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OpenStack in action 3! The Open Revolution / Paris, November 29th, 2012

December 11th, 2012 — 7:47am

On Thursday November 29th, eNovance has organized the 3rd edition of the « OpenStack in action ! » event in Paris. The day was intense and we had great speakers coming from all around the world to talk about OpenStack.

The majority of the 200 attendees was of course french but people came from 15 different countries to see speakers such as Mark Collier and Thierry Carrez, from the OpenStack foundation who explained the foundation priorities for 2013 and told us more about the technical committee; Rick Clark, from Cisco who underlined the importance of open source and its strengths, Adolfo Brandes, flying from Brazil to encourage companies to work efficiently on open source softwares thanks to Upstream University

This edition showed how OpenStack is gaining interest and is growing in Europe at a fast pace.

European companies and entities were widely represented, among them: Stackops (Spain), Hastexo (Austria), the CERN (Switzerland), eNovance and Cloudwatt (France)…

Arturo Suarez from Stackops showed us interesting metrics on Cloud adoption in Europe and why OpenStack is a land of opportunities for doing business in the region.

Florian Haas (Hastexo) and James Duncan (Inktank) told us more about Ceph, the new yet very promising technology for storage and its integration on OpenStack.

Jan van Eldik, came to present the “already famous” CERN’s case study and explained why they chose an OpenStack Private Cloud (and a big one!) for their infrastructure…and, they have the ambition to ramp this infrastructure to 1500 hypervisors and between 100 000 and 300 000 VMs by 2015!

Cloudwatt, the new French company also chose OpenStack to build a massive Public Cloud in France. eNovance is helping them design and build their infrastructure.

Cloudwatt has a capital of 225 million euros and its goals are clear and ambitious : build a European Cloud that will be able to compete with american giants such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google…. France has never seen projects of this magnitude and the French government has clearly showed its engagement to promote the execution of this important project of common European interest (the French government invested 75 million euros in Cloudwatt). eNovance and Cloudwatt, both French sponsors of the OpenStack foundation showed how OpenStack allows service providers to be aggressive in terms of pricing on the very competitive IaaS market and are deeply committed in showing the way to OpenStack adoption in Europe.

All the companies that are involved in OpenStack underlined the importance of developing the community, multiplying the contributors and sharing the work in order to keep this fast pace of development and add new great features to OpenStack every 6 months.

Thanks to the HR investments several contributing companies made to work on OpenStack, we can see now that Quantum (network) is already a core project in the Folsom release and Ceilometer (metering) has been accepted in incubation in the future Grizzly release.

We were also please to welcome “newcomers” for this 3rd edition: HP, Suse, NetApp and IBM came to talk about their different contributions to the project and to explain why and how they are integrating their services on OpenStack. Whether we are talking about huge OpenStack based public clouds or different services related to storage or distributions, the presence of these companies gave a brand new scope to the visibility of OpenStack in France and Europe.

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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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OpenStack Seattle Meetup 11/30 Notes

December 6th, 2011 — 7:49pm

We had an informal OpenStack meetup after the Opscode Summit in Seattle.

This turned out to be a major open cloud gab fest! In addition to Dell OpenStack leads (Greg Althaus and Rob Hirschfeld), we had the Nova Project Technical Lead (PTL, Vish Ishaya from Rackspace, @vish), HP’s Cloud Architect (Alex Howells, @nixgeek), Opscode OpenStack cookbook master (Matt Ray, @mattray). We were joined by several other Chef Summit attendees with OpenStack interest including a pair of engineers from Spain.

We’d planned to demo using Knife-OpenStack against the Crowbar Diablo build.  Unfortunately, the knife-openstack is out of date (August 15th?!).  We need Keystone support.  Anyone up for that?

Highlights

There’s no way I can recapture everything that was said, but here are some highlights I jotted down the on the way home.

  • After the miss with Keystone and the Diablo release, solving the project dependency problem is an important problem. Vish talked at length about the ambiguity challenge of Keystone being required and also incubated. He said we were not formal enough around new projects even though we had dependencies on them. Future releases, new projects (specifically, Quantum) will not be allowed to be dependencies.
  • The focus for Essex is on quality and stability. The plan is for Essex to be a long-term supported (LTS) release tied to the Ubuntu LTS. That’s putting pressure on all the projects to ensure quality, lock features early, and avoid unproven dependencies.
  • There is a lot of activity around storage and companies are creating volume plug-ins for Nova. Vish said he knew of at least four.
  • Networking has a lot of activity. Quantum has a lot of activity, but may not emerge as a core project in time for Essex. There was general agreement that Quantum is “the killer app” for OpenStack and will take cloud to the next level.  The Quantual Open vSwitch implementaiton is completely open source and free. Some other plugins may require proprietary hardware and/or software, but there is definitely a (very) viable and completely open source option for Quantum networking.  
  • HP has some serious cloud mojo going on. Alex talked about defects they have found and submitted fixes back to core. He also hinted about some interesting storage and networking IP that’s going into their OpenStack deployment. Based on his comments, I don’t expect those to become public so I’m going to limit my observations about them here.
  • We talked about hypervisors for a while. KVM and XenServer (via XAPI) were the primary topics. We did talk about LXE & OpenVZ as popular approaches too. Vish said that some of the XenServer work is using Xen Storage Manager to manage SAN images.
  • Vish is seeing a constant rise in committers. It’s hard to judge because some committers appear to be individuals acting on behalf of teams (10 to 20 people).

Reminder: 12/8 Meetup @ Austin!

Missed this us in Seattle? Join us at the 12/8 OpenStack meetup in Austin co-hosted by Dell and Rackspace.  Based on our last meetup, it appears deployment is a hot topic, so we’ll kick off with that – bring your experiences, opinions, and thoughts!

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HP Announces Private Beta Program for OpenStack Cloud

September 7th, 2011 — 3:54pm

Today HP announced the private beta program for HP Cloud Services.  Our initial cloud services are HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage, both based on HP’s world-class hardware and software combined with OpenStack ™ technology.   I  want to personally invite you to sign up for our free private beta to develop, test and run your applications. To register, simply visit www.hpcloud.com. We are accepting only a limited number of private beta applicants—so register early.

As we announced in July, HP is taking an active role in the community and we are looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming OpenStack Design Summit and OpenStack Conference.

Read the blog entry!

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