I just returned from the OpenStack Summit Paris. It was a great event at a great location but the most important thing for me were the loads of news that we participants got around OpenStack and supporting technologies. There was a number of awesome talks about large-scale deployments and new technologies and many cool people coming from the fields of cloud computing and storage.
OpenStack Summit Paris. That means several thousand attendees from all over the world, a few hundred breakout-sessions, many visionary keynotes at the conference and at the same time the design summit for technical contributors to plan the next software release of OpenStack. And of course all the big vendor names were there…
As always, the OpenStack Summit was kicked off by Jonathan Bryce, the executive director at OpenStack Foundation. Though his talk was worth listening to, the one by Swiss-based CERN about their OpenStack deployment really excited me: CERN announced to run OpenStack on 150,000 cores making it one of the biggest OpenStack deployments worldwide. BMW talked about their private cloud and why they chose OpenStack. It was mainly for technical reasons but there was also the remark that „no one comes with an unexpected licenses fee after we have developed a lot of software around it and we have experienced that a lot…“. Another interesting case was the one of Time Warner Cable. The broadcasting company is facing the challenge that they need to shift their business from doing television the old-fashioned way to delivering content to different platforms like TV, smartphone, tablets. They use OpenStack to make this technology and business shift possible.
Other talks dealt with new technologies around the software-defined storage/datacenter/enterprise or how to build applications that are really cloud-ready. Well, eventually OpenStack is not about infrastructure – taking „old“ application into the cloud does not really bail out the agility and scalability of the cloud. Other application-relevant issues were lightweight isolated containers (like Docker). As the cloud’s basic technical topics have been addressed over and over again, there is an increasing number of people who focus on how to manage OpenStack better. Many feel that the current dashboards (e.g. Horizon) are not very powerful. Another popular topic was high availability for OpenStack.
I had the chance to talk about what open cloud storage can do for OpenStack. At two speeches I presented our storage solution openATTIC as software-defined storage platform for OpenStack. The first talk took place at the #vBrownBag TechTalks, the second one at the Demo Theater and was recorded:
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While the buzzword Software-Defined Storage has been around for a while now I saw rising interest in the other SDx areas on the summit. There is especially a big hype around SDN (Software-defined Networking). A good and promising example is the open source-based project OpenDaylight. This is what I really liked about the summit: it not only brings together many different projects but also thousands of people from around the world with different ideas and professional backgrounds: I met an old friend I hadn´t seen for 20 years.
If you didn´t have the chance to attend the summit don´t worry: they recorded all talks about the newest and coolest stuff around OpenStack on the OpenStack website. The next OpenStack Summit will take place in Vancouver in May 2015, the autumn summit is planned for Tokyo. See you there!
Nachtrag: Das openATTIC-Projekt ist zusammen mit dem Storage-Bereich der it-novum zum November 2016 an SUSE übergegangen. SUSE wird openATTIC zum Management-Frontend für die Verwaltung von Ceph-Clustern weiterentwickeln.