Managing OpenStack: Integration Matters!

With so many advantages an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud provides businesses, it’s great to see a transformation of IT happening across nearly all industries and markets. Nearly every enterprise is taking advantage of an “as-a-service” cloud in some form or another. And with this new infrastructure, it’s now more important than ever to remember the critical role that management plays within this mix. Oddly enough, it is sometimes considered a second priority when customers begin investigating the benefits of an IaaS cloud, but quickly becomes your first priority when running one.

At Red Hat, we believe that management plays a critical role in this next-generation datacenter.  And we believe cloud management should be open, agile, and integrated.  Let us explain how we are integrating several critical management capabilities to let you take OpenStack to it’s fullest potential.

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How Red Hat’s OpenStack partner Networking Solutions Offer Choice and Performance

Successfully implementing an OpenStack cloud is more than just choosing an OpenStack distribution. With its community approach and rich ecosystem of vendors, OpenStack represents a viable option for cloud administrators who want to offer public-cloud-like infrastructure services in their own datacenter.  Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform offers pluggable storage and networking options.  This open approach is contrary to closed solutions such as VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) which only supports VMware NSX for L4-L7  networking or VMware Distributed switch for basic L2 networking .

Below are some of the networking partners who have certified their OpenStack Networking plugins with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and will be on display at VMworld 2015, San Francisco, at the Red Hat booth, 528; (Cisco is at booth 1721). See exhibitor map

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Performance and Scaling your Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform Cloud

As OpenStack continues to grow into a mainstream Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform, the industry seeks to learn more about its performance and scalability for use in production environments. As recently captured in this blog, common questions that typically arise are: “Is my hardware vendor working with my software vendor?”, “How much hardware would I actually need?”, and “What are the best practices for scaling out my OpenStack environment?”  

These common questions are often difficult to answer because they rely on environment specifics. With every environment being different, often composed of products from multiple vendors, how does one go about finding answers to these generic questions?

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Upgrades are dying, don’t die with them

We live in a world that has changed the way it consumes applications. The last few years have seen a rapid rise in the adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Much of this can be attributed to the broad success of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is said to have grown revenue from $3.1B to $5B last year (Forbes). More and more people, enterprise customers included, are consuming applications and resources that require little to no maintenance. And any maintenance that does happen, now goes unnoticed by users. This leaves traditional software vendors contending to find a way to adapt their distribution models to make their software easier to consume. Lengthy, painful upgrades are no longer acceptable to users, forcing vendors to create a solution to this problem.

Let’s face it, the impact of this on traditional software companies are starting to be felt. Their services and methods of doing business are now being compared to a newer, more efficient model. One that is not bogged down by the inefficiencies of the traditional model. SaaS has the advantage that the software runs in their datacenters, where they have easy access to it, control the hardware, the architecture, the configurations, and so on.

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How to choose the best-fit hardware for your OpenStack deployment

One of the benefits of OpenStack is the ability to deploy the software on standard x86 hardware, and thus not be locked-in to custom architectures and high prices from specialized vendors.

Before you select your x86 hardware, you might want to consider how you will resolve hardware/software related issues:

  • Is my distribution of OpenStack and the underlying Linux, certified to run on the hardware I use?
  • Will the vendor of my OpenStack distribution work with my hardware vendor to resolve issues?

There was a panel session  (Cisco, Ooyala, Sprint, and Shutterfly) on OpenStack use cases at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, May 2015. At the end, an audience member asked “How important is it that the OpenStack distribution is  certified to run on the hardware you use?

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Voting Open for OpenStack Summit Tokyo Submissions: Container deployment, management, security and operations – oh my!

This week we have been providing a preview of Red Hat submissions for the upcoming OpenStack Summit to be held October 27-30, in Tokyo, Japan. Today’s grab bag of submissions focus on containers the relationship between them and OpenStack as well as how to deploy, manage, secure, and operate workloads using them. This was already a hotbed of new ideas and discussion at the last summit in Vancouver and we expect things will only continue to heat up in this area as a result of recent announcements in the lead up to Tokyo!

The OpenStack Foundation manages allows its members to vote the topics and presentations they would like to see as part of the selection process. To vote for one of the listed sessions, click on the session title below and you will be directed to the voting page. If you are a member of the OpenStack Foundation, just login. If you are not, you are welcome to join now – it is simple and free.

Please make sure to vote before the deadline on Thursday, July 30 2015, at 11:59pm PDT.

Application & infrastructure continuous delivery using OpenShift and OpenStack
  • Mike McGrath – Senior Principal Architect, Atomic @ Red Hat
Atomic Enterprise on OpenStack
  • Jonathon Jozwiak – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Containers versus Virtualization: The New Cold War?
  • Jeremy Eder – Principal Performance Engineer @ Red Hat
Container security: Do containers actually contain? Should you care?
  • Dan Walsh – Senior Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Container Security at Scale
  • Scott McCarty – Product Manager, Container Strategy @ Red Hat
Containers, Kubernetes, and GlusterFS, a match made in Tengoku
  • Luis Pabón – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Stephen Watt – Chief Architect, Big Data @ Red Hat
  • Jeff Vance – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Converged Storage in hybrid VM and Container deployments using Docker, Kubernetes, Atomic and OpenShift
  • Stephen Watt – Chief Architect, Big Data @ Red Hat
Deploying and Managing OpenShift on OpenStack with Ansible and Heat
  • Diane Mueller – Director Community Development, OpenShift @ Red Hat
  • Greg DeKoenigsberg –  Vice President, Community @ Ansible
  • Veer Michandi – Senior Solution Architect @ Red Hat
  • Ken Thompson – Senior Cloud Solution Architect @ Red Hat
  • Tomas Sedovic – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Deploying containerized applications across the Open Hybrid Cloud using Docker and the Nulecule spec
  • Tushar Katarki – Integration Architect @ Red Hat
  • Aaron Weitekamp – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Deploying Docker and Kubernetes with Heat and Atomic
  • Steve Gordon – Senior Technical Product Manager, OpenStack @ Red Hat
Develop, Deploy, and Manage Applications at Scale on an OpenStack based private cloud
  • James Labocki – Product Owner, CloudForms @ Red Hat
  • Brett Thurber – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Scott Collier – Senior Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
How to Train Your Admin
  • Aleksandr Brezhnev – Senior Principal Solution Architect @ Red Hat
  • Patrick Rutledge – Principal Solution Architect @ Red Hat
Minimizing or eliminating service outages via robust application life-cycle management with container technologies
  • Tushar Katarki – Integration Architect @ Red Hat
  • Aaron Weitekamp – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
OpenStack and Containers Advanced Management
  • Federico Simoncelli – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
OpenStack & The Future of the Containerized OS
  • Daniel Riek – Senior Director, Systems Design & Engineering @ Red Hat
Operating Enterprise Applications in Docker Containers with Kubernetes and Atomic Enterprise
  • Mike McGrath – Senior Principal Architect, Atomic @ Red Hat
Present & Future-proofing your datacenter with SDS & OpenStack Manila
  • Luis Pabón – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Sean Murphy – Product Manager, Red Hat Storage @ Red Hat
  • Sean Cohen – Principal Product Manager, OpenStack @ Red Hat
Scale or Fail – Scaling applications with Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift, and OpenStack
  • Grant Shipley – Senior Manager @ Red Hat
  • Diane Mueller – Director Community Development, OpenShift @ Red Hat

Thanks for taking the time to help shape the next OpenStack summit!

Voting Open for OpenStack Summit Tokyo Submissions: Deployment, management and metering/monitoring

Another cycle, another OpenStack Summit, this time on October 27-30 in Tokyo. The Summit is the best opportunity for the community to gather and share knowledge, stories and strategies to move OpenStack forward. With more than 200 breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, collaborative design sessions, tons of opportunity for networking and perhaps even some sightseeing, the Summit is the even everyone working or planning to work with OpenStack should attend.

Critical subjects, awesome sessions

To select those 200+ sessions the community proposes talks that are selected by your vote, and we would like to showcase our proposed sessions about some of the most critical subjects of an OpenStack cloud: deployment, management and metering/monitoring.

There are multiple ways to deploy, manage and monitor clouds, but we would like to present our contributions to the topic, sharing both code and vision to tackle this subject now and in the future. With sessions about TripleO, Heat, Ironic, Puppet, Ceilometer, Gnocchi and troubleshooting, we’ll cover the whole lifecycle of OpenStack, from planning a deployment, to actually executing and then monitoring and maintaining it on the long term. Click on the links below to read the abstracts and vote your the topics you want to see in Tokyo.

Deployment and Management

OpenStack on OpenStack (TripleO): First They Ignore You..
  • Dan Sneddon – Principal OpenStack Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Keith Basil – Principal Product Manager, OpenStack Platform @ Red Hat
  • Dan Prince – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Installers are dead, deploying our bits is a continuous process
  • Nick Barcet – Director of OpenStack Product Management @ Red Hat
  • Keith Basil – Principal Product Manager, OpenStack Platform @ Red Hat
TripleO: Beyond the Basic Openstack Deployment
  • Steven Hillman – Software Engineer @ Cisco Systems
  • Shiva Prasad Rao – Software Engineer @ Cisco Systems
  • Sourabh Patwardhan – Technical Leader @ Cisco Systems
  • Saksham Varma – Software Engineer @ Cisco Systems
  • Jason Dobies – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Mike Burns – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Mike Orazi – Manager, Software Engineering @ Red Hat
  • John Trowbridge – Software Engineer, Red Hat @ Red Hat
Troubleshoot Your Next Open Source Deployment
  • Lysander David – IT Infrastructure Architect @ Symantec
Advantages and Challenges of Deploying OpenStack with Puppet
  • Colleen Murphy – Cloud Software Engineer @ HP
  • Emilien Macchi – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Cloud Automation: Deploying and Managing OpenStack with Heat
  • Snehangshu Karmakar – Cloud Curriculum Manager @ Red Hat
Hands-on lab: Deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
  • Adolfo Vazquez – Curriculum Manager @ Red Hat
TripleO and Heat for Operators: Bringing the values of Openstack to Openstack Management
  • Graeme Gillies – Principal Systems Administrator @ Red Hat
The omniscient cloud: How to know all the things with bare-metal inspection for Ironic
  • Dmitry Tantsur – Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • John Trowbridge – Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Troubleshooting A Highly Available Openstack Deployment.
  • Sadique Puthen – Principal Technical Support Engineer @ Red Hat
Tuning HA OpenStack Deployments to Maximize Hardware Capabilities
  • Vinny Valdez – Sr. Principal Cloud Architect @ Red Hat
  • Ryan O’Hara – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Dan Radez – Sr. Software Engineer @ Red Hat
OpenStack for Architects
  • Michael Solberg – Chief Field Architect @ Red Hat
  • Brent Holden – Chief Field Architect @ Red Hat
A Day in the Life of an Openstack & Cloud Architect
  • Vijay Chebolu – Practice Lead @ Red Hat
  • Vinny Valdez – Sr. Principal Cloud Architect @ Red Hat
Cinder Always On! Reliability and scalability – Liberty and beyond
  • Michał Dulko – Software Engineer @ Intel
  • Szymon Wróblewski – Software Engineer @ Intel
  • Gorka Eguileor – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat

Metering and Monitoring

Storing metrics at scale with Gnocchi, triggering with Aodh
  • Julien Danjou – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat

Voting Open for OpenStack Summit Tokyo Submissions: Storage Spotlight

The OpenStack Summit will take place on October 27-30 in Tokyo, will be a five-day conference for OpenStack contributors, enterprise users, service providers, application developers and ecosystem members.  Attendees can expect visionary keynote speakers, 200+ breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, collaborative design sessions and lots of networking. In keeping with the Open-Source spirit, you are in the front seat to cast your vote for the sessions that are important to you!

Today we will take a peak at some recommended storage related session proposals for the Tokyo summit, be sure to vote for your favorites! To vote, click on the session title below and you will be directed to the voting page. If you are a member of the OpenStack Foundation, just login. If you are not, you are welcome to join now – it is simple and free.

Please make sure to vote before the deadline on Thursday, July 30 2015, at 11:59pm PDT.

Block Storage

OpenStack Storage State of the Union
  • Sean Cohen, Principal Product Manager @ Red Hat
  • Flavio Percoco, Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Jon Bernard ,Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Ceph and OpenStack: current integration and roadmap
  • Josh Durgin, Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Sébastien Han, Senior Cloud Architect @ Red Hat
State of Multi-Site Storage in OpenStack
  • Sean Cohen, Principal Product Manager @ Red Hat
  • Neil Levine, Director of Product Management @ Red Hat
  • Sébastien Han, Senior Cloud Architect @ Red Hat
Block Storage Replication with Cinder
  • John Griffith, Principal Software Engineer @ SolidFire
  • Ed Balduf, Cloud Architect @ SolidFire
Sleep Easy with Automated Cinder Volume Backup
  • Lin Yang, Senior Software Engineer @ Intel
  • Lisa Li Software, Engineer @ Intel
  • Yuting Wu, Engineer @ Awcloud
Flash Storage and Faster Networking Accelerate Ceph Performance
  • John Kim, Director of Storage Marketing @ Mellanox Technologies
  • Ross Turk, Director of Product Marketing @ Red Hat Storage

File Storage

Manila – An Update from Liberty
  • Sean Cohen, Principal Product Manager @ Red Hat
  • Akshai Parthasarathy Technical Marketing Engineer @ NetApp
  • Thomas Bechtold, OpenStack Cloud Engineer @ SUSE
Manila and Sahara: Crossing the Desert to the Big Data Oasis
  • Ethan Gafford, Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Jeff Applewhite, Technical Marketing Engineer, NetApp
  • Weiting Chen, Software Engineer @ Intel
GlusterFS making things awesome for Swift, Sahara, and Manila.
  • Luis Pabón, Principal Software Engineer @Red Hat
  • Thiago da Silva, Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Trevor McKay, Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat

Object Storage

Benchmarking OpenStack Swift
  • Thiago da Silva, Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Christian Schwede, Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Truly durable backups with OpenStack Swift
  • Christian Schwede, Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Encrypting Data at Rest: Let’s Explore the Missing Piece of the Puzzle
  • Dave McCowan, Technical Leader, OpenStack @ Cisco
  • Arvind Tiwari, Technical Leader @ Cisco

 

DevOps, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery

As we all turn our eyes towards Tokyo for the next OpenStack Summit edition the time has come to make your voice heard as to which talks you would like to attend while you are there. Remember, even if you are not attending the live event many sessions get recorded and can be viewed later so make your voice heard and influence the content!

Let me suggest a couple talks under the theme of DevOps, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery – remember to vote for your favorites by midnight Pacific Standard Time on July 30th and we will see you in Tokyo!

Continuous Integration is an important topic, we can see this through   the amount of effort  deployed by the OpenStack CI team. OpenStack deployments all over the globe cover a wide range of possibilities (NFV, Hosting, extra services, advanced data storage, etc). Most of them come with their technical specificities including hardware, uncommon configuration, network devices, etc.

This make these OpenStack installation unique and hard to test. If we want to properly make them fit in the CI process, we need new methodology and tooling.

Rapid innovation, changing business landscapes, and new IT demands force businesses to make changes quickly. The DevOps approach is a way to increase business agility through collaboration, communication, and integration across different teams in the IT organization.

In this talk we’ll give you an overview of a platform, called Software Factory, that we develop and use at Red Hat. It is an open source platform that is inspired by the OpenStack’s development’s workflow and embeds, among other tools, Gerrit, Zuul, and Jenkins. The platform can be easily installed on an OpenStack cloud thanks to Heat and can rely on OpenStack to perform CI/CD of your applications.

One of the best success stories to come out of OpenStack is the Infrastructure project. It encompasses all of the systems used in the day-to-day operation of the OpenStack project as a whole. More and more other projects and companies are seeing the value of the OpenStack git workflow model and are now running their own versions of OpenStack continuous integration (CI) infrastructure. In this session, you’ll learn the benefits of running your own CI project, how to accomplish it, and best practices for staying abreast of upstream changes.

In order to provide better quality while keeping up on the growing number of projects and features lead Red Hat to adapt it’s processes.  Moving from a 3 team process (Product Management, Engineering and QA) to a feature team approach each embedding all the actors of the delivery process was one of the approach we took and which we are progressively spreading.

We delivered a very large number of components that needs to be engineered together to deliver their full value, and which require delicate assembly as they work together as a distributed system. How can we do this is in in a time box without giving up on quality?

Learn how to get a Vagrant environment running as quickly as possible, so that you can start iterating on your project right away.

I’ll show you an upstream project called Oh-My-Vagrant that does the work and adds all the tweaks to glue different Vagrant providers together perfectly.

This talk will include live demos of building docker containers, orchestrating them with kubernetes, adding in some puppet, and all glued together with vagrant and oh-my-vagrant. Getting familiar with these technologies will help when you’re automating Openstack clusters.

In the age of service, core builds become a product in the software supply chain. Core builds shift from a highly customized stack which meets ISV software requirements to an image which provides a set of features. IT Organization shift to become product driven organizations.

This talk will dive into the necessary organizational changes and tool changes to provide a core build in the age of service and service contracts.

http://crunchtools.com/files/2015/07/Core-Builds-in-the-Age-of-Service.pdf

http://crunchtools.com/core-builds-service/

We will start with a really brief introduction of Openstack services we will use to build our app. We’ll cover all of the different ways you can control an OpenStack cloud: a web user interface, the command line interface, a software development kit (SDK), and the application programming interface (API).

After this brief introduction on the tools we are going to use in our hands on lab we’ll get our hands dirty and build a application that will make use of an OpenStack cloud.

This application will utilize a number of OpenStack services via an SDK to get its work done. The app will demonstrate how OpenStack services can be used as base to create a working application.

Voting Open for OpenStack Summit Tokyo Submissions: Networking, Telco, and NFV

The next OpenStack Summit is just around the corner, October 27-30, in Tokyo, Japan, and we would like your help shaping the agenda. The OpenStack Foundation manages voting by allowing its members to choose the topics and presentations they would like to see.

Virtual networking and software-defined networking (SDN) has become an increasingly exciting topic in recent years, and a great focus for us at Red Hat. It also lays the foundation for network functions virtualization (NFV) and the recent innovation in the telecommunication service providers space.

Here you can find networking and NFV related session proposals from Red Hat and our partners. To vote, click on the session title below and you will be directed to the voting page. If you are a member of the OpenStack Foundation, just login. If you are not, you are welcome to join now – it is simple and free.

Please make sure to vote before the deadline on Thursday, July 30 2015, at 11:59pm PDT.

OpenStack Networking (Neutron)

OpenStack Networking (Neutron) 101
  • Nir Yechiel – Senior Technical Product Manager @ Red Hat
Almost everything you need to know about provider networks
  • Sadique Puthen – Principal Technical Support Engineer @ Red Hat
Why does the lion’s share of time and effort goes to troubleshooting Neutron?
  • Sadique Puthen – Principal Technical Support Engineer @ Red Hat
Neutron Deep Dive – Hands On Lab
  • Rhys Oxenham – Principal Product Manager @ Red Hat
  • Vinny Valdez – Senior Principal Cloud Architect @ Red Hat
L3 HA, DVR, L2 Population… Oh My!
  • Assaf Muller – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Nir Yechiel – Senior Technical Product Manager @ Red Hat
QoS – a Neutron n00bie
  • Livnat Peer – Senior Engineering Manager @ Red Hat
  • Moshe Levi – Senior Software Engineer @ Mellanox
  • Irena Berezovsky – Senior Architect @ Midokura
Clusters, Routers, Agents and Networks: High Availability in Neutron
  • Florian Haas – Principal Consultant @ hastexo!
  • Livnat Peer – Senior Engineering Manager @ Red Hat
  • Adam Spiers – Senior Software Engineer @ SUSE

Deploying networking (TripleO)

TripleO Network Architecture Deep-Dive and What’s New
  • Dan Sneddon – Principal OpenStack Engineer @ Red Hat

Telco and NFV

Telco OpenStack Cloud Deployment with Red Hat and Big Switch
  • Paul Lancaster – Strategic Partner Development Manager @ Red Hat
  • Prashant Gandhi – VP Products & Strategy @ Big Switch
OpenStack NFV Cloud Edge Computing for One Cloud
  • Hyde Sugiyama – Senior Principal Technologist @ Red Hat
  • Timo Jokiaho – Senior Principal Technologist @ Red Hat
  • Zhang Xiao Guang – Cloud Project Manager @ China Mobile
Rethinking High Availability for Telcos in the new world of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • Jonathan Gershater – Senior Principal Product Marketing Manager @ Red Hat

Performance and accelerated data-plane

Adding low latency features in Openstack to address Cloud RAN Challenges
  • Sandro Mazziotta – Director NFV Product Management @ Red Hat
Driving in the fast lane: Enhancing OpenStack Instance Performance
  • Stephen Gordon – Senior Technical Product Manager @ Red Hat
  • Adrian Hoban – Principal Engineer, SDN/NFV Orchestration @ Intel
OpenStack at High Speed! Performance Analysis and Benchmarking
  • Roger Lopez – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Joe Talerico – Senior Performance Engineer @ Red Hat
Accelerate your cloud network with Open vSwitch (OVS) and the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK)
  • Adrian Hoban – Principal Engineer, SDN/NFV Orchestration @ Intel
  • Seán Mooney  – Network Software Engineer @ Intel
  • Terry Wilson – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat