Using Software Factory to manage Red Hat OpenStack Platform lifecycle

by Nicolas Hicher, Senior Software Engineer – Continuous Integration and Delivery

Software-Factory

Software-Factory is a collection of services that provides a powerful platform to build software. It enables the same workflow used to develop OpenStack: using Gerrit for code reviews, Zuul/Nodepool/Jenkins as a CI system, and Storyboard for stories and issues tracker. Also, it ensures a reproducible test environment with ephemeral Jenkins slaves.

In this video, Nicolas Hicher will demonstrate how to use Software-Factory to manage a Red Hat OpenStack Platform 9 lifecycle. We will do a deployment and an update on a virtual environment (within an OpenStack tenant).

Python-tripleo-helper

For this demo, we will do a deployment within an OpenStack tenant. Using a tool, developed by the engineering team that builds DCI, called python-tripleo-helper. With this tool, we can do a deployment within an OpenStack tenant using the same steps of a full deployment (boot server via IPMI, discover nodes, introspection and deployment). We also patched python-tripleo-helper to add an update command to update the OpenStack (changing parameters, not doing a major upgrade).

Workflow

The workflow is simple and robust:

  • Submit a review with the templates, the installation script and the tests scripts. A CI job validates the templates.
  • When the review is approved, the gate jobs are executed (installation or update).
  • After the deployment/update is completed, the review is merged.

Deployment

For this demo, we will do a simple deployment (1 controller and 1 compute nodes) with Red Hat OpenStack 9.0

Limitations

Since we do the deployment in a virtual environment, we can’t test some advanced features, especially for networking and storage. But other features of the deployed cloud can be validated using the appropriate environments.

Improvements

We plan to continue to improve this workflow to be able to:

  • Do a major upgrade from Red Hat OpenStack Platform (X to X+1).
  • Manage a bare metal deployment.
  • Improve the Ceph deployment to be able to use more than one object storage device (OSD).
  • Use smoke jobs like tempest to validate the deployment before merging the review.

Also, it should be possible to manage pre-production and production environments within a single git repository, the check job will do the tasks on pre production and after receiving a peer’s validation, the same actions will be applied on production.

OpenStack Use Cases – New Analyst Papers and Webinar Now Available

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As the OpenStack market continues to mature, some organizations have made the move and put OpenStack projects into production. They have done this in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons. However, other organizations have waited to see what these first-movers are doing with it and whether or not they are successful before exploring for themselves.

As such, we’re pleased to announce the availability of 4 new analyst white papers from 451 Research on how organizations are using OpenStack in production. The information in these papers is based on 451 Research’s own insights as well as interviews with customers who have put OpenStack into production.

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Lifecycle support changes for Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 and beyond

OpenStack continues to evolve

During the past six years, OpenStack has evolved rapidly. The OpenStack community itself has grown to more than 60,000 strong, with support from a wide array of technology vendors across the globe. Customers are pushing OpenStack into production and starting to realize the many benefits OpenStack has been promising them.

And as more and more customers push OpenStack into production, changes into how they want to consume it have evolved as well.

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Thoughts on Red Hat OpenStack Platform and certification of Tesora Database as a Service Platform

When I think about open source software, Red Hat is first name that comes to mind. At Tesora, we’ve been working to make our Database as a Service Platform available to Red Hat OpenStack Platform users, and now it is a Red Hat certified solution. Officially collaborating with Red Hat in the context of OpenStack, one of the fastest growing open source projects ever, is a tremendous opportunity.

This week, we announced that Red Hat has certified the Tesora Database as a Service (DBaaS) Platform on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. Mutual customers can operate database as a service with 15 different database types knowing that they have been extensively tested in the Red Hat environment. They also have the confidence of knowing that their database software is running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in an environment that is supported by Red Hat.

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Red Hat OpenStack Platform 9 is here! So what’s new?

This week we released the latest version of our OpenStack product, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 9. This release contains more than 500 downstream enhancements, bug fixes, documentation changes, and security updates. It’s based on the upstream OpenStack Mitaka release. We have worked hard to reduce the time to release new versions and have successfully done so with this release! Red Hat OpenStack Platform 9 contains new Mitaka features and functionality, as well as the additional hardening, stability, and certifications Red Hat is known for. Of course, there continues to be tight integration with other key portfolio products, as well as comprehensive documentation.

So what are some of the main new highlights for this release?

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OpenStack Summit Austin: Day 4

 

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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OpenStack Summit Austin: Day 3

 

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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Culture and technology can drive the future of OpenStack

“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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OpenStack Summit Austin: Day 2

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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OpenStack Summit Austin: Day 1

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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