The Must-Attend

Open Infrastructure Event

The open infrastructure landscape is changing, and so is the Summit. Now that users are integrating dozens of open source tools into a modern stack that reaches well beyond the scope of OpenStack, we’re re-organizing the event to focus on specific problem domains like container infrastructure, edge computing and CI/CD and we are focusing on the hard work of integrating all of these tools developed in disparate communities. This is the essential work of 2018 and beyond, to ensure that open infrastructure is truly a viable path for operators.

Boston
May 8-11, 2017

The Must-Attend

Open Infrastructure Event

Join the movement behind the most widely deployed open source cloud platform. Whether you are pursuing a private, hybrid or multi-cloud approach, the OpenStack Summit is the place to network, skill up and plan your cloud strategy.

Boston
May 8-11, 2017

Event Details


The U.S. Army Cyber School OpenStack Use Case: Saving Millions and Making Changes for the Benefit of National Defense

The United States Army Cyber School (USACYS) is charged with training and educating Soldiers to defend the interests of the United States and our allies at home and abroad via means grounded in computer science, electrical engineering, robotics, physics, and mathematics.  Over the past 18 months, USACYS has used OpenStack to execute this critical mission for force readiness.

This presentation will focus on our journey from 3 borrowed servers connected to users via CAT6 cables running through a drop ceiling to a 2000-core cluster backed by a 4PB Ceph array that is 100% code-driven.  We will also discuss our CI pipeline that integrates our Blackboard LMS, Heat, and our asciidoc-based curriculum-as-code repository into a student experience that is always up-to-date, relevant, and technically accurate while investing minimum man-hours for content curation.  This DevOps-oriented approach, underpinned by OpenStack, allows our instructors to focus on teaching students and creating new content, not creating slide presentations and formatting word processor documents.  This approach has yielded high benefits in courseware quality and student outcomes while saving millions of dollars in platform TCO expenses.  The OpenStack solution has put USACYS years ahead of similar government education programs and on track to continue to embrace innovation and change for the benefit of national defense.

Monday, May 8, 3:40pm-4:20pm
Level: Intermediate
United States Army
CPT Christopher Apsey is a 9-year Army veteran who has been involved with technology and computing profesionally for the past 11 years.  He is a Cyber Operations (Information Security) Officer in the United States Army, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy. He has been an evangelist, architect, operator, and administrator of the... FULL PROFILE
U.S. Army
MAJ Julianna Rodriguez is the Director of the Cyber Technical College at the United States Army Cyber School. She has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Columbia University. FULL PROFILE