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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

Got answers?

Ask OpenStack is the go-to destination for OpenStack users. Interesting questions waiting for answers:

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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

Got questions?

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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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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Feb 1 – 8)

February 8th, 2013 — 5:52pm

Highlights of the week

Best way to brag about contributing to Grizzly?

Contributors to OpenStack Folsom received a nice patch to stick on something you carry every day like a backpack or your favorite sweater. Would you like to get a patch for Grizzly, too? Would you rather get something else to brag about your ‘Contributor’ status? Let us know your preferences.

Packstack: Openstack Install tool

There is a new tool that installs Openstack either on bare metal or Vms: it can be found on github under the fedora-openstack organization. Packstack is currently in its first ages and still under heavy development but, it’s already capable of installing, customize some parameters and distribute most of the Openstack modules on a single server or several as well. It currently supports Red Hat based distros but there’s space for more.

Testing (OpenStack)

Anita Kuno, one of our awesome intern of OPW program, tells the tales common to new developers learning about OpenStack developer’s community. In this new installation she tells us how she had to run some tests in /opt/stack/nova and every command failed. Why? She didn’t know. But now she does.

Cloud Prizefight: OpenStack vs. VMware

There have been many discussions in the cloud landscape comparing VMware and OpenStack. In fact, it’s one of the most popular topics among those thinking about using OpenStack. Mirantis’ Lee Xie judged the two in the following categories: design, features, use cases, and value. The categories are scored on a 10-point scale and then tallied to determine the winner.

In a nutshell: How Does OpenStack work?

Victoria Martínez de la Cruz, another awesome intern of OPW program, uses pictures and words to explain in a blog post how OpenStack works.

Security Advisories

Tips and Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports From Past Events

Other News

Welcome New Contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Kurt Martin, HP
  • Svetlana Shturm, Mirantis
  • Mitsuhiko Yamazaki, NEC
  • Andrea Frittoli, HP
  • James Morgan, Rackspace
  • Jesse Pretorius
  • Nathan Reller, JHU APL
  • Rami Vaknin, Redhat

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Jan 18 – 25)

January 25th, 2013 — 9:15am

Highlights of the week

Project Incubation Process Update is Underway

Alan Clark, Chairman of the Board, wrote about the effort to improve the existing open source incubation process for OpenStack. This is one of the most important processes kickstarted by the OpenStack Foundation whose objective is to help ensure that projects receive the focus, visibility and resources needed to be successful via a fair, equitable and open process.

Introducing the User Committee

Speaking of important processes, here is another one you should pay attention to: the OpenStack User Committee whose role is to represent the needs of the diverse range of OpenStack users. For those of you who would like to help define this committee, please look at the points to review document and post your thoughts to the OpenStack foundation mailing list.

Debugging OpenStack with pycharm and pydevd

The story of a conversion, that of John Bresnahan from being a strictly vi user, developing C code and debugging with gdb, to an avid user of pycharm. This is a story of lost productivity of a once Luddite converted to IDE and of how he got to appreciate remote debugging via pydevd.

Technical Committee & Grizzly Update

While we wait for the final release of OpenStack Grizzly, here is a teaser of what’s coming up, with other updates from the OpenStack Technical Committee. Read it together with the Motion on Technical Committee membership for Spring 2013 session.

Let’s Get this Started!

And ‘this’ is the Outreach Program for Women, coordinated by GNOME, with OpenStack as one of ten participating organizations: we’ve added a few more ladies to the OpenStack contributors starting line this month.

We are seeking sponsorships to bring all of them to the OpenStack Summit in Portland in April. If you are interested please contact Anne Gentle at anne.gentle@rackspace.com. For a few thousand dollars, we can learn from them as much as they are learning from us. A great opportunity for some great interns!

On-disk encryption prototype for OpenStack Swift

A few months ago, Mirantis engineers described the design of on-disk per-user encryption of objects in Swift. They released a first working prototype of this feature. It’s still very basic at the moment, but most of its components are pluggable and can be enhanced or replaced with more advanced versions. Code on Github.

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Report from previous events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Wenhao Xu
  • gtt116
  • Spencer Krum, Portland State University
  • Mat Grove
  • Burt Holzman, Fermilab
  • Chet Burgess, Metacloud

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Jan 11 – 18)

January 18th, 2013 — 10:15am

Highlights of the week

My first week at OpenStack

Victoria Martínez de la Cruz is one of the three interns working on OpenStack under the Outreach Program for Women (OPW –Anne Gentle shared some details about the program before.) She will be working on Tenant Deletion Workflow in the next months. This first blog post about OpenStack contains lots of good advice for any developer joining the community: a must read, for experienced developers, hiring managers and newcomers to this great community.

Ceilometer Grizzly 2 Milestone Available

The Ceilometer team is proud to announce the first synchronous milestone delivery with the OpenStack project. Grizzly-2 is also the last Folsom compatible version of Ceilometer as we are planning to introduce some breaking changes very soon in our trunk to enable a totally new set of features bringing Ceilometer beyond basic metering into monitoring and alerting.

How many people does one need to build a multi-region cloud?

Hui Cheng describes in details the StackLab project. Spearheaded by Sina, Intel, Gamewave, Xi’an Jiaotong University, South China University of Technology and others, it’s a non profit platform to try and test OpenStack. Sina’s OpenStack development team was responsible for the development, operations, and go online initially. More volunteers have joined the effort and are actively being recruited to get involved to this great career, which will accelerate OpenStack popularizing in China.

An Image Transfers Service For OpenStack

John Bresnahan makes the case for a new transfer service component in OpenStack. IaaS clouds must transfer VM images from the repositories in which they reside to compute nodes where they are booted. In the current state of OpenStack images download via HTTP to a nova-compute client speaking to the Glance image service. In the future proposed by John a transfers service would provide more predictable quality of service with horizontal scalability. Check his idea.

Ceilometer is looking for volunteers to take on unassigned blueprints

The team is about to start implementing the blueprints for the g3 milestone, there are few blueprints which still don’t have anyone assigned to them. If you are looking for something useful to code, head over to see the list of things that you could be working on. Remember that contributions during the Grizzly lifecycle will get you a free ticket to the OpenStack Summit.

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Report from previous events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Toan Nguyen, Rackspace
  • Hans Lindgren, KTH
  • Flavio Percoco, Redhat
  • Michael J Fork, IBM
  • Sean Chen
  • Changbin Liu
  • Dan Florea, Cisco
  • Tony NIU
  • François Rossigneux, INRIA
  • Eric Peterson, HP
  • Sunil Thaha, Redhat

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