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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (May 10-17)

May 17th, 2013 — 4:53pm

OpenStack Compute (Nova) Roadmap for Havana

The Havana design summit was held mid-April.  Since then the Nova team has been documenting the Havana roadmap and going full speed ahead on development of these features.  The list of features that developers have committed to completing for the Havana release is tracked using blueprints on Launchpad. At the time of writing, there are 74 blueprints listed that cover a wide range of development efforts. Russell Bryant, Nova Tech Lead, highlights some of them.

Stacker Voices: Thierry Carrez, OpenStack Foundation

Thierry Carrez handles release management for the OpenStack Foundation and is chair of the project’s Technical Committee. Thierry was involved with the earliest incarnations of OpenStack while at Rackspace. Cloudscaling’s team caught up with him at the OpenStack Summit in Portland to get Thierry’s insights into the release cycle, governance and his wish list for the project.

Swiftsync – A way to synchronize two swift clusters

Enovance was asked to migrate and synchronize two swift clusters in order to provide a customer a way to handle a swift migration easily. For that they started a project called swiftsync hosted in github.

Tips ‘n Tricks

Security Issues

OpenStack In The Wild

A new section of the weekly newsletter dedicated to users of OpenStack. If you want to showcase how OpenStack helps you (or you know somebody that uses OpenStack) please let us know: email, twitter, reddit or avian carrier will do).

Upcoming Events

Other News

Welcome New Developers

  • Hugh Saunders
  • Bruno Semperlotti
  • YAMAMOTO Takashi, VALinux
  • Fujioka Yuuichi, NEC

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (May 3 – 10)

May 10th, 2013 — 6:44pm

OpenStack 2013.1.1 released

2013.1.1 release, the latest in the series of stable releases. These releases are bugfix updates to Grizzly and are intended to be relatively risk free with no intentional regressions or API changes. A total of 85 bugs have been fixed in this release.

OpenStack Grizzly documentation released

We have released a version of the OpenStack official documentation for grizzly and it is now available at http://docs.openstack.org/grizzly. We continue to update docs through our continuous publishing process so feedback is always welcome. If you have questions about how OpenStack documentation is maintained or would like to get involved, see http://wiki.openstack.org/Documentation/HowTo. We had nearly 80 contributors to the documentation for the Grizzly release. Thanks to everyone who helped create and maintain accurate information for OpenStack.

Guidelines for answering question on Ask

It’s time we start collecting guidelines for the moderators so we keep having a very informative tool, with consistently good questions and answers. This wiki page hosts the draft of the Guidelines for Moderators https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Community/AskModerators. Comments welcome before they’re moved to their natural home on Ask OpenStack.

Discussions at Breakfast with the Board – OpenStack April 2013 Summit

The summary written by OpenStack Foundation’s Board of Directors of the things discussed during the Breakfast with the Bard in Portland, ranging from marketing to wifi, transparency to elections to what makes a contribution. A must read.

Use existing RBD images and put it into Glance

What if Glance, the OpenStack Image Service, was capable of converting images within its store, say from QCOW2 image to a RAW? Waiting for this capability to be added, Sébastien Han plays with a scenario where you have a KVM cluster backed by a Ceph Cluster and your CTO wants you to migrate the whole environment to OpenStack. Science fiction in action.

Security Issues

OpenStack In The Wild

A new section of the weekly newsletter dedicated to users of OpenStack. If you want to showcase how OpenStack helps you (or you know somebody that uses OpenStack) please let us know: email, twitter, reddit or avian carrier will do). More content from Portland Summit:

Upcoming Events

Other News

Welcome New Developers

  • Matt Wagner, Redhat

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Apr 25 – May 3)

May 3rd, 2013 — 6:48pm

Introducing Murano: Bringing Windows Environments to OpenStack

In response to growing demand for deploying and running Windows based applications on OpenStack cloud, the team at Mirantis started Murano: a native OpenStack component that enables fast provisioning and operation of Windows Environments on demand.

Who Wrote OpenStack Grizzly Docs?

Sneaking a peek at the numbers for documentation along with the code should show us pointers about docs keeping up with code. Anne Gentle dives into the documentation with data and insights.

“I” release cycle naming

The next OpenStack summit will happen in Hong Kong. That creates a pretty challenging naming problem, since there is no word starting with “i’ in classic transliteration of Chinese words. So the Technical Committee is willing to bend the rules a little to extend the range of candidates… Feel free to add suggestions to the list on the wiki.

Stacker Voices: Monty Taylor, HP

Cloudscaling Engineering talked with Monty Taylor of HP (reaching rockstar status also with a wired.com profile this week) at the OpenStack Summit in Portland. Monty leads the CI (continuous innovation) project for OpenStack. In that role, he and his group have built testing systems that have made it possible for the OpenStack project to scale from a few dozen contributors for the Bexar release to more than 700 developers now pushing hundreds of patches daily to OpenStack. Watch the video on YouTube.

A little tracing hack

Timothy Daly at Yahoo! added metrics and tracing for OpenStack and released tomograph: a tool to see what and how OpenStack is doing behind the curtains.

Contribute to OpenStack Activity Board

We’ve released the complete documentation for OpenStack Insights, with binaries and source code downloadable from Sourceforge while the OpenStack Dash tools are the vanilla MetricsGrimoire set hosted on github. The code is free as in freedom so you’re welcome to play with it.

How to run pylint with few false positives

Testing your python code can get complex and with pylint, you will see false positives, meaning it will complain some lines as bugs that are actually correct. lintstack is designed to address this problem: reduce false positives from pylint as much as possible without sacrificing accuracy. Yun Mao describes how lintstack works.

Report from Previous Events

Tips and Tricks

OpenStack In The Wild

A new section of the weekly newsletter dedicated to users of OpenStack. If you want to showcase how OpenStack helps you (or you know somebody that uses OpenStack) please let us know: email, twitter, reddit or avian carrier will do). Meanwhile watch the keynotes from Portland Summit:

Upcoming Events

Other News

Welcome New Developers

  • Shawn Hartsock, VMwware
  • David Martin, redbrick health

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Apr 12 – 25)

April 26th, 2013 — 7:00am

Special post-Summit issue

OpenStack docs and tooling in 20 minutes

Howto get started with all the tooling and setup needed to build, review, and contribute to OpenStack Documentation. By Joe Heck.

How It’s Made: the OpenStack API Reference Page

The site at http://api.openstack.org is a collection of HTML pages, and one page has an especially interesting story about how it is built. Anne Gentle reveals the secret.

Storage != Transfer

John Bresnahan argues that concepts of data transfer and data storage should not be conflated into a single solution.  He believes that OpenStack can benefit from a new component that offloads the burden of optimally transferring images from existing components like nova-compute and swift.

Report from Previous Events

Tips and Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

Welcome New Developers

  • Tilottama Gaat, Rackspace
  • Zang MingJie, None
  • Jason Dunsmore, Rackspace
  • James Slagle, None

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Mar 29 – Apr 5)

April 5th, 2013 — 6:58pm

Highlights of the week

OpenStack Grizzly

Done: OpenStack’s 7th release, called “Grizzly”, is out: thank you, the over 500 stackers who contributed and the many more who participated in the OpenStack Summit last October where this release was planned. This release, more than any before it, was driven by users who have been running OpenStack in production for the past year (or more) and have asked for broader support for the compute, storage, and networking technologies they trust and even greater scale and ease of operations. Mark Collier’s post has a summary of the new features and a screencast of the updated OpenStack Dashboard.

Building a Multi-Tier Application With OpenStack

In his blog post Aaron Rosen shows how to build a simple multi-tier application on OpenStack, something that is made possible by the new features of OpenStack Grizzly: security groups and about Load-balancer-as-a-Service (LBaaS).

Autoscale and Orchestration: the Heat of OpenStack

Duncan McGreggor tells the story of how OpenStack orchestration service (codename Heat) is gaining new autoscaling features thanks to increased efforts by Rackspace. Following discussions at Pycon, Rackspace’s management decided to add two development teams to Heat and add some of the features that initially they were developing internally. Another good story of different companies collaborating inside the OpenStack Community.

There will be no reliable cloud (part 1)

It’s the eternal debate about cloud and high availability, legacy enterprise applications and chaos monkeys. Hendrik Volkmer shares his thoughts, summarised in “Stop wasting your time trying to find one”. His suggestion: With all that free time, start to build reliable systems on top of unreliable clouds.

Grizzly, the day after

Thierry’s, our fine release manager, wrote his therapeutic post-release essay, balancing the excitement of the new release and the sadness of all the things that could have done better. Put on relaxing music, sit back on the chair and listen like any therapist would do.

Tips and Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from past events

Other News

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Mar 8-22)

March 22nd, 2013 — 4:03pm

Highlights of the week

Participate in the first OpenStack User Survey!

If you are an OpenStack user or have customers with OpenStack deployments, please take 10 minutes to respond to our first User Survey or pass it along to your network. Our community has grown at an amazing rate in 2.5 years, and it’s time to better define our user base and requirements, so we can respond and advocate accordingly. TAKE THE SURVEY

A new agent management approach for Quantum in OpenStack Grizzly

In Folsom, Quantum didn’t have facilities to schedule its agents between cluster nodes, but the Grizzly release brings the support of a new component management approach, which addresses this issue.

Havana Project Technical Leads

Welcome to the new PTLs for OpenStack’s future release, Havana:

  • Nova: Russell Bryant
  • Ceilometer: Julien Danjou
  • Keystone: Dolph Matthews
  • Cinder: John Griffith
  • Glance: Mark Washenberger
  • Heat: Steven Dake
  • Horizon: Gabriel Hurley
  • Oslo: Mark McLoughlin
  • Quantum: Marck McClain
  • Swift: John Dickenson

They were elected democratically by their peer developers according to the rules of the OpenStack community to lead the next release cycle. Congratulations. The new PTLs will join three more people whose election is still ongoing, to form the OpenStack Technical Committee.

Moving to open development: OpenStack / Crowbar / Chef on SUSE

Crowbar was originally developed by Dell engineers, and is now a fully-fledged Open Source project involving close collaboration with SUSE and others. There are weekly public meetings, a public mailing list, a #crowbar IRC channel, public Trello boards and so on. As an indication of the project’s independent nature, the authoritative location for the git repositories has changed from https://github.com/dellcloudedge to https://github.com/crowbar, and a new homepageis currently under construction.

OpenStack Miniconf at PyCon Australia 2013

PyCon Australia 2013 will be hosting two one-day miniconfs on Friday 5 July before the main conference proceedings kick off on Saturday 6 July. Miniconfs are events that focus on a specific community that relies heavily on Python, and allows practitioners in those communities to explore those topics in a much deeper way than the main PyCon conference can allow.

The Call For Presenters for the OpenStack Miniconf is open now and closes on 15 April, 2013. To submit a presentation, visit the OpenStack Miniconf CFP site at http://aptira.wufoo.com/forms/pyconau2013-openstack-miniconf-call-for-presenters/

Tips and Tricks

Security Advisories

Upcoming Events

Reports from past events

Other News

Welcome New Contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Christopher Yeoh, IBM
  • Scott Devoid, ANL
  • Greg Ball, Rackspace
  • Andy Hill
  • Roman Podolyaka, Mirantis
  • afazekas, Redhat
  • Senhua Huang, Cisco
  • Ilya Kharin, Mirantis
  • Ryan O’Hara, Redhat
  • Michael Kerrin, HP
  • Allan Feid

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Mar 1 -8)

March 8th, 2013 — 6:39pm

Highlights of the week

We Wrote an OpenStack Operations Guide in 5 Days!

OpenStack Operations GuideAnd here it is…the OpenStack Operations Guide. You can read it in EPUB, MOBI, PDF, or print. The electronic formats are free to download so click away. The print version costs $29.90 and all proceeds go to the OpenStack Foundation to support more book sprints like the one that produced this book. Read from the protagonists how they did it: Lorin Hochstein, Everett Toews, Anne Gentle.

Case Study on OpenStack Cloud in Health Care

Computing for health care and life sciences is rapidly adapting to opportunities created by new technologies for scalable data storage, elastic compute service resources, and data analytics. Given the powerful forces changing the economics of the overall health care marketplace, technologies that can address security and compliance at reduced cost are getting a lot of attention.

OpenStack Object Storage and quotas in upcoming 1.8.0 (Grizzly) release.

OpenStack Object Storage (codename Swift) will have two new middleware for managing quotas: container_quotas and account_quotas. The first, container_quotas, allows users to specify a limit on one of their containers. The account_quotas is more the typical quota implementation. A «super user» with the reselleradmin group/role can set a byte limit for an account and the account will not be able to have new objects/containers until someone cleanups his account to get under the limited quotas.

OpenStack Updated Individual Contributor License Agreements

Last weekend we updated the OpenStack Individual Contributor License Agreement and all OpenStack contributors needed to sign a new individual agreement. We graphed the data of the rate of signups: almost 400 developers signed in less than a week.

Tips and Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from past events

Other News

Welcome New Contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Bob Ball, Citrix
  • Stas Maksimov, Dell
  • Fei Long Wang, IBM
  • Avinash Prasad, NTT Data
  • KC Wang, Bigswitch
  • Divakar Padiyar Nandavar, HP

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Feb 22 – Mar 1)

March 1st, 2013 — 6:10pm

Highlights of the week

Important CLA changes coming this weekend (2nd try)

Last weekend the change was blocked at the last minute by a request to amend the CLA text. We’re trying again this weekend.

Starting on March 3, 2013 1700UTC all contributors MUST review and agree to the new OpenStack Individual Contributor License Agreement and provide updated contact information at https://review.openstack.org/#/settings/agreements. On that day the Gerrit interface will be changing to present the new CLA text referring to the OpenStack Foundation, and will prompt you to agree to it there. Any previous agreement with OpenStack LLC will be marked expired at that time. The text of the new agreement is available for your convenience. You must also sign up for an OpenStack Foundation Individual Membership with the same E-mail address as used for your Gerrit contact information: http://openstack.org/register/.

What’s new in OpenStack Grizzly ?

Folsom brought us two new core projects : Quantum (Networking) and Cinder (Volumes). Two new projects have been incubated : Ceilometer (metering) led by Nicolas Barcet (VP Products at eNovance), and Heat (Cloud Orchestration). Oslo is a new incubated project which produces a set of python libraries containing infrastructure code shared by all OpenStack projects. More details for each OpenStack project on this post by eNovance.

OpenStack Ceilometer and Heat projects graduated

The OpenStack Technical Committee have voted these last weeks about graduation of Heat and Ceilometer, to change their status from incubation to integrated. Heat and Ceilometer will be released as part as OpenStack for the next release cycle Havana, due in October 2013.

Raspberry Pi as a transparent squid caching proxy

How does a hacker improve build times when he has a slow Internet connection? A fascinating use of a tiny sub-$50 computer (RaspberryPi) to build cloud images for OpenStack. By Steve Baker

Data placement in OpenStack Object Storage Swift

Technical deep dive in how OpenStack Object Storage solves one of the hard problems of all distributed storage system: how to effectively place the data within the storage cluster. Swift has a “unique-as-possible” placement algorithm which ensures that the data is placed efficiently and with as much protection from hardware failure as possible.

The life of an OpenStack libvirt image

The main stages of a Virtual Machine disk image as it transfers through OpenStack to be booted under libvirt explained by Pádraig Brady.

Security Advisories

Tips and Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from past events

Other News

Welcome New Contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Jian Zhang, Intel
  • Dae S. Kim
  • Robert van Leeuwen, Spilgames

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Feb 15 – 22)

February 22nd, 2013 — 5:06pm

Highlights of the week

Important CLA changes coming this weekend

Starting on February 24, 2013 all contributors MUST review and agree to the new OpenStack Individual Contributor License Agreement and provide updated contact information at https://review.openstack.org/#/settings/agreements. On that day the Gerrit interface will be changing to present the new CLA text referring to the OpenStack Foundation, and will prompt you to agree to it there. Any previous agreement with OpenStack LLC will be marked expired at that time. The text of the new agreement is available for your convenience (changes “LLC” to “Foundation”, restores a sentence from ASF and corrects a few typographical errors). You must also sign up for an OpenStack Foundation Individual Membership with the same E-mail address as used for your Gerrit contact information: http://openstack.org/register/.

OpenStack outpaces Amazon, at least by hype

A study conducted by TrendKite shows that at this point OpenStack has more media mentions than Amazon EC2, Eucalyptus, CloudStack and OpenNebula combined. If that is not enough, another chart from the same study appears to show that “OpenStack” media mentions are on par with that of “Cloud Computing.”

CloudEnvy: Development in the cloud!

Jake Dahn is working on a project called CloudEnvy which has potential to change the development patterns of web developers everywhere: it allows you to configure and distribute reproducible development environments in the cloud.

Bring on the Crazy: Zero to Book in Five Days

Anne Gentle is leading a “crazy” project: a large, highly focused documentation sprint to write that operator’s guide — for operators by operators. Anne promised to pluck operators out of their day jobs, put them in a room, fuel them with coffee, BBQ, and TexMex, and get to writing. Sounds awesome to me: I’m voting for their panel On Writing the OpenStack Operations Manual in 5 Days at the upcoming OpenStack Summit.

The OpenStack Gate

The OpenStack project has a really impressive continuous integration system, which is one of its core strengths as a project. Every proposed change to our gerrit review system is subjected to a battery of tests on each commit, which has grown dramatically with time, and after formal review by core contributors, we run them all again before the merge. How can this gate merge hundreds of changes per day? Learn about Zuul, the OpenStack gatekeeper.

Security Advisories

Tips and Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from previous events

Other News

Welcome New Contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Toshiyuki Hayashi, NTT
  • Joe Topjian
  • David Höppner
  • Erik Zaadi, IBM
  • Nathanael Burton
  • alatynskaya, Mirantis
  • David Peraza, IBM
  • Brant Knudson, IBM

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Feb 8 – 15)

February 15th, 2013 — 6:34pm

Highlights of the week

Important CLA changes coming in 10 days

Starting on February 24, 2013 all contributors MUST review and agree to the new OpenStack Individual Contributor License Agreement and provide updated contact information at https://review.openstack.org/#/settings/agreements. On that day the Gerrit interface will be changing to present the new CLA text referring to the OpenStack Foundation, and will prompt you to agree to it there. Any previous agreement with OpenStack LLC will be marked expired at that time. The text of the new agreement is available for your convenience (just changes “LLC” to “Foundation” and corrects a few typographical errors). You must also sign up for an OpenStack Foundation Individual Membership with the same E-mail address as used for your Gerrit contact information: http://openstack.org/register/.

OpenStack Object Storage (aka Swift) for new contributors

As a developer, jumping into a mature codebase can be somewhat daunting. How is the code structured? What is the request flow? What’s the process for getting my changes contributed upstream? Find answers to these questions on this post by SwiftStack.

Evolution of the incubation process

The Technical Committee approved a set of changes to the incubation process, the process through which a project becomes part of the co-ordinated, integrated OpenStack release. One of the visible change is the switch from using the term “Core projects” to “Integrated”.

Upstream University at the OpenStack summit

Upstream University is organizing a session in advance of the next OpenStack summit, in Portland. If you can fly in two days ahead of the event to spend the weekend improving your OpenStack contribution skills, please consider submitting an application to attend the workshop.

Python trademark at risk in Europe: Python Foundation needs your help

For anyone who works in a company that has an office in a EU Community member state, the Python Software Foundation needs your help. There is a company in the UK that is trying to trademark the use of the term “Python” for all software, services, servers… pretty much anything having to do with a computer. The PSF is asking a letter on company letterhead to forward to their EU counsel. More details on PSF News.

Report of Openstack project on SF State University campus

Two students (Brandon Lai and Pascal Schuele) under supervision of prof. Sameer Verma worked on exploring the cloud computing space in Fall 2012. They built a demo/prototype of a private cloud platform on campus and presented at the end of the semester. Prof. Verma hopes to continue to expand this project in Spring 2013.

Security Advisories

Tips and Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

Welcome New Contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Tim Potter, HP
  • Jean-Baptiste RANSY, Alyseo
  • Nicholas Kuechler
  • Adalberto Medeiros, IBM

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