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.

Rhiley

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!

Thierry Carrez

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

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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

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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

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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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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Sep 26 – Oct 3)

Network Function Virtualization – The Opportunity for OpenStack and Open Source

This week’s launch of OPNFV is a good opportunity to think about a simmering debate in the OpenStack developer community for a while now – what exactly does NFV have to do with OpenStack, and is it a good thing? Follow Boad Member Mark McLoughlin‘s journey around NFV.

#1 OpenStack contributor: all of us

Thierry Carrez celebrates every little contribution gone into OpenStack. “It doesn’t matter who is #1, it matters that we all can contribute, and that we all do contribute. It matters that we keep on making sure everyone can easily contribute. That’s what’s really important, and I wish we all were celebrating that.”

OpenStack Havana End of Upstream Support Lifetime

The OpenStack Havana 2013.2.4 integrated point release[1] last Tuesday, September 23, marks the end of stable support for OpenStack Havana.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

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Welcome New Reviewers, Developers and Core Reviewers

Welcome new core reviewers: Andreas Jaeger, Anita Kuno and Sean Dague to project-config-core, James Carey to oslo-i18n-core

Jiri Suchomel Rico lin
Jun Hong Li Razumovsky Peter
Patrick East Nikolay Fedotov
Johnson koil raj Jake Kitchener
Tomas Bezdek Aaron Smith
Alberto Planas Paul Karikh
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Mahati Kedar

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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:

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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
jazeltq Rushil Chugh
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

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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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