We are hosting our third OpenStack User Group Meetup on August 8th at 6.00 - 7.00 pm CEST (GMT + 2 hrs) at Hackerspace in Technopark Pomerania, an IT hub for local public and private tech ventures.
Speaker: Chris Hoge at Puppet Labs
Puppet is IT automation software that helps system administrators manage infrastructure throughout its lifecycle, from provisioning and configuration to orchestration and reporting. Using Puppet, you can automate repetitive tasks, deploy applications, and proactively manage change, scaling from 10s of servers to 1000s, on-premise or in the cloud.
Inktank, the company behind Ceph is hosting Ceph Days in multiple cities globally - a great opportunity to learn about their cloud storage technology.
What is Ceph? Ceph is a fully open source, distributed object store, network block device, and POSIX-compatible distributed file system.
What are Ceph Days? Ceph Days are a full day event dedicated to learning about the power of Ceph.You will meet and hear Sage Weil, creator of Ceph and CTO of Inktank, key community members and storage experts, on how Ceph is transforming the future of storage. There is also a hands-on Ceph installation workshop.
Whom are you targeting that event at? Some of the titles that we are expecting include: Cloud Architect, Data Center Managers, Data Engineer/Architect, Systems Engineer/Architect, DevOps Engineer/Architect, Solutions Architect.
Dell: Can you please introduce yourself and your company?
Garima Thockchom: I’m the founder and CEO of Talligent. We’re a provider of cloud metering and billing solutions.
We just came out of stealth at the OpenStack Summit in Portland announcing our integration with the OpenStack Ceilometer. The purpose of that integration is to be able to do metering in a fine-grained manner on any cloud that is running OpenStack. As you know, in a cloud environment, there’s a lack of visibility in terms of actual utilization. Because it’s a shared environment, people don’t usually know what tenant used exactly how much resources. In that case there’s a waste of resource and over-provisioning. And even though cloud is well known for its agility, there is a perception that you don’t save on costs by going to cloud. What we want to do is bringing the cost benefits also to cloud by making sure that only the right-sized resources are provisioned for tenants or for workloads, so the waste is reduced in the cloud. We also have a very smart billing engine that is pretty granular in terms of what you can bill upon. That is going to be very popular with cloud service providers. So we have two products, metering and billing.
Q: Are these solutions available today?
A: Yes, they are available for sale today. We have had beta deployments that are going on quite successfully. I can’t talk about them right now, but they are available for sale today.
Dell: Can you introduce yourself? Who are you and what are you doing at VMware?
Yves Fauser: My name is Yves Fauser. I am a network virtualization platform system engineer working for VMware or Nicira. I’m covering the Central European and Eastern European region as a system engineer, so, basically the technical side of sales.
Q: Do you see any major differences in the way OpenStack and Cloud in general is adopted in the CEE region compared to other regions, such as Western Europe and the United states?
A: I would say yes. Basically it’s my hope. You have a lot of very bright and talented people in the CEE region that are very much into deep details and into open source. So, I guess you will be very well positioned to take a lead here instead of countries like Germany or the DACH region as a whole that is much more conservative. I would say you could take a significant leap in Eastern European countries.
Q: Can you tell about VMwares role and VMwares engagement in OpenStack?
A: VMware is backing up OpenStack a lot. Not only with the Nicira part. I think it’s clear for everybody at VMware up to the highest level that there are two stacks emerging. One is still the vertical stack where companies are looking for the solution that comes out of the box, with all the pieces coming from one company. On the other hand we have the horizontal stack, where companies are looking for best-of-breed products, and put them together into something like an OpenStack cloud or other versions of cloud that is well suited for their needs. And VMware is simply part of those movements. And the Nicira piece, so the network virtualization piece, is an important part that glues together the horizontal stack, the hypervisors at the bottom and the cloud management systems on the top with a common network structure called our network virtualization platform.
Q: Can you tell about your presentation at the OpenStack Day CEE?
A: Bruce, my colleague, has stole a little bit of my thunder because he went already in some details. But I will go into more details on how the network virtualization platform works. I will go into details on Open vSwitch, how it communicates with the control of the NVP Controller and I will go into details on how the communication is the packet flows, how our control cluster is looking like. So, more like a deep dive into the technology but still something that is accurate for this audience.
OpenStack is on its way do become the open source software based standard for private and public clouds: Backed by more than 200 vendors such as AT&T, Cisco, Dell, IBM, Rackspace and SUSE, with more than 800 developers contributing code and a vibrant community of roughly 10,000 members.
Customers can choose from a broad range of OpenStack based distributions delivered by startup companies as well by established enterprises. SUSE has a 20 year track record in supporting and delivering products based on open source software - please join our Live Demo on 06-26-2013 at 3.00 – 4.00 pm GMT to learn about SUSE’s OpenStack distribution: SUSE Cloud with Dell Crowbar as the deployment mechanism and advanced features such as Ceph unified storage platform for object, block and file storage in the cloud.
SUSE Cloud Live Demo: Our Topics and Presenter
In our Live Demo we will show the entire lifecycle of a workload, from image creation in SUSE Studio, launching and using the workload in SUSE Cloud and the management capabilities in SUSE Manager. We will also present how the SUSE ecosystem can help customers streamline this lifecycle process, thus helping IT groups be more efficient.
Our presenter will be Rick Ashford. Rick has been a Sales Engineer for SUSE Linux since 2008. He has been working with Linux and open-source software since 1998 and currently specializes in the OpenStack cloud platform and the SUSE ecosystem surrounding it.
Register for our Live Demo: June 26th 3.00 – 4.00 pm GMT
In order to attend the Live Demo, please register here. Looking forward to see you there!
OpenStack is a new open source, free of license costs software to build private and public clouds. It might turn the IT industry upside down by replacing well known proprietary solutions and by fostering an ubiquitous, global cloud standard comparable to the internet as we know it today. Please join the OpenStack 101 Google+ Hangout on 06-24-2013 at 8.00 am - 10.15 am GMT by the Australian OpenStack UserGroup. This session is specifically targeted at beginners: Don’t miss the opportunity if you are a student seizing career opportunities in the emerging cloud industry, a professional system administrator or developer willing to take a look under the hood of an emerging, powerful cloud technology.
OpenStack leads the emerging cloud industry
OpenStack was launched jointly by Rackspace and NASA in 2010. It is written in Python, licensed under Apache License 2.0 and managed by the OpenStack Foundation.
OpenStack is supported by a vast community of more than 200 vendors such as Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, Red Hat and VMware as well as by a various startups such as Cloudscaling, Mirantis, Nebula, Piston, SwiftStack - some of which are backed by eight figure US dollar venture capital funds. More than 800 developers are contributing to the code base and 6,000 individual members are backing the initiative.
Join the OpenStack crowd: The door is wide open!
Being entirely open source, OpenStack does not have an entry barrier for students, entrepreneurs or companies from all over the world: Any developer can start contributing code, and any enterprise can join the community and build their business around OpenStack by providing consulting services, software components such as plug ins or by customizing OpenStack for different use cases through specialized distributions. Make the very first step and join the crowd.
Topic & Speaker: An introduction to OpenStack from Martin Paulo
Martin Paulo is a software developer with VeRSI (the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative). At VeRSI Martin has worked on and with the NeCTAR (National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources) research cloud: possibly the largest and most complex OpenStack deployment in Australia.
Dell: Could you introduce yourself and tell us about Opscode? A: My name is Matt Ray and I’m a Senior Technical Evangelist at Opscode, the company behind Chef, the open source automation and configuration management platform.
Q: Let’s assume that some of our readers may not know what Chef is. A: Sure. Chef, at the basic level, is a configuration management tool. It helps to manage large number of servers. If you have thousands or tens of thousands of machines and you need to have them coordinated and working together, Chef is how you’re going to manage them. We’re built on the idea of infrastructure as code. This means that everything that happens on your server is managed in a source control repository. The way your OS is configured, the way the services are on it, the applications that are running on top of it, customer-facing applications, all that is tracked in version control. Chef turns that source into actual working machines and servers. If something happens to your infrastructure or you need to scale it up quickly, you can easily create new servers or delete servers as you need.
Q: There is something called cookbook and I don’t think it has anything to do with cooking in the kitchen. Can you tell us what it is? A: Exploring the metaphor of culinary arts… our cookbooks are how you package individual applications or services. You might have a cookbook like Apache or MySQL. Within that cookbook are recipes. Recipes configure specific ways of setting up an application. So for Apache, we have recipes for mod_php and mod_ssl or various configurations on Apache. Additionally cookbooks contain any sort of support files that you may need, for example templates or scripts that might be used to bring the application. People share their cookbook on a community site, community.opscode.com. There are over 900 currently on the site and we have cookbooks for just about everything including OpenStack.
Q: Thank you Matt for taking the time to talk to us. A: Thank you.
Dell: Can you tell us a little bit about your company? Dan Dumitriu: I’m the co-founder and CEO of Midokura. We started about three years ago and we are a vendor providing a network virtualization solution for infrastructure and service clouds like OpenStack.
Q: Tell us about your product. Who would use it and what use cases do you target? A: Practically any cloud service provider or private cloud deployer should use a network virtualization product with OpenStack. It provides a number of benefits like the ability to decouple your physical network from the virtual network presented to the tenants so you can remove all human intervention from the provisioning process of networks, applications and workloads that are orchestrated through Nova and Quantum. We also handle things like DNAT, stateless and stateful firewalls, DHCP, all in a fully distributed full tower manor with no bottlenecks like the network name spaces on the network nodes, routers and virtual machines, et cetera.
Q: Can you tell us about Quantum and OpenStack and how your solution fits in with that? A: Our solution is delivered to OpenStack users as a Quantum plug-in. Tenants will interact with Quantum through the standard Quantum APIs. And that will automatically go into our plug-in, program all the virtual network state and be distributed out to the agents that implement the actual forwarding functions and such. Tenants benefit from a improved performance, and it enables the operator to architect their cloud in a more robust fashion and a lower cost as well.
We held our first OpenStack User Group Meetup in Poland yesterday with up to 50 people joining us at peak times, both physically as well as online via Google Hangout and IRC Chat. It was a pleasure and honour for us to talk with some of the best known and most sophisticated OpenStackers in the world, and we are very thankful for their attendance. If you didn’t have a chance to join us live, please find below our recorded Google Hangout sessions.
Tim Bell, CERN
Boris Renski, Mirantis
Eric Windisch, Cloudscaling
Atul Jha, OpenStack India
Let me share with you what key learnings we drew from our first meetup:
OpenStack: don’t believe the hype. Expect most IT people to know little to zero about OpenStack. It might be the largest open source cloud software project globally with hundreds of companies backing the initiative with hundreds of coders and thousands of members, yet there are still zillions of system admins and developers out there who have no clue what OpenStack is about. Educate them all, one geek at a time.
Tune into the global OpenStack community. When you’re small, you have to think big. We have less than a handful of OpenStack deployments in Poland, hence there are very few experienced OpenStackers able to share their knowledge. As a small community, we have to think out of your (local) box and attract the brightest OpenStackers in the world to educate our community and we also need to find ways to give back to the broader OpenStack community. OpenStack is an open source community driven effort, it’s all about a mutual, respectful relationship with other OpenStackers, it’s about giving and taking, so let’s do it right.
Google Hangout & IRC Chat rock. It’s exciting to talk with OpenStackers from the United States, Switzerland, Kenya and India at the same time. We obviously lack resources to fly in speakers from all over the world. But thanks to Google Hangout & IRC Chat we were able to attract the smartest OpenStackers from virtually any place on this planet. At the same time, with our online sessions we contribute back to the OpenStack community far beyond our country borders: We welcomed attendees from 9 different countries in Europe, Africa and even Asia Pacific - most of which face similar challenges to ours. But when small, local OpenStack communities join forces, there is an opportunity to create a huge multinational community spreading across multiple regions. It’s the power of many in action.
Pick your audience wisely: Only the brave. It’s only possible to start a revolution with brave people, and OpenStack is a revolution. We learned that you need to attract the brave ones in the first place: People who don’t shy away from asking questions in front of an audience, even in spite of a severe language barrier. People, who are willing to make a difference, who show up at the meetup with burning questions and who want to apply their newly acquired skills the next day at work. We need to listen carefully to them and tailor our meetups around their needs. The vast majority of the IT crowd will follow later, but you can only start a movement with a small bunch of wildly determined, super-pragmatic, brave people.
Address real life problems. Some of our attendees are contemplating to build private clouds or to deploy their applications on alternative public cloud platforms, but they don’t necessarily have OpenStack on top of their mind. We realized that we primarily have to address their questions such as: tactical choice of hypervisors or capacity planning for cloud storage, automated infrastructure deployment and management or application development and deployment. Our learning: Relate to people’s everyday experience reality, and then expand the conversation to OpenStack - rather than the other way round.
Keep it short and focused.We challenged our attendees with four speaker sessions in a row from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Our key learning: We need to keep our meetups shorter and focus on one specific topic at a time. Also, people are keen on diving deeply into technical conversations on topics they are interested in (we feel that an OpenStack User Group meetup is not necessarily the right place for high level presentations on OpenStack).
Do it again, again and again.We will host our meetups and the accompanying Google Hangout & IRC Chat sessions on a monthly basis. Feel free to register for our upcoming meetup on July 11th 2013, 6.00 pm - 8.30 pm CEST (GMT + 2hrs), and watch out for further meetups in August, September, October, November … see you there!
Dell: Noam, can you go ahead and tell us about Zadara Storage? Noam Shendar: Zadara Storage was the very first storage company to join OpenStack back in 2011. We’ve been closely involved ever since. Our storage is actually based on OpenStack with OpenStack Nova inside our product. We are using Nova to create enterprise storage for service providers, to allow them to sell high-end storage services to their customers - storage that looks and behaves like enterprise storage, but has all the beneficial attributes of cloud storage: flexibility, elasticity and of course low price. We provide the storage elements supporting both traditional and new applications, which means very high levels of quality of service, like high performance, high reliability and again, the flexibility and elasticity that everybody expects from cloud storage.
Q: What is unique about your solution compared to other storage solutions? A: There are a few things that are unique. First of all, we’re 100 percent software based. Just like the OpenStack solutions, we run software on top of standard x86 servers. Another thing that’s unique about us is that we scale very, very large. Because we’re OpenStack based, just like OpenStack we can scale to thousands and thousands of nodes. The last piece is: We built this specifically for service providers. There is billing, metering, inventory management, operations … all of those things are built into the product, not just hooks, but the actual functionality, therefore service providers can start selling the product from day one without having to create or integrate new functionality.