The OpenStack project is in fact many projects, developed by hundreds of people, tens of companies, used by thousands. These projects are managed via a number of email lists as well as software engineering tools such like wiki, issue trackers, version control, continuous integration, etc. From my perspective as the Community Manager, achieving a coherent view of all the information is tedious and immensely difficult. I can imagine that community members and corporate members are struggling with the same issues and perhaps even additional ones.
Thus, we are undergoing an integration project to achieve interoperability of content within and between OpenStack projects with dashboards, reports, traceability, and faceted search. We have embarked on a pilot project with zAgile, using their open source Wikidsmart platform, which is an integration platform for software engineering tools as well as other applications like Help Desk (Zendesk, OTRS, etc.) and CRM (Salesforce, SugarCRM, etc.). zAgile has some interesting customer examples using its platform to unite their environment such as SIX, the company responsible for Switzerland’s financial infrastructure.
The intention is to give the community a way to answer questions like: who’s contributing to that particular feature of OpenStack? What is that developer working on? How many work hours/lines of code went into adding that feature/blueprint? What are users saying about OpenStack? With the Wikidsmart prototype we have integrated information across different systems to give corporate and community users a unified view of all the efforts going into OpenStack in real-time. The system answers questions with faceted search of concepts across all the different repositories, tracing people and artifacts across different repositories and bug tracker in order to reconcile people and corresponding contributions.
We are excited to share with you the results of the pilot and solicit your feedback in the following ways:
Webinar, Friday, October 5, 9am PDT / Noon EDT / 6pm CEST: we will present the pilot and gather feedback: Register here. Watch the recording of the webinar below.
With the integration, we know that we can become a much more efficient project in terms of communicating to members, monitoring our progress, and getting work done. I hope you can join me in discussing this important topic, and I look forward to your thoughts as comments to this blog, in person at OpenStack Summit, and in the survey.
Another release for OpenStack today, the sixth in a little over two years. Folsom, or 2012.2 has two new services Networking (Quantum) and Block Storage (Cinder) services, architected in line with the OpenStack philosophy of pluggability and extensibility. While work was underway to establish the new OpenStack Foundation, our thriving community once again delivered the release on-time and with all planned essential features.
The most impressive feature for me is the amount of people and companies that contributed to it: over 330 people from almost 50 companies. Not only the quantity of people involved in OpenStack Folsom has increased compared to the previous release Essex, but also the diversity of the echosystem increased. The study contributed by Bitergia shows how the ecosystem evolved between the two releases, increasing in size and diversity.
Folsom contributors ecosystem
Essex contributors ecosystem
It’s time for yet another celebration before we head up to San Diego for the OpenStack Summit where we’ll start planning the next six months and Grizzly. The schedule for the Summit has been published: take advantage of the discount until the end of September (save $200) on the registration fee and come meet this amazing OpenStack community live in San Diego.
We’ve gotten a lot of great speaking submissions, and would like your help shaping the agenda for the next OpenStack Summit, October 15-18, in San Diego. We’ve made the submissions public for your input, and you have until Thursday, September 13, to vote up your favorites. Please note you need to be an Individual Member of the OpenStack Foundation in order to access the voting system.
While the Design Summit and more technical content will run Monday – Thursday, the main days and keynote presentations will be Tuesday and Wednesday. We’re hoping to have the agenda locked the week of September 17, but in the meantime you can see a preview of the schedule.
We’re also hosting our first OpenStack Service Day on Friday, October 19. Please join us for a beach clean up with the Surfrider Foundation. We’ll be providing transportation and lunch, and will wrap up activities by 1 pm so you can fly out that afternoon. If you’re interested in attending, we can accommodate 100 people, so please sign up.
We’ve extended early bird registration through September 30, but hotel rooms are going fast. Our blocks at the Hyatt and Embassy Suites across the street are nearly sold out. We’re looking into other options nearby to recommend, but please book a room quickly.
There are only 36 days until we kick off the next OpenStack Summit, and we look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
It’s never too late to get started, especially with a complex series of event like the OpenStack Summit and Conference. We’ve received the results of the survey after the past event in April in San Francisco and we want to keep the conversation open with the community.
All people interested in the next OpenStack Summit and Conference, especially former sponsors and coordinators of tracks in past events, are invited to register for the meeting OpenStack Summit & Conference Fall 2012 Planning, next Tuesday, June 19 at 10:00 AM CDT. It will be the right time and place to discuss the challenges faced as the events have grown, and potential changes to the format to address them going forward.