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Keynotes Recap from Day 2: OpenStack in Production

October 17th, 2012 — 7:05pm

Photo by Colin McNamaraToday’s keynotes highlighted how OpenStack is being used in production and in large scale deployments. Keynote speakers for Day 3 of the summit were from event sponsors HP and Cisco, and from event organizer Rackspace.

Zorawar ‘Biri’ Singh, HP

Zorawar ‘Biri’ Singh, senior vice president and general manager for Cloud Services at HP, began the keynotes by showing how they’ve made OpenStack enterprise production ready. He outlined how HP has built a full featured enterprise cloud using OpenStack, and evaluated the readiness of distributed IT in production cloud workloads.

Singh’s big question was how to use OpenStack to drive more enterprise and service provider adoption. Singh wants to make more hybrid delivery happen, and believes the critical next stage is getting traditional production workloads into the cloud.

Singh was thrilled by the large amount of announcements and work being done on this during the summit. “A common cloud operating system model emerging, that is OpenStack,” he said. “At the end of the day the real measure is production workloads. We need to focus on web-scale grade production at a global level.”

HP is one of the larger contributors to OpenStack code, and is deeply involved in open source projects like Chef, Jenkins, Git, and others.

Troy Toman, Rackspace

Toman, senior director of engineering for Cloud Compute at Rackspace began his keynote by looking back at OpenStack’s beginning at Rackspace. Toman noted that the OpenStack community has stepped up and made broader and broader contributions each year. Toman was proud that the Rackspace contribution percentages have been steadily declining, from 54% of commits in Essex to 30% in Folsom. “We’ve got a bright future ahead of us,” Toman said.Image from @soosiechoi

Toman then showed how Rackspace runs on Openstack today, with Quantum/Melange, Nova, Glance, Swift, all in production. In addition, they are using OpenStack for continuous delivery by running trunk in production, and deploying every few weeks in less than an hour. Toman shared some impressive numbers from Rackspace’s private cloud Alamo which runs on OpenStack: 120 million API hits, 99.97% availability, even four downloads from Antarctica.

Looking ahead, Toman asked the community to work together to deliver on the OpenStack promise. Pointing to the many examples of OpenStack in production, Toman wants to shift our attention back to the community and to making the right decisions. “We have a core that we know is the right thing. So how do we continue to innovate?” Toman asked.

“We’re all in it for the same reason, we disagree on the means, but want the same ends.”

Reinhardt Quelle, Cisco WebEx

Reinhardt Quelle, operations architect at Cisco WebEx, finished the morning’s keynotes with an in-depth look at Cisco’s use of OpenStack.

What was a surprise to many was that Cisco’s Cloud services run WebEx and Cisco internal private cloud on OpenStack. Quelle explained why Cisco and OpenStack were a natural fit. Cisco has contributed to open source projects before like Jabber and the Apache Traffic Server, and wanted more flexibility and the ability to control their own cloud destiny, so to speak. With OpenStack, they get many options for support from both within Cisco and without, and the confidence of long term support.

Quelle explained how Cisco and WebEx have implemented Nova and Swift, as well as Nova Volumen and instance scheduling.

Quelle that Cisco product teams didn’t have to write everything themselves. They could draw on contributions from the OpenStack foundation, local meetup groups, public clouds, web forums and fellow users make it easier for them to use OpenStack and benefit from community experience and expertise.

Read the full case study here.


A common theme among the keynotes this morning was the need to hire more people to work on these problems. Executive Director Jonathan Bryce asked the audience in between keynotes how many attendee companies were hiring. Nearly everyone in the room raised their hand.

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Keynote Recap, Day 2: Why We Do What We Do

October 16th, 2012 — 5:53pm

Jonathan Bryce giving his opening keynote.

This morning’s keynotes at the OpenStack Summit were full of excitement and anticipation as the event kicks into high gear for a full day of sessions.

OpenStack Foundation executive director, Jonathan Bryce, started the day by welcoming everyone to the 6th Bi-annual OpenStack Summit in San Diego, the largest one yet with over 1,400 people in attendance.

The common theme of the opening keynotes was reflection on how far OpenStack has come since it began nearly two years ago.

Bryce polled the crowd at the beginning of his talk, asking how many were attending the summit for the first time. About half the audience raised their hands. In addition, he called out users from all over the world, including Australia, China, France, Brazil, Canada and Japan just to name a few.

In just the last two years, OpenStack has grown from 30,000 lines to 600,000 lines of code, and now supports 600 developers, 415 of which have contributed in the past twelve month.

What Bryce centered around in his opening keynote address was the undeniable passion for OpenStack and how that level of engagement and excitement comes across when you look at the raw numbers.

“We’re building a foundation for the next 25 years of cloud computing”, said Bryce.

Those sentiments were echoed in the keynotes to follow from Canonicals’ Mark Shuttleworth saying, “this is the most awesome community in action in open source today”, and later with Chris Kemp from Nebula talking about the reason we’re all here is to push innovation in the cloud forward and how we should all think about approaching the next set of cloudscale problems.

If you weren’t able to tune into this morning’s live stream, there is a moment-by-moment recap provided by Rackspace available here.

The importance of users, some of which will be presenting over the next two days of the Summit, was also called out. As Bryce put it, “OpenStack users engage in a way that most users don’t.” With so many users in the room — everyone from LivingSocial, CERN, Sina, MercadoLibre, Wikimedia, Deutsche Telekom and more — this is the moment where developers and users can come together and work on solving real problems happening in the real world.

During the rest of the Summit, more of these users will be featured individually here on the OpenStack blog, talking about the challenges they’re most interested in solving and the unique ways they’re using OpenStack within their organizations.

And don’t forget to check back in tomorrow on the live stream from 9-10:30am PT for keynote presentations from HP, Rackspace and Cisco WebEx.

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From the Ground at the OpenStack Summit

October 16th, 2012 — 5:00pm

Walking around the floor of the sponsor room, there is real excitement in the air. Yesterday kicked off what will be the largest OpenStack Summit yet, with over 1,400 attendees.

With the very recent OpenStack Foundation launch and the release of Folsom, attendees at this summit have the very real sense that the eyes of the Cloud world are upon them.

What are attendees excited about?

While across the board, attendees are excited about the number people at the summit this year, they are measuring growth in more than just numbers. Sponsors, users, and developers have noticed a shift in the conversations they are having. Conversations aren’t just vendor to vendor, or developer to developer anymore.

Cross-pollination is growing and partnerships are becoming more common. SolidFire and Canonical joined forces on Monday morning to deliver a workshop on a production-ready deployment of OpenStack Compute (Nova) and OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder).

In addition, attendees are excited about the increasing international representation of at the summit. Users and developers came from all over the world, as far away as China, Japan, Australia, South Africa, and there were a number of international sponsors like Mellanox from Israel and California, Industrial Research Technology Institute from Taiwan, Cloudbase Solutions from Italy.
What is the big opportunity?
Attendees want to focus attention on measuring OpenStack’s progress and demonstrating momentum. Both speakers and sponsors believe critics aren’t thinking about OpenStack the right way — that instead of focusing on “when will OpenStack be able to do X?”, we should instead ask ourselves “how can I get the most value out of OpenStack right now?”

As a result, many of the talks and workshops highlight high value uses and of OpenStack that are in production right now. Here’s a list of sessions about uses and implementations ranging from clouds for research at CERN, to DevOps in a public cloud on OpenStack.

In the effort to promote real world uses of openstack, one sponsor, SolidFire, is giving away smartphone controlled rolling balls (yup that’s right) to those who sign their companies up to be use cases.


We’ve been monitoring the social networks during the summit, and here’s a recap of tweets from Day 1. And if you’re curious, #OpenStack is averaging between 50-60 tweets per hour.

Stay tuned for more highlights from the ground here at the OpenStack Summit in San Diego.

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Participating Remotely to OpenStack Summit 2012

October 10th, 2012 — 12:51pm

If you can’t make it to San Diego but you still want to participate in the sessions that will shape the future roadmap of OpenStack ‘Grizzly’ you can join the live audio streaming events on Webex. Kindly donated by Cisco Webex team (users of OpenStack themselves), the Webex session will run for the whole day from 9:30am to 6:00pm for each of the rooms Emma AB, Emma C, Windsor BC, Annie AB where the Design Summit will happen. Webex will be used to stream the audio of all conversations in the room where there will be enough microphones: remote participants will use the Webex chat to ask questions and people in the rooms will see the chat stream on one of the two projectors in each room.

The sessions are ready for you to register, they’re identified by topic (Nova, Quantum, Cinder, Documentation, Common, Process, Swift):

Also, each entry on the official schedule of the Design Summit has a link to its proper Webex audio streaming session. There will also be a live video streaming for the general sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Keep an eye on the website and twitter for  details.

Known issue: Webex doesn’t support Java 64bit on Linux. If you try to join the voip conference Webex will complain that “The Audio Device is Unaccessible Now”. The most common workaround is to install 32bit Java environment alongside the 64bit one.

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