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OpenStack Conference Fall 2012

October 15-18, 2012, San Diego, California

October 15, 16, 17, 18


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

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Videos of Sessions From Day 2

Opening Session

Jonathan Bryce

Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation, starts Day 2 of the Summit by talking about why OpenStack—both the software and the community—will be successful.

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The promise of the Open Cloud

Mark Shuttleworth

“Ubuntu's vision for Open Cloud computing and role in OpenStack”

Agility and scale are the twin goals of cloud computing. Companies want to improve developer agility and productivity, they also want the benefits of scale economics, both internally and from their public cloud providers. With production deployments of OpenStack onUbuntu12.04 LTS at many sites, including telco's, service providers and enterprises, and with Ubuntu being the OS deployed at the largest scale on public clouds, we have gained valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities that both present. Mark will share knowledge from Canonical's support of real OpenStack deployments together with news and roadmaps for cloud users that are building out large scale public and private clouds with Ubuntu and OpenStack.

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OpenStack: The Foundation of Cloud Computing

Chris C. Kemp

After only two years, OpenStack has become the de-facto standard open source cloud computing platform and is the fastest growing open source project in history.  With over 5,000 members from over 850 different organizations in over 80 countries supporting over 500 active developers that have contributed over 500,000 lines of code, OpenStack is the foundation of numerous products and services.  The future of OpenStack will depend on ensuring that customers, service providers, and product companies are able to build the most innovative products and services on top of the OpenStack platform.  Chris C. Kemp, co-  founder of OpenStack and CEO of Nebula,  will discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for OpenStack, the Foundation, the community, and the opportunity for OpenStack to disrupt enterprise computing in the next five years in the same way that mobile has disrupted personal computing.

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High Availability Update: OpenStack's progress in infrastructure based HA

Florian Haas

At the Folsom design summit, OpenStack developers decided we would embrace infrastructure high availability, a standard feature in other cloud stack solutions. Infrastructure HA is particularly important to those users who are looking to OpenStack as a means of data center consolidation involving legacy applications, and who are not at liberty to execute a major application redesign from the ground up.

Since then, we have had seen the addition of an in-progress High Availability Guide, we have contributors writing integration code for the Pacemaker high-availability stack (the standard Linux HA infrastructure layer), and OpenStack is rapidly improving in high availability features. We are also seeing exciting progress in storage technologies like Swift and Ceph, which come with high availability built-in.

This session is a progress report and outlook on high availability features in Folsom and Grizzly.

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Enterprise to OpenStack: Here's what you're missing

Pete Johnson

Fortune 2000 companies are eager for OpenStack to open up cost models around cloud computing much like Linux did for operating systems but most have not yet taken the plunge.  Why?  In this talk, hear tales from the field of the most commonly cited missing features that the enterprises are asking for before taking fully embracing OpenStack for both private and public cloud usage.

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OpenStack Swift Introduction: Architecture Overview and Use Cases

Joe Arnold, John Dickinson

Modern web and mobile applications demand a highly-available, distributed object storage system that supports highly-concurrent workloads. OpenStack Swift solves these problems at large services providers, top web properties and large enterprises. This talk will also provide an overview of Swift’s architecture where you will learn about the components of Swift. This talk will also cover use cases including high-volume websites, mobile application development, custom file-sharing applications, data analytics and providing private/public storage infrastructure-as-a-service. This talk is also for those who want to understand the design goals of Swift and how to best make use of this component of OpenStack. It’s a great introduction for those interested in using or learning more about Swift.

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Quantum Fog! Networking for Programmatic Overlays

Rob @Zehicle Hirschfeld

It's time to take Fog to the next level.  Fog is the leading Ruby abstraction library for the OpenStack API and it's embedded in several ecosystem products.  With the addition of Quantum, there is a need to extend Fog's models to comprehend cloud networking.  Our vision includes adding both hidden functionality like setting up networks by default and explicit functions that expose the power of elastic networking.  The goal of this session is to discuss the best ways to surface this functionality and coordinate development so that we do not duplicate or fork efforts.

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From the Outside Looking In: The Analyst Perspective on OpenStack

Krishnan Subramanian, Stephen O\'Grady, Gary Chen, Sean Michael Kerner, Gretchen Curtis

Moderator: Gretchen Curtis, Piston


  • Gary Chen
  • Sean Michael Kerner
  • Stephen O'Grady
  • Krishnan Subramanian

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An Introduction to Nova

Jacob Walcik, Sandy Walsh

A presentation to introduce new members of the OpenStack Community to Nova. This will include a brief history of the project, an overview of the supporting projects (Glance, Keystone, Horizon, etc), API examples, and Nova architecture. The intended audience would be both new members of the community and more business-focused attendees as well as technical attendees who would like a good overview (or refresher) on Nova.

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Chef for OpenStack

Matt Ray

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. Chef for OpenStack is a project based on the healthy exchange of code, ideas and documentation for deploying and operating OpenStack with Chef. With involvement from Intel, Dell, HP, Rackspace and many others there is a community of collaboration between users, developers and operators. 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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The future of Infrastructure automation

Joshua McKenty

Joshua McKenty will take a look at the future of infrastructure automation as it pertains to the adoption of private and public clouds. Every layer of cloud comes down to infrastructure automation. Learn how the software-defined infrastructure is playing a part to orchestrate the underlying machines and virtual resources up through applications and the Paas layers.

Furthermore, Joshua will discuss how automating the integration of Paas and Iaas on a technical level has the potential to drive greater adoption of public and private clouds, and how it can even show ways to make the Paas layer install on top of OpenStack without human interaction.

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Surviving your first check-in: An engineers guide to contributing to OpenStack

Colin McNamara

Let me tell you a dirty little secret. While OpenStack is a great project, it is extremely complicated for and indivdual with an engineering/operations focus vs a programming focus to get to their first code contribution.

My name is Colin, I am and engineer. Although I initially got involved with OpenStack in the context of operations, I quickly was drawn into actually contributing code to the project. What I found is that many of the tools and workflows used to contribute to OpenStack are completely foreign to those (like me) with an operations focus.

In this session I will go over the biggest challenges that I faced as an engineer contributing. And review the  tools and techniques to that I used to get past them. This information will be presented with the goal of arming engineers just getting involved with the knowledge tools necessary to get to their first successful contribution and beyond.

Learning objectives

  1. The importance of community - Leveraging the power of the meeting
  2. Talking your employeer into supporting OpenStack and the CLA
  3. Setting up your dev environments - getting beyond Devstack
  4. Getting git, using the git repository for those that don't code for a living
  5. Testing your code - what do you mean it doesn't build?
  6. How to give back, and get other people involved in the community.

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MercadoLibre Case Study

Mariano Guelar, Leandro Reox

In this case study, Mercadolibre, e-commerce leader in Latin America, will share how they satisfy their huge needs of Infrastructure resources provisioning with OpenStack, when their technologies changed.

The will share a brief story about how they moved from a HigOps Virtualization Environment, to a real Cloud OS, set up around Openstack Compute (+1000 compute nodes), Swift, Keystone and Glance core services and how they managed to move from Cactus to Essex.

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From Tactical to Strategic Contributions

Thierry Carrez, Mark McLoughlin

As an open innovation project, OpenStack attracts contributions from an overwhelming number of individuals and companies. Often, contributions are tactical, scratch-your-own-itch type. While welcome, this narrow focus can tend to add technical debt to the project and lower overall quality of the result. To ensure its long-term health, a project needs strategic contributions, focused on improving the quality, coherence and security of the end product.

In this presentation, Thierry Carrez, Release Manager for OpenStack, will introduce the contribution process within OpenStack, present the different types of contributions, and explain why some are more desirable than others. Mark McLoughlin, Principal Engineer at Red Hat and Project Technical Lead for OpenStack-Common, will follow up explaining how Red Hat is successfully contributing strategically to OpenStack and how other companies can follow this example.

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How to scale out networking in the cloud: Making a case for Network Virtualization

Ben Cherian

Limitations of hardware-dependent networks are preventing enterprises from realizing the full potential of cloud computing, and therefore vastly limiting the return on their investment. Traditional networks don't scale in the same way storage and compute resources can scale and the only option generally is to scale up (purchasing bigger networking devices). There are several cons to this approach, such as; it’s not linearly scalable, it is expensive and this approach can cause service interruptions. The solution: virtualize the network.

In this session, Ben Cherian will educate the audience on what network virtualization is and the potential for this modern approach.

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DevOps Panel

Matt Ray, Jorge Castro, Monty Taylor, Dan Bode, Jesse Andrews

Operating OpenStack successfully requires investing in automated process and configuration management.  This approach, known as DevOps, is changing how cloud applications and infrastructure is deployed and managed.  We’ve assembled a panel of top industry experts to discuss lessons learned and challenges remaining as OpenStack embraces DevOps.  Our panel speakers represent Puppet (Dan Bode), Chef (Matt Ray), Juju (Jorge Castro) and DevStack (Jesse Andrews).  Monty Taylor will lead the discussion as moderator.  Come prepared to learn about operating OpenStack and hear about the pros and cons of these different tools.


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OpenStack Distributions: How they will shape the future of OpenStack innovation

Nick Barcet, Christopher Aedo, Perry Myers, Kamesh Pemmaraju, Joseph George, Pete Chadwick

We are all participating in building OpenStack and just like Linux distributions, which helped would-be Linux users manage the complexity and configuration of myriad libraries, placement of files, and executables to successfully get the system to boot and run, all indications are that OpenStack distributions are poised to help would-be OpenStack users to quickly get a fully-functional and configured cloud up and running. Companies are bringing unique value-added capabilities  to the OpenStack core while fully providing enterprise support and services for their distributions. In this panel discussion, Dell will moderate a discussion with experts from Red Hat, Suse, Canonical, Morphlabs and Dell to discuss the importance of OpenStack distributions in the evolution of OpenStack and how they can support the needs of different markets and customer profiles.

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International updates from Brazil, China, Vietnam, India

Yuije Du ???, Renato Serra Armani, Trung Nguyen, Sriram Subramanian

How OpenStack will score in the Brazilian Cloud! - Renato Armani

Openstack in India - opportunities galore - Sriram Subramanian

OpenStack for Vietnam's growth, and how OpenStack works with Government to make its impacts in developing countries - Trung Nguyen

The OpenStack way in China - Yujie Du

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Getting started with a XenServer powered OpenStack Cloud

John Garbutt

Hear about how to get started deploying OpenStack and XenServer, including a demo of a new tool to help move your exisiting images into a XenServer based OpenStack cloud. Also come along to hear more about how Rackspace deploy XenServer in their public cloud.

The talk will hopefully include guest speakers: Mate Lakat (Citrix) and Chris Behrens (Rackspace)

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OpenStack: The foundational tool of the new datacenter

Arturo Suarez

In this session we will explain our vision of how OpenStack will gain relevance in the datacenter to become the cornerstone from which all the services required for operation, existing or new, are going to be managed. This vision is the result of the feedback StackOps gets from users and customers worldwide. There are already service providers basing all their operations in OpenStack, many new OpenStack services being launched in different parts of the world and large companies betting on OpenStack as the main revenue generator for the future.

This change will be a process that will occur at different paces in the many different regions, sectors and businesses, due to factors of economic, legal, cultural and technological nature. In all cases, the result will be a total abstraction of most of the current datacenter procedures through automation, with the consequent gain in efficiency.

This process has a common denominator in all cases: it needs to be non-disruptive from the business perspective. This will be achieved by balancing out:

simplicity, not only on the deployment phase but most important on the daily operation
a high level of customization to match the specifics of each business
integrability with existing applications and or services
For all three elements, the OpenStack ecosystem has the challenge to find the right balance for each customer and evolve to fill in the existing gaps.

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Cluster as a service: dodai

Xiaohua Guan

This talk firstly provides an overview of dodai-deploy, the software management tool which can be used to install openstack into multiple machines environment. Then it reviews the history of dodai-deploy, and show the new feature "Install As a Service". With the new feature

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OpenStack 101

Joshua McKenty

OpenStack delivers a massively scalable cloud management framework for use by any organization running on standard hardware. Joshua McKenty, one of OpenStack’s founders at NASA and a driving force behind its continued success, will discuss how OpenStack got its start, how it’s changing the cloud computing landscape, and the future of OpenStack in this new era of cloud computing.

In particular, Joshua will describe the major components of OpenStack — the virtual machines, virtual hard-drives, object storage, virtual networks, image registry, and the dashboard — as well as the associated sub-projects and the OpenStack services that combine to provide an incredibly flexible self-service infrastructure platform. He’ll also talk about some of the diverse use cases for OpenStack and the exciting ways in which companies are extending the capabilities and accessibility of OpenStack through partnerships and technology development.

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