The Road to Hong Kong: Mirantis Has a Lot to Share

Like many other OpenStack cloud developers, providers, hardware vendors, and community members, Mirantis is packing up to go to this year’s OpenStack Fall Summit, taking place in Hong Kong November 5-8. Mirantis is eager to share the knowledge they have accumulated.

Earlier this week, Mirantis announced general availability of Mirantis OpenStack, the first flexible and commercially-supported OpenStack distribution that gives enterprises the widest selection in choice of supported operating systems, hypervisors, and storage back-ends; we look forward to discussing that with customers, users, and developers at the summit.

We invite you to see Mirantis speakers in Hong Kong at the following times as they cover projects, tools, scenarios, and issues for using OpenStack in the real world.

Greg Elkinbard

Does the Hypervisor matter in OpenStack

OpenStack developed largely with KVM; ESXi and VMware are widely considered one and the same. Is it possible to mix and match, and why would you want to? What are the opportunities and challenges of running OpenStack orchestration on an ESXi hypervisor? This talk looks at some real world examples of hypervisor compatibility with OpenStack, examines some performance data and sensitivity analysis, and identifies practical approaches to configuring an ESXi and mixed hypervisor environment in your OpenStack cloud.

Tues
5-Nov
14:50

David Easter

What if your OpenStack deployment succeeds?

OpenStack efficiencies can be a two-edged sword. Sure, it can empower developers to invoke well-specified infrastructure services and build more cool stuff faster. But at the same time, the diversity of options and components in your infrastructure you want to deploy as a service means your cloud can get fragmented into messy underlying configurations and spin out of control: goodbye efficiency. And if your developers love your OpenStack cloud? Success is its own punishment.

How can you achieve reliable operation at scale in large distributed deployments, without sacrificing rapid adoption of new features?

Much of the emerging technologies supporting OpenStack deployment and automation focuses on helping build the foundational elements of your OpenStack cloud. At Mirantis, across over 60 customer deployments, we’ve developed a set of pre- and post-flight checks to ensure that your OpenStack cloud can overcome that fragmentation. We’ll review those along with the best practices in deployment, monitoring, management, and maintenance. By taking advantage of this accumulated experience rather than re-inventing the wheel, you can speed the time to benefit for OpenStack. What’s more, once your cloud is up and running, these strategies mean that rather than firefighting, infrastructure teams can design/architect new services that developers and users use to capture value for their organization.

Tues
5-Nov 16:20

Boris Renski

OpenStack Co-opetition: a view from within

My job at Mirantis is to figure out how to co-opete in this crowded space. Yes, we are all in OpenStack to build a great open source community. But let face it, we are REALLY in it to make money So. Does Rackspace regret letting go of control? Will Red Hat OpenStack mean death for the start-up distros? And what is the game plan for IBM and HP? I spend my days analyzing every move anybody makes in the ecosystem and figuring what that means for the industry. In this talk Il shed some light on OpenStack coopetition politics, share subjective view on strategies of individual players, and offer some predictions on future OpenStack competition landscape.

Tues
5-Nov
14:00

Tomasz Napierala

Securing OpenStack for compliance

OpenStack adoption is growing constantly, but there are still areas where vanilla OpenStack cannot be used out of the box. One of those fields is the financial sector, which requires infrastructure to be properly hardened and secured to meet challenging industry compliance requirements. To make OpenStack suitable for security-demanding environments, Mirantis has analyzed most of the components and developed a set of modules for system hardening. This talk shows a pragmatic set of guidelines to deploy OpenStack based cloud infrastructure able to meet most of PCI DSS requirements.

Wed
6-Nov
11:15

David Fishman & Boris Renski

The OpenStack Elimination Game Show

During this session we’ll productively use our time to give away 5 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with Android to the audience in a trivia spectacular we call “The OpenStack Elimination Game Show.” We’ll present difficult OpenStack technical questions to a panel of 3 experts. One of them will provide the correct answer; the other two will bluff.

Everybody in the audience gets flashcards to hold over their head and vote which panelist is telling the truth. Raise your flashcards to identify which answer is right. Get it wrong – you are out. Last five standing get an Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with Android….and fame associated with being an OpenStack guru.

Wed
6-Nov
1:10

Boris Pavlovic

Benchmarking OpenStack Performance at Scale

The first rule of OpenStack scalability and performance is, “Don’t talk about scalability and performance–benchmark it.” Working with customers and partners, Mirantis pushed OpenStack to its limits to see where it stumbles and where it breaks.

This session will describe the details behind the process, talk about the tools and performance assessment strategies Mirantis used. We’ll also share our findings on key scalability and performance bottlenecks, validations approaches, and suggest solutions.

Wed
6-Nov
15:30

Gregory Okrokvertskhov

Case Study: Running Windows in OpenStack

With the rapid expansion of OpenStack cloud and the growing enterprise footprint, it’s not going to be long before OpenStack encounters another ecosystem with a big enterprise footprint: Windows. But there doesn’t need to be a winner-take-all scenario. In fact, we see a growing demand to migrate and or run existing Windows based environments on an OpenStack cloud.

This talk will cover the automation and self-service provisioning for Windows on OpenStack and a solution built by Mirantis for Intel IT.

Wed
6-Nov
14:40

Ilya Elterman and Sergey Lukjanov

Savanna: Elastic Hadoop on OpenStack

This talk is about provisioning and managing Hadoop clusters on OpenStack using Savanna project. Savanna supports two key use cases: on-demand cluster provisioning and on-demand Hadoop tasks execution (Elastic Data Processing). This presentation will be focused around EDP functionality.

The speakers will introduce the Savanna project, review the features implemented in version 0.3, and discuss further plans. They will also cover key architectural aspects and show a live demo. In this demo, they will show how a user can execute a Hadoop job in one click on data stored in Swift using a pre-configured Hadoop cluster template.

Wed
6-Nov
14:40

Eugene Nikaranov and Ilya Shakhat

Load Balancing in OpenStack

Put all bricks together for a production-ready load balancing: multi-vendor support in Neutron LBaaS, elasticity via Heat templates, and service monitoring via Ceilometer. The session will cover the new features introduced in the Havana release cycle as well as briefly cover the way of writing vendor drivers for the service. The talk also will cover the roadmap planned for Icehouse.

Key highlights: data model change, LBaaS API extensibility, hardware appliance support, integration of LBaaS with Heat and Ceilometer.

Wed
6-Nov
16:30

Alex Freeland

Panel: Measuring OpenStack: what activities we track and why

Speakers: Daniel Izquierdo, Alex Freedland, Dan Stangel, Qingye Jiang

Moderator: Stefano Maffulli

Wed
6-Nov
at 16:10

Damian Igbe

Neutron Network Namespaces and IPtables: technical deep dive

Networking with OpenStack Neutron requires a different mindset around IP networking than conventional physical topologies. Understanding Linux namespaces is critical to troubleshooting Openstack Neutron networking and understanding of neutron network topology. A key element of this shift is use of Linux network namespaces, introduced in Folsom.

This technical deep dive into Openstack Neutron Namespaces and IPtables will give attendees a clear understanding of these building blocks of OpenStack L3 and DHCP agents. The session shows how to go about troubleshooting L3 issues and how to apply this more robust networking abstraction in distributed OpenStack environments.

Thur
7-Nov
16:10

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