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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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OpenStack Day, Bangalore, India

October 19th, 2012 — 3:33pm

OpenStack Day one complete day on OpenStack as a parallel track was organized on 14th Oct in Bangalore at OSIDays event.


OpenStack developers/contributors across India participated and spoke/presented on various OpenStack components. The event was attended by over 60 enthusiastic people with different domains from entrepreneurs, start-ups, technology solution architects to students. Speakers covered most of the topics including Swift, Ceilometer, Quantum, Devstack, Keystone, HEAT, Juju & MaaS.

Slides of event can be found here. Photos of the event can be found here. We also had a open house discussion with how to contribute upstream as Syed Armani in beginning presented a session how to contribute to OpenStack project and the discussion turned into an exciting Q/A session.

I would specially like to thank Divyanshu Verma from DELL for helping us in getting the venue finalized and Kavit Munshi from Aptira for sponsoring lunch.  Also special thanks to the organizers of OSIdays for letting us use there venue for day long event/session on OpenStack. Thanks to Hardik we got lots of Ubuntu goodies as well to distribute during the event to our participants. :D

We are looking forward to keep the momentum going, stay tuned for more exciting announcements soon. :)

Last but not the least DELL, HP, NetApps, RedHat others offered us venue for upcoming meetups which means arranging a venue is no more an issue to us for our monthly meetups. What we would also like to have is to get speakers from these participating organizations. :)

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OpenStack Essex Deploy Day Summary

June 5th, 2012 — 3:54pm

On May 31st, more than 200 people from around the world  gathered to learn about how to automate OpenStack deployments with Dell Crowbar and Opscode Chef. This day-long, world-wide event brought  together developers, operators, users, ecosystem vendors and the open source cloud curious.  The event was coordinated as meet-ups by the Dell OpenStack/Crowbar team (my team) in four physical locations, where more than 70 enthusiasts gathered for the event:

In addition, nearly 125 participants joined online on the live webcast and various online channels.

We have validated our deployment against the Essex release and our objective with this Essex Deploy Day event was to test deployments of Open Stack in a variety of environments.  Accordingly, we reached out to the OpenStack and Crowbar communities for training, testing, deployment, and collaborative development of the OpenStack Essex release.  The response was amazing!

The Deploy day offered two parallel tracks for OpenStack newcomers and experts.

The Introductory Track: In this  track, we focused on basics of OpenStack, Crowbar, and DevOps and discussed their value and benefits. In five three-hour sessions that spanned  three time zones covering the East/West coast and the Asia pacific regions, we demonstrated  LIVE (the recorded sessions are available here: http://bit.ly/crowbarOSED) ) how to automatically deploy OpenStack .

Here are the slides used for this track:


Additionally, this track featured presentations and demos from ecosystem partners including enStratus, InkTank, Suse, MorphLabs, and OpsCode who discussed how they are leveraging Essex and bringing unique value-add to the OpenStack community and customers.

The Experts Track: The expert track was intended for people that already had some familiarity with Crowbar, Chef, and DevOps, and wanted to take a deep dive into new features of OpenStack Essex and Crowbar and how Crowbar works under the hood. The expert track had a separate screencast, and featured live and online collaboration with Crowbar developers and engineers.

The expert track explored  several advanced topics such as upgrading OpenStack  and developing barclamps etc.

Success By the Numbers

The overwhelming response and the large number of attendees makes this the most successful deploy day by far.  The breadth of companies and individuals that participated makes this a truly collaborative and international event  and is an  impressive indication of the excitement that is building around OpenStack. Here is look at broad participation metrics:

  • 200 people participated from 9 different countries
  • 70 people attended in-person in the four locations: NY, Boston, Austin, Sunnyvale
  • 250 downloads of the software from zehicle.crowbar.com and the build server
  • 20+ companies represented world-wide
  • Great participation from ecosystem vendors including enStratus, MorphLabs, Suse, InkTank, OpsCode

Here is a just a small sample of some of the companies that participated

Dell (sponsor), Opscode, Mirantis, Morphlabs, Enstratus, Yahoo, AT&T, HPOpenTV, cloudTP, Fidelity, Lucent-Alcatel, IBM Labs, Critical Media,  AppFirst

We wish to thank everyone who participated in making this event a huge success!


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A team for the OpenStack International Community

October 27th, 2011 — 11:10am

With so many people interested in OpenStack that new user groups start regularly. A list on the community page mentions groups in Egypt, Japan, China, and more but we know it’s partial. There are more OpenStack groups and more people are interested in forming one. We’ve established a new OpenStack team, the International Community team on Launchpad with the objective: To help user groups around the world to advertise their existence, to share best practices, announce local events and coordinate activities. And have fun meanwhile.

If you run an OpenStack user group, a meetup, want to host an hackaton join the OpenStack International Community team and subscribe to the mailing list.

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OpenStack Korea User Group – Technical Seminar April 14 or 15

April 6th, 2011 — 11:38am

News from the OpenStack Korea User Group on a Technical Seminar scheduled for April 14th or 15th at the NIPA Building in Seoul, Korea. For event details contact @songerie on Twitter). This will be a good opportunity to discuss not only technical details about OpenStack but also about how we move forward as an open source user group in Korea.

Voting is ongoing to determine the event date (April 14th or 15th) at http://www.doodle.com/4faub9qwpu6d4m99

TIme Session Speaker
1:30 – 2:10 Enhancing OpenStack Object Storage (SWIFT) Replicator Mechanism Kyungyun Kim, Cluenet
2:10 – 2:50 Configuration/Deployment Management Automation Jaesuk Ahn, Hohyun Jun, Eohyung Lee, KT
2:50 – 3:20 Recent Trends in Cloud Computing Dongjae Kang, ETRI
3:20 – 3:30 Coffee Break
3:30 – 5:10 Nova & Swift InstallFest and Technical Discussion KT
5:10 – 5:20 Coffee Break
5:20 – 6:00 Discussion: How to run OpenStack Korea User Group Jaesuk Ahn
6:00 Dinner

For event information in Korean, please visit http://www.openstack.or.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=os005.

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Spain OpenStack User Group Launch

March 16th, 2011 — 10:09am

I am pleased to announce the official launch of our first OpenStack User Group in Europe sponsored and organized by Diego Parrilla and the team at StackOps. Here are the relevant links…

Website: http://stackops.org/display/soug
Google Groups: https://groups.google.com/group/spain-openstack-user-group
Twitter: twitter.com/openstackspain

This User Group is in the final stages of planning an OpenStack Meetup in Madrid, Spain on April 14th for OpenStack and Beer. Watch the twitter feed for more information on this event in April.

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