Tag: OpenStack

OpenStack Community Pavilion at Gartner Data Center Conference

December 6th, 2013 — 4:58pm

The Gartner Data Center Conference is coming up December 9-12 in Las Vegas, and OpenStack is proud to be a sponsor alongside 35+ companies from the OpenStack ecosystem.

We are excited to host the OpenStack Community Pavilion, showcasing OpenStack solutions and services from Cloud Cruiser, Mirantis, Nebula, Puppet Labs, Rackspace, SaltStack, Scalr, and SolidFire. You can visit these OpenStack providers, in addition to Foundation executives and staff, in booth #408 in the Venetian Resort’s Sands Expo Convention Center.

You can also speak with the 25+ additional OpenStack community exhibitors and presenters who will be at the conference. We’ll be providing a ‘community map’ showing the locations of all participating companies on the show floor.

If you are planning to be in Las Vegas for the event and have questions about OpenStack, please stop by the booth #408 or contact [email protected] to set up a meeting.

You can also visit an OpenStack user group near you; find a convenient one at https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/OpenStackUsersGroup.

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4th Openstack User Group Meetup Italy: streaming session from Milano

June 20th, 2013 — 3:09am

Openstack is booming, in Italy too!

The Italian Openstack User Group, recently founded, is going to arrange, on June 20th, the 4th Meetup of the year.

Sessions will be in English, in order to allow anyone from the Openstack Community to pop in and attend it, in live streaming, at 18:30 +1GMT.

Here’s the agenda:

  • 18.30: Industrialize IT: Automation in the DevOps Era – Reid Vandewiele – Puppet Labs engineer
  •  19.00: Ceph: The Storage Stack for OpenStack – Florian Haas - Cofounder and CEO Hastexo
  •  19.30: Openstack and HyperV – Alessandro Pilotti – CEO Cloudbase Solutions
  •  20.00: Giuseppe Paternò – EMEA Sales Engineer Canonical – Openstack in production

The streaming url is http://www.enterthecloud.it/eventi/quarto-openstack-usergroup-streaming/

For those of you who might be in Milano, you’re encouraged to just pop in @ Enter/Coworking Login, via Stefanardo da Vimercate 28.

See you!

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3rd Swiss OpenStack User Group Meetup

April 25th, 2013 — 2:11pm

Following on from our 2nd meeting, the Swiss OpenStack user group met on 24th of April at the University of Bern.It was an excellent event with many attention grabbing presentations! A big thanks goes out to the sponsors:


Once we kicked off, there were five presentations, 3 which were more detailed and 2 that were more lightning talks in nature. The presentations in there running order were:


There are other upcoming Swiss events that will include much talk of OpenStack. Of note are:

Also the Swiss Informatics Society have started a cloud computing special interest group, where all folk active in cloud are welcomed to join. More details can be found at their site.

Swiss OpenStack User Group Channels

 Original post: ICCLab

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2nd Swiss OpenStack User Group

February 21st, 2013 — 1:15am

Following on from our 1st meeting, the Swiss OpenStack user group gathered on 19th February at the SWITCH offices in Zurich.

With more people volunteering to give talks than we had time for, the user group had voted their selections for the packed agenda. The main 3 talks covered 30 minutes each and 10 minute (or so) slots for lightning talks.

Over 60 people attended and the room was full with standing room only. Photos of the event are available here. Recording of the sessions is available at https://cast.switch.ch/vod/channels/2i5k459xe3.

OpenStack HA – Florian Haas, Hastexo


Florian started us off with a rapid overview of approaches for high availability in OpenStack. While the talk was ‘insanely short’, he explained the different types of components in OpenStack deployment and how to make these redundant. The talk is the base for the open that is proposed for the summit in Portland during April so those attending can vote to hear it there.

High availability implementations of MySQL, AMQP and API services were presented based on the Pacemaker suite which while it is not the most user friendly of packages, has become the defacto standard for these implementations. The good news is that the OpenStack implementations can be performed by copy/paste of reference configurations or using Puppet/Chef manifests.

High availability of guests has been a topic for intense discussion at past summits. The cloud providers based on scale out application architectures do not need these features but the providers running enterprise workloads would like functionality such as ‘restart this VM on a different hypervisor if the hypervisor goes down’. While there were some tricks in Folsom which could be used, in Grizzly there is now a ‘node evacuate’ function which performs this operation when the hypervisor is down. Some scripting is still required though as this is not automatic and the choice needs to be made between using nova migrate (if the hypervisor is running) and nova evacuate (if it is down). More work expected in the Havana release…

A couple of features may make the cut before the feature freeze for Grizzly next week. VM ensembles ensures guests providing redundancy are put on different hypervisors to avoid single points of failure.  Libvirt watchdog support will restart VMs if they are blocked.

Ceilometer – Lucas Graf, Toni Zehnder – ICCLab


When OpenStack was started, there was no billing functionality included. Ceilometer has been developed over the past year to perform metering (who is using what) and is being gradually extended to cover monitoring (what is working and how hard is it working).

With the Grizzly release, ceilometer will be incubated and integrated into the Horizon dashboard. A number of projects such as healthnmon and synaps are aligning their architectures to benefit from ceilometer and avoid gathering this data more than once. In the Havana release, monitoring will be included including a hardware collector developed by ICCLab to cover IPMI and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring.

It was particularly impressive to see the two presenters who have only been working on OpenStack for 4 months contributing to the community and mastering the topics, despite that the beer and pizza arrived during their talk (thanks to ICCLab and Rackspace)

Heat – Muharem Hrnjadovic – Rackspace


Muharem presented Heat, the orchestration component in OpenStack which is currently in inclubation in the Grizzly release. This provides a template system for creating applications similar to Amazon CloudFormations where you describe the different components of the application, define which parts can be scaled up or down and deploy to an OpenStack cloud.

Although Heat has only been developed during the past year, Muharem demonstrated its stability by running a live demo, creating a wordpress site smoothly.

OpenStack on OpenStack – Paul Voccio – Rackspace


Rackspace needed an easy way to spin up new OpenStack instances for development, test and production. To do this, they run OpenStack instances on top of OpenStack! Cutting an initial golden image, using load balancers to retire old instances and bring online new ones, they’re using approaches pioneered in web application development and applying them to infrastructure.

Snabb Switch – Luke Gorrie

Luke gave a talk without slides covering the motivations behind developing Snabb Switch (http://www.snabb.co/snabbswitch/). Snabb Switch provides an ethernet switch in user space, built on Open Source and implemented outside of the kernel which leads to improved performance and ease of implementation (much of it is written in Lua). The switch itself can therefore be easily extended in a similar way to writing macros for editors.

Cloud Foundry – Christof Marti


The current status of the Cloud Foundry PaaS was presented covering frameworks such as Rails, Spring and Java along with services such as MySQL and MQ. The applications can be deployed on multiple cloud providers. Recently, OpenStack   was added to these by Piston Labs.

Christof did manage the impressive task of explaining the architecture of cloud foundry in the dark as the automatic lighting and power controls for the conference room turned off in the middle of his talk. When the power returned, Marti took us through the different deployment models for 1 to 5,000 VMs.

Wrap Up

We’re reserving the openstack.ch domain for the Swiss user group for further communications and plan for the next meeting in around two months. For those who want to discuss before then, the mailing list at http://sympa.systemsx.ch/sympa/subscribe/swiss-openstack-usergroup is available.

Other upcoming events include a talk on OpenShift on March 13, /ch/open are organising swiss open cloud meeting on June 11th and a Swiss cloud special interest group is being formed.

It was great to see the enthusiasm continue amongst the attendees and many thanks to SWITCH for hosting, Rackspace for the pizza and ICCLab for the beer.

For those interested in joining the OpenStack User Group channels.









General information about the group



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2nd Swiss OpenStack Meetup

January 3rd, 2013 — 3:26am

We (ICCLab and ZHGeeks) are pleased to announce the 2nd Swiss OpenStack Meetup. It will happen on the 19th of February in Zurich at ETH. If you’re keen and interested in attending then please register here.

If you are interested in giving a talk then do give a shout out at the meetup site or simply message @OpenStackCH on twitter. Currently there are talks planned for:

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Event Report: OpenStack Day, Bangalore, India

December 18th, 2012 — 10:45am

On past Saturday, 15th December OpenStack India organized a one day event in Bangalore.

The event was attended by over 120 people from varied domains.

We started our session with Mark Collier video presentation in which he spoke about OpenStack project and about the foundation. The video is available on youtube as well OpenStack Introductory video

Next we had Tristan Goode from Aptira spoke about the Global Impact of OpenStack. The talk was interesting with some thoughts added as how whole OpenStack project has changed the cloud computing market.

Anand Palanisamy from PayPal gave an overview how they are using OpenStack in production with tool set and stack. There were many interesting questions asked regarding there production environment.

Ritesh Nanda from Ericsson was next and he presented how they are using OpenStack in telecommunication domain.


Barath Ram G from HP spoke about “Nova for Physicalization and Virtualization compute models”  He gave various insight on the upcoming features in nova with Grizzly release.

During lunch we also played dope&stack which was cheered by the crowd and we ended up playing it in loop for almost 20 mins during lunch. :)

Divyanshu Verma from DELL spoke about OpenStack and business of cloud. He provided some used case and insight with how educational institution can use cloud.


Krishnan Subramanian from Rishidot research presented “The importance of OpenStack – An Outsider Perspective”

Prakash Advani from Canonical spoke about OpenStack and Ubuntu.

Lastly we had panel discussion and as per Krishnan suggestion we had some spicy question for all our panelists.

We donated the collected registration money to Akshayapatra foundation and we been told the money we collected will feed 30 children via there NGO initiative for a year.

Also thanks to Aptira, OpenStack Foundation and Rackspace helping us with sponsorship.

All the slides for the event is available on Slideshare  , Our upcoming events are already listed on meetup page  and twitter will carry other interesting announcements we have lined up. :)

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1st Swiss OpenStack User Group

December 5th, 2012 — 5:27pm

The first Swiss OpenStack user meeting  took place on 15th November 2012 at ETH in Zurich. The meeting was a combination of the Swiss OpenStack user group along with the zhgeeks regular meeting.

Around 90 people attended which provided for a lively atmosphere with a good opportunity for audience interaction and participation. Photos are here. Discussions continued well on into the night taking advantage of Zurich’s fine gastronomy and beverages.

ICCLab Introduction

Thomas M. Bohnert gave an overview of the ICCLab which covered the role of the InIT Cloud Computing Lab’s investigations in cloud technologies. Some of the lightning talks later covered some areas of ICCLab research.

CERN and OpenStack

Tim Bell gave a rapid overview of OpenStack architecture, news from the summit, the foundation structure and use of OpenStack at CERN.  The tools and procedures in use in the CERN computer centre are being adapted to be more sustainable and efficient by engaging and adapting open source solutions. Slides are available here.

He had a lot of ground to cover in 30 minutes! Given that the audience ranged from relative novices in OpenStack up to those deploying, it is also a wide range of details to cover in a single talk.

Amongst the questions were what is the impact of moving towards clouds on the current MONARC grid model as used by the WLCG. One of the common challenges for CERN is how to solve the “Changing the engine while the plane is flying” problem.  Even though there is an extended shutdown of the LHC during 2013/2014 in order to ugrade to higher energy, the physics analysis of the data taken in the first run from 2010 to 2012 will continue. Any major architecture changes on the grid must be performed in a staged fashion as there are over 130 sites and 200,000 servers to consider so big bang migrations are not realistic. Thus, the approach we are taking is one of running the grid services on top of the CERN private cloud. This allows us to gain improvements in efficiency via more dynamic workload placement and simplified operations procedures without needing to break compatibility. As the users of the service wish, resources can be moved between standard batch services on the grid and those available as VMs on the cloud.

Following up from this question was whether the other centres in the WLCG would be following the same approach. Each tier-1 is an independent organisation and can make its own choices within the framework of the WLCG. CERN is just one of the sites and each of the sites are able to make their own decisions based on individual requirements. Research into areas such as federated clouds is ongoing but no decisions for production federated clouds have been made.

Developing OpenStack APIs

Thijs Metsch from Intel gave a lightning talk on developing OpenStack APIs. Since OpenStack is a modular architecture, it is possible to plug in additional API functionality. This process is made more straightforward by the use of WSGI and python. Examples of this already implemented are the OCCI API and others such as CDMI are also coming along. Cloudscaling recently announced their implementation of the Google Compute Engine API for OpenStack. Thus, the choice of API can be made independently from the choice of IaaS technology.

Thijs demonstrated how this could be done by creating a simple python RESTful API and showed us the python code to implement it.

ICCLab Proof of Concept

Fabrice Manhart from the ICCLab presented the ICCLab proof of concept OpenStack cloud. ICCLab use Foreman and Puppet, as do CERN, and have good experiences with this combination. Being able to re-install their 15 hypervisors in 15 minutes is a typical case.

Swiss Academic Cloud Proof of Concept

Dean Flanders from Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research /SwiN presented their OpenStack based cloud which is testing out new computing models in a research environment. They selected OpenStack for its flexibility (and price :-). Their cloud allows researchers to provision their own machines rapidly. Amongst the areas they are investigating is the use of flash storage, aiming to reach 100TB SSD capacity. This approach follows work in the SDSC on Gordon which is a 16K cores 300TB flash based facility using OpenStack and ScaleMP.

While it is still early days for OpenStack, they are looking into new areas such as cloud bursting and workload balancing.

Software Defined Networking at ICCLab

Philipp Aeschlimann from ICCLab presented the current status of software-defined networking and their investigations as part of ICCLab. There is a lot of interest in the OpenStack community around these features and Quantum functionality covers many features. There was a live demonstration given showing OpenStack Folsom, Quantum and Floodlight.

OpenStack at SWITCH

SWITCH  provide facilities for the universities and academic organisations in Switzerland. Joel Casutt presented their early work to extend their existing services to include cloud services based on OpenStack. They are currently building up the hardware aiming to provide a free pilot service in April. During the summer, this experience will be reviewed along with the charging structure to be used going forward.


Wibke Sudholt from Cloudbroker  presented their open source broker solution. Within the SCIentific gateway Based User Support (SCI-BUS) EU FP7 project, CloudBroker has extended its CloudBroker Platform so that it now also allows access to Amazon and IBM public clouds as well as to private cloud infrastructures based on OpenStack and Eucalyptus. While the initial aims were to use the EC2 API in OpenStack, there were some missing features and functionalities such as auto-deployment so it was necessary to use some of the OpenStack APIs to achieve full function. Using OpenStack clouds in universities allowed this porting to be done without having to set up their own OpenStack instance. The XML support was also not as good as JSON in some areas.


Even in a country with a small population such as Switzerland, there are many areas of OpenStack work. Per-capita, the Swiss user group attracted 5 times more people that the Chinese user group meeting (where 3,000 people attended). There was only time for 6 lightning sessions of 10 minutes but we are now planning the second meeting to allow those who could not show their work!

Many of the attendees were investigating/testing proof of concepts. The number of production deployments are small amongst those attending. As this is often the first investigations into cloud services, this is not too surprising. Many of the deployments were using Puppet as well. During the evening, we discussed the competition for talent. Given that many CERN people are on short term contracts, the interest in OpenStack and Puppet skills makes for a good skill on their CVs.

A recent blog  on comparing Google trends follows similar lines. The interactive report is here . Unfortunately, there is not enough data from Switzerland to determine the interest in different cloud products.

Overall, there was a lot of enthusiasm but this was balanced with caution that comes from uncovering some of the difficulities to understand clouds and how best to deploy OpenStack.

The most frequent question at the end was “When will we meet up again?”. Stay tuned for more CHOSUG!

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Australian OpenStack UG – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane Tri-City Meetup 20/11/12

November 22nd, 2012 — 1:43am

This past Tuesday night saw the Australian OpenStack User Group produce a tri-city simultaneous user group meeting covering Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Hooked together by GoToMeeting provided by Dan Pendlebury at Citrix, the evening saw OpenStack, pizza and beer served up at Intersect’s offices in Sydney, Haylix’s offices in Melbourne and Red Hat’s offices in Brisbane.

We believe this may have been the first multi city meetup where 3 way video linked the sites together, and we also had some attendees join us remotely.

Hosted by Tristan Goode from Aptira in Sydney, speakers were:

  • Sina Sadeghi, Lead Cloud Engineer from Aptira, who reviewed the recent Folsom Summit and presented his insightful views on the path to Grizzly.

We then crossed to Melbourne and heard from:

Lastly we transferred the main video feed to Brisbane to hear from:

The evening wasn’t without some minor hitches that we’ll work out for next time, but all in all it was deemed a success and a great way to get OpenStack out to more people more efficiently.

My sincere thanks to our presenters, and to our sponsors

Most importantly, I’d like to give a very special and long overdue thank you to Katrina Clauscen who has been behind the planning of nearly every AOSUG event we’ve had in every capital city in Australia since we began over a year ago.

Our next event is an OpenStack miniconf to be held at Linux Conf AU (LCA) on January 29 and to date we have more than 140 people who have registered their interest to attend. LCA is a world renowned conference with a wealth of great technical content and this is the first appearance of OpenStack at LCA.
We are looking for presentations on:

  • The core projects of the OpenStack project
  • Getting started using OpenStack
  • Uses in scientific computing and the enterprise
  • What it means to be part of OpenStack
  • Automation in the virtual datacenter
  • The past, present and future of OpenStack

Please go to http://bit.ly/Waue30 to submit your proposal. The CFP has just been extended to Sunday December 2.

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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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Learn More About VMware’s Involvement with OpenStack at the Summit

October 5th, 2012 — 7:11pm

OpenStack Summit Event 2012
October 15-18

Learn More About VMware’s Involvement with OpenStack at the Following Sessions

Monday (11:00am – 11:40am Oxford) True Hybrid Clouds: Extending OpenStack with Cloud Foundry
John Purrier (AppFog)

Tuesday (2:40pm – 3:20pm Manchester E) OpenStack Networking (Quantum) Project Update
Dan Wendlandt (VMware)

Wednesday (9:30am – 10:00am Grand Ballroom) Running the World’s Largest Open Cloud
Troy Toman (Rackspace)

Wednesday (11:00am -11:40am Manchester A) How DreamHost Builds a Public Cloud with OpenStack
Carl Perry (DreamHost)

Wednesday (11:00am -11:40am Manchester D) How VMware is Contributing to OpenStack
Steve Herrod (VMware)

Wednesday (2:40pm – 3:20pm Manchester A) OpenStack@eBay: Practical SDN Deployment with Quantum
J.C. Martin (eBay)

Wednesday (4:30pm – 5:10pm Manchester A) Running Quantum on Quantum@Nicira’s Multi-Tenant OpenStack
Somik Behera (VMware)

Thursday (9:00am – 9:40am Manchester E) Hands on Quantum Deployment Workshop
Dan Wendlandt (VMware)

How VMware is Contributing to OpenStack
Steve Herrod, CTO, VMware
Wednesday, October 17 (11:00am – 11:40am)

Did you know that VMware is a top-10 code and bugfix contributor to OpenStack and that VMware has helped customers with OpenStack production deployments? In this session, learn how customers are using OpenStack with VMware offerings like ESX, Cloud Foundry and RabbitMQ. Walk away with a better understanding of VMware’s plans with OpenStack and the software defined data center as well as VMware’s efforts around expanding Nicira’s contributions to Quantum and Open vSwitch.

Lightning Talk: Managing VMware ESX and Virtual Center with OpenStack
Sean Chen, VMware Engineering
Wednesday, October 17 (1:15pm)

Come engage with VMware engineering about how to provide support for VMware’s hypervisor in OpenStack.

Visit the VMware Booth

Stop by the VMware booth and learn how VMware Network Virtualization enables advanced OpenStack networking and how Cloud Foundry extends VMware’s commitment to Open PaaS. Ask questions, have a discussion or run through a demo and walk away with a better understanding of VMware’s relationship with OpenStack.

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