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Tuesday, May 13


Orchestration for Public Cloud: The Experience of Running Heat at Rackspace
One year ago in Portland, the developer community declared intent to create a native, open, and declarative DSL for Heat (the OpenStack Orchestration service), and mature the project to the point of wide adoption across the OpenStack ecosystem. In the past year, the project has significantly matured and is now accessible to customers on one of the largest public clouds in the world. In this talk, we will share our experiences on:
.1) operationalizing and running Heat as a public cloud service for customers
.2) dominant usage patterns and customer feedback (related to improvements we hope to drive back into Heat)
.3) deployment architecture overview and CI/CD pipeline (e.g. Using Heat to deploy Heat), including multi-engine horizontal scale (a Rackspace developed feature contributed to Heat)
.4) Template catalog and Meta-data Service value to customers, and the roadmap for developing this in Glance
.5) integration with software configuration management and optimizing experiences around specific tools like Chef
.6) Q&A

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Keith Bray

VP, Product & Engineering, EDX Technologies, Inc.
Keith Bray runs software development and engineering operations for Platform Services at Rackspace. In his four years as a Racker, Keith has helped launch the company's Cloud DNS, Cloud Databases, and Cloud Orchestration products, held positions in Product Management, and has led... Read More →
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Randall Burt

Senior Software Developer, Rackspace
Randall Burt is a Senior Software Developer and services architect for the Rackspace cloud who has been instrumental in launching new services at Rackspace. After spending years contracting for the government, Randall joined Rackspace with a passion to contribute to open source technolgies... Read More →

Tuesday May 13, 2014 4:40pm - 5:20pm
Room B309


Turning the Heat Up on DevOps: Providing a Web-based Editing Experience Around Heat Templates

We’ll present a web-based editing experience around Heat Orchestration Templates. We have created a unified editing experience leveraging diagram and text-based metaphors into one seamless flow. We have also extended the Heat engine to support full-stack deployment by integrating application deployment capabilities from IBM UrbanCode Deploy. We’ll demonstrate creating ready to deploy HOT documents which capture Compute, Network, and Storage resources as well as our own extensions around software configuration and deployment resources.

We’ll describe how our solution supports three characteristics for Software Defined Environments:

- Organic: Support creating and updating environments in place as their purpose or architecture changes over time.
- Version-aware: We’ll show incorporating native scm solutions like git as part of the web-based interface to version and update templates across multiple environments.
- Fullstack Engineering: We’ll describe templates which capture cloud resources and software resources as part of a unified template which can then provision cloud resources and deploy software in one action.

Our extensions to Heat will be described along with our experiences in extending the engine as a vendor.

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Michael Elder

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Michael is the IBM Distinguished Engineer for the IBM Multicloud Platform. Michael holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has numerous awarded patents and has been honored with three IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement awards. He... Read More →

Tuesday May 13, 2014 5:30pm - 6:10pm
Room B309
Wednesday, May 14


The Battle of the Distros – Which One is Better for My Cloud?
OpenStack is a powerful open-source cloud management system. Multiple services, databases, configuration files, messaging queues and runtime agents are needed to realize its full potential. This is obviously not easy to deploy in production and, even more important, to monitor and troubleshoot potential issues.
OpenStack distributions provide a solution to all the above-mentioned problems. But which one is the best for your cloud?
In this session we will explore the most popular OpenStack distributions on the market. Let’s talk openly about pros and cons for each, with clear fair parameters for all of them. OpenStack users attending this session will get a better idea of all available distributions. They will also understand the important questions to ask when they look for a distribution, and what is beneficial for all users. They will evaluate whether it is possible to independently support an OpenStack deployment , without any company behind their data centers, and if it is how much investment is needed.

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Edgar Magana

Software architect, Salesforce
Edgar is an emerging leader who has specialized in Cloud Computing, Network Virtualization, Software-defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), OpenFlow and OpenStack. He has developed excellent software development skills and outstanding customer and business... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
Room B309


Linux Containers - NextGen Virtualization for Cloud
Want VM agility with near bare metal performance? How about [milli]second provision/stop/start/restart times? Looking to achieve greater VM density on your hardware assets, or provision applications without worry of dependency hell? Look no further than nextgen virtualization with Linux Containers.

In this session we’ll look at Linux Container basics; tooling/commoditization, throttling/monitoring, images, security and why containers are poised as “the next VM” in our modern Cloud era. We’ll also discuss results exemplifying containers; run at near bare metal speeds, provide greater density potential, allow faster provisioning times, have smaller footprints and are more applicable to “as a Service” realizations. Finally we’ll look at some density/performance results from a Cloudy perspective using the OpenStack docker virt driver.

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Boden Russell

Advisory Software Engineer - IBM Global Technology Services
Boden Russell develops innovative cutting edge services and solutions for IBM’s Global Technology Services - Advanced Cloud Solutions team. His current focus areas include nextgen Proof of Concepts and SoftLayer integration engagements. With over 10 years of industry experience... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 9:50am - 10:30am
Room B309


Extending TripleO for OpenStack Infrastructure Management
Operational awareness and value for cloud operators has largely been ignored by the OpenStack community. Today with the maturity of TripleO and inclusion of Tuskar, we can now begin to think about TripleO's use as a vehicle for OpenStack infrastructure management.

The question now is How do we extend TripleO with additional value?".

Within this context, there are several areas of integration which can be explored. These include an operator dashboard, infrastructure instrumentation agents, bare metal drivers and other supporting services. Hardware and software vendors can gain insight into what integration looks like from a product point of view.

In this session, we will explore:
- Why TripleO works for infrastructure management
- TripleO management integration points
- What TripleO means for hardware/software vendors
- Early work in this area

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Keith Basil

Principal Product Manager, OpenStack, Red Hat
Keith Basil is focused on Red Hat’s OpenStack product management and development with focus OpenStack deployment and management at scale. Prior to Red Hat, Basil provided cloud architecture direction in support of sales, marketing, and partner activities for an OpenStack start-up... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
Room B309


Open Cloud System 3.0: OpenStack Architected Like AWS

Making OpenStack real for customer deployments takes a lot of work. It’s much more than layering in an installer and custom documentation. At Cloudscaling, we spend a great deal of effort on operationalizing OpenStack for customers and ensuring it’s compatible with leading public clouds. In this session, we’ll clarify the areas we focus and walk through the design decisions behind the choices. While we use 100% stock community OpenStack, OCS 3.0 doesn’t look and feel like any other version of OpenStack. It has key distinguishing characteristics such as:

  • a scalable and highly available control plane
  • an ultra high performance and high reliability network model
  • additional compatibility with the major public clouds such as Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine, and
  • a modern fabric for DevOps style infrastructure and application deployment.

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Randy Bias

VP Technology, Emerging Technology Division, EMC
His prescient views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made Randy Bias one of the industry’s most influential voices. He is an evangelist who was among the first to articulate the generational transition of IT from the “first platform” (mainframe computing... Read More →
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Azmir Mohamed

VP, Product Management
Azmir Mohamed has more than 20 years experience delivering datacenter and enterprise campus infrastructure products. Prior to joining Cloudscaling, he was Sr. Director, Product Management at Abiquo, a hypervisor agnostic enterprise software solution that enables organizations to leverage... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 11:50am - 12:30pm
Room B309


WhatTheStack? A Tool Based on Tempest to Verify your Deployments
OpenStack service interoperability is becoming a major requirement for developers and users of public clouds. With more and more OpenStack-based deployments available to the public it is getting harder and harder to choose a vendor that ensures API interoperability. To make things worse, you might want to have some external testing for verification.
Luckily there is already an existing project that executes tests against the OpenStack API: Tempest. Tempest is used daily to test thousands of deployments, namely devstack in Zuul. It is used to verify patches for API interoperability and to check if a new patch doesn’t break existing functionality.
Experienced operators can configure and use Tempest to test not only a local devstack environment but their own deployment; however asking users to configure and test several OpenStack deployments is a tedious task.
We built a tool around OpenStack Tempest to simplify this process for users, developers, operators and distribution builders. whatthestack discovers common settings required to create a configuration for Tempest and executes Tempest tests against a given OpenStack deployment. A subset of Tempest tests is executed to verify common API interoperability; these tests do not require an administrator account and therefore are executable by regular users.

This session will explain in more details the objectives of whatthestack, as well as demonstrate it’s use. It will end with a 2 way forum to gather idea and potential feedback that we will use for future directions of the tool.

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Nick (Nicolas) Barcet

Director of Product Management - OpenStack, Red Hat
Nick is the Director of Product Management for OpenStack at Red Hat.  Nick joined Red Hat in June 2014, as part of the acquisition of eNovance, where he was VP of Products. Prior to that role, Nick was Ubuntu Server and Cloud Product manager at Canonical, where he participated... Read More →
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Christian Schwede

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Christian started working on Swift about two years ago and works as a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat. Most of his Swift related work is related to supporting customers running Swift and working on automation, testing and development tools.

Wednesday May 14, 2014 1:50pm - 2:30pm
Room B309


Breaking the Mold with OpenStack Swift and GlusterFS
Red Hat uses OpenStack Swift as the object storage interface to GlusterFS. Instead of reimplementing the Swift API, Red Hat is participating in the OpenStack Swift community to ensure that GlusterFS can take full advantage of the latest Swift features. This is absolutely the right way to pair Swift with another storage system: use the existing functionality in Swift and contribute back to community where additional functionality is needed. This talk from their respective project leads will show how Swift and GlusterFS work together to take advantage of the best each system has to offer.

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John Dickinson

Director of Technology at SwiftStack & Swift PTL, SwiftStack
John Dickinson is Director of Technology at SwiftStack. SwiftStack is a technology innovator of private cloud storage for today’s applications, powered by OpenStack Object Storage. John serves as the Project Technical Lead for OpenStack Swift and has been involved in the development... Read More →
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Luis Pabon

Principal Software Engineer, CoreOS
Luis Pabón is a software engineer at CoreOS. Prior to joining CoreOS in November of 2016, he worked at Red Hat Storage, NetApp Advanced Technology Group, and at EMC on various storage products. He also previously presented at Vault in 2016 and 2015.

Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:40pm - 3:20pm
Room B309


Deploying OpenStack with Cisco Networking, Compute, and Storage
One of Cisco’s key contributions within OpenStack has been the evolution and development of Neutron, the OpenStack Networking Service. Using Neutron’s plug-in model, Cisco has integrated a number of its products including Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Network Function Virtualization, and Unified Fabric products to simplify the deployment of highly scalable, manageable, and secure networks.
This session will show how the addition of Cisco networking solutions can help orchestrate an entire OpenStack deployment, including networking, compute, and storage.
In this session, you’ll learn how:
  • To increase the networking scalability of OpenStack with both hardware and software products including Nexus 3k/5k/6k/7k/9k, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, and Cisco N1Kv, CSR1Kv, AVS on Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology.
  • How UCS Manager makes it easy to configure a bare-metal node for OpenStack pilot and production deployments with both blade and rack mount servers.
  • How Cisco’s ACI architecture can be deployed and integrated with OpenStack.

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Mike Cohen

Director, Product Management, Cisco Systems
Mike Cohen is Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems.  Mike began his career as an early engineer on VMware's hypervisor team and subsequently worked in infrastructure product management on Google and Big Switch Networks.  Mike holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from... Read More →

Duane DeCapite

Director, Product Management and Strategy, Cisco
Duane is Director of Product Management & Strategy at Cisco. Duane has previously held product manager positions at Cisco in areas including virtualization, security, content networking and storage area networking. Duane has also held software engineering positions at both Cisco and... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Room B309


Towards a Cloud Migration and Automation Framework for OpenStack
Title: Towards a cloud migration and automation framework for OpenStack
Authors: Aditya Thatte, Shriram Natarajan

Abstract: Enterprises today are adopting hybrid environments to manage, handle capacity, and migrate their workloads across private and public cloud environments. In this session, we propose an integrated cloud workload management, migration and automation framework for OpenStack. In this context, we present an approach to migrate workloads (not live migration) running on OpenStack (KVM & ESX) to target cloud environments (both public and private) using well-defined migration templates and a ‘push-button’ method. The templates can also be configured at design-time to perform deployments, configuration and automation on target cloud environments, apriori to scheduling the migration. In this discussion we would see how the approach helps in migrating workloads from Openstack to Non-Openstack cloud environments and vice-versa with high levels of automation and virtually no human interaction. We will also show the ability to manage workloads on premise and on public cloud environments through a single unified interface.

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Shriram Natarajan

VP, Technology Consulting, Persistent Systems
Shriram is a senior technology and software engineering executive with a terrific record of success in software architecture, technical and operational management, product development, and delivery. He has been instrumental enabling Persistent customers to move their product infrastructure... Read More →
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David Peraza

Cloud Architect, Persistent Systems Inc.
David has been working on enterprise systems for over 12 years. He started at Oceanwide USA (now Descartes Systems Group) developing the messaging system used by importers to report their merchandise to US Costumes and Borders Patrol. He then worked at IBM for 9 years taking on multiple... Read More →
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Aditya Thatte

Project Leader, Cloud Practice at Persistent Systems Ltd
Aditya currently works as a Project Leader in the Cloud Practice at Persistent Systems. He is currently involved in designing and developing point solutions around OpenStack and AWS. Prior to this, he was a member of technical staff at IBM Research, where he worked with the Cloud... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 4:30pm - 5:10pm
Room B309


Case Study: Seagate Kinetic Platform in Action
The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform fundamentally changes how storage devices interface with applications in the object storage world. As the creation of unstructured data continues to double every two years, the traditional paradigm of a hardware-centric, file-based storage infrastructure becomes increasingly inefficient and costly to manage and maintain for scale-out data centers. The Kinetic platform has huge implications on not only CAPEX and OPEX, but also storage density and performance through a complete disaggregation of storage from compute. Seagate's Advanced Storage team will discuss the joint work being done with in scale out storage on Swift and utilizing the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform.

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Joe Arnold

Founder / CPO SwiftStack, SwiftStack
Joe founded SwiftStack to deploy high-scale, cloud storage systems using OpenStack.Joe managed the first public OpenStack launch of Swift independent of Rackspace deploying multiple large-scale cloud storage systems. He went on to co-found SwiftStack and serves as CEO. SwiftStack... Read More →
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Ali Fenn

Senior Director Product Management, Advanced Storage Group, Seagate
Ali Fenn is Sr. Director, Advanced Storage at Seagate, where she leads business development and product management for new platform solutions, open source engagement, and software innovation.   Ali’s career includes 15 years in Business Development, Strategy, and Sales leadership... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 5:20pm - 6:00pm
Room B309