OpenStack Community App Catalog Review: Issue #4

Ilya Stechkin - April 22, 2016 -

Welcome back to the Community App Catalog Digest! Today we’ll try to help you with your summit planning.

Summit planning

Interested in building the Application Ecosystem within OpenStack? Please join us Thursday, April 28 for three Design Summit slots. We are starting at 3:10 PM (local time) in room MR 408 with the project Overview, Status and Plans.

Then we are moving to Boardroom 403 for the next two working sessions that start at 4:10 PM and 5:00 PM (local time) respectively. For the working session agendas click here. Basically, we’ll be talking about integration with Murano and Magnum, and about some additional asset types, such as TOSCA.

You can also find the list of all related sessions here.

Story of the month: TOSCA

1While we’re on the subject of TOSCA, Sahdev Zala from IBM has added the ability to use TOSCA assets to the App Catalog. The project started in January with defining the metadata for TOSCA assets. Then in March, the “hello world” template was added. Finally, a couple of days ago, on April 20, the CSAR example and important assets for Wordpres and the ELK stack were added. So TOSCA is the story of the month, thanks to Sahdev Zala.

Sahdev Zala has been working for IBM for 12 years. He is a co-founder and architect of two projects: OpenStack Heat-Translator and OpenStack TOSCA-Parser. We are glad to have such an active contributor on board!

Further reading: Partners and the Mirantis Unlocked validation program — Part 1: Plugins

Last time we mentioned that Mirantis has an app Validation Program that’s easy to participate in. Now we are able to tell you more about this initiative — including why it’s important, and why vendors are interested in it.

The validation program for hardware vendors such as Dell, SuperMicro, Quanta, and so on helps those vendors to show their clients that their hardware is tested and works with MOS (Mirantis OpenStack). We offer validated hardware configurations, which include a bill of materials (BoM) to show the recommended hardware unit (or model) for a particular role (such as a compute node, controller node, or storage node).

At the infrastructure level (for example, the integration of EMC VNX or other appliances, or ScaleIO to build SDS) we offer OpenStack Driver validation for manual integration and Fuel Plugin validation for automated deployment.

Finally, at the application level, we offer application validation for those who create products that run on OpenStack VMs. This program is most interesting to partners who create products to run in virtual environment, such as Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). These products are organised as Murano packages or Glance images and we strongly recommend that you publish these solutions in the Community App Catalog to ease the validation process — and strengthen the catalog. Complimentary applications such as Zabbix or Talligent, that are using OpenStack API, can also be validated as part of this program.

To read the full story click here.

Thank you for staying with us and have a safe trip to Austin!

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