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OpenStack Deployments Abound at Austin Meetup (12/9)

December 21st, 2011 — 11:58am
I (Rob Hirschfeld) was very impressed by the quality of discussion at the Deployment topic meeting for Austin OpenStack Meetup (#OSATX). Of the 45ish people attending, we had representations for at least 6 different OpenStack deployments (my employeer Dell, HP, ATT, Rackspace Internal, Rackspace Cloud Builders, Opscode Chef)!  Considering the scope of those deployments (several are aiming at 1000+ nodes), that’s a truly impressive accomplishment for such a young project.

Figure 1 Diablo Software Architecture. Source Dell/OpenStack (cc w/ attribution)

 

Even with the depth of the discussion (notes below), we did not go into details on how individual OpenStack components are connected together.  The image my team at Dell uses is included below.  I also recommend reviewing Rackspace’s published reference architecture.

Notes

Our deployment discussion was a round table so it is difficult to link statements back to individuals, but I was able to track companies (mostly).

  • HP
    • picked Ubuntu & KVM because they were the most vetted. They are also using Chef for deployment.
    • running Diablo 2, moving to Diablo Final & a flat network model. The network controller is a bottleneck. Their biggest scale issue is RabbitMQ.
    • is creating their own Nova Volume plugin for their block storage.
    • At this point, scale limits are due to simultaneous loading rather than total number of nodes.
    • The Nova node image cache can get corrupted without any notification or way to force a refresh – this defect is being addressed in Essex.
    • has setup availability zones are completely independent (500 node) systems. Expecting to converge them in the future.
  • Rackspace
    • is using the latest Ubuntu. Always stays current.
    • using Puppet to setup their cloud.
    • They are expecting to go live on Essex and are keeping their deployment on the Essex trunk. This is causing some extra work but they expect it to pay back by allowing them to get to production on Essex faster.
    • Deploying on XenServer
    • “Devs move fast, Ops not so much.”  Trying to not get behind.
  • Rackspace Cloud Builders (RCB) is running major releases being run through an automated test suite. The verified releases are being published to https://github.com/cloudbuilders (note: Crowbar is pulling our OpenStack bits from this repo).
  • Dell commented that our customers are using Crowbar primarily pilots – they are learning how to use OpenStack
    • Said they have >10 customer deployments pending
    • ATT is using OpenSource version of Crowbar
    • Need for Keystone and Dashboard were considered essential additions to Diablo
  • Hypervisors
    • KVM is considered the top one for now
    • Libvirt (which uses KVM) also supports LXE which people found to be interesting
    • XenServer via XAPI are also popular
    • No so much activity on ESX & HyperV
    • We talked about why some hypervisors are more popular – it’s about the node agent architecture of OpenStack.
  • Storage
    • NetApp via Nova Volume appears to be a popular block storage
  • Keystone / Dashboard
    • Customers want both together
    • Including keystone/dashboard was considered essential in Diablo. It was part of the reason why Diablo Final was delayed.
    • HP is not using dashboard
  • OpenStack API
    • Members of the Audience made comments that we need to deprecate the EC2 APIs (because it does not help OpenStack long term to maintain EC2 APIs over its own).  [1/5 Note: THIS IS NOT OFFICIAL POLICY, it is a reflection of what was discussed]
    • HP started on EC2 API but is moving to the OpenStack API

Austin Meetup Housekeeping

  • Next meeting is Tuesday 1/10 and sponsored by SUSE (note: Tuesday is just for this January).  Topic TBD.
  • We’ve got sponsors for the next SIX meetups! Thanks for Dell (my employeer), Rackspace, HP, SUSE, Canonical and PuppetLabs for sponsoring.
  • We discussed topics for the next meetings.  We’re going to throw it to a vote for guidance.

 

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Great Turnout at the first Austin OpenStack Meetup

October 30th, 2011 — 11:01pm

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Last Thursday, a number of us Austin OpenStack fans decided to get together and talk OpenStack, Diablo, Crowbar, and more.

We had a fantastic turnout of almost SEVENTY people who came out that night – almost at near capacity for our venue, Tech Ranch Austin.  A number of startups where represented, as well as a number of notable OpenStack partners like Rackspace, Canonical, and Dell (the company I work for), who sponsored this first OpenStack meet up in Austin.

This meetup coincided with the Rackspace Cloud Builders OpenStack training, being held at the Dell campus that entire week, so a number of OpenStack students from that class, many who had flown in for class from out of town / state, were able to make it as well.

It was a great pleasure for us here at Dell to sponsor the first Austin meetup for OpenStack, and I look forward to our community growing as other partners help us sponsor future meet ups.

You can get more details on what was discussed at the meetup at Rob’s blog – www.RobHirschfeld.com.

If you’re in the Austin area, and are interested in joining the OpenStack Austin meetup group, join us at www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Austin.

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OpenStack Party at SXSW in Austin, TX

March 3rd, 2011 — 10:46am

Join Rackspace Hosting, the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, and OpenStack, the fastest growing open source cloud project creating the open standard cloud operating system, for some fun and arcade games! We hope to see you there, free food and drinks for all!

Kung Fu Saloon
510 Rio Grande
March 16, 2011
6pm

More information at http://schedule.sxsw.com/events/event_OE00338.

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OpenStack Austin Release Award Winners

November 16th, 2010 — 11:10am

Rewards, high fives, kudos, and good old fashioned handshakes. We gave those out and more at our first public OpenStack Design Summit during a break from jamming on Rock Band Thursday night. Chief Architect Rick Clark and I (Content Stacker Anne Gentle) wanted to recognize members of the community who made a significant impact on the Austin release through a variety of contributions. Our community is in its early stages and going through growth spurts, and these members found ways to build OpenStack up during a busy release cycle.

So, please join us in congratulating these community members:

Developer Community Awards

  • Vish Ishaya – Vish was rewarded for submitting the biggest patch (9,000 lines or so) that also broke the most stuff. We like breakers as long as they can fix what they break.
  • Alex Polvi - We wanted to recognize all of Alex’s work building community ties and helping us realize the vision of open source for clouds by being a strong community builder.
  • Jay Pipes – Jay gets recognized for so much Karma in the Launchpad system that Rick is practically suspicious. Just kidding, he has answered questions, submitted patches, fixed bugs, and in general been a huge push behind support for OpenStack from a developer’s perspective.

Content Stacker Community Awards

  • Stephen Milton – He took the Swift all-in-one instructions and tested and created a multiple-server instruction set that Chuck Thier then edited based on the Rackspace Cloud Files experience. It was a great mini-sprint effort.
  • David Pravec - He is always helpful answering questions in IRC, plus he created outlines for three manuals for Nova – Administration, Deployment, and Cloud-Users. He also created polished diagrams that are worth 1,000 words. Each.
  • Anthony Young - We recognize Anthony and the Anso labs team effort to completely refresh the Nova developer documentation and docstrings. Look for the fruits of their labor at nova.openstack.org.

We couldn’t build what we’ve built so far without all the combined efforts of all our developers, supporters, and documentation contributors. Take a minute to give these guys a high five with us.

And then get back to Rock Band.

Photo used with permission from Mark Interrante

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OpenStack “Austin” Release is Out

October 22nd, 2010 — 2:00pm

We made it — at least to the starting gate!  We’re pleased to announce the ‘Austin’ code release of OpenStack Compute and Object Storage.  This first release is a result of the hard work of the development community and the active support of more than 35 corporate partners over the last three months.  While Object Storage is ready for production, this first release of Compute is intended primarily for testing and limited deployment.

We know many of you are eager to try the OpenStack release.  You can download it at http://www.openstack.org/projects/compute/ and OpenStack Object Storage at http://www.openstack.org/projects/storage/. You can find living and breathing documentation on the wiki at http://wiki.openstack.org/Documentation. You can get support through the new mailing lists at http://wiki.openstack.org/MailingLists and the #openstack channel on IRC. We’re ready to assist adopters and contributors both, so please join us.

The OpenStack community will determine the roadmap for the next two releases, starting with the ‘Bexar’ release scheduled for January, at the next public Design Summit, November 9-12, in San Antonio, Texas. We encourage you to register today:  http://www.openstack.org/register.

As part of the growth and transformation of OpenStack.org, we’re working on improvements to enhance community participation, technology education, and developer participation. I encourage you to visit our updated web site at http://OpenStack.org. Plus, our community wiki is thriving at http://wiki.openstack.org. Your participation and feedback to the OpenStack community are essential components in our success.

Thanks for your support, commitment and hard work!  If you have suggestions for improvement, ping me or the team.  We want to know what you think and how we can improve at all times.

Keep stacking!

Jim Curry
Chief Stacker

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (Oct 16 – 22)

October 22nd, 2010 — 10:53am

OpenStack Community Newsletter – October 22, 2010

This 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 email stephen.spector@openstack.org.

Mark Collier at OpenStack Central

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (10/15 – 10/21)

  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 64 tweets ; 95 re-tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 164 Tracked Bugs; 36 New Bugs; 6 In-process Bugs;   3 Critical Bugs;  22 High Importance Bugs;   83 Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 73 Blueprints; 10 Essential, 2 High, 16 Medium, 5 Low, 40 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  7,665 Visits, 17,345 Pageviews, 64.98% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages :  Home 44.74% ; /projects 10.35% ; /projects/compute 14.91% ; /projects/storage 10.05%; /community 8.35%

OPENSTACK IN THE NEWS

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