attendees
  • Participate in our expo hall booth crawl gamification & more!
  • Apple users download here & Android users download here
Local Train Transportation from Airport (MARTA)
MARTA’s airport station is attached to the airport, right off baggage claim. One-way fares are only $2.50 and within 20 minutes, you can be downtown.

  • Arriving passengers should follow the Ground Transportation signs to MARTA. The entrance to MARTA’s Airport Station is located inside the western end of the airport’s main terminal. Faregates are just a few feet from the baggage claim areas, just follow the signs.
  • To travel to the Omni Hotel and the GWCC: Take the train north to the Five Points Station. Take a westbound train 1 stop to CNN/GWCC Station. Take the escalator or elevator up and walk through the CNN building to hotel entrance.
  • To travel to the Westin: Take the train north to the Peachtree Center Station. Follow the signs to the Harris Street exit. Once exiting the fare gate, follow the signs pointing to Peachtree Street West. This exit will put you on the same side of the street as the hotel.
  • To travel to the Hyatt: Take the train north to the Peachtree Center Station. Follow the signs to the Harris Street exit. After exiting the fare gate, follow the signs to the Peachtree Street East. At street level, turn right to walk along Peachtree Street and walk a block to reach the Hyatt.
Summit Venue & Walking Directions
The Summit will take place at the GWCC. You can find a helpful map to navigate the venue here.
  • It is a short walking distance from the Omni, Westin and Hyatt hotels in downtown Atlanta.
  • From the Omni: Head southeast on Marietta St and turn right on Andrew Young International Blvd. The GWCC will be on your right (Estimated walking time: 5 minutes)
  • From the Westin: Head west on Andrew Young International Blvd. Walk half a mile and the GWCC will be on your right (Estimated walking time: 10 minutes)
  • From the Hyatt: Head south on Peachtree St and turn right on Andrew Young International Blvd. Walk half a mile and the GWCC will be on your right (Estimated walking time: 15 minutes)
Play to Win in the New OpenStack Booth Crawl QR Code Challenge!
New this year, we are hosting a challenge during the Booth Crawl Happy Hour on Monday, May 12. The grand prize winner will receive a Full Access Pass to the next OpenStack Summit in Paris (Nov 3-8, 2014) and a complimentary hotel room in Paris for 4 nights during the Summit.

OpenStack Photo Booth
Come capture your OpenStack Summit moment at our new photo booth in the hallway on Level 2. Write a message, snap a photo, take a piece of the Summit, share it with your Twitter and Facebook communities and print a copy to display in the OpenStack Marketplace Expo Hall.

Blogger Lounge
Are You a Blogger?  New this year we’ve created a Blogger Lounge – a quiet space for bloggers and media to write and share posts covering the Summit.  Look for it on Level 2 (Room B208).

Evening Events
Round out your Summit Experience & Have Fun at the Official Evening Events!
Stay Connected
Follow @OpenStack on Twitter for more updates, and join the conversation by using #OpenStack

 

OpenStack Summit Code of Conduct
The OpenStack Foundation is dedicated to providing an inclusive and safe Summit experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of Summit participants in any form.  Summit exhibitors in the expo hall, evening party hosts and organizers of related Summit activities should be aware they are also subject to the code of conduct. Please make sure you review the Code of Conduct, which provides contact information for Foundation staff should you have any questions or need to report an issue.

Category: Event, Summit, Uncategorized

Open Mic Spotlight: Masayuki Igawa

MasayukiThis 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!

Masayuki Igawa is a software engineer at NEC Solution Innovators, Ltd. He has worked there for 15 years on a wide range of software projects, and developing open source software related to Linux kernel and virtualization. He’s been an active technical contributor to OpenStack since the Grizzly release. He is an OpenStack Tempest core member. You can follow him on Twitter at @masayukig.

1. How would you explain your job to your grandmother?

I’d like to say, “I’m contributing code to OpenStack!”
Because my grandmother really knows computer/internet/cloud/open source!

Sorry, it’s a joke… :-P

2. Get creative — create an original OpenStack gif or haiku!

OpenStack has unlimited possibilities
Beautiful and elegant UI/UX is
Coming soon

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

I’m self-taught, but also have on-the-job training about code. I started coding when I was 12 years old. I copied many BASIC codes from magazines by my hands. I studied bio-chemistry at university. So I spent some time cutting and pasting DNA of e.coli, actually. And on-the-job, I learned languages such as assembly, C, Java, Ruby, and Python.

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

Starbucks is my favorite place. And, my office is good but there are a lot of harmful noises for coding. So, holidays are good for the office.

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

My favorite is ConoHa VPS (https://www.conoha.jp/). This is not “cloud”, though. But this is one interesting OpenStack deployment because it’s very different from Amazon web services.

Category: Open Mic

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Apr 25 – May 2)

DefCore Core Capabilities Selection Criteria SIMPLIFIED -> how we are picking Core

Rob Hirschfeld summarizes the status of discussions within OpenStack community of what is ‘Openstack’. The effort is now summarized in a diagram showing the 12 criterias grouped in 4 main categories. Better go read Rob’s post, it’ll all make sense.

Announcing the O’Reilly OpenStack Operations Guide

O’Reilly has completed the production of the OpenStack Operations Guide: Set Up and Manage Your OpenStack Cloud. You can get your bits-n-bytes copy at http://docs.openstack.org/ops/ or order a dead-tree version on the O’Reilly site.

What It Means To Be In The OpenStack Community (One Member’s Take)

What is Kenneth Hui, Rackspace Technology Evangelist, deeply committed member of OpenStack, doing at a CloudStack conference? Read his blog post to find out what it means to be a good citizen of a community.

Results of the TC Election

Please join me in congratulating the 7 newly elected members of the TC: Thierry Carrez, Jay Pipes, Vishvananda Ishaya, Michael Still, Jim Blair, Mark McClain, Devananda van der Veen. Full results: Full results.

The road to Juno Summit – Atlanta 2014

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

Christina Darretta Abhinav Agrawal
Sam Hague Gabriel Assis Bezerra
Obulapathi Michael Tupitsyn
yummy.bian Laurel Michaels
Tushar Gohad Karin Levenstein
Karin Levenstein Baohua Yang
Andrew James
Tushar Gohad

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

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When doing a recheck and falling on an another bug

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

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