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OpenStack Conference Spring 2013

April 15-18, 2013, Portland, Oregon

April 15, 16, 17, 18


Thanks for attending! The OpenStack Summit is a four-day conference for developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software.

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Videos of Sessions From Day 1

OpenStack-on-OpenStack Overview

Robert Collins, HP

In this session, I will talk about some of the problems we face in deploying openstack by using openstack. I'll point at areas where the bare metal driver needs better integration with other services (eg. Quantum and Cinder), how we really need an inventory database (I'm looking at you, HealthNMon), how the Nova scheduler needs to be aware of hardware, and how Heat is taking over the world. I might even propose that it's possible to bootstrap yourself right out of your own boots!

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Using Personas to Target Users

Dave Neary, Red Hat

This session will cover the basics of: * What is a persona and why should I care? * How do I come up with persona(s) for my project? * What can I do with personas? This session will be useful to those interested in better understanding their target audiences, and specifically those seeking to grow a community around an open source project.

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Orchestration of Fibre Channel technologies for Private Cloud deployments

Andre Beausoleil (Brocade Communications), Gary Thunquest (HP)

OpenStack supports many different compute, storage and networking environments for various deployment models. Over the past 15 years major investments went into building Fibre Channel storage infrastructures. If you are considering moving your dev/test or storage/backup or business applications to the cloud and extending your future FC private cloud environment to leverage OpenStack then plan on attending this discussion.

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Getting from Grizzly to Havana: A DevOps Upgrade Pattern

Rob Hirschfeld, Dell

Upgrade Orchestrations are essential! We're both delighted and frustrated by OpenStack's pace of innovation because by the time we get the current release working then new hotness arrives. Last year, it was enough to just install OpenStack, but now we think it's required to have an upgrade plan. If you agree that migrations between versions are also very important then look no farther!

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OpenStack User Committee Update & Survey Results

Ryan Lane (Wikimedia), JC Martin (eBay), Tim Bell (CERN)

Representing the user committee, we will review the current status of the OpenStack user committee, its scope, the plans for next year along with the input from the user groups, industry sectors and foundation members. Discussions on the best approaches to identify user requirements, profile the user community and continue supporting the ongoing user activities around OpenStack will be welcome.

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OpenStack Contributions Made Easier and Quicker

Loic Dachary, Upstream University

Becoming an OpenStack contributor is easy, people are welcoming, and it's a rewarding experience. Upstream University ( ) was funded by the Free Software Foundation France shortly after the April 2012 OpenStack summit to speed up the process, and enable even a skilled contributor to level up. It celebrates its first anniversary with a training session ( ) dedicated to OpenStack in Portland, just before the summit.

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Panel: What's Next in Network Virtualization

Moderator: Eric Hanselman (451 Research); Mike Cohen (Big Switch), Dan Mihai Dumitriu (Midokura), Ahihiro Motoki (Core Developer), Balaji Sivasubramanian (Cisco), Nachi Ueno (NTT)

Network virtualization has become a very hot topic over the last year. What began as an intriguing piece of technology is quickly becoming a fundamental requirement of scalable, next generation cloud infrastructure. Some of the top developers in this space will join an industry panel to discuss the present and future of network virtualization software. Come join us to learn where network virtualization is going!

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Solving the OpenStack Talent Gap

Niki Acosta, Rackspace Hosting

As the global demand for OpenStack expertise increases, employers are finding it difficult to recruit talent, which is slowing down the ability for organizations to adopt and implement OpenStack and supporting tools and services. Join Rackspace Cloud Evangelista Niki Acosta, as she shares her thoughts on the OpenStack talent gap and what the community must do-- short term and long term-- to accelerate adoption and usage of OpenStack-powered public and private clouds.

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Putting the PaaS in OpenStack

Diane Mueller (Red Hat), Krishna Raman (OpenShift)

RedHat has created its own OpenStack distribution that is now in preview and still a bit rough around the edges, but promises to include what is needed to deploy & evaluate a truly complete Open Cloud environment. In addition, Red Hat wants there to be a widely used open-source community developed PaaS model for the cloud which includes being open to participation by a community of peers. To really create a open cloud environment and to make it useful, you need to complete the stack with an PaaS. Just getting a cloud environment up and running is no longer enough. The challenge that OpenStack faces is how to get people, applications and services working on OpenStack out of the box.

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Chef for OpenStack Overview

Matt Ray, Opscode

The open source configuration management and automation framework Chef is used to deploy and manage many large public and private installations of OpenStack and supports a wide variety of deployment scenarios. This session will discuss the currently available resources and documentation, the evolution and layout of the project and the roadmap going forward.

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Cloud Foundry - your PaaS on OpenStack

Ferran Rodenas, Dekel Tankel

Cloud Foundry is an open source platform as a service (PaaS), providing a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. Today's enterprises are looking to add PaaS capabilities to their private and public cloud infrastructure to decrease time to market for their applications and increase their developer productivity. This session will cover the natural synergy between the leading open PaaS solution, CloudFoundry, and the industry's leading open IaaS, OpenStack. 

Dekel Tankel, Director of Product Marketing for Cloud Foundry, will present a broad introduction to Cloud Foundry, its core features and unique position in the PaaS landscape. Ferran Rodenas, Staff Engineer for Cloud Foundry, will discuss how the Cloud Foundry operational management tool, BOSH, interfaces with OpenStack to run PaaS on a wide range of infrastructure. If you are interested in PaaS, Cloud Foundry, or how the OpenStack ecosystem is enabling a new breed of cloud abstraction, then be sure to attend this session.

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VMware/Nicira NVP Deep Dive

Brad Hedlund

This session is a 201 level technical deep dive on the VMware/Nicira Network Virtualization Platform (NVP). NVP is a virtual networking platform powering many OpenStack production environments as the networking engine behind Quantum. In this session we’ll explore the distributed systems architecture of the NVP Controller Cluster, the core functionality and behavior of NVP’s primary system components, and the logical networking devices and security tools NVP produces for consumption. High availability deployments, and packet flows for common scenarios will be discussed. And finally, we’ll take a look at how the physical network fabric can be architected for NVP deployments.

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Contrail Project: Federation and its Security aspects

Ales Cernivec, Luka Zakrajsek

Contrail ( is a running FP7 EU research project. The main achievement of the project will be a tightly integrated software stack in open source including a comprehensive set of system, runtime and high level services providing standardized interfaces for supporting cooperation and resource sharing over Cloud federations. The main contribution of CONTRAIL is an integrated approach to virtualization, offering Infrastructure-as-a-Service, services for IaaS Cloud Federation, and Platform-as-a- Service. It aims at equalling current commercial Clouds, and surpassing them in a number of selected key domains to facilitate industrial up-take of Federated Cloud computing.

We would like to present the current status of the project as well as expected final results, focusing on Cloud Federation and security aspects.

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Optimizing VM images for OpenStack with KVM/QEMU

Chet Burgess

OpenStack and KVM/QEMU support a cornucopia of image and disk formats. With so many options it can be difficult to understand all the various trade-offs of these formats.

We will explore some of the more common image formats and disk formats and their trade-offs. We will cover tips and tricks for converting image formats, and working with these images directly. Additionally we will dive into how nova, libvirt, and KVM interact with these formats when doing various operations such as snapshoting and image resizing. We will look at best practices for configuring the guest operating systems such as default login credentials, network configuration, and device/performance optimization. Finally we will look at how to pre-install tools to assist in configuring the OS at VM creation as well as how to interact with the metadata API. 

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Techniques for Managing your OpenStack Cloud

Ryan Geyer

OpenStack has evolved quickly but it can be improved with management tools. We’ll explore dashboards and API management of OpenStack private clouds. We’ll compare the advantages of management at different layers--the cloud, the infrastructure and the applications. 

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Lessons from History: OpenStack and the Articles of Confederation

Paul Holland

In the summer of 1787, a community of diverse individuals with a common challenge met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to discuss their problems with the Articles of Confederation and work towards a better outcome.

The attendees desired that the different states better understand and communicate with each other, and so they debated how best to do something new while organizing a framework for the entities which were represented and those new ones which were to come. The result of those discussions became the U.S. Constitution which has stood for over 225 years.

Come discover the similarities between Open Source and OpenStack communities and the Constitutional Convention over 200 years ago and what lessons there might be from history for our community. 


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Panel Discussion: Enterprise Vendors in the OpenStack Ecosystem

Robert Esker, Paul Sims, Andre Pech, Jim Walker, Pete Yamasaki, Didier Stolpe, Mark McLaughlin

In this panel, members from AMD, Arista, Brocade, EMC, HortonWorks, NetApp and Rackspace will discuss the Enterprise OpenStack ecosystem and speak about benefits and motives for making OpenStack a core part of their product offering. 


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Designing your OpenStack Private Cloud: Folsom Edition

Ryan Richard

Synopsis: There is no easy answer or magic solution when architecting your private cloud. OpenStack is flexible and can be designed in many ways which can be a blessing or a curse. The goal of this talk is to provide guidance on how to start thinking about your private cloud architecture.

I am continuing this series from my operational talks at the Grizzly Summit and would like to make this a standard talk at every summit. We've been working with Folsom for 6 months and will be updated as such. 

1. Build with the end in mind (don't paint yourself into an architectural corner)
2. Images and Storage
3. Architecture examples and thoughts for the following environment sizes: a. 1-20 physical nodes
b. 20-100 physical nodes
4. Performance Considerations and Bottlenecks
5. Lessons Learned
6. Operational updates
7. Q/A and Community Input 


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Cloud Keep: OpenStack key management as a Service

Jarret Raim, Matt Tesauro

In our internal research at Rackspace, the number one customer concern around security is Data Protection. While there are many aspects to protecting customer data, encryption is typically a key part of most solutions. This importance can be seen in every compliance regime and a large suite of encryption providers, both open-source and commercial. However, these sources tend to lack technical implementation detail, especially around the hardest part of designing an encryption scheme, key management.

This presentation will cover Cloud Keep, an open source project sponsored by Rackspace to build a secure, Cloud-ready key management solution. We hope to solve a need for our customers as well as other OpenStack projects, several of which have published blueprints around encryption recently (Cinder:, Swift: We will walk through our plans for the system, its technical architecture and demonstrate our current proof of concept implementation. 

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Expanding the community reach through user groups and universities

Mark T. Voelker, Kyle Mestery, Kamesh Pemmaraju, Jeff Prevost

In this session, we'll discuss experiences to date and near-term plans for expanding the community through user groups and universities.

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After the Install: Operational Tooling for OpenStack

Jason Cannavale

OpenStack is now installed. Now how do you operate it? How do you perform upgrades? Join Director of Software Development Jason Cannavale, as he demonstrates and discusses the Rackspace Private Cloud approach to operating an OpenStack powered cloud and simplifying the operator experience. 

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Update on Project Reddwarf

Tim Simpson, Vipul Sabhaya

With two public cloud services in production, one at Rackspace and another at HP, OpenStack Project Reddwarf ( is increasing the value of both OpenStack and the affiliated project ecosystem. Since the last summit, we've increased community collaboration and accelerated development to make Reddwarf easier to consume and develop, as well as added many new features! Join Rackspace and HP as we discuss the value Reddwarf brings to Openstack, the progress we've made, the challenges we have faced, and our vision for the future. In this session, you will get a chance to hear how Reddwarf simplifies the management and maintenance of database systems in the cloud, understand how you can begin to leverage it, and learn how you can become active in the community. 

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Openstack integration: case study of an application deployment on a hybrid cloud

Pascal Joly

How do you design and deploy a hybrid cloud application service using Openstack, VMware Vcenter and HP Public Cloud Service? How do you automatically scale your multi-tier application to respond
to peak demand?

This presentation will focus on the architecture blueprint and best practices for designing a scalable hybrid cloud application service using Openstack API and HP Cloud technology components.

It will also highlight the following aspects:
-Application resource management
-Orchestration of an application deployment on top of Openstack cloud -Performance and Security considerations 

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Ceilometer: From Metering to Metrics

Nick Barcet, Julien Danjou

Ceilometer is now one year old, and we just delivered our first synchronized release with OpenStack, our second official release.

During the past 6 months, and as a follow up to the intense discussions we had at the last summit, we delivered a much more robust
solution which perimeter and architecture has been extended from just metering to metric gathering at large accross all OpenStack projects.

This talk will first shortly go back on the project history, then explain the architecture evolution and uses cases it now permit and will close by explaining how you can put Ceilometer into action on your own projects. 

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OpenStack Community Activity Board and Metrics

Sanjiva Nath, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, Dan Stangel

In this 90-minute session, we'll explore the new OpenStack Community Activity Board, as well as facilitate an overall discussion about community metrics and other quantitative ways to measure who built Grizzly.

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Standup HA OpenStack with open Puppet manifests in under 20 minutes... for goat

Boris Renski

Boris from Russia here... We do much OpenStack at Mirantis. Much customer ask us to make cloud controller is highly available. Also much customer is cheap and ask only free, open source stuff in their cloud. At Mirantis we like make customer happy, so we make puppet recipe to make very highly available OpenStack for free. In this talk I make simple demonstration that even a goat that had a lot of vodka can understand how is use open puppet recipes to make highly available OpenStack and pay zero rubles to anyone. Also, a goat. 

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SmartCloud Foundations: Inside IBM's OpenStack-based products

Andrew Trossman, James Pang, Alex Peay

IBM has built its cloud strategy around OpenStack. As such IBM is investing to make OpenStack good enough for a broad range of customers. Likewise, IBM is providing proprietary value add via well designed OpenStack extension points and by building additional capabilities above the OpenStack IaaS.

This presentation will introduce IBM's new suite of cloud product offerings with a deep dive into some of the key areas which extend the open source projects. Likewise we'll describe the capabilities that are layered above OpenStack which can interoperate with other OpenStack compatible clouds, both on and off premises.

We'll show how IBM's breadth of technologies developed internally and acquired are being integrated into the OpenStack ecosystem. Finally, we'll introduce an online marketplace for everything OpenStack from free and open source images and scripts, to chef cookbooks, to commercial automation assets. 


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OpenStack Community Activity Board and Metrics: What would you like to see?

Sanjiva Nath, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, Dan Stangel

We will continue the 90-minute session, we'll explore the new OpenStack Community Activity Board, as well as facilitate an overall discussion about community metrics and other quantitative ways to measure development activities of OpenStack.

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Healthnmon - A Cloud Monitor & Healthnmon Proxy Drivers

Srinivasa Acharya, Divakar Padiyar Nandavar

In this session I would like to talk about a Cloud Monitoring Solution for OpenStack Cloud using “Healthnmon” which is currently available under “stackforge”. Healthnmon intends to provide Cloud Monitoring service for OpenStack Cloud Resources and Infrastructure with a pluggable framework for  Inventory Management, Alerts and Notifications, and Utilization Data. 

Healthnmon is targeted for private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, covering KVM, Hyper-V and ESX hypervisor technologies. Healthnmon solution aims at providing an architecture that supports the infrastructure management, getting insights into the underlying hypervisor features, topology details, Cloud resource and application monitoring.

A Healthnmon driver implementation collects the Cloud Resource Inventory, Usage, Alerts. The session will cover the following 

  • Overall architecture
  • Healthnmon proxy driver implementation for KVM
  • Healthnmon proxy driver for ESX (vcenter)
  • Healthnmon proxy driver for Hyper V
  • Approach to plug-in existing Monitoring solutions through a driver (nagios)
  • How to add a new driver for Healthnmon 



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