OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (October 23 – 29)

This 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 email [email protected].

Stackup at UDS 2010






  • MONTHLY Data for all of October will be released next week with week by week data for tracking purposes
  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack  151 tweets ; 149 re-tweets ; all OpenStack 2,460 total tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 66 Tracked Bugs;  37 New Bugs; 1 In-process Bugs;    1 Critical Bugs;  8 High Importance Bugs;  5 Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week:  75 Blueprints; 1 Essential,  2 High,  16 Medium,   5 Low, 51 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  17,794 Visits, 42,187 Pageviews, 70.56% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages : Home 41.10% ; /projects 11.46% ; /projects/compute 18.18% ; /projects/storage 13.03%; /community 5.93%


2010 Architecture Board Elections

Starting on Monday, November 1, OpenStack willl be holding the community elections for the OpenStack Architecture Board. We have posted a list of twelve nominees on the wiki. You can visit the wiki page to see the list and read a little about each of the candidates:

The voting is open to everyone who has signed the Contributor License Agreement and is a member of one of the OpenStack Launchpad projects. We will be making use of Condorcet Voting Service ( for the election. Those who have signed the Contributor License Agreement and are a member of one of the OpenStack Launchpad projects will be receiving an email on Monday with a link to the online voting system. We will leave the polling open for 48 hours and then announce the results.

As explained on the Governance page of the wiki, there are four seats up for election. After we close the polling, the four candidates who received the most votes will begin serving either a one or two-year term.

Thank you to all the candidates for volunteering for this effort! If any of you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


Content Stacks

Yep, content does stack, and I wanted to describe some of the content stacks we have going now. It’s like pimp my ride, where’s the noun and where’s the verb?

Stacking Up

The OpenStack community has embraced technical content and the surrounding community is hungry for more. We’ve had great contributions from community members. A couple of highlights to me are the enthusiasm and friendly lines of questioning by David Pravec (alekibango on IRC), plus his outlines in Etherpad have been excellent starters for Nova manuals. He also feels passionately that we are creating manuals, not guides, providing exact information rather than just guidance. We also had Stephen Milton (grizzletooth on IRC) step up and take the Swift All In One page and test it on multiple servers, providing a brand new multi-server installation and deployment page that we’re still drafting. A student in Florida, Eric Dorman (Orman on IRC), who is studying security in the clouds, is writing security documentation for OpenStack. This turnout encourages me so much, thanks all.

We’ve got a Documentation page that stores the collection of pages we’ve started and outlines the plans for what pages need to be written. I really liked this blog post, Two months writing docs for Open Atrium and Managing News – lessons learned! and borrowed the outline ideas from there. It confirmed my thinking that there are a lot of expectations for technical documentation for completeness, and this outline, once it’s filled in, would bring a sense of “completeness” to the OpenStack documentation.

The and sites should be freshly outfitted with Google Analytics by the end of this week. We should have Google Analytics integrated in the wiki soon as well. This integration will give us ideas about which pages are often viewed, what searches bring people to the site, and the paths they take once they’re on the wiki for example.

One work area that has surprised me a bit is the use of Etherpad to write drafts and collaborate with a small group before putting the information on the wiki or in RST. We’ve coded Etherpad pages in RST so it’s a simple copy/paste to get the RST in the Sphinx build. I understand the feeling that writing drafts on the wiki feels like working on the document on the operating table with its guts hanging out. So having a more private collaborative area like Etherpad seems to bridge the gap between wiki page drafts and early, early drafts.

Doc Sprint

I’m shaping the agenda for the upcoming Doc Sprint the last two days of the OpenStack Design Summit. All times are Central Standard (GMT -6). Here’s how it’s looking:

Thursday Nov. 11

9:00-10:00 Attend Install Fest and install environment, update install
10:00-10:30 Training in either wiki or RST as needed, plan writing
11:00-12:00 Write
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:00 Community Manager Stephen Spector to talk about documentation
2:00-4:00 Write
4:00 End of day check-in (IRC and/or con call)
6:00 Don’t forget the party is Thursday night, all doc contributors are
welcome! Buses will depart the Weston Centre lobby at 6:00.

Friday Nov. 12

9:00-12:00 Write
12:00 Mid-day check-in (IRC and/or con call)
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-4:00 Write

The check-in at the end of the day enables us to connect with remote contributors, switch writing assignments, ask questions and so on. If you’re planning to participate remotely, please let me know so I can accommodate your needs. We’ll be on the #openstack IRC channel all day, and we can use a conference call or Skype if you’d like to listen in on Spector’s talk.

Official Content Stack

One of the goals for this quarter is to find a way to distinguish “official” documentation from “ongoing, in testing” documentation. Whether it’s a badge on a page or a whole new URL such as, I’d love your thoughts on how to indicate when a doc is tested, vetted, and official. I have ideas and examples but the community opinion matters and has weight in the decision, so please offer your ideas. You can email me at anne at openstack dot org, find me on IRC as annegentle, or find me on Twitter @annegentle.


Announcing The OpenStack 2010.1 “Austin” Release

By now, most of you have heard that yesterday we released the inaugural version of the OpenStack Cloud Computing Platform. The OpenStack project is comprised of two major subprojects, OpenStack Compute and OpenStack Object Storage.

Where is it?

OpenStack Compute:
Nova Cloud Computing Fabric
Glance Image Registry and Delivery Service

OpenStack Object Storage:

What’s new?

OpenStack Compute (Nova)

Multi-hypervisor support: Compute now supports KVM, QEMU, User-Mode Linux and Xen, are supported through libvirt and XenServer is supported by a nifty abstraction and plug-in contributed by Citrix.

API changes: In addition to the EC2, Compute has added a native OpenStack API that is based on the Rackspace Cloud Servers API. We are excited to have an API that we can extend. We also added support for EC2 Security Groups.

Image registry and delivery service: We have added the Glance project, which is an image registration and discovery service (Parallax) and an image delivery service (Teller). These services are used in conjunction by Open Stack Compute to deliver images from object stores, such as OpenStack’s Object Storage service, to Nova’s compute nodes. Glance can be used to serve images for Compute, but is not enabled by default in this release.

Networking Model: OpenStack Compute now supports two network models on compute nodes; VLANs with DHCP, and flat with either static IP pools or DHCP.

Scheduler: We added a base scheduling service to Openstack Compute that we will extend in future releases.

WSGI: In an effort to reduce the number of dependencies in OpenStack Compute and create a standard API layer with reusable components, we’ve decided to use WSGI. As a part of this we ported our current EC2 API code from Tornado to WSGI.

Rename server support: We added support for rackspace style user-friendly names, and renaming if running instances compute.

Code refactoring: OpenStack Compute completely refactored the ORM. The result is a much simpler code that is easier to understand. We also refactored the networking code for simplicity.

SQL support: A big part of the ORM refactor was the addition of support for SQLAlchemy Database toolkit. This will allow people to make use of existing SQL infrastructure when deploying OpenStack Compute. The refactor also removed support for redis. This should not be seen as a judgement about redis. We will visit re-adding support for nosql data stores during the next two release cycles.

OpenStack Object Storage (Swift)

Stats system: OpenStack Object Storage add a stats system that processes the logs generated by the system to produce per-account hourly summaries of system usage.

ACL’s and public containers: Object Storage added the ability for users to set ACL’s and grant public access to containers.

Metadata access: Object Storage now supports API access to account and container metadata.

Rate limiting: Rate limiting was extending from just supporting errors returned, to allowing requests to be slowed down and supporting stair stepped rate limits based on container size.

WSGI refactor: WSGI support was improved and pulled into middleware.

Shared improvements

Documentation: We started the release with almost no documentation and our wonderful technical writer, Anne, managed to create documentation from a constantly moving code base. Please visit the [] and have a look.

I want to offer a special thanks to everyone who helped us reach this exciting stage in the future of OpenStack. Whether you wrote code, tested, wrote docs, tweeted, designed t-shirts, defended us in blog posts, or just attend IRC meetings and gave us your opinion, all of you were instrumental in getting this release out the door. I hope to work with all of you for many more.

“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

Rick Clark Chief Architect, OpenStack

OpenStack “Austin” Release is Out

We made it — at least to the starting gate!  We’re pleased to announce the ‘Austin’ code release of OpenStack Compute and Object Storage.  This first release is a result of the hard work of the development community and the active support of more than 35 corporate partners over the last three months.  While Object Storage is ready for production, this first release of Compute is intended primarily for testing and limited deployment.

We know many of you are eager to try the OpenStack release.  You can download it at and OpenStack Object Storage at You can find living and breathing documentation on the wiki at You can get support through the new mailing lists at and the #openstack channel on IRC. We’re ready to assist adopters and contributors both, so please join us.

The OpenStack community will determine the roadmap for the next two releases, starting with the ‘Bexar’ release scheduled for January, at the next public Design Summit, November 9-12, in San Antonio, Texas. We encourage you to register today:

As part of the growth and transformation of, we’re working on improvements to enhance community participation, technology education, and developer participation. I encourage you to visit our updated web site at Plus, our community wiki is thriving at Your participation and feedback to the OpenStack community are essential components in our success.

Thanks for your support, commitment and hard work!  If you have suggestions for improvement, ping me or the team.  We want to know what you think and how we can improve at all times.

Keep stacking!

Jim Curry
Chief Stacker


OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (Oct 16 – 22)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – October 22, 2010

This 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 email [email protected].

Mark Collier at OpenStack Central






  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 64 tweets ; 95 re-tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 164 Tracked Bugs; 36 New Bugs; 6 In-process Bugs;   3 Critical Bugs;  22 High Importance Bugs;   83 Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 73 Blueprints; 10 Essential, 2 High, 16 Medium, 5 Low, 40 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  7,665 Visits, 17,345 Pageviews, 64.98% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages :  Home 44.74% ; /projects 10.35% ; /projects/compute 14.91% ; /projects/storage 10.05%; /community 8.35%



OpenStack Design Summit Business Track Coming into Focus

Registration for the Nov 9 – 12, 2010 continues to move along nicely as more and more  technologists, business leaders, and developers from companies such as Accenture, Bechtel, BMC Software, Canonical, Cloudkick, Cloudscaling, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Disney, Korea Telecom, NASA, NTT, PWC, Rackspace, and Samsung to name just a few are already registered. I strongly encourage you to consider attending this event and register soon as we do have a 300 attendee quota based on facility maximums. Registration is at

The Business Track is taking shape nicely and I want to provide an early preview to further peak your interest in this event.


– General Session: Hear from Jim Curry, Chief Stacker of OpenStack and Rick Clark, Chief Architect
of OpenStack on the status of OpenStack and its associated technologies. NASA and Accenture are also
scheduled to present during the General Session.

– Afternoon Session: Hear from David Lemphers of PWC on the business of deploying cloud solutions as
well as guest speakers from other leading cloud vendors enagaging with OpenStack. The OpenStack marketing team will also present the latest on the Trademark Policy and discuss the OpenStack brand and how the community can work together to gain further momentum for the brand.

– Morning Session: Planning and OpenStack deployment is the focus of the morning sessions. Various
speakers and discussion groups are being assembled to fulfil the agenda and ensure attendees are
educated properly in the requirments of deploying the various OpenStack technologies.

– Afternoon Session: Integrating OpenStack with existing IT solutions is the focus of the afternoon
sessions. It is critical that the OpenStack solution play in not only the open source sandbox but
also Enterprise solutions for maximum customer flexibility and enablement. Again, this track is
being planned at this time.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jim Curry, Chief Stacker OpenStack
  • Rick Clark, Chief Architect OpenStack
  • Soo Choi, Anso Labs
  • Joe Tobolski, Infrastructure Lab Lead, Director of Development, Accenture Technology Labs
  • David Lemphers, Director Cloud Computing, PricewaterhouseCoopers

If you are interested in speaking at this Design Summit or have something unique to offer the community around the proposed Business Track plan please contact [email protected]. The community is always interested in hearing from as many members as possible.

See everyone in a few weeks in San


OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (Oct 8 – 15)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – October 15, 2010

This 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 email [email protected].



  • InterOp: Is the Cloud Security Risk Overstated? Panel; Oct 20, 2010 in New York City;; See Bret Piatt
  • Cloud Expo West; Nov 1-4, 2010 in Santa Clara; See Jim Curry (Chief Stacker)
  • Cloud Computing Bootcamp at Cloud Expo West ; Nov 1-4, 2010 in Silicon Valley ; See Bret Piatt
  • Cloud Computing Expo Japan ; Nov 10 – 12 at Makuhari Messe; See  OpenStack at Midokura booth (
  • Defrag 2010 Conference; Nov 16 – 18, 2010 in Denver, CO; See Stephen Spector
  • Design Summit: Nov 9-12, 2010 in San Antonio, TX




  • Twitter Stats for Week: 49 tweets ; 52 re-tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week:  149 Tracked Bugs; 31 New Bugs; 10 In-process Bugs;  2 Critical Bugs; 17 High Importance Bugs;  71 Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 66 Blueprints; 12 Essential, 2 High, 13 Medium,  2 Low,  37 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  4,925 Visits, 10,769 Pageviews, 55.63% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages :  Home 46.27% ; /projects 12.05% ; /projects/compute 13.17% ; /projects/storage 10.14%; /community 8.10%



Join OpenStack Now and Help Influence the Future of Cloud Computing

The OpenStack momentum continues to grow quickly and now is the perfect time for you to join us at the start of this open source movement in cloud computing. We are very close to a significant release in just a few weeks and are actively recruiting testers and developers to find and fix bugs as well as assist in future product features and design. Of course, there can never be enough people willing to help document the project as we are hosting a Document Sprint at Design Summit next month in an effort to accelerate developer and user documentation. Speaking of users, we are now ready for you to start trying out the products and supplying feedback and new ideas.

To help you get started and find your way in the OpenStack community I am listing some great places to start based on your needs from the project. Another place to start is the ever growing “Getting Started with OpenStack” documentation site at



  • Sign up for a Launchpad account and install BZR to obtain a copy of the code including unit tests. Follow the development process to add additional unit tests for general community execution and/or visit the bug tracking section of Launchpad for find or create bugs
  • For more details, go to and read “If you’re a tester (and breaker), get started this way”
  • OpenStack Installation Instructions at


  • Sign up for a Launchpad account and install BZR to obtain a copy of the code; contributions to .rst files in /docs/source/ director
  • Click EDIT on the growing number of pages in the OpenStack Wiki
  • Attend 2-day Doc Sprint at Design Summit for a focused team writing session
  • For more info, go to and read “If you’re into doc, we’d love to see you”


We also encourage anyone interested in participating or learning about OpenStack to attend our 4 day Design Summit Nov 9 – 12 in San Antonio, TX. The first two days will have business and developer tracks with the last two days comprising an InstallFest, Doc Sprint, and Developer Coding Experience. Learn more and register at


OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (Oct 1 – Oct 7)

This 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 email Stephen Spector.

Simon Crosby, CTO Citrix Systems at Citrix Synergy in Berlin 2010



  • Speaking at an event on #openstack, let me know for addition to this list
  • Design Summit : Nov 9-12, 2010 in San Antonio, TX




  • Twitter Stats for Week:  54 tweets ; 57 re-tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 26 New Bugs; 140 Open Bugs; 5 In-process Bugs; 1 Critical Bug; 12 High Importance Bugs; 2 Bugs with Patches
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 55 Blueprints; 3 Essential, 3 High, 11 Medium, 2 Low, 36 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  6,340 Visits, 13,884 Pageviews, 62.33 New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages :  Home 47.20% ; /projects 11.65% ; /projects/compute 11.92% ; /projects/storage 10.62%; /community 7.09%