July 6th, 2011 — 2:18pm
I have scheduled a webinar for Thursday July 14th at 1:30 PM CST to present the OpenStack Sponsorship Packages for the October OpenStack events in Boston, MA. You can register for this webinar at https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=qadq2im7hfsg. A recording of this webinar will be made available shortly after the webinar is complete.
Please attend this webinar if your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the OpenStack Design Summit or OpenStack Conference in Boston, MA this October.
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May 23rd, 2011 — 10:47am
The final overview video from the recent OpenStack event is now available for your viewing pleasure. This is an excellent video with TONS of OpenStack community members from around the world talking about the project and community.
OS Event Recap Spring 2011 from OpenStack on Vimeo.
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April 29th, 2011 — 9:26pm
I am on my way home from San Jose writing this final event recap blog in the clouds…
Thanks again to approximately 480 enthusiastic OpenStack community members for an amazing 4 days of interactive and productive sessions, meetings, and demonstrations. The community continues to accelerate forward at a rapid pace in a highly collaborative environment with so many great ideas on such a variety of topics that it truly is becoming difficult to keep track of all the innovation. I look forward to once again working with the global community on our next event the first week of October 2011 and plan to announce its location in a few weeks. It is going to be tough to outdo this great event but I am confident that our community will rally together again to show the world how open source should be done.
If you took any pictures at the event please be sure to upload to the OpenStack Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1574695@N22/. I am sending out a post-event survey to all attendees on Monday so please take a few moments to complete the survey. The questions will be easy to answer and your feedback is valuable as the event team and I are able to tweak future events to better serve the community.
Final highlights from today:
Open Source at the Pool
Even the hotel supports OpenStack
Finally, I am not posting a Community Weekly Blog or Developer Activity Blog post this week as the last 4 blog recaps have already hit the weeks highlights. I did update the weekly statistics available at http://wiki.openstack.org/WeeklyNewsletter?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=2011+Data+Tracking+%28Excel%29.
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April 29th, 2011 — 1:25am
The OpenStack community completed its third day with 15 sessions, 12 five-minute lighting talks, 6 unconference sessions, 1 demonstration session, and many hallway conversations; all in just 9 hours. To top off the evening, we headed over to Dave and Buster’s for fine food, beverages, and many, many video games. Here are your daily highlights:
Crowd at Dave and Busters
Github vs Launchpad Meeting
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April 27th, 2011 — 12:57am
The first day of the OpenStack event in Santa Clara, CA has finally ended (at least for me) and here are some event highlights as well as some great pictures taken by various community members.
- Gordon Mangione of Citrix Systems talks about his keynote today – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClGnuECnfFE
- Attendance – Just over 400 people attended the event today
- OpenStack Community donates $15,000 from event registration to Japanese Tsunami Relief Fund
- Other Keynote Speakers – Jim Curry from Rackspace – Ryan Lane from Wikimedia – James Williams from NASA – Neal Sample from eBay
- Nati Shalom from GigaSpaces – PaaS on OpenStack Slides- http://www.slideboom.com/presentations/344639/PaaS-on-OpenStack
- All keynote sessions taped – anticipate posting videos and slides next week
Crowd in Networking for OpenStack Presentation
Lunch in great California weather
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April 18th, 2011 — 4:21pm
Next week is the OpenStack Conference and Design Summit sponsored by Citrix in Santa Clara, CA at the Hyatt Regency. For those of you who have been following the registration saga, we originally planned a 350 attendee event based on the Fall event in San Antonio with 250 attendees; however demand for this event has been outstanding and we currently have 400 registrants with around 100 people on the waiting list. As an open community, we have searched for a mechanism that can allow us to have everyone who wants to attend be at the event while still managing to the hotel maximum. Thus, we have made some decisions on how the event can remain open to all interested parties while still managing to the budget and maximum size set by the hotel.
At this time, the OpenStack community is declaring the event open to any attendee wishing to be at the facility with several restrictions in place for attendees not currently registered for the event or on the current waiting list.
- All attendees not registered or on the waiting list will need to register at the Welcome Desk with name, email, and organization. We need to track all people who are at the event; even those not registered. Unfortunately, we will not have any deliverables available to hand out to these registrants. You will be designated as an unregistered-attendee.
- All food service including meals, snacks, and access to the developer lounge will be for registered attendees only WITH A BADGE; BADGES will be checked at all event functions
- All “official” evening parties hosted during the OpenStack event are also for registered attendees only WITH A BADGE
- All sessions are for registered attendees with a BADGE with any remaining slots in a room made available for an unregistered-attendee (see below for more information on this process)
- All session rooms will be filled up by registered attendees with a badge
- At the start of each session, all available seats will then be made available to unregistered-attendees so they can attend that session
- Unregistered-attendees will go to a specific room at least 1 hour before any session to request access to a specific session by sitting in a specified location and waiting your turn. Once open seats are identified, people will be taken from that room based on their seating in the waiting room. We believe this method will allow as many unregistered-attendees as possible to attend various sessions
We appreciate the desire of many people to attend this event but are simply unable to accommodate the numbers currently planning to attend based on budget and space limitations. We hope this announced process still provides access to attendees wishing to take part but unable to register as we are sold out. I am a big believer in the benefit of the “hallway discussions” that occur during events and believe that opening up the event will encourage even more community members to share ideas with a variety of people leading to a more open and friendly community.
If you have any questions, please contact me directly or we can discuss further at the event next week.
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April 15th, 2011 — 10:31am
With the availability of the Cactus release of OpenStack today the momentum and progress of the project continues to grow. A tremendous amount of effort and contribution from the large, and growing, community has added significant features, fixed a lot of bugs, and debated and discussed many technical issues. I am impressed with the progress that has been made since the Bexar release just 10 weeks ago and believe the projects and code are tracking to fill the promise of being the ubiquitous, open source cloud solution.
New features in Nova (OpenStack Compute) include:
- Two additional virtualization technologies: LXC containers and VMWare/vSphere ESX / ESXi 4.1, Update 1. Driven by a common compute control infrastructure (Nova) this brings the options for OpenStack host virtualization to 8 (adding to Microsoft Hyper-V, KVM, QEMU, UML, Xen, and Citrix XenServer).
- Live Migration support for KVM-based systems landed in the Cactus release; it is now possible to move running VMs from one physical host to another without a shut down.
- Lots of new features were added to XenServer support: network and file injection, IPv6 support, instance resize and rescue, network QoS, and VM instance parameters.
- The OpenStack Compute API version 1.0 is available, with the OpenStack Compute API version 1.1 marked as “experimental” for Cactus. The intent is to finalize the 1.1 API at the Diablo design summit and have it complete and stable in the Diablo release. Multi-tenant accounting support was added to OpenStack API, allowing multiple accounts (projects) and admin API access to create accounts & users.
- The OpenStack Compute API version 1.1 supports a standardized extension mechanism, this allow developers to innovate more quickly by adding extensions to their local OpenStack installations ahead of the code being accepted by the OpenStack community as a whole;
- Nova can now start instances from VHD images that include customer data and kernel in one unified image.
- Volume backend support has been enhanced; Nova now supports volumes residing on HP SANs and Solaris iSCSI devices.
- Continued work on feature uniformity and parity across network types and hypervisors; IPv6 is now supported in all network modes, including FlatManager and VlanNetworkManager. Basic network injection is now supported under XenAPI.
- Multi-cluster region support, which allows administrators to manage servers in clusters, and create fault zones and availability zones.
New features in Glance (OpenStack Image Registry and Delivery) include:
- New command line interface tool (aptly-named “glance”) that allows direct access to Glance services through the API.
- Support for multiple image formats through a new disk_format and container_format metadata definition.
- Uploaded images can now be verified against a client-provided checksum, to ensure the integrity of the transfer.
New features in Swift (OpenStack Object Storage) include:
- The option to serve static website content directly from a Swift installation using container listings in index.html displays. Swift will automatically translate requests to possible /index.html resolutions, where the index.html display is configurable per container.
- To more quickly detect errors for often-served files, Swift now performs content checksum validation during object GET actions.
- Performance of many request types has been improved through a refactoring of the Swift Proxy Server.
- To avoid slowdowns for common operations when deleted items build up over time, Swift now has improved indexing of the SQLite databases for account and container listing and tracking.
- An enhanced authentication system (SWauth) is available.
- The ability to collect and serve data that enables integration of service provider billing solutions or internal chargebacks.
In addition to the work done on the project code, there have been several other things happening to improve the state of OpenStack. Primary amongst these was the election of Project Team Leaders for the three current OpenStack projects… Congratulations to Vish Ishaya (vishy) [Nova], John Dickinson (notmyname) [Swift], and Jay Pipes (jaypipes) [Glance] as new PTL’s, they also join the OpenStack Project Policy Board.
The OpenStack Project Policy Board also had elections, with 5 board members holding elected seats. These are Thierry Carrez (ttx), Rick Clark (dendrobates), Eric Day (eday), Soren Hansen (soren), and Ewan Mellor (ewanmellor). Congratulations folks!
OpenStack has defined a process for bringing in new projects, both as core projects and those that are being incubated. (See http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Approved/NewProjectProcess). The initial incubation project is “Burrow”, a simple queuing service for OpenStack being led by Eric Day (eday). At the upcoming Diablo Design Summit I expect several more projects to be proposed for incubation; including Load Balancing and Database Services.
The Diablo Design Summit is setting up to be the most dynamic and content-filled summit to date! The entire week is completely filled with attendees and items for discussion. While ttx and the PTL’s are busy scheduling all the sessions here are a few of the highlights:
- Network as a Service. In order to fulfill the vision of OpenStack as a secure cloud infrastructure with the ability to federate across clouds it is imperative that the underlying network support isolation, federation, and the ability to manage these topologies. The NaaS discussion has many important participants working hard to collaborate on this very technical set of issues.
- Volume services. Extending the initial Nova volume management for richer block storage solutions.
- Additional machine types (GPU accelerators, larger multi-core processor systems).
- Consistent authentication and authorization across OpenStack projects.
- Multi-zone support, intra-data center and federation across data centers.
- Project management discussions.
- Stability and QA automation. A key theme of the Diablo release will be to automate the build and test infrastructure for OpenStack to ensure that trunk is always runnable. With the proliferation of virtualization architectures, machine architectures, and service options this will be a key element to success of the project.
- Complete and stable OpenStack version 1.1 API.
- Target large scale service provider deployments, with proof of concepts happening in large OpenStack contributor sites.
A job well done to all of the folks that contributed and made the Cactus release come together and get released. I will see all of you at the Design Summit in Santa Clara and look forward to the discussions around the Diablo release and the future of OpenStack!
Lastly, the OpenStack Project Team Leaders are hosting a Webinar on Tuesday April 19th at 3:00 pm CST. More information at http://www.openstack.org/blog/2011/04/openstack-cactus-webinar/.
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April 5th, 2011 — 3:54pm
As you are all aware, the OpenStack Conference and Design Summit Sponsored by Citrix is April 26- 29, 2011 in Santa Clara, CA. You may also be aware that we have reached the registration limit which has created a large waiting list. I wanted to provide more information on the decisions that have led to this current situation as well as provide details on how I am handling the situation for the people currently on the waiting list.
When planning for this event, we decided to host in Santa Clara, CA as the majority of attendees at the San Antonio Fall 2010 OpenStack Design Summit were from the Silicon Valley area. I also anticipated growth in the number of attendees from 150 in San Antonio to a much larger number in California and originally planned for 500 attendees; however, the facilities, costs, and planning required to support a 500 person event was beyond the current capabilities of the community so I reduced the number to 350 which better aligned with the facilities available and was within the cost structure that the community could support. I also felt that a 133% increase in attendance would meet the needs of the community at its current growth rate; especially with the focus on active developers in the community attending the 3 day Design Summit. It is a testament to not only the active community members but also the overall project recognition within the industry that we are seeing substantial demand for this community event and I anticipate and will plan for larger events in the future to meet the demand.
UPDATE - I have spoken with the hotel and we are able to accommodate 40 more attendees than planned so the new registration maximum will be 390 instead of 350.
The registration system was designed to openly register anyone interested in attending the event up to 325 attendees at which time the system started a waiting list. I posted the maximum attendance information on all registration posts such as http://www.openstack.org/blog/2011/02/openstack-conference-design-summit-update/ to ensure that community members were aware that a limit existed. The final 25 65 slots are being filled based on the following process that I believe meets the needs of the community; especially with the emphasis on active developers:
- Active developers on project with priority to developers who have submitted code
- Ensure that all participating organizations have at least 1 attendee representing the company
- International attendees with previously booked airfare
I plan to shut off the registration system from accepting any more wait listed participants tomorrow at Noon CST to obtain a final list for selection based on the 3 criteria elements listed above. I will be contacting all accepted names on the waiting list tomorrow afternoon as well as people not accepted to notify them of their status. With people putting travel plans on hold, it is critical to finalize this process quickly so people can make any necessary arrangements.
Finally, all OpenStack Conference presentations will be videotaped by a professional video firm with videos and associated slides being posted at least 1 week after the event. Design Summit meetings will have active EtherPads for each session that people can monitor should they want to know more about a given blueprint or feature for the Diablo release. I am also going to post a daily blog from the event and will encourage community members to do likewise; twitter will also be active during the event and you can follow the #openstack hash tag.
To all the wait-listed unable to attend this event, I offer my apology that I was unable to offer you a slot and will plan accordingly for our 2012 community events to have flexible sizing to accommodate your attendance. Please also take advantage of the many global events that OpenStack participates in (see Events Page) as well as the regional community events I am working on for 2011 in Europe and Asia; more information on those coming soon.
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March 10th, 2011 — 5:09pm
The OpenStack community is proud to announce the opening of registration for our April 26-29, 2011 Design Summit conference in Santa Clara, CA at the Hyatt Regency. Confirmed speakers for the first 2 days of the event include NASA, Wikimedia, eBay, Intel, Citrix, Cloudscaling, GigaSpaces, KT, Gluster, Scalr, Arista Networks, Mach Technology, Rackspace, and Hyperstratus with the distance award to Paul Pettigrew the CEO of Mach Technology from Brisbane, Australia. Please register for the event here.
All attendees will pay $100 to attend the event to assist in covering the various fees required to put on a 4 day event. If you are a college student and interested in attending for no charge, please contact me for special registration instructions.
I would also like to thank the sponsors from Autonomic Resources, Cisco, Citrix, Cloudscaling, Intel, Nicira Networks, and NTT Data for generously supporting this community event. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for companies interested in assisting the community in hosting this event.
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February 28th, 2011 — 1:28pm
Here is the latest information on the upcoming OpenStack Conference / Design Summit:
Dates: April 26-29, 2011
Location: Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA (http://santaclara.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null)
Cost: $100 for all attendees; late registrations will pay $150
Event Size: 350 attendees is the maximum
The OpenStack Conference will be April 26-27, 2011 for business development, technologists and others interested in the OpenStack open source project. The OpenStack Design Summit for community developers will be April 27-29, 2011 and will consist of three days of blueprint reviews and discussions for future OpenStack releases. The agenda for both events is still in process with a list of currently submitted topics at http://etherpad.openstack.org/SubmittedTopics and working agenda at http://etherpad.openstack.org/DesignSummitApril2011. The Program Committee is currently looking at the submitted topics and fitting them into the agenda as well as recruiting more speakers/topics.
The event registration website is currently being completed and is expected to be published by the middle of the week. The registration site will also contain a link to the Hyatt Regency so attendees can take advantage of the discounted room block. If you are staying at the Hyatt, please leverage the room block as the community is required to cover the costs of all rooms not booked which could be a significant budget item.
Finally, several community participating companies have stepped up to sponsor the event and that list will be released soon. If you are interested in sponsoring, please review the current prospectus at http://www.box.net/shared/ng0r7u6n44.
If you have additional questions, want to speak at the event, or are interested in being a sponsor please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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