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Monday, May 12
 

11:15am

Ask the Experts: Storage Considerations for OpenStack

Join this panel discussion to learn about storage options and formats within an enterprise OpenStack deployment. Panel members will discuss market awareness, adoption, and best practices for storage within OpenStack environments. This panel discussion will be recorded as a Speaking in Tech podcast, which is distributed by Europe's largest tech publication, The Register.


Speakers
avatar for Val Bercovici

Val Bercovici

Cloud Czar, NetApp Inc.
Global Cloud CTO (aka Cloud Czar) Val Bercovici is the NetApp Global Cloud CTO (aka Cloud Czar) responsible for Technology Vision & Strategy of NetApp’s Cloud Portfolio. A popular spokesperson to Customers, Partners, Analysts & Media, he heads the assessment of Cloud Storage and... Read More →
avatar for Brian Gracely

Brian Gracely

Senior Director of Cloud Solutions, EMC
Brian is Sr.Director of Cloud Solutions at EMC, as well as founder of Cloudcast Media. He is a VMware vExpert, holds CCIE #3077, and an MBA from Wake Forest. Brian's industry viewpoints and writings can also be found on twitter (@bgracely), on his blog Clouds of Change" (http://cloudsofchange.com... Read More →
avatar for John Griffith

John Griffith

Principal Software Engineer, SolidFire
John Griffith, Principal Software Engineer at SolidFire, helped to create the Cinder project in OpenStack.  His primary responsibility at SolidFire is technical contributor to OpenStack.  He served as Technical Lead for the Block Storage Project since it's beginning through the... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Hui

Kenneth Hui

Technology Evangelist, Rackspace
Kenneth Hui is a Technology Evangelist with Rackspace. His passion is to help IT deliver value to their customers through collaboration, automation, and cloud computing. Ken blogs about cloud computing, OpenStack, and VMware at http://cloudarchitectmusings.com and at http://www.rackspace.com./blog/author/kenneth-hui... Read More →
avatar for Greg Knieriemen

Greg Knieriemen

Hitachi Data Systems Technology Evangelist, Hitachi
Greg is the Hitachi Data Systems Technology Evangelist and helps drive and communicate the vision and application of Hitachi Data Systems technology through various channels. Greg is also the host of the Speaking in Tech Podcast which is distributed by Europe's largest tech publication... Read More →
avatar for Neil Levine

Neil Levine

VP Products, Inktank
With a background in data center infrastructure and open-source software, Neil is responsible for Inktank’s product strategy. Neil was co-founder and VP Product at venture-backed start-up Nodeable, and before that was GM/VP at Canonical, the commercial sponsors of the Ubuntu operating... Read More →
avatar for Manju Ramanathpura

Manju Ramanathpura

CTO - Intelligent Platforms, Hitachi Data Systems
I am a member of Hitachi Data Systems’ Office of Technology & Planning team, working as a CTO for Intelligent Platforms. In my role, I work closely with strategic clients, research communities, open source communities and various Hitachi’s internal organizations to drive continuous... Read More →


Monday May 12, 2014 11:15am - 11:55am
Room B309

12:05pm

The Biggest Thing in OpenStack Swift Since it was Open-sourced: Storage Policies
Come hear about one of the biggest new features to hit Swift since the project was open sourced! This session will provide insight into the wildly successful community effort of adding Storage Policies to OpenStack Swift for Icehouse. John Dickinson (SwiftStack) and Paul Luse (Intel) will describe what this exciting new feature is, how the community came together to collaborate and bring it to life and, most importantly, what it means for those deploying Swift. Storage Polices lay the foundation for all sorts of new capabilities and we'll also be proving a preview of what's to come in Juno that's building on Storage Policies - Erasure Codes.


Speakers
avatar for John Dickinson

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 →
avatar for Paul Luse

Paul Luse

Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation
Paul is a Principal Engineer and Software Development Lead working the Storage Group at Intel and is primarily focused on Cloud Storage Software. He has been working in storage-related technologies for most of his 20+ year career at Intel. Recently, Paul played a key role in the development... Read More →


Monday May 12, 2014 12:05pm - 12:45pm
Room B309

2:00pm

Creating Differentiated Storage Offerings Using Cinder Volume Types

Cloud service providers desire to provide differentiated levels of services to attract a variety of application workloads, including mission-critical, performance-sensitive, and best effort applications.

Join Robert Callaway of NetApp to learn how the OpenStack block storage service can be configured to offer multiple levels of storage services to cloud users using volume types, extra specs, and QoS specs. Robert will present real examples of service levels that represent collections of underlying storage capabilities and demonstrate how volume types can be leveraged from both Cinder and Nova to deliver differentiated capabilities to applications running on OpenStack.



Speakers
avatar for Bob Callaway

Bob Callaway

Principal Architect, NetApp
  Bob Callaway is Principal Architect and Sr. Manager – Technical Marketing with NetApp’s Cloud Solutions Group. He focuses on strategies, business development activities, and reference architectures that promote the benefits of NetApp storage and software into cloud computing... Read More →


Monday May 12, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Room B309

2:50pm

Laying Cinder Block (Volumes): Use Cases and Reference Architectures
Cinder is an OpenStack project that is often overlooked but can be critical in an OpenStack deployment. In this presentation, serveral OpenStack practitioners will walk through not merely the basics of Cinder, but show how Cinder is being deployed today and review what are the recommended practices and relevant design considerations. This talk will cover both commodity hardware and third-party enterprise storage solutions that integrate with Cinder.

Speakers
avatar for John Griffith

John Griffith

Principal Software Engineer, SolidFire
John Griffith, Principal Software Engineer at SolidFire, helped to create the Cinder project in OpenStack.  His primary responsibility at SolidFire is technical contributor to OpenStack.  He served as Technical Lead for the Block Storage Project since it's beginning through the... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Hui

Kenneth Hui

Technology Evangelist, Rackspace
Kenneth Hui is a Technology Evangelist with Rackspace. His passion is to help IT deliver value to their customers through collaboration, automation, and cloud computing. Ken blogs about cloud computing, OpenStack, and VMware at http://cloudarchitectmusings.com and at http://www.rackspace.com./blog/author/kenneth-hui... Read More →
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James Ruddy

Principal Architect Open Innovations Lab
20 year It veteran, specializing in Vmware and virtualization topics since 2000. Joined EMC in 2009 as a vSpecialist supporting the North East Enterprise division. Joined the EMC openstack corporate team at the beginning of 2013 as a principal architect on Openstack solutions, recently... Read More →


Monday May 12, 2014 2:50pm - 3:30pm
Room B309

3:40pm

A Globally-Distributed Storage Cloud with Disaster Recovery
Like electricity, compute resource can readily scale up and burst, and workload can operate geographically (cloud is cool!). Storage however is more like water, where moving large amounts of data can be more challenging, especially over distance. This session will cover architectures and approaches for storage clouds deployed across geographies. We will cover how OpenStack swift can be used for disaster recovery (stay-available during catastrophic failures) and multi-site access to reduce application latency (fast == happy users).

In this session we will cover the structure of the Swift ring and how it is used to distribute data across multiple data centers.


Speakers
avatar for Joe Arnold

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 →


Monday May 12, 2014 3:40pm - 4:20pm
Room B309

4:40pm

Initial Use Cases for OpenStack & Cinder In Your Enterprise IT Strategy

In this session, John Griffith and Rodney Peck will examine one of the strongest initial use case fits for introducing OpenStack, and specifically OpenStack Block Storage, within your enterprise IT infrastructure; self service test & development.

This session will focus on discussing the advantages of providing self-service infrastructure to test and development teams and how it can serve as a gateway to other use cases in your environment. In particular we’ll talk about the role of Block Storage (Cinder) in a test and development environment, and how features like boot from volume and cloning can greatly improve operational efficiency while also providing developers with the infrastructure services they need to remain productive (and happy).

The last portion of this presentation will be dedicated to an in-depth review of a sample reference architecture to get OpenStack, including Block Storage, up and running today in this self-service test & development use case.


Speakers
avatar for John Griffith

John Griffith

Principal Software Engineer, SolidFire
John Griffith, Principal Software Engineer at SolidFire, helped to create the Cinder project in OpenStack.  His primary responsibility at SolidFire is technical contributor to OpenStack.  He served as Technical Lead for the Block Storage Project since it's beginning through the... Read More →
avatar for Rodney Peck

Rodney Peck

Cloud Solutions Architect, eBay / PayPal
Rodney joined the OpenStack team two years back to focus on scaling and capacity issues with OpenStack storage in a real production environment. His background is in large distributed storage systems goes as far back as Excite@Home in the 1990s developing a cable modem network for... Read More →


Monday May 12, 2014 4:40pm - 5:20pm
Room B309

5:30pm

Block Storage Considerations, Tips, and Tricks with OpenStack
Ever wonder how to lay a solid block storage foundation for your openstack deployment? Come to this session to learn vendor neutral design considerations, best practices and tips/tricks for block storage in openstack. Key topics include: 1)Cinder high availability at hypervisor layer (both KVM & VMware vSphere) 2)Multipathing tips/tricks at instance layer 3)Tips/tricks/lessons learned from deploying OpenStack with Multi-Cinder backend 4)Data Protection and Disaster Recovery design considerations

Speakers
avatar for Jay Wang

Jay Wang

Principal Solutions Engineer, Nimble Storage
Jay Wang is a Principal Solutions Engineer at Nimble Storage. He leads solutions effort in areas of management/API integration for virtualization and emerging cloud technologies. He is the contributor to the Nimble Cinder volume driver. Prior to Nimble Storage, Jay was at HP, 3PAR... Read More →
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Wen Yu

Solutions Architect, Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Wen Yu is a Solutions Architect at Nimble Storage, responsible for design and implementation of virtualization & cloud solutoins for end customers/resellers. Prior to Nimble Storage, Wen was a Lead Systems Architect at VMware, leading application and desktop virtualization solutions... Read More →


Monday May 12, 2014 5:30pm - 6:10pm
Room B309
 
Tuesday, May 13
 

11:15am

Case Study: University Alabama-Birmingham
The University of Alabama at Birmingham gives scientists and researchers a massive, on-demand, virtual storage cloud using OpenStack and Ceph for less than $0.41 per gigabyte. This session will detail how the university IT staff deployed a private storage cloud infrastructure using the Dell OpenStack cloud solution with Dell servers, storage, networking and OpenStack, and Inktank Ceph. After assessing a number of traditional storage scenarios, the University partnered with Dell and Inktank to architect a centralized cloud storage platform that was capable of scaling seamlessly and rapidly, was cost-effective, and that could leverage a single hardware infrastructure for the OpenStack compute and storage environment.


Speakers
avatar for Kamesh Pemmaraju

Kamesh Pemmaraju

Sr. Product Manager, OpenStack Cloud Solutions, Dell
Kamesh is responsible for management of Dell’s OpenStack solution portfolio. In this role Kamesh drives business success for  Dell’s OpenStack Cloud solutions and is a subject matter expert on the cloud market and related technologies. Prior to joining Dell, Kamesh delivered... Read More →
avatar for John-Paul Robinson

John-Paul Robinson

Software Architect, University of Alabama at Birmingham
John-Paul Robinson has been developing distributed systems and helping organizations adopt them for more than a decade. A long term proponent of open solutions and their ability to empower users, he is working to enhance the functionality of campus high performance computing environments... Read More →


Tuesday May 13, 2014 11:15am - 11:55am
Room B309

12:05pm

Case Study: Low Cost Private Cloud for HPC Cancer Research
When implementing storage chargebacks, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center wanted to offer researchers an alternative storage solution that would not cost more than AWS Glacier. It had to be easy to manage, scale to many petabytes, survive the loss of an entire datacenter and, deliver predictable performance. As a bonus they wanted to integrate with cloud computing efforts and facilitate collaborations with other institutions. This use case focuses on avoiding pitfalls and building an OpenStack Swift cluster that makes sense for in HPC research environments.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Minnear

Robert Minnear

Director, Engineering, SwiftStack
Robert Bobby" Minnear has worked in leadership roles for innovation companies for 20+ years. Technology companies including Cacheflow and Tall Maple Systems, Bobby was also an executive at Internet, working direclty on its OpenStack deployment. One of the ventures he founded was Maldivica... Read More →
avatar for Dirk Petersen

Dirk Petersen

Scientific Computing Manager, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Tuesday May 13, 2014 12:05pm - 12:45pm
Room B309

4:40pm

Extend Swift by Developing Your Own Middlewares

OpenStack Swift already covers a broad range of use cases and fulfill requirements by operators and users - be it different authentication backends, support for 3rd party APIs or using different storage backends.

However, in some cases you might need a functionality that is currently missing in Swift. Swift uses wsgi middlewares for basic and optional functionalities which makes it easy to extend and make it fit to your needs.

This talk will give an overview on how Python wsgi middlewares are working in general and how to use them. After that a summary of already existing 3rd party middlewares for Swift will be given and we will have a look how to write your own Swift proxy server middlewares and tests to fulfill your needs. At the end you should be able to start writing your own middlewares based on the shown examples.


Speakers
avatar for Christian Schwede

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.


Tuesday May 13, 2014 4:40pm - 5:20pm
Room B103

5:30pm

Blocking and Tackling: Best Practices Using Cinder and Swift Together
Cinder and Swift are two OpenStack projects that provide storage as a service. There are significant differences between the two however, in design, architecture, and use cases. This presentation by their respective project leads will clear up some of the confusion regarding the differences between these to projects as well as highlight their ideal use cases. While taking a closer look at the differences, we'll also talk about how each of them complement each other and desribe why using both is ideal for building a complete Cloud solution whether it be Public or Private.


Speakers
avatar for John Dickinson

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 →
avatar for John Griffith

John Griffith

Principal Software Engineer, SolidFire
John Griffith, Principal Software Engineer at SolidFire, helped to create the Cinder project in OpenStack.  His primary responsibility at SolidFire is technical contributor to OpenStack.  He served as Technical Lead for the Block Storage Project since it's beginning through the... Read More →


Tuesday May 13, 2014 5:30pm - 6:10pm
Room B103
 
Wednesday, May 14
 

9:00am

Performance Measurements on Swift / Do-it-yourself Swift Benchmarking Made Simple

Last year at HP we undertook a programme of performance measurements on Swift running on a variety of hardware.  We measured the CPU burden and I/O rates of individual Swift processes under a variety of conditions, ranging from idle (i.e. no external PUT/GET activity) to very high transaction loads.  We used the getput tool to impose loads on our test hardware, and we concentrated our measurements on PUTs of small objects of 1KB and 4KB.  We used collectl to gather performance data.  Some of the hardware that we tested is currently in use in our production public Swift, and some of it is hardware that we plan to put into production.  We were particularly interested in optimising the balance between CPU, RAM and I/O for component Swift services (proxy, object and container/account).  In this presentation we will summarise the performance measurements themselves, outline our conclusions and show that with the appropriate hardware you can realise significant improvements in Swift transaction rates.


Speakers
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Eamonn O'Toole

HP
Eamonn has worked at HP for close to 20 years. Most of that time has been spent working in the application space, particularly in the Life Sciences. For the last 3 years, Eamonn has worked in HP Cloud Services' Swift team.
avatar for Mark Seger

Mark Seger

HP
Mark has spent the last 15 years first working in High Performnce Computing, both building monitoring tools and troubleshooting performance problems on large compute clusters and then applying those experieces to OpenStack Clouds,.  He is also the author of collectl, an open source... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
Room B103

9:50am

Case Study: Georgia Tech – University Private Cloud, Incl. research
Atlanta is home of the OpenStack Summit, and home to the largest engineering school in the US with 13,000 students. To support research innovation on top of other applications, the central IT organization need something federated and cost effective in order to scale. Object storage was a great fit, but not all solutions both scale and reduce costs. This use case will focus on how Georgia Tech has built a storage service to support users and research, and provide an on-premises file sharing and collaboration solution.


Speakers
avatar for Joe Arnold

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 →
avatar for Didier Contis

Didier Contis

Director Technology Services / College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


Wednesday May 14, 2014 9:50am - 10:30am
Room B103