May 8-11, 2017

Event Details

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m1.Boaty.McBoatface: The Joys of Flavor Planning by Popular Vote

As enterprise cloud usage grows, operators struggle to maintain a low-cost, monolithic infrastructure while satisfying users’ increasingly-specialized requirements and usage demands.

Most cloud operators understand the value of OpenStack (Nova) flavors in mitigating this issue, but some struggle to effectively utilize this feature because:


  • They lack an adequate process and automation for flavor lifecycle management
  • They look at tenant requirements in a siloed fashion and lack a big picture focus on the larger need to offer specialized, but standardized configurations
  • On the other extreme, they make the mistake of trying to standardize too much without permitting the degree of specialization needed for different use-cases (the 'everything must be the same!' mantra)
  • They have sub-optimal flavor geometries that do not maximize use of available resources


In this session we'll look at how to design flavors to prevent these problems.

What can I expect to learn?

Attendees will learn about:

  • Flavor terminology, semantics, and conceptual breakdown
  • What can go wrong with flavors (things to avoid, lessons learned)
  • Best practices and industry standards around planning and managing flavors
  • How to manage/mitigate cost of introducing additional flavor offerings
  • Gain an appreciation for some of the design tradeoffs for different optimization decisions
  • How to plan for and account for legacy workloads alongside cloud native workloads with respect to flavors
  • How flavors impacts and links together many disciplines and stakeholders (architecture/planning, operations, end-users, automation, etc)
Monday, May 8, 5:30pm-6:10pm (9:30pm - 10:10pm UTC)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Insight Global, Principal OpenStack Architect
Craig Anderson works at Insight Global as a Principal OpenStack Architect, where he has lead the design of large scale, distributed, highly customized OpenStack private clouds for fortune 10 customers. FULL PROFILE