Vancouver, BC
May 21-24, 2018

Event Details


Burnin’ Down the Cloud: Practical Private Cloud Management

Mergers can be dynamic events. The Charter Communications acquisition of Time Warner Cable was no exception.  A debate over the future cloud strategy created a need to abandon the TWC OpenStack cloud without negative impact to current users.  This was new territory for the operations team.  The team had been doubling the cloud capacity yearly for the prior two years.  These are lessons learned in sunsetting an OpenStack cloud with some Cloud Migration.

Questions to consider:

  • Do all work loads transition to a new infrastructure?  How do you decide?
  • Attrition risks of key people.  Who do you need to be successful?
  • What are the critical tasks that are the long schedule items?
  • How will you measure success?
  • What is failure in transitioning?

Important to note: This presentation is good for those transitioning TO a private OpenStack cloud from something else, exiting an OpenStack Cloud, as well as VERY GOOD ADVICE for those running in production a multi-tenant private OpenStack cloud.


What can I expect to learn?

Some key take-aways that we will examine:

  • Cloud Migration Project and Operations:
    • Planning
    • Can you describe your work to non-cloud stakeholders?
    • What metrics will describe success?
    • How to keep the quality up and prove it?
  • Customers:
    • Reorganization can destroy a successful application team. How to help the new people get up to speed?
    • Hand-holding required to allow you to meet your goal.
  • OpenStack Operations team:
    • Morale
    • Team dynamics
    • Expectations
  • Technical:
    • Network
    • Replacement services
    • Data migrations
    • Credentials
    • Roles
Tuesday, May 22, 3:30pm-4:10pm
Level: Advanced
Alteryx, Sr Manager DevOps
I have over 30 years experience in computing and have held previous positions in storage products development, IT, manufacturing of consumer and enterprise products as both an individual contributor and as a manager.  I've spent the last 5 years working in and around OpenStack clouds. My main interests are in distributed systems, high performance teams and optimizing computing... FULL PROFILE
Red Hat, Sr Solutions Architect
Open source advocate for 15+ years. OpenStack developer, deployer since 2011... Frisbee thrower as long as I can remember... OpenStack Community leader for 6+ years. Formerly doing cloud and open source for Canonical (Ubuntu) and HP, and then doing OpenStack at TWC and Charter Communications. Now a cloud manageability architect at Red Hat. FULL PROFILE