Using OpenStack: Building a Private Cloud with Managed Service Providers

Since 2011, when OpenStack was first released to the community, the following and momentum behind it has been amazing. In fact, it quickly became one of the fastest growing open source projects in the history of open source. Now, with nearly 700 community sponsors, over 600 different modules, and over 50,000 lines of code contributed, OpenStack has become the default platform of choice for much of the private and public cloud infrastructure.

This kind of growth doesn’t happen by chance. It’s because businesses and organizations alike have experienced *real* benefits, whether it be creating greater efficiency, faster time to market, automated infrastructure management, or simply saving them money, just to name a few.

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Red Hat Confirms Over 40+ Accepted Sessions at OpenStack Summit Barcelona

This Fall’s 2016 OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, Spain is gearing up to be a fulfilling event. After some challenging issues with the voting system (which prevented direct URLs to each session), the Foundation has posted the final session agenda detailing the entire week’s schedule of events. Once again, I am thrilled to see the voting results of the greater community with Red Hat sharing over 40 sessions of technology overview and deep dive’s around OpenStack services for containers, storage, networking, compute, network functions virtualization (NFV), and much more. 

As a Premiere sponsor this Fall, Red Hat also has a full day breakout room, where we plan to share additional product and strategy sessions. To learn more about Red Hat’s general accepted sessions, have a look at the details below. We’ll add the agenda details of our breakout soon! Also, be sure to visit us at our Marketplace booth to meet the team and check out one of our live demonstrations. The Marketplace kicks off on Monday evening during the booth crawl, 5:00 – 7:00pm. Finally, we’ll have several Red Hat engineers, product managers, consultants, and executives in attendance, so be sure to talk to your Red Hat representative to schedule an in-person meeting while there.

And in case you haven’t registered yet, visit our landing page for a discounted registration code to help get you to the event. We look forward to seeing you all again in Spain this October!

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Learn what’s coming in OpenStack “Mitaka”

As the fastest growing open source project in history, OpenStack releases fairly rapidly, with new releases twice per year. Each time, around April and October of every year, a whole plethora of new features and functions move from incubated development status to fully-baked features and accepted into the “core” OpenStack release. Rapidly approaching is the new “Mitaka” release, the 13th release of OpenStack, filled with some great new features.

To best share all the updates, we’ve put together a webinar to explain everything in much greater detail. These webinar’s provide you the opportunity to hear from our senior product managers, as well as ask questions about anything that might peak your own interest. To give you an idea of what exactly will be covered, here are some key highlights we’ll be talking about:

Compute

  • Support for Real-time KVM compute nodes and custom CPU thread policies for use by latency-sensitive NFV guest applications.
  • Improvements to the reliability of live migration to assist with application management and resiliency.
  • Progress update on Cells V2 implementation for improved scalability.

Storage

  • Support for rolling upgrades in Cinder, through backwards compatible RPC and versioned object pinning.
  • New Attached Volumes Extend API was introduced in Cinder, as well as new download/upload support for Cinder volumes in Glace repository.
  • New Disaster Recovery Share-Replication API support in Manila and improved Cinder Replication v2.1 API.

Networking

  • Continuing the work on distributed virtual routers (DVR)
  • Tenant resources cleanup
  • Improved Security Groups performance

In addition we’ll be sure to cover the state of key emerging projects including Barbican, Freezer, Manila, and Magnum, and provide some initial thoughts on what we might expect to see as we look forward to the “Newton” release cycle.

Don’t miss this “What’s New” update about the Mitaka release from two of our senior product managers, Steve Gordon and Sean Cohen. To learn more and register for this webinar, please be sure to  register here.

 

Red Hat confirms over 35 sessions at OpenStack Summit, Austin – Have a look!

As this Spring’s 2016 OpenStack Summit in Austin, TX nears, the Foundation has posted the final session agenda, outlining the week’s schedule of events. I am pleased to see that based on your voting, Red Hat continues to remain in sync with the current topics, projects, and technologies the OpenStack community and customers are most interested in. With the expectation of the largest attendee crowd yet, and some exciting advancements around containers, storage, networking, compute, and more, we look forward to sharing the 35+ generally accepted sessions, workshops, and BoFs that will be included in the weeks agenda.

Red Hat is a Headline sponsor in Austin this Spring and along with the general sessions, workshops, and breakout track, Chris Wright, VP of Software Engineering, will be giving a keynote presentation and update on our OpenStack technologies on Monday April 25th during the main keynote session segment, between 9:00-10:45am. If you’re planning to attend Jonathan’s main keynote on Monday, you’ll be able to catch Chris’s keynote as well. To learn more about Red Hat’s accepted sessions, have a look at the details below. Be sure to visit us at the below sessions, at our booth in the Marketplace, which starts on Monday evening during the booth crawl, 6-7:30pm, or come by and see us for some beer and sausage on Tuesday evening for the evening party event on Rainey St. Either way, we look forward to seeing you in Austin, Texas this April!

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OpenStack Summit Tokyo – Day 3

Hello again from Tokyo, Japan where the third and final day of OpenStack Summit has come to a close. As with the previous days of the event, there was plenty of news, interesting sessions, great discussions on the show floor, and more. All would likely agree that the 11th OpenStack Summit was a rousing overall success!

Like day 1 and day 2 of the event, Red Hat led or co-presented in several sessions.  Starting us off today, Erwan Gallen, Red Hat’s OpenStack Technical Architect, participated in a panel and helped provide an Ambassador community report. Among other things, the group of OpenStack ambassadors introduced several improvements over the past six months, since the last OpenStack community release (Kilo), and shared many of their overall feelings and experiences about the community.

Mark McLoughlin, Red Hat’s OpenStack Technical Director, then gave an interesting talk entitled The Life and Times of an OpenStack Virtual Machine. Delving deeper than a simple, abstract narrative of initiating a Launch Instance in OpenStack’s dashboard, Mark detailed the technologies involved behind the scenes to allow for this. By the end of the session he had fully explained how OpenStack provides a running VM that a user can access via SSH.

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OpenStack Summit Tokyo – Day 2

Hello again from Tokyo, Japan where the second day of OpenStack Summit has come to a close with plenty of news, interesting sessions, great discussion on the showfloor, and more.

Day two started this morning with a keynote session from Mark Collier, Chief Operating Officer of the OpenStack Foundation. Mark shared several statistics and details from the newly launched Liberty release, including the fact that Neutron had overtaken Nova as the OpenStack project with the most activity. He was followed by Kyle Mestery, the project team lead (PTL) for Neutron, who provided further details and also gave an update on Project Kuryr, a service that brings container networking to Neutron. Toshio Nishiyama, SVP of NTT Resonant, then explained how NTT uses OpenStack to power their popular Goo search engine and web portal, the third largest in Japan. Additional keynotes were delivered by Scott Crenshaw and Adrian Otto of Rackspace, Kang-Wong Lee from SK Telecom, Kentaro Sasaki and Neal Sato from Rakuten, Makato Hasegawa from CyberAgent, Inc., and Angel Diaz from IBM and Jesse Proudman from Blue Box, an IBM company who teamed to deliver the final keynote of the morning.

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OpenStack Summit Tokyo – Day 1

Kon’nichiwa from Tokyo, Japan where the 11th semi-annual OpenStack Summit is officially underway! This event has come a long way from its first gathering, more than five years ago, where 75 people gathered in Austin, Texas to learn about OpenStack in its infancy. That’s a sharp contrast with the 5,000+ people in attendance here in what marks Asia’s second OpenStack Summit.

The event kicked off this morning with Jonathan Bryce, the Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation welcoming the crowd to the largest OpenStack Summit ever outside of North America. He was then followed on stage by technologists from various organizations focusing on real-world use cases, including Egle Sigler from Rackspace, and Takuya Ito from Yahoo, who shared their experience and use case with OpenStack at Yahoo Japan.

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OpenStack Summit Tokyo – Day 0 (Pre-event)

I’ve always enjoyed traveling to Tokyo, Japan, as the people are always so friendly and willing to help. Whether it’s finding my way through the Narita airport or just trying to find a place to eat, they’re always willing to help – even with the language barrier. And each time I visit, I see something new, learn another word (or two) in Japanese, and it all just seems new and exciting all over again. Add in the excitement and buzz of an OpenStack Summit and you’ve got a great week in Tokyo!

Since the official start of the OpenStack Summit is Tuesday, we’re mostly spending the day on Monday setting up and getting ready. The Red Hat team is working diligently to setup the booth, preparing our product demonstrations, and our session speakers are putting the final touches on their presentations.

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Red Hat and Lenovo: More Choice, More Clouds

In August 2015, we released Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7, bringing some of the latest innovations of OpenStack to the enterprise in a hardened, production-ready, and simple-to-deploy solution. The latest version of Red Hat’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering, based on the security and reliability of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 delivers a host of enhancements, including:

  • A new orchestration and management tool, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform director;
  • Improved network flexibility with Neutron;
  • Enhanced object and block storage functionality with integrated Red Hat Ceph Storage Server; and
  • A fully supported bare-metal deployment service (Ironic).

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Red Hat Confirms Speaking Sessions at OpenStack Summit Tokyo

As this Fall’s OpenStack Summit in Tokyo approaches, the Foundation has posted the session agenda, outlining the final schedule of events. I am happy to report that Red Hat has nearly 20 sessions that will be included in the weeks agenda, along with a few more as waiting alternates. With the limited space and shortened event this time around, I am please to see that Red Hat continues to remain in sync with the current topics, projects, and technologies the OpenStack community and customers are most interested in.

Red Hat is a Premiere sponsor in Tokyo this Fall and will have a dedicated sponsor presentation, along with our general accepted sessions. To learn more about Red Hat’s accepted sessions, have a look at the details below. Be sure to visit us at the below sessions and at our booth (P7). We look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in October!

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