OpenStack Conference and Design Summit – Day 3 Recap

The OpenStack community completed its third day with 15 sessions, 12 five-minute lighting talks, 6 unconference sessions, 1 demonstration session, and many hallway conversations; all in just 9 hours. To top off the evening, we headed over to Dave and Buster’s for fine food, beverages, and many, many video games. Here are your daily highlights:

Crowd at Dave and Busters

Github vs Launchpad Meeting


OpenStack Conference and Design Summit -Day 2 Recap

Another amazing day at the OpenStack Conference and Design Summit; highlights:

Hallway Conversations – Making OpenStack Happen

Billy Cox from Intel

Lew Tucker from Cisco


OpenStack Conference and Design Summit -Day 1 Recap

The first day of the OpenStack event in Santa Clara, CA has finally ended (at least for me) and here are some event highlights as well as some great pictures taken by various community members.

  • Gordon Mangione of Citrix Systems talks about his keynote today –
  • Attendance – Just over 400 people attended the event today
  • OpenStack Community donates $15,000 from event registration to Japanese Tsunami Relief Fund
  • Other Keynote Speakers – Jim Curry from Rackspace – Ryan Lane from Wikimedia – James Williams from NASA – Neal Sample from eBay
  • Nati Shalom from GigaSpaces – PaaS on OpenStack Slides-
  • All keynote sessions taped – anticipate posting videos and slides next week

Morning Keynotes

Crowd in Networking for OpenStack Presentation

Lunch in great California weather


Community Weekly Newsletter (April 15 – 22)

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Korea OpenStack User Group Technical Seminer






  • Data Tracking Graphs –
  • OpenStack Compute (NOVA) Data
    • 40 Active Reviews
    • 237 Active Branches – owned by 62 people & 13 teams
    • 1,754 commits by 72 people in last month
  • OpenStack Object Storage (SWIFT) Data
    • 0 Active Reviews
    • 54 Active Branches – owned by 21 people & 5 teams
    • 214 commits by 12 people in last month
  • OpenStack Image Registry (GLANCE) Data
    • 2 Active Reviews
    • 17 Active Branches – owned by 5 people & 3 teams
    • 96 commits by 9 people in last month
  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 397 total tweets; OpenStack 1,441 total tweets  (does not include RT)
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 294 Tracked Bugs; 77 New Bugs; 44 In-process Bugs; 0 Critical Bugs; 15 High Importance Bugs; 158 Bugs (Fix Committed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week:  225 Blueprints; 2 Essential, 11 High, 12 Medium, 20 Low, 180 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  15,551 Visits, 38,438 Pageviews, 57.06% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages: Home 36.47%; /projects 11.77%; /projects/compute 18.08%; /projects/storage 11.90%; /projects/glance 6.08%



OpenStack Community Supports Japan Tsunami Relief Efforts

OpenStack is a global community, and contributors from Japan have been in our thoughts since the tragic earthquake and tsunami.  To show our support, at next week’s OpenStack Conference and Design Summit, we will be selling ‘OpenStack for Japan’ t-shirts benefiting the Red Cross.  The suggested minimum donation for a t-shirt is $25, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the charity organization. The limited-edition shirts were designed by popular cartoonist Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid).  Based on demand, we may also print and sell more shirts online after the event.

We look forward to the OpenStack community’s support in this effort next week in Santa Clara!


Announcing Project RedDwarf – Database as a Service

From Daniel Morris in the OpenStack developer mailing list comes a new incubation project announcement…

Today Rackspace is announcing the introduction of Database as a Service (Project RedDwarf) for a possible affiliated OpenStack incubation project.

To give you some background, Database as a Service is a scalable relational database service that allows users toquickly and easily utilize the features of a relational database without the burden of handling complex administrative tasks.   With this service, cloud users and database administrators can provision and manage multiple database instances as needed.

Initially, our plan is for the service to focus on providing resource isolation at high performance while automating complex administrative tasks including deployment, configuration, patching, backups, restores, and monitoring. Some of the key features for the first release are listed below:

  • Single tenant MySQL instance with unlimited databasesper instance
  • Public API’s to create, read, update, and delete databases and database users
  • User and database access management with root user access
  • Scale database instance memory sizes up and down
  • Scale up storage sizes
  • Database backups and restores
  • Instance migrations
  • Instance metrics and monitoring

This represents our current thinking for a first release, and we welcome feedback from the community on any suggested features.

While still in the early stages of development, the service is already tightly integrated with OpenStack Compute (Nova).  We chose Nova because the component-based architecture and open standards make it the perfect virtualization layer for our product platform.  The compute layer provides the reusable and deployable services needed to build an extensible service deployment foundation that will be used to deliver not only a MySQL database service, but also many other services in the future.

The initial architecture of this service is being designed around several technologies listed below

  • Open Stack Compute (Nova)
  • OpenVZ – OpenVZ is a container based virtualization technology that ensures guaranteed resource minimums and maximums delivering exceptional performance from a MySQL server, comparable to a bare metal box.
  • Guest Agent – The guest agent is the management interface to the container (VM). All operations originating from the Cloud Databases API use the guest to manipulate the container.

More details can be found on the blueprint and wiki, please take a look, get involved, and provide any comments or feedback you may have.  Also, join us during our session at the OpenStack Design Summit in Santa Clara April 26th – 29th to learn more about our approach, ask questions and become active in the project!  We are excited about working with the community as we continue to develop relational databases in the cloud.


Mark Collier on Facebook’s Open Compute

Mark Collier has a detailed blog post with plenty of videos on the recent Facebook announcement of Open Compute.  The complete post is here.

My favorite part…

Starting today, communities like Open Compute can combined forces with other open communities like OpenStack and Cloud Foundry to get real world data on how a given workload (say, serving up to 10M users or something less critical, like storing images from Mars) actually consumes power to find the waste and come up with innovative solutions across domains. To prove that collaboration is about action and not talk, Jesse Andrews, Jim Curry and myself approached the Facebook team after the event and said “hey! lend us some of these servers and we’ll take them to our office in San Francisco and have OpenStack running on them tonight!”. Something that might have taken months to arrange was now in motion in a matter of hours! A couple of videos of our secret plan in action:

Click over to Mark’s blog post to see OpenStack running on Open Compute hardware on launch day….