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Thursday, May 15


Public Cloud on OpenStack: The Challenge of Knowing What to Push to Production and How to Keep it Running

Public Cloud on OpenStack: The Challenge of Knowing When and What to Push to Production
Everyone's watching when you put your production cloud out for public consumption. There's no room for error when customers are counting on you to deliver a stable, high-performance Infrastructure-as-a-Service. This panel covers the critical decisions that drive adoption of new features and releases of OpenStack and the things to consider when trading off between cutting edge features and stability. Learn how industry leading OpenStack-powered public cloud providers keep close to trunk through continuous integration continuous deployment (CICD) and other techniques.
Everyone's watching when you put your production cloud out for public consumption. There's no room for error when customers are counting on you to deliver a stable, high-performance Infrastructure-as-a-Service. This panel covers the critical decisions that drive adoption of new features and releases of OpenStack and the things to consider when trading off between cutting edge features and stability. Learn how industry leading OpenStack-powered public cloud providers set up OpenStack for public clouds, keep the software updated while maintaining high levels of availability. We've assembled a panel of operations and engineering leaders from several public cloud providers to provide an overview of their operations and answer your questions.

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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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Jonathan LaCour

VP, Cloud, DreamHost
Jonathan has been programming from a young age, finessing his way through many programming languages. After cutting his teeth with several smaller jobs and personal projects, Jonathan joined VertiSoft Corp. in 1997, catapulting him into the culture of "software as a service" well... Read More →

Topher White

Operations Manager, HP Cloud Services
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Matt Van Winkle

Senior Manager, Operations, Rackspace
I serve an amazingly talented group responsible for running the Rackspace public cloud. I have been with the company in various roles for over 13 years.  My primary task is helping my teams of engineers and developers build the software that manages our constantly growing fleet of... Read More →

Thursday May 15, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
Room B102


Federated Identity & Federated Service Provider Support for OpenStack Clouds
One of the highly-sung benefits to choosing an OpenStack provider is the promise of portability. Users want to be confident that the tools they are using and the status events they anticipate are interoperable across all OpenStack providers. So if one cloud service provider is deemed better than another for a certain type of workload, it can be moved without change to the clients, the monitoring, or even the user interface. This uniformity creates the look & feel of a cloud of clouds.
For large enterprises, the more control they have over the authentication and authorization functions across multiple vendors and systems, the more access governance and auditing they can do. When an employee leaves a company, it could be detrimental to inadvertently leave their access intact. When a new employee is hired, they shouldn't have to climb over the hurdles of red tape-laden processes in order to access the critical systems they need to do their job. In Icehouse, thanks in large part to CERN, IBM, Rackspace, RedHat, and the University of Kent, identity federation took a foothold. Now, companies can resume control of the authentication process prior to enabling access to an OpenStack cloud.
However, identity federation is only 1/2 of the equation. To access the portability benefits that a cloud of clouds offers, companies need to be able to specify which OpenStack clouds to trust and which ones not to trust. This session will hone in on service provider federation and explain how enterprises can identify trust-based relationships to implement federation solutions.

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Steve Martinelli

Senior Software Developer, IBM, IBM Canada Ltd.
Steve Martinelli is an OpenStack Active Technical Contributor and a Keystone Core Contributor. He primarily focuses on enabling Keystone, which is OpenStack's Identity Manager, to better integrate into enterprise environments. Steve was responsible for adding Federated Identity and... Read More →
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Joe Savak

Senior Product Manager, Rackspace
Joe Savak is a Senior Product Manager over Integration Services at Rackspace. In his current role, he oversees products designed to connect all-the-things and deliver optimal and secure user-experiences for customers. 
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Brad Topol

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Dr. Brad Topol is an IBM Distinguished Engineer leading efforts focused on Open Technologies and Developer Advocacy. In his current role, Brad leads a development team focused on contributing to and improving Kubernetes. Brad is a Kubernetes contributor, serves as a member of the... Read More →

Jorge Williams

Rackspace Principal Architect
Jorge Williams is a Principal Architect in the Rackspace Cloud Integration Team where he develops tools and services to solve common integration problems. While at Rackspace, Jorge has aided in the design and development of the Repose HTTP proxy, the Cloud Servers API, the OpenStack... Read More →

Thursday May 15, 2014 9:50am - 10:30am
Room B102


A Real World Outlook on Hybrid Cloud: Why and How
Often praised for cloudbursting, failovers and disaster recovery, hybrid-cloud sounds ideal on paper: if one of your clouds is unavailable or over capacity, transfer the load to another one!
But it is critical to understand that hybrid cloud is not the panacea to your availability and capacity problems. In fact, hybrid cloud is only a tool to address those problems; one that should be wielded carefully, as there are more wrong ways to deploy across hybrid cloud infrastructure than there are right ways.

On this panel, experts from diverse industries including public and private cloud, systems integration and cloud management will seek to answer the following questions:
  • In practice, which use cases are well-suited for hybrid cloud?
  • Is it truly economical to “own the base and rent the spike”?
  • What are the challenges an organization should expect to face when deploying hybrid cloud infrastructure?
  • Are availability and capacity the only benefits of hybrid cloud?

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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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Jinnah Dylan Hosein

Engineering Director, Google
Jinnah began working at Google in 2004. He was a founding member and eight year veteran of Google's Site Reliability Engineering organization. For the last two years he's been leading the engineering teams building Google's Cloud Platform Networking offerings.
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Sebastian Stadil

Founder, Scalr, Scalr
Sebastian Stadil has been a Cloud developer since 2004, starting with web services for e-commerce and then for computational resources. He founded the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group, a user group of over 8000 members that meets monthly to present the latest developments in the... Read More →
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Ariel Tseitlin

Venture Partner, ScaleVP
Ariel Tseitlin is a Venture Partner at Scale Venture Partners where he focuses on enterprise software investments in cloud, big data, security, and mobile. Ariel joined ScaleVP from Netflix, where he was Director of Cloud Solutions and responsible for creating and operating one of... Read More →
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Mark Williams

CTO, Redapt
Possessing a deep technical knowledge in the public and private cloud space, Mark is responsible for optimizing Redapt's private and hybrid cloud solutions as Chief Technology Officer. Mark continually balances the ecosystem of technology, products, services, and automation with customer... Read More →

Thursday May 15, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
Room B102


Extending OpenStack to Allow Federation Between Clouds
Today OpenStack is a widely used open source cloud infrastructure. Currently OpenStack is a strictly private cloud without federation features with other tenants or other clouds like Amazon EC2, etc. As the presence of OpenStack increases, there is an increased necessity to extend OpenStack to federate within and across clouds. We have designed and implemented a simple and novel framework to facilitate OpenStack as a hybrid cloud.
Federation involves associating multiple tenants or clouds to share services and resources and interoperate to benefit from each other. Traditionally brokers have been used to provide such federation features. Our proposal, aims at a simple infrastructure to map other entities like foreign clouds as sub clouds of the primary cloud. We propose a simple framework to federate between clouds and share resources. This framework leverages features and services from the primary cloud and reduces redundancy of tasks.
For this we make use of the hierarchical structure provided to Nova by Cells. A child cell of the OpenStack setup is made as an interface to a foreign cloud like Amazon EC2 or another OpenStack cloud. Hence, child cells can be configured to act as foreign cloud interface and can use different API to interface with various clouds or other tenants of same cloud or other cloud instances. Thus, the child cell maps the foreign cloud resources as a part of the primary cloud and the primary cloud looks upon it as an extension of its resources. Management policies that apply to both primary and foreign clouds as well as multiple tenants can be defined in the primary cloud. Hence, all services and resources can be effectively managed from the primary cloud.
This framework could be used for a number of used cases like federation between clouds and tenants, bursting from an OpenStack cloud to another OpenStack cloud and bursting from a private OpenStack cloud to public Amazon EC2. Other cloud providers can also provide functionality by creating drivers as this is implemented as a pluggable module.
Our talk would explain in depth, the design and implementation of this framework and provide a demo for the above bursting scenarios.
For further information on the design, refer our blueprint


Thursday May 15, 2014 11:50am - 12:30pm
Room B102


The Ultimate Hybrid Cloud

There's an old saying that when you're up to your neck in alligators, it's hard to remember that you started out to drain the swamp. So step back for just a minute and think not in terms of making today's OpenStack work, but in terms of what OpenStack could be.
We are just starting to get down to the business of making hybrid cloud work, enabling users to burst loads from a private cloud a different, public cloud as the need for more resources arises. But imagine an OpenStack cloud where anyone can contribute resources, and anyone can consume them. Such a cloud could have virtually limitless resources, and could be completely decentralized, just as the internet itself was meant to be. Those who contribute resources could get paid based on the use of those resources, and users could pay for both resources and applications based on usage, not ownership.
But wait a minute, you might say, it'd be chaos! How would users know what resources are available? Or who's trustworthy? Or where their data is? How would providers get paid? How would developers distribute their applications?
The truth is that even if this scenario isn't practical today, the seeds for all of this functionality already exists in OpenStack. In this talk, we'll look at:
  • What a World Wide Cloud might look like
  • How users can contribute resources
  • How end-users can evaluate which resources to use
  • How billing could be handled
  • Distribution of applications
This talk is a thought experiment meant to start a discussion about just what is possible.

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Nick Chase

Senior Manager, Technical Content/Editor in Chief, OpenStack:Now
Nick created and currently serves as editor-in-chief of the popular OpenStack:Now newsletter, as well as managing outbound content for Mirantis. He is also active in the OpenStack Documentation project. With 20+ years' experience as a developer and author, Nick has written several books and hundreds of articles as an IBM developerWorks Certified Master Author. He also found... Read More →

Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:10pm
Room B102


Hybrid Cloud with OpenStack: Bridging Two Worlds
OpenStack is being adopted by many private and public clouds. However, bridging the two worlds has not been easy and is further complicated that some of the largest cloud players are not OpenStack-based. In support of a more open" cloud, IBM is looking to establish a common framework to address these issues. In this session we will walk through hybrid use cases we are addressing, the early framework that has been put in place that leverages OpenStack muti-region support and a central Keystone, and how we bridged OpenStack and non-OpenStack based clouds. We will also discuss the network design, security challenges that were faced, and present the list of open issues that need to be addressed through future OpenStack development.

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Michael Fork

Cloud Architect, IBM
Michael is an Architect in the CTO's office of IBM's Cloud Services Division focused on all things private cloud. An early proponent of OpenStack, he previously lead the team responsible for the packaging and productization for use in IBM products.
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Hai Ming Yang

Chief Architect, IBM China
Dr. Hai Ming Yang is responsible for development of IBM OpenStack and the foundation of IBM Smart Cloud. As the chief architect in China System Technology Lab Cloud Team, he guides the development team and drives the IBM Asia cloud business with local customers. He was also one of... Read More →

Thursday May 15, 2014 2:20pm - 3:00pm
Room B102


Hybrid Cloud Landmines: Architecting Apps to Avoid Problems

It’s not all fun and games in cloud land – application portability? Cross-cloud replication and bursting? That’s a tough one. These are hard issues with serious implications that we’ll examine in detail, digging into the subtleties between simply implementing a cross-cloud API and actually using it to get real work done. We’ll provide some simple demonstrations of how an application designed for one cloud might not work on another out of the box, and some easy ways to leverage multiple clouds with your existing OpenStack apps. Finally, we’ll wrap up with a set of recommendations on how to architect your application from the ground up to be hybrid cloud friendly.

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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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Drew Smith

Cloud Applications Engineer, Cloudscaling
A world traveler (usually by sail), live-PA musician, and DevOps afficianado, Drew's focus at Cloudscaling has been to help customers understand the move to a cloud native application world.

Thursday May 15, 2014 3:10pm - 3:50pm
Room B102


The Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) a New Model to Operate and Innovate in a Vendor Neutral Cloud
The Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) is a new, non-profit public cloud being created in Massachusetts. It will be the product of collaboration between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, five large research universities (MIT, Harvard, BU, NE, and UMass), and an array of private sector partners. It will be located at the 15MW Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) in Holyoke.
The MOC will stand apart from existing single-provider clouds by enabling multiple entities to provide (rather than just consume) computing resources and services on a level playing field. Big and small companies, and even researchers, can expose their hardware or software services through the MOC, make them available to a large community of users, and derive revenue from doing so.
We will discuss the vision and status of the project, the central role OpenStack plays in its implementation, and some of the required changes needed in OpenStack to enable a multi-provider open cloud.

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Jan Mark Holzer

CTO Office, Red Hat
Before joining Red Hat I worked at DEC/Compaq/HP in their Tru64 UNIX engineering group,later moved into their architecture strategy group Joined Red Hat in 2004 to become a member of the CTO Office Focusing on customer engagments and engineering relationships Interested in large scale... Read More →
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Orran Krieger

Director Cloud Computing Initiative Boston University
Orran Krieger is a Resident Fellow of the

Thursday May 15, 2014 4:10pm - 4:50pm
Room B102


A Fistful of Clouds
Cybera has been working with OpenStack since the Bexar release and using it in production since Cactus. When people ask us how large Cybera’s OpenStack cloud is, we tell them that we're a little different: instead of operating one large cloud, we manage and operate several medium-sized OpenStack clouds. Each is designed to advance technology adoption in the public and private sectors of Alberta or Canada as a whole.
For this session, we will discuss some of the many OpenStack clouds that we're running in production, the unique choices that were made for each cloud, and the difficulties we've had along the way. The clouds to be discussed are:
  • DAIR: The Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (a publicly-funded IaaS cloud available for free to Canadian entrepreneurs)
  • LMC: The Learning Management Cloud (a shared cloud for educators’ learning management systems)
  • VCL: The Virtual Computing Lab (which makes classroom software available from any internet-enabled device)
  • RAC: The Rapid Access Cloud (an instant-access, testing cloud for Alberta researchers and businesses)
About the organization: Cybera is a not-for-profit technical agency that is helping Alberta advance its IT frontiers.
About the presenters:
Micheal Jones, Systems Administrator, Cybera
Micheal works on building, automating and administrating clouds at Cybera. He has years of data wrangling and systems administration experience from the film and television world, and spent several stints programming and administering web hosts, along with doing private consulting.
Barton Satchwill, Development Manager, Cybera
Barton Satchwill has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alberta. He has spent his career developing applications in the public, private, and scientific domains. Barton has built three cloud systems based on the very successful OpenStack cloud fabric.
Joe Topjian, Systems Architect, Cybera
Joe graduated from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute with an Associates Degree in Computer Network Systems. Throughout his IT career, he's worked in areas of law, finance, internet service, and web hosting. He currently lives in Calgary, building and automating clouds for Cybera.
Joe is also a co-author of the OpenStack Operations Guide.

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Micheal Jones

System Administrator, Cybera
Senior Systems AdministratorMicheal’s career spans over a decade and covers several disciplines, including programming, web hosting, operating systems, and IT consulting. He has spent the last five years automating and administrating multiple cloud environments, including the Rapid... Read More →
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Joe Topjian

Systems Architect, Cybera
Joe currently lives in Alberta, Canada, building and automating clouds for Cybera. Joe is also a co-author of the OpenStack Operations Guide and is an active member of the OpenStack Operators community.

Thursday May 15, 2014 5:00pm - 5:40pm
Room B102