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OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris

August 11th, 2014 — 1:00am
Laying down the building blocks for the new release

Laying down the building blocks for the new release

We’re doing it again, bigger: the OpenStack Foundation is delivering a training program to accelerate the speed at which new OpenStack developers are successful at integrating their own roadmap into that of the OpenStack project.  If you’re a new OpenStack contributor or plan on becoming one soon, you should sign up for the next OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris, November 1-2. Participation is strongly advised also for first time participants to OpenStack Design Summit. We’re doing it again before the Paris Summit, as we did in Atlanta, only bigger.

With over 2000 developers from 80 different companies worldwide, OpenStack is one of the largest collaborative software-development projects. Because of its size, it is characterized by a huge diversity in social norms and technical conventions. These can significantly slow down the speed at which changes by newcomers are integrated in the OpenStack project.

OpenStack Foundation partnered with Upstream University to train new OpenStack developers and documentation writers to ensure their bug fix or feature is accepted in the OpenStack project in a minimum amount of time. Students are required to work on real-life bug fixes or new features during two days of real-life classes and online mentoring, until the work is accepted by OpenStack. The live two-day class teaches developers to navigate the intricacies of the project’s technical tools and social interactions. In followup sessions, the students benefit from individual online sessions to help them resolve any remaining problems they might have. Get all the details on the wiki.

Enrolment for the training session in Paris is open: register and reserve your seat for OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris, November 1-2. UPDATE: the event sold out but please register in the waiting list as we go through it and include people regularly.

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Participate in the OpenStack User Survey by April 11!

April 1st, 2014 — 11:10am

We’re kicking off the third round of the OpenStack User Survey this month! You may remember before last November’s Summit in Hong Kong, we helped the User Committee run a survey to aggregate OpenStack deployments and share the results.

Hong Kong Survey Results

The survey received nearly twice as many answers as the previous round (822 compared to 414) and 387 deployments compared to 187.

The first User Survey in Spring 2013 provided great insight to the types of deployments and technology decisions made by the OpenStack community. We were able to catalogue 230 unique deployments – you can see the results presented by the User Committee at the last Spring Summit. Another huge benefit was the ability to uncover new users willing to talk about their OpenStack deployments, which can be found here: http://www.openstack.org/user-stories.

If you are an OpenStack user or have customers with OpenStack deployments, please take a few minutes to respond to our User Survey and pass it along to your network. The goals of the survey are to better define the OpenStack user community and requirements, facilitate engagement and communication among the user community, and uncover new use cases or OpenStack users who might be willing to tell their stories publicly.

Below you’ll find a link and instructions to complete the User Survey by April 11, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. If you already completed the survey last year, there’s no need to start from scratch. You simply need to log back in to update your Deployment Profile, as well as take the opportunity to provide any additional input.


All the information provided is confidential and will only be presented in aggregate unless the user consents to making it public. Aggregate responses will be shared with the OpenStack Board, Technical Committee and community at large to help shape the roadmap and share useful information regarding operational decisions.

You can also help us by promoting the survey so we can secure as much participation as possible, for example by retweeting the OpenStack handle: @OpenStack

Remember, you can hear directly from users and see the aggregate survey findings by attending the next OpenStack Summit, May 12-16, in Atlanta.

Thank you for your support!


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Call for Proposals Open Source @ OpenStack Summit

March 31st, 2014 — 6:25am

UPDATE: Friday, April 18 is the deadline for submissions. 

At this year’s OpenStack Summit we’re going to be offering space to Open Source projects that are important to the OpenStack community. We’re calling it Open Source @ OpenStack, and it’s an opportunity for these projects to hold small design summits with their community members. We’re impressed by the number of projects that have grown in the OpenStack ecosystem, and want to continue the practice we started with StackForge of fostering these projects.

We have space and time available for half day sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, both morning and afternoon. The purpose of the space is to get developers in the same room so they can plan their development for the Juno release cycle. Rather than being a time to market a particular company or technology, it should be an opportunity communication and goal setting. To achieve these goals, we would like participating projects to use the following guidelines:

  • The project needs to be directly related to OpenStack in some way.
  • The project must be open source, with source code available and actively developed.
  • The work needs to be non-commercial and vendor neutral, although a vendor that sponsors a project can organize the meeting.
  • Sessions must be open to anyone who wants to attend. This should be not just an opportunity for core developers to meet, but to also give a venue for people interested in your project to get more information.
  • Meeting notes from the design session should be made publicly available.
  • The group organizers and participants must adhere to the OpenStack Summit Code of Conduct.

If you have a project that you think qualifies for this space, we invite you to submit a proposal for Open Source @ OpenStack. Update: Friday, April 18 is the deadline for submissions. 

Please include:

  • The name of your project.
  • A description of the project and how it relates to OpenStack.
  • The names and contact information for the organizers commiting to hosting the session.
  • Relevant links to project sites such as repositories, bug trackers, and documentation.
  • An estimate of the number of developers you expect to attend your design meeting.
  • A plan for how you intend to use the time and space.

We want to thank everyone for the time and effort they put into supporting OpenStack.

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Wrapping up the OpenStack Travel Support Program – Icehouse

December 3rd, 2013 — 6:56pm


The OpenStack Foundation brought 18 people to Hong Kong thanks to the grants offered by the first edition of the Travel Support Program, sponsored by Intel. The Travel Support Program is based on the promise of Open Design and its aim is to facilitate participation of key contributors to the OpenStack Design Summit. The program aims at covering costs for travel and accommodation for key contributors to the OpenStack project to join the community at the Summits.

We had 18 people accepted in the program from 11 countries and all continents (except Antarctica)! Four people travelled from India, two from south-east Asia, three from Europe, three from North America, four from Oceania and the rest from Africa and South America. Of the 26 total applicants, four were fully paid by their employers and didn’t need the grants, four couldn’t be accepted due to paperwork problems because of local political turmoil.

The Foundation spent a total of US$16,742 for accommodations and US$11,795.61 for flights, with a total cost for the Foundation of over US$30,000 including the costs of the 11 access passes granted to the non-ATCs (Active Technical Contributors). Luckily most people were able to share the rooms, which cost US$1,522 each allowing more people to be able to participate in the program.

This was the first time the OpenStack Foundation ran the program and we would like to continue running and expanding it in 2014. As one of the recipients of the travel grant, Terri Yu told us:

As great as it is to work with people on IRC, you’re not getting the full OpenStack experience by sitting in front of your computer.  You have to meet people.  If there is an important contributor who can’t get to the Summit, I’d like to see them funded by the Travel Support Program.

We’ll soon start working on the “J” edition of the Travel Support Program, to help people get to Atlanta (Georgia) in the USA in May 2014. Watch this space for announcements.

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The All New OpenStack Travel Support Program

July 11th, 2013 — 1:16pm

The OpenStack Foundation announces the availability of travel grants under the OpenStack Travel Support Program. The program’s aim is to facilitate participation of key contributors to the OpenStack Design Summit covering costs for travel and accommodation. The Travel Support Program is based on the promise of Open Design, one of the founding principles upon which the OpenStack project is built.

Key contributors are contributors whose presence is specifically relevant for the topics to be discussed at the Summit they’re applying to. Relevance of somebody’s presence is never evaluated in general ways: it’s always relative to the content being discussed at the specific Summit. The OpenStack Foundation will set aside a fund to support this program. The total amount of the fund is to be divided among the key contributors.

How to apply

All contributors to OpenStack (developers, documentation writers, organisers of user groups around the world, Ask moderators, translators, etc) are invited to submit a request. PTLs and code reviewers also are requested to propose candidates.

  • Candidates apply on the online form starting today with the deadline of July 31
  • Travel Selection Committee evaluates entries based on criterias stated on the wiki page Travel Support Program
  • Travel Agent coordinates with key contributors.

The OpenStack Foundation will coordinate directly with the approved key contributors to arrange for their travel, according to the level of funds granted. More details on the wiki page Travel Support Program.

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Save the Date – OpenStack Summit Spring 2013

January 3rd, 2013 — 2:58pm

It’s official – the Spring 2013 OpenStack Summit will be held in Portland, April 15-18, at the Oregon Convention Center.  

We’re expecting 2000 OpenStack users, prospective users, ecosystem members and developers to attend the Spring Summit. As usual, we’ll have a variety of content and tracks, ranging from compelling user stories and technical deep dives to the business case for OpenStack and hands-on workshops. If you’d like to submit a presentation, panel or workshop, the call for speakers is now open and will close February 15.  If you are interested in submitting a session for the Design Summit, which is a special track planning the development work to be implemented in the “H” release, there will be a separate system opening closer to the Grizzly feature freeze and closing after the Grizzly release in April.

Summit attendees will again vote on speaking submissions to help determine which presentations are the best fit for our Spring Summit. We’ll also have subject matter experts serving as track chairs to make sure all of our audiences are well-served.  The voting system will open on February 18, with the goal of locking the agenda by March 11.

Having a presence at the OpenStack Summit is a great way to get your company in front of the OpenStack community. The call for sponsorships will open January 14, and there are four available levels of Sponsorship: Headline, Premier, Event, and Startup.  Sponsorships are sold on a first come, first served basis once the agreement is posted January 14.  In the meantime please view detailed information in the Sponsorship Prospectus.

Event registration and discount hotel rates will be available the week of January 14, so stay tuned and check back for updates.

For an idea of what to expect, check out our recap video from the Fall 2012 OpenStack Summit that was held in San Diego.

We eagerly anticipate the Spring 2013 Summit will be the most dynamic one yet. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend – we look forward to seeing you in Portland!

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Oct 12-19)

October 19th, 2012 — 4:45pm

Highlights of the week

Coverage of OpenStack Summit

This was a busy week for all of OpenStack members. A few reports from the community:

Collaboration in Action: Weaving Proven Tech Into OpenStack’s Fabric

The story of OpenStack community’s collaboration at the Design Summit to make better clouds as told by Alex Glikson, leading a research group at IBM Haifa Research Lab.

OpenStack Document Translation Guide

OpenStack uses Transifex to manage translations. OpenStack Manuals are in DocBook format. We slice the documents into short statements, then use Transifex to manage the translation process, and finally converge the translated content into a new copy of DocBook, which will used to generate HTML and PDF versions. The easiest way to contribute to OpenStack is to start by translating the manuals. Getting started is super easy.

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

Soundtrack of the week

‘Cloud Anthem’ by Dope’n’Stack

The weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please leave a comment.

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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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