So this is what happens when you accidentally give the marketing department an inch – they take a mile and ask you to share your thoughts about the techier side of the OpenStack Summit.
All joking aside, the Summit is far too good an event and contains far too important discussions and projects not to be shared so here goes; a recap from my second day here at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona.
I started off my day by attending the keynote session where, amongst others, Elisabeth K. Joseph and Jonathan Bryce showed a number of demos on stage. I think the most interesting one was about the process of securing the functionality of OpenStack as a software packaged in the CI process. Contributers are deploying new code all the time and tons of test cases have to be run every hour, in multiple clouds and in different parts of the world. So, we got to see the reality of what we learned during the 2 days we spent in the Upstream University Sunday to Monday.
The other cool thing was that City Cloud was introduced as one of the public clouds to provide computing power for the tons of tests in this process. Well, it was cool but I must admit a bit scary at the same time. No matter how confident I am about our IaaS there.just.can.not.be.any.hickups when the Executive Director of OpenStack is using it in front of a live audience. A couple of drops of sweat later they casually launched some 50 servers in our datacenters in London, Frankfurt and Karlskrona and it all worked perfectly.
About the clones
The rest of my day I attended a number of interesting sessions and as usual on the Summit I sometimes found it extremely difficult to choose which ones to attend (I literary wanted to attend 80% of all available sessions). Judging by the share number of knowledgable people and interesting topics it should only be a matter of time before a stacker finds a way to instantly clone me so I’m hoping to double up in Boston.
Migrating bare metal
Let’s get serious again. I find Ironic (no pun), the bare metal service, to be a very interesting OpenStack project. Internap, had a session about migrating stand alone bare metal servers into OpenStack. Ironic is very interesting for us as an IT infrastructure company but particularly for our customers of whom many still have stand alone bare metal. Internap’s session covered both some challenges and requirements and I can only agree, there is quite a bit of work to be done in order to succeed with this but as usual with stackers – it will be done.
Key management, Container orchestration & DBaaS
Barbican (Key Management), Magnum (Container orchestration) and Trove (Database as a Service) are three other very interesting projects that we are already looking at deploying in City Cloud. During the day I also attended workshops with the Magnum and Barbican projects to learn even more. The security and data protection aspects of any public cloud is paramount and I feel that Barbican presents a great deal of possibilities in that area. Trove is something that our customers are really screaming for and we are doing our best to implement the project into City Cloud to simplify usage and management of databases. The number of supported database drivers are steadily increasing and most of them are there apart from MSSQL. Listening in on the project story however, Im very confident that will be in place very soon.
Containers and container orchestration are very much in the loop right now and we really would like to offer this to our customers. Magnum, together with some other related OpenStack projects such as Kolla and Kuryr for example, really makes this very useful. All in all, very interesting stuff that we hope to offer to our customers in the near future.
Allright, that’s it for today and it is now time for me to join my fellow stackers for the third day here at the summit. One day older, a whole lot wiser and with wrists the size of cannonballs my admiration and respect for this fantastic community knows no limits.
Tobias Rydberg, Senior Developer, City Network