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OpenStack Conference Spring 2013

April 15-18, 2013, Portland, Oregon

April 15, 16, 17, 18


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Videos of Sessions From Day 2

Keynote: OpenStack as a Platform Ecosystem

Jonathan Bryce (OpenStack Foundation), Pravir Chandra (Bloomberg), Joel Crabb (Best Buy), Steve Eastham (Best Buy), Mark Muehl (Comcast)

OpenStack is more than just software, it's a community and platform ecosystem. In this session, OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce will cover the forces that impact platform success, as well as the latest stats and upates on the community front. You will also hear directly from Bloomberg, Best Buy and Comcast why they're betting on OpenStack.

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Keynote: Bloomberg User Spotlight

Pravir Chandra, Bloomberg

Bloomberg's CTO Security Architect describes how Bloomberg is using OpenStack.

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Keynote: Comcast User Spotlight

Mark Muehl, Comcast

Comcast's SVP describes how Comcast is using OpenStack and shows the audience a live demo of its Xfinity service running on OpenStack.

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Keynote: Best Buy User Spotlight

Joel Crabb & Steve Eastham, Best Buy

Best Buy cloud architects describe how they're using OpenStack as the foundation for their Continuous Delivery Cloud.

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Rackspace Keynote: OpenStack 2013: The Year of the User

Jim Curry (Rackspace) and Jim O'Neill (HubSpot)

Over the past three years, interest in OpenStack has evolved from developers to early adopters and users. Business users are now running OpenStack to meet real business needs. The more they work with OpenStack, the more they ask for new features and configurations. Some are even contributing code back to the community. In this keynote, Rackspace SVP and GM Jim Curry teams up with HubSpot CIO Jim O'Neill to present HubSpot's journey into OpenStack and the business advantages it has produced.

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Keynote: OpenStack at Red Hat

Brian Stevens, Red Hat

Brian Stevens talks about why Red Hat gravitated to OpenStack, and how we are committed to bringing a community to subscription model around the technology that aims to redefine IT.

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Apache Hadoop on OpenStack

Sudarshan Acharya (Rackspace) and Himanshu Bari (Hortonworks)

How can Hadoop take advantage of OpenStack and how can the OpenStack meet the needs of a demanding Hadoop cluster? In this session, we will briefly look at the Hadoop’s design decisions; come up with the best practices for deploying and running Hadoop on OpenStack and some of the challenges around it. We’ll also look at the ongoing work in the Hadoop and OpenStack community, and explore how we can make OpenStack a better platform for Hadoop and big data.

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Heat RefStack - A reference implementation of OpenStack

Rob Hirschfeld (Dell), Monty Taylor (HP)

The OpenStack project does an insane amount of automated testing as part of the development cycle, but up until now there has been no corresponding testing that can be performed against running public clouds. While we want to do that, before we can test other people's clouds for compatibility, we need to be able to express what it is they need to be compatible with. Enter RefStack It turns out that OpenStack is rich enough now to express a reference implementation in terms of itself, using heat templates.

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nova-network: The Dirty Details

Ryan Richard, Rackspace

Even with Quantum lingering right around the corner, nova-network still has its place in existing OpenStack clouds and will be used in the immediate future for many deployments. The goal of this talk is to provide in depth information about nova-network and items to consider when architecting your cloud. OpenStack Expertise Level: Beginner - Intermediate with good working knowledge of networking, linux networking and ip tables.

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OpenStack in Production: Accelerating Innovation at PayPal

Saran Mandair, PayPal

PayPal is the world's most successful e-commerce payment platform. In Fall of 2012 PayPal embarked on a pilot OpenStack project aimed at transforming its global infrastructure into an agile, open and robust cloud platform.Today the first PayPal production applications are running on OpenStack. By end of fall 2013, we expect several thousand instances in production supporting web and mid-tier applications. Along the way, PayPal solved several technical challenges making OpenStack high available, scalable and easy to operate at scale.

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Samsung Case Study: Using Openstack to support a massive mobile ecosystem

Kirk Kim

Samsung SDS will present a case study on using OpenStack to support its massive mobile ecosystem. Topics will include:

1. Cloud services based on smart devices and ecosystem
2. Hybrid Architecture and its solutions
3. Collaboration with Rightscale and Canonical partners
4. Lessons Learned

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OpenStack Grizzly Architecture 101

Ken Pepple

Building upon his popular blog posts and diagrams (, Ken will walk through the architecture of OpenStack Grizzly and describe it's key software components and important interactions with a special focus on recent changes. After finishing with the software architecture, he will discuss common physical design patterns available for large scale deployments. 

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A Swift Benchmarking Tool

Mark Seger

A lot of effort has gone into cloud storage peformance benchmarking, both of swift and other cloud stacks and part of the result is a lot of confusion in the numbers, in large part because there is no standard. This is further complicated because some implementations are written in java, some in python and some in raw curl. Furthermore, the underlying libraries themselves can cause variances as they do not all use the same buffer sizes, enable/disable ssl-compression and probably other parameters as well.

I would like to talk about our benchmarking methodologies at HP as well as describe a tool suite I've developed that implements them and share some results of benchmarking our own OpenStack implementation.

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Best Practices for Integrating a Third-party Portal with OpenStack

Campbell McNeill

Using OpenStack in the context of a cloud service provider carries some considerations. A key differentiator is user experience and in order to provide as a service.

In this session we will discuss the key differentiations required from a portal, based on the target audiences of the platform, a reference architecture for the inclusion of business support services, key OpenStack components and how they are included in this architecture and some best practices for improving user experiences around OpenStack. 


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Best Buy's Platform Transformation and the CDC (Continuous Delivery Cloud)

Steve Eastham

Re-launched in 2002, has grown to be the third most visited retail e-commerce site for the US holiday season. Facing increasing traffic and continued growth, has engaged in an effort to re-architect and re-platform the site. A key component of these re-platform efforts is the hyper-scale CDC (Continuous Delivery Cloud). The CDC, based on the Openstack Essex release powers 40+ development teams today and is an innovation catalyst which enables thousands of automated tests running each day, early integration, and R&D for cloud deployments. 

In this session we'll cover:

  • The business case, use cases, and financials behind our internal cloud initiative.
  • Our architecture and technology choics for automated bootstrap, and the compute, storage (distributed object and block), and network tiers.
  • The automation and monitoring tools and techniques we utilize.
  • The code/feature related modifications and additions made to the Essex release to support our specific needs.
  • The team behind the development of the CDC and its culture.
  • The lessons we've learned and our next steps and roadmap.

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Hadoop for OpenStack Log Analysis

Mike Pittaro

Let’s discuss Hadoop for OpenStack log analysis! Hadoop can support operational monitoring, troubleshooting, and capacity planning in a consistent and open way. We’ll share the work we’ve started, and lead an interactive discussion of different approaches already in play. Our goal is to collaborate on the best patterns for different deployment environments. 

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What Everyone Ought to Know about OpenStack Internships

Anne Gentle, Emilien Macchi, Iccha Sethi, Victoria Martínez de la Cruz, Laura Alves, Anita Kuno, Julie Pichon

Charles Babbage's Difference Engine amazed Ada Lovelace with its unprecedented engineering feats just like OpenStack amazes people today. We have some stories to share about learning, exploring new territory and making new connections. This story is about newcomers working on OpenStack as interns. Three were in the GNOME Outreach Program for Women from January to March. One has been an intern twice at two different OpenStack companies.

If you are an organization looking to hire OpenStack interns, or a potential intern seeking an internship, this session is for you. 

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Deploying OpenStack Trunk into a Production Environment

Rick Lopez

When someone hears that Rackspace deploys from OpenStack trunk into a production cloud environment, there are generally lots of questions (and sideways glances at the perceived insanity.) In this session, we'll address both the business strategy behind this approach and begin a deeper conversation with the OpenStack Community.

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Top 10 Things We've Learned About OpenStack

Val Bercovici

Here at NetApp, we've learned a few things lately about OpenStack.

We've seen a rapid rise in OpenStack interest and activity among our customers, prospects and partners. It's a wonderful reminder that the investments we’ve made over the past several years to enable NetApp solutions to be provisioned and managed smoothly within an OpenStack environment represent a tremendous opportunity to leverage the best of open source ingenuity combined with powerful storage and data management.

Along the way, we’ve accumulated a fair amount of tangible insight on the value of OpenStack, its evolution in the market, and the storage solutions being deployed with it. We’ve also found plenty of truth, myth, and folklore. Come hear as we review NetApp’s real-world discoveries about OpenStack and find out what myths need retiring as well as which truths need uncovering. 


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Images for Private Cloud: Automating Image Builds for OpenStack

Jordan Callicoat, Ryan Yard

This discussion will cover how to use existing tool chains (oz, boxgrinder, veewee) to automate building homogenous, patched OS images for cloud consumers, as well as functionally testing and deploying your images using continuous integration. 

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DevOps Panel

Mike Cohen, Shriram Natarajan, Kevin Jackson, Travis Tripp, James Penick

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Ops Panel: Infrastructure Reference Architectures

Randy Perryman, Randy Bias, Rick Roeling, Robert Starmer

Join this panel of infrastructure and cloud hardware experts in a spirited discussion about what works (and what does not) for OpenStack deployments.  We’ve assembled hardware and solution vendors together in a panel so that operators can learn from their field experience.  We’ll also be hearing about what makes individual offerings advantaged for OpenStack and how to build a cloud that can scale.

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OpenStack & IBM Together: Accelerating Cloud Adoption and ROI

Angel Diaz

Flexibility and interoperability: They are important elements for adopting cloud computing and IBM believes that an Open Cloud Architecture and nimble open source technology translate into savings for our clients and will rapidly expand the cloud marketplace. IBM together with OpenStack will deliver open IaaS offerings for our clients and business partners. In this session, Angel Diaz, IBM VP Software Standards, Cloud Labs and HiPODS, highlights IBM commitment, vision, and offerings built on OpenStack, for all types of clouds. From simple to implement, to massively scalable, and feature rich, Client interest is accelerating at an impressive rate and Angel will highlight the top use cases IBM is addressing with their clients.

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Panel: Network Virtualization and OpenStack Networking users

Somik Behera

This session is a panel discussion of OpenStack users having experience deploying Quantum in production environments, backed by network virtualization technology from a variety of vendor solutions and open source projects. Moderated by independent industry analyst Brad Casemore of IDC, the panel will be asked to discuss specific networking challenges faced before and after deploying Quantum and network virtualization; the impact it’s had on their production cloud deployments, and their sense of where the technology is at today and where it needs to evolve in the short and long term.

Panel will include Quantum users from eBay and HP clouds, among others. 


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Building Cloudy Apps

Tony Campbell

So, you've got an OpenStack cluster up and running, now what? How do you build a "Cloudy" application that leverages the power of an OpenStack cloud. During this session we will walk through some of the considerations for building applications on OpenStack. We will show you how to leverage OpenStack to scale up and scale down your application infrastructure. We'll walk through architecture considerations for a "Cloudy" application and provide you with plenty of tips for getting the most out of OpenStack. 

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Fine-grained Monitoring Swift in the HP Cloud

Mark Seger

One of the great challenges of of monitoring any large cluster is how much data to collect and how often to collect it. Those responsible for managing the cloud infrastructure want to see everything collected centrally which places limits on how much and how often. Developers on the other hand want to see as much detail as they can at as high a frequency as reasonable without impacting the overall cloud performance.

To address what seems to be conflicting requirements, we've chosen a hybrid model at HP. Like many others, we have a centralized monitoring system that records a set of key system metrics for all servers at the granularity of 1 minute, but at the same time we do fine-grained local monitoring on each server of hundreds of metrics every second so when there are problems that need more details than are available centrally, one can go to the servers in question to see exactly what was going on at any specific time.The tool of choice for this fine-grained monitoring is the open source tool collectl, which additionally has an extensible api. This talk will briefly introduce the audience to collectl's capabilities but more importantly show how it's used to augment any existing centralized monitoring infrastructure. 

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Deploying and Managing OpenStack with Heat

Clint Byrum

How different are servers from VMs? Do we need special tools to manage servers, or can we adapt a more cloud-like pattern in managing them at scale? Heat has been designed to deploy cloud applications on top of OpenStack. But with Nova Baremetal, the line blurs between cloud and real server. As part of the OpenStack - on OpenStack, or "TripleO"" project, we're excited to use Heat to manage a complete deployment of OpenStack. We'll be sharing the various techniques we make use of in Heat to leverage its orchestration capabilities in fully automating the deployment and management of OpenStack. 

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OpenStack: The Next 10 Years

Jim Curry, Steve Kirk

It has been a whirlwind first 3 years for OpenStack with project and community rapidly coalescing. Tremendous strides have been made since Rackspace and NASA launched the project, but was does the

long term future hold? Where will OpenStack be in July 2020? Join OpenStack Co-Founder Jim Curry to discuss where our project might be headed and the potential pitfalls and innovations that may await. 

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OpenStack Capacity Planning

Christopher Aedo

From a public cloud big enough to make Jeff Bezos crap his pants, down to a single-node DevStack environment under VirtualBox, this talk will cover why scale matters and what you must take into account when planning an OpenStack deployment. Scalability details of specific OpenStack components (compute, block and object storage, and networking), their inherent limits, and effective workarounds will be discussed along with a review of a few deployments that worked and others that didn’t. 

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Wicked Easy Ceph Block Storage & OpenStack Deployment with Crowbar

Neil Levine (Inktank), Kamesh Pemmaraju (Dell)

Inktank Ceph is a transformational open source storage solution fully integrated into OpenStack providing scalable object and block storage (via Cinder) using commodity servers. Hear how OpenStack users can address their storage deployment challenges: 1) Overview of the Ceph architecture with unique features and benefits 2) Overview of Dell Crowbar and how it can automate and simplify Ceph/OpenStack deployments 3) Best practices in deploying cloud storage with Ceph and OpenStack

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Panel: Industry Analyst Perspectives on OpenStack

Stephen O\'Grady, Gary Chen, Sean Michael Kerner, Alex Williams

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OpenStack in Production: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Robbie Williamson

As  the  main  sponsors  of  Ubuntu,  Canonical  is  deeply  experienced  with  running  instances  in  all  the  major   public  clouds,  and  as  one  of  the  first  members  of  the  OpenStack  project,  also  has  organizational   expertise  with  the  private  cloud. With  this  all  in  mind,  we  asked  our  IS  team  a  question:   

"Would  it  be  possible  for  us  to  move  to  a  cloud-­centric  workflow  across  the  entire  company?  Supporting  not  only  the  internal  systems  that  keep  Canonical  running,  but  also  parts  of  the  widely  popular  and  globally  used  Ubuntu  project?"

The  answer  was  "Yes"... but  we  learned  a  ton  and  would  like  to  share  some  of  these findings. 

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Scaling in the Cloud: the Hype and Happenings of Software-defined Networking

Ben Cherian

In the infrastructure space, there is a growing trend of companies calling themselves “software defined (x)”. Often, it’s a vendor that is re-positioning a decades old product. Though on occasion, it’s smart, nimble startups and wise incumbents seeing a new way of delivering infrastructure. Either way, the term “software defined” is with us to stay and there is real meaning and value behind it if you look past the hype.

In this session, Ben Cherian will educate the audience on what software-defined networking is and relay the potential for this modern approach. 

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OpenStack Swift: MercadoLibre Case Study

Maximiliano Venesio, Max Tkach

In this case study, MercadoLibre, the e-commerce leader in Latin America, will show you how they developed a solution based on OpenStack Swift.  

They will share a brief story about how they are moving away from NFS to a highly scalable and durable Object Storage solution, using a Flexible RESTful HTTP API, and commodity hardware  to store large amounts of data.

This presentation will walk you through the different stages of their implementation, sharing experiences and tips of how it was pushed into production. 


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Soup to Nuts: how an Idea Becomes an OpenStack Commit

Sean Dague

You’ve got your shiny new OpenStack environment running, and discovered there is an enhancement you’d like to get back into the main OpenStack release. But where do you begin? What steps do you need to take to go from a raw idea, to code that can make it’s way through the OpenStack review and release process, all the way into the next OpenStack release?

This talk will trace this path. We’ll explain process that you need to follow (bugs/blueprints and the CLA), dive into the tools that you’ll need to get comfortable with (git, gerrit, launchpad), figure out who this Jenkins guy is, and how to make him happy, and how to successfully navigate the review process to get your code in shape and landed in OpenStack proper. You’ll walk away with a roadmap of how to contribute features and bug fixes to OpenStack. 

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A Survey of Disaster Recovery Approaches for OpenStack Deployments

Michael Factor

According to Wikipedia, Disaster Recovery (DR) is "the process, policies and procedures . . for recovery . . . of technology infrastructure . . . after a natural or human-induced disaster."" The ability to recover quickly with minimal data loss after a disaster such as a fire, hurricane, etc., can make the difference between an organization staying in business or vanishing. In an OpenStack environment there are multiple approaches of realizing this recovery which differ in how much work is lost (the recovery point objective - RPO) and how long it takes to recover (the recovery time objective - RTO). These approaches trade-off up-front effort and cost (when there is no disaster) against greater data loss (RPO) and much longer recovery times (RTO) after a disaster. The appropriate approach depends upon the organization's objectives.

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Panel: Interoperability

Troy Toman, Joshua McKenty, Monty Taylor, Peter Pouliot, Jonathan LaCour, Bernard Golden

Interoperability allows OpenStack users to transfer workloads between providers; however, even minor differences between deployments can create significant interop challenges.  By solving these problems, we can create a clouds that provide fault tolerance at the technical, geographic and commercial level.  Join us for a lively discussion about the opportunities and challenges facing us in our quest for workload portability.  Our panel includes a broad range of representatives on both the infrastructure, client and system side.

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Panel: Writing the OpenStack Operations Guide in 5 Days

Anne Gentle, Lorin Hochstein, Tom Fifield, Jonathan Proulx, Joe Topjian

This panel will bring together the co-authors of the missing OpenStack Operations Guide, a book written in 5 days for the benefit of the entire OpenStack community. They will discuss the trials and tribulations of writing a book in such a short period of time, from the conception and proposal to the process and publication. The importance of documentation cannot be understated and this panel will highlight the efforts that the doc team are going to in order to produce the documentation necessary for a successful OpenStack ecosystem.

And bring your questions. No subjects are taboo. Ask about the stress, logisitics, collaboration, and whatever else you can think of. Tell us what you thought was missing from the book or what could be improved. Your willing panelists will answer anything!

The first 60 attendees to the panel will get a printed copy of the OpenStack Operations Guide courtesy of Rackspace.

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OpenStack Marketers Meeting

Lauren Sell

Gather with marketers and event planners in the OpenStack community for a chance to network and discuss 2013 plans, in particular to provide feedback for a new marketing portal. 

Food and drinks will be provided - join us! 

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