Co-Authored with Dan Sheppard, Product Manager, Rackspace
With test driven development, continuous integration/continuous deployment and devops practices now the norm, most organizations understand the importance of testing their applications.
But what about the cloud those applications are going to live on? Too many companies miss this critical step, leading to gaps in their operations, which can lead to production issues, API outages, inability to upgrade, problems when trying to upgrade and general instability of the cloud.
It all begs the question: “Do you even test?”
At Rackspace, our industry leading support teams use a proactive approach to operations, and that begins with detailed and comprehensive testing, so that not only your applications but your cloud is ready for your production workload.
For Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by Red Hat, we collaborate closely with Red Hat; we test the upstream OpenStack code as well as the open sourced projects we leverage for our deployment, such as Ceph and Red Hat OpenStack Platform Director. This is done in a variety of ways, like sharing test cases upstream with the community via Tempest, creating and tracking bugs, and creating bug fixes upstream.
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Hello again from Austin, Texas where the fourth day of the main OpenStack Summit has come to a close. While there are quite a few working sessions and contributor meet-ups on Friday, Thursday marks the last official day of the main summit event. The exhibition hall closed its doors around lunch time, and the last of the vendor sessions occurred later in the afternoon. As the day concluded, many attendees were already discussing travel plans for OpenStack Summit Barcelona in October!
Before we get ahead of ourselves however, day 4 was still jam-packed with a busy agenda. Like the first three days of the event, Red Hat speakers led quite a few interesting–and well attended–sessions.
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Hello again from Austin, Texas where the third day of OpenStack Summit has come to a close. As with the first two days of the event, there was plenty of news, interesting sessions, great discussions on the showfloor, and more. All would likely agree that the 13th OpenStack Summit has been a Texas-sized success so far!
Similar to day 1 and day 2 of the event, Red Hat had several exciting announcements to pass along. The first press release to hit the wire detailed additional customer traction with Red Hat OpenStack Platform. Yesterday, it was announced that Verizon, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Cambridge University had all selected Red Hat OpenStack Platform as the backbone of their cloud initiatives. Today, we shared the news that several large organizations across Europe, including Fastweb, Paddy Power Betfair, and Produban, have deployed the technology as well and are experiencing great results for their businesses.
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“OpenStack in the future is whatever we expand it to”, said Red Hat Chief Technologist, Chris Wright during his keynote at the OpenStack Summit in Austin. After watching several keynotes including those from Gartner and AT&T, I attended other sessions during the course of the day culminating in a session by Lauren E Nelson, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research. Wright’s statement made me wonder about what lies in store for OpenStack and where would the OpenStack Community — the “we” that Wright referred to — take it to in the future. Several sessions in the Analyst track called out the factors that explain the increased adoption of OpenStack as well as the technological challenges encountered. But, Nelson’s session brought it all home for me — especially in the last slide of her presentation which is a call to action to the enterprises at large to take key steps entailing a cultural shift that would ease the adoption of OpenStack and the principles entailed. Live from the OpenStack Summit at the crossroads of Culture and Technology, let me explain how this intersection can take OpenStack to a new Frontier.
Red Hat sees great potential for technological advances for OpenStack. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has built an OpenStack based private cloud, saving significant time and resources spent on datacenters by modernizing its on-premise storage and server capacity, giving them the ability to support hundreds of JPL mission scientists and engineers. Red Hat has positioned OpenStack to be taken to a new frontier.
But it is not all technology.
Culture matters — a message that came through in Nelson’s session.
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Hello again from Austin, Texas where the second busy day of OpenStack Summit has come to a close. Not surprisingly, there was plenty of news, interesting sessions, great discussions on the showfloor, and more.
Starting with some announcements, the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious academic institutions, has announced they selected Red Hat to support its OpenStack-based high performance computing (HPC) initiative. In addition to deploying Red Hat OpenStack Platform for its HPC-as-a-Service offering, the University of Cambridge also plans to collaborate with Red Hat to bring HPC capabilities to the upstream OpenStack community. To keep the research institution at the forefront of large scale big-data science, the university turned to its longtime partners Dell and Intel to help it create one of the world’s most energy efficient datacenters. Initially, they deployed OpenStack on a community-supported Linux during the proof-of-concept phase, but found that they needed a more reliable, integrated and supported OpenStack platform for production deployment, leading them to Red Hat OpenStack Platform.
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We’re live from Austin, Texas, where the 13th semi-annual OpenStack Summit is officially underway! This event has come a long way from its very first gathering six years ago, where 75 people gathered to learn about OpenStack in its infancy. That’s a sharp contrast with the 7,000+ people in attendance here, in what marks Austin’s second OpenStack Summit, returning to where it all started!
The event kicked off in the morning with Jonathan Bryce, the Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation welcoming the crowd to the largest OpenStack Summit to date! Shortly after, Red Hat’s chief technologist, Chris Wright, gave a great keynote presentation, discussing the overall success and impact OpenStack is having on real businesses and their bottom line. Mixed in there, Chris Emmons, director of network infrastructure at Verizon joined Chris Wright on stage for a quick summary of Verizon’s own success with OpenStack for network functions virtualization. Rounding out the keynotes were the Foundation’s Super User awards, with AT&T taking the winning spot.
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Last week we marked the general availability of our Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 release, the latest version of Red Hat’s highly scalable IaaS platform based on the OpenStack community “Liberty” release. A co-engineered solution that integrates the proven foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat’s OpenStack technology to form a production-ready cloud platform, Red Hat OpenStack Platform is becoming a gold standard for large production OpenStack deployments. Hundreds of global production deployments and even more proof-of-concepts are underway, in the information, telecommunications, financial sectors, and large enterprises in general. Red Hat OpenStack Platform also benefits from a strong ecosystem of industry leaders for transformative network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), and more.
From Community Innovation to Enterprise Production
The path for delivering a production-ready cloud platform, starts in the open source communities that can typically innovate far more effectively than traditional R&D labs. At Red Hat we bring customers, partners, and developers into communities of purpose to solve shared problems together. Red Hat also contributes a lot of code to the OpenStack project to help drive more community development that generally results in a higher feature velocity that enterprise customers need, with a faster time to market compared to proprietary software. When useful OpenStack technology emerges, we test it, harden it, and make it more secure and reliable.
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Adoption of OpenStack in the enterprise has been progressing steadily over the last two years. As a Forrester Report* on enterprise adoption from September noted, “OpenStack demonstrates the completeness, robustness, and capability upon which a broader range of adopters can depend.” OpenStack deployments have proven to be complex in larger IT organizations though, but not because of the reasons that you might anticipate. Much has been made about the complexity of installing the software, but we’ve found that the lion’s share of effort in these implementation comes around the practice of integrating IaaS into the fabric of enterprise IT and evolving existing processes to meet the expectations of the user community.
The first area where we’ve seen complexity in adoption of OpenStack is around the deployment of the infrastructure software itself. While most large organizations have a strong competency in agile development practices at the application layer these days, very few of them have a similar competency at the infrastructure layer. Disciplines like incremental release planning, automated testing, and continuous delivery are often applied to the OpenStack deployment process with great success. These application development processes and tools need to be adapted to the requirements of the infrastructure team and integrated into their workflow. The benefits of this work are large – as infrastructure teams adopt version-controlled configuration management, automated deployments, and automated testing, the scale at which they can operate is dramatically increased.
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The OpenStack Backup Catalog Evolution
The OpenStack Cinder Backup service was introduced in Cinder in the Grizzly release to allow users to create backups from their volumes and store it to their Swift object storage system (still very common use case in OpenStack private clouds to date). Since then, the Backup API continued to mature with every release.
The OpenStack Backup drivers catalog have also become richer and recently added target options for NFS and POSIX, as well as Block, such as Ceph RBD backend store, notwithstanding one of the coolest evolution points was introduced in the new OpenStack “Mitaka” release: the first integration of the OpenStack Cinder Backup API with a non-OpenStack public cloud provider, Google Cloud Platform. This is allowing backup of OpenStack Private Clouds volumes to Google Cloud Platform.
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.