OpenStack Liberty Summit in Vancouver – Vote for Session Proposals!

OpenStack Liberty Summit in Vancouver – Vote for Session Proposals!

Voting is open now (until February 23rd) for presentation proposals for the OpenStack Liberty Summit in Vancouver. While there are lots of great proposals out there covering a wide variety of topics, we’d like to call your attention to several proposals that involve OpenStack and NetApp, including technology deep-dives on Cinder and Manila, and the use of OpenStack Manila with a variety of use cases. We’d appreciate your vote for these sessions - click on the session title to be taken to the voting page for that session!

Manila: An Update on OpenStack’s Shared File Services Program

Presenters: Bob Callaway, NetApp; Sean Cohen, Red Hat; Mark Sturdevant, HP

Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of Manila, the OpenStack File Shares Service. Manila is a community-driven project that presents the management of file shares (e.g. NFS, CIFS) as a core service to OpenStack. Manila currently works with a variety of storage platforms, as well as a reference implementation based on a Linux NFS server.

In this session, members of the Manila community will:

Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of Manila, the use cases it was designed to solve, what was added to the project in the Kilo release, and the future directions for the project.

Manila: Taking Open Stack Shared File Storage to the Telco Cloud

Presenters: Marc Koderer, Deutsche Telekom; Thomas Lichtenstein, NetApp; Christian Fey, SVA

Abstract: Manila is the shared file system service and is an incubated OpenStack project since the Juno release. Manila allows tenants to manage shares, e.g., NFS exports, take snapshots, and adjust access rules - among other things.

In this talk, we will present our lessons learned during an evaluation of Manila for use in a telco environment. Deutsche Telekom, NetApp, and SVA have established a joint qualification lab. The solution is using a fully automated open source deployment and testing framework that leverages OpenStack Tempest. Part of this presentation is validation of Manila’s applicability for common use cases, its functionality, as well as the maturity of different backend implementations.

Attendees will leave this talk with a clear understanding of Manila, a better understanding of its suitability for real use, and an outlook on Manila’s roadmap.

Private Cloud POC with RHEL OpenStack Platform on FlexPod

Presenters: Dimitar Ivanov, Telus

Abstract: The talk will share our approach and experience in the process of starting an OpenStack based project for building a private cloud and demonstrate that the barrier to entry into OpenStack based solutions is not high, the key is for the interested organizations to make the right technology selections and form the strong partnerships with their key vendors. The attendees will also be able to learn about the technical aspects of an OpenStack deployment using the RHEL OpenStack Platform on FlexPod converged infrastructure from Cisco and NetApp. This will include the logical and physical architecture and design of the solution and the lessons learned during the implementation process

Use Cases for Manila: Shared File Services in OpenStack Clouds

Presenters: Greg Loughmiller, NetApp

Abstract: Manila is a recently-incubated OpenStack program that adds shared file services as a first-class service along size block (Cinder) and object (Swift). Given that there is no equivalent service in major public clouds like Amazon or Microsoft Azure, we thought it might be useful to give some examples of use cases where Manila can fill a critical gap in bringing certain workloads to OpenStack clouds.

In this session, we’ll give:

Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of Manila and tangible use cases where it can be leveraged as a key component of an application deployment.

Ask the Experts: Designing Storage for the Enterprise

Presenters: Greg Knieriemen, Hitachi; Aaron Delp, SolidFire; Neil Levine, Red Hat; Manju Ramanthpura, Hitachi; Alex McDonald, NetApp; Mark Twomey, EMC

Abstract: This all-star panel discussion will focus on the challenges for OpenStack storage and to get direct feedback from users and developers in the audience of their adoption of OpenStack storage. This panel may be recorded as a “Speaking in Tech” podcast which is distributed by Europe’s largest tech publication, The Register.

Topics that will be discussed include:

Cinder 102: Pouring a solid foundation for block storage services

Presenters: Jeff Applewhite, NetApp

Abstract: Cinder, at its core, provides basic provisioning and management of block storage volumes to users of OpenStack clouds. However, beyond basic volumes and snapshots, there is a lot of advanced capability for cloud administrators that can be leveraged to provide value added capability to end users, as well as for managing the lifecycle of volumes and storage subsystems.

This talk serves as a “102” level discussion of Cinder and will cover:

Attendees will leave with a greater appreciation for the art-of-the-possible with Cinder in the Kilo release, knowledge of the various tools available to Cinder administrators, and practical knowledge around how a Cinder deployment can be optimized for both end-user and cloud administrator outcomes.

Crossing the Chasm: Why Enterprises Are Not Embracing OpenStack

Presenters: Gordon Stitt, Nebula and Jeff O’Neal, NetApp

Abstract: Enterprise IT is constantly challenged to react faster to business demands, which is driving cloud adoption. The default is the public cloud, but there are a number of issues enterprises need to resolve. OpenStack provides hope for enterprise IT to help regain control and deliver infrastructure nimbleness, yet why is there is still reluctance to adopting OpenStack in the Enterprise?

Join Nebula’s CEO Gordon Stitt and NetApp’s Sr. Director of OpenStack Cloud Solutions Jeff O’Neal, as they highlight enterprise IT’s expectation of any technology to seamlessly integrate and operate with their existing enterprise workflows and architecture – these include identity, storage, networking, and monitoring workflows. The session will also review key expectations for enterprise availability and reliability, security, and the challenges of cross-organizational alignment for private clouds.

Making Swift a platform for object lifecycle management

Presenters: Shiva Chaitanya, NetApp

Abstract: Swift has proven to be an extensible platform for object stores and with the introduction of Storage Policies provides a range of performance, reliability and availability. As data in a Swift cluster grows a large fraction of it turns cold (rarely accessed). For such data there more economical layouts e.g., erasure and/or network codes, and media like tape, optical and others like those employed by AWS Glacier. In this presentation we discuss the requirements for cold archival object stores and how external devices can be integrated into Swift. With such an integration Swift becomes a single platform that can manage the entire lifecycle of objects providing a means for customers to implement on-premises lifecycle mgmt. that was previously available only on AWS S3-Glacier. We discuss how middleware and other mechanisms in Swift can be used to provide automated tiering and alternatives on how tiering policies can be declared and scalably implemented.

Using the mechanism employed for lifecycle management we also show how ingested objects can be automatically deposited in different storage classes (sequential devices like tape, random access devices like disks) transparent to the application at ingest time based on operator-specified policies. This complements the existing “Application directed placement of objects” use case of Storage Policies feature in Swift with a new “Operator-driven application-transparent placement of objects into different Storage Classes” use case. We show why the latter use case is necessary for operating object repositories over multiple generations of devices and media.

FlexPod with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6

Presenters: Dave Cain and Eric Railine, NetApp

Abstract: While enterprise customers are considering open source solutions such as OpenStack, many don’t want to give up the level of support or integration they’ve come to depend on. They also don’t want to deploy OpenStack on an infrastructure that is difficult to scale up or automate. So what’s the solution? Deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6 on FlexPod provides a fully supported cloud platform that can scale.

Key Takeaways: In this session, you will learn about Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6 running on a FlexPod Datacenter solution: a pre-validated, scale-out infrastructure built on Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus, and NetApp storage with Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.

Couch to OpenStack – Understanding Where to Start Your Learning Journey

Presenters: Eric Wright, VMTurbo and Melissa Palmer, NetApp

Abstract: Regardless of your background, OpenStack is a fundamental shift from the way that traditional virtualization and bare-metal deployments are built and operated. Just like with learning to run in a Couch-to-5k clinic, this is your coaching team to help you get from zero to hero on OpenStack!

Attendees will get a walk through of the learning program and be given resources to spin up a demo environment on their own machines using Vagrant and VirtualBox.

Knowing where to start is as important as knowing how to start. This will be a very interactive session to help encourage attendees to get help with starting their journeys to becoming OpenStack operators.

Convincing the CIO It Is Time to Go Production, Adopting OpenStack in the Enterprise

Presenters: Eric Wright, VMTurbo and Melissa Palmer, NetApp

Abstract: Are you already on your journey to adopting OpenStack, or are you about to begin embracing OpenStack in production? What should you be doing to ensure a safe transition?

Packaged distributions? Do-it-Yourself? Nightly builds? Major revisions only? There are many considerations when making the decision on how to consume OpenStack to run your cloud environment. We will guide you through the different methods, and how to decide which will be the most successful within your organization.

We will highlight key differences when transitioning from a traditional virtualized or bare-metal server environment to a true private cloud. Making everyone comfortable in the organization, from the users to the operations team to the CIO is an important part of deploying OpenStack successfully.

So You Want to Convince the Boss to Run OpenStack? Introducing OpenStack to the Enterprise

Presenters: Eric Wright, VMTurbo and Melissa Palmer, NetApp

Abstract: When it is time to go to the boss to talk about OpenStack beyond the confines of your laptop, you’re going to need to pick a business problem to solve. The days of getting our hands on hardware for fun are long gone. Besides having a solid use-case, understanding the impact of bringing OpenStack into your organization is of absolute importance. We will discuss the analysis process for how to prepare to add OpenStack into your data center to provide enterprise-grade service levels.

We’ll consider all of the things you really need to start thinking about for your first enterprise-grade OpenStack deployment, including compute, storage, networking, and most importantly, understanding use-cases for architecting your OpenStack strategy from different perspectives within your organization.

Beyond Your Laptop, but Before the Data Center Building Your OpenStack Lab Environment

Presenters: Eric Wright, VMTurbo and Melissa Palmer, NetApp

Abstract: There are dozens of potential ways to build an OpenStack lab environment. Which is the right one for you? We will look at a variety of OpenStack lab deployment tools and distributions.

Whether you want an all-in-one virtual machine, a multi-node deployment, a cloud-hosted build, or anything in between, there are considerations for each of these lab models. There are as many options as there are use-cases, but we will narrow down the search.

Best of all, we can match your budget of zero dollars!

Run Kilo Run – OpenStack for VMware Administrators

Presenters: Eric Wright, VMTurbo and Melissa Palmer, NetApp

Abstract: One of the challenges with OpenStack is the shift in operational procedures in enterprise data centers which have been occupied by large VMware installations. VMware administrators will be introduced to a comparison of the programs in OpenStack to similar VMware technologies.

We will show how to leverage OpenStack as a part of your existing VMware deployment, and how to run a multi-platform virtualization strategy in order to get the best of available features from both the VMware and OpenStack ecosystem.

Both packaged offerings and user-built options will be discussed to illustrate many strategies to bring OpenStack to your VMware environment and take the steps to creating a true, versatile private cloud.

OpenStack Story Time: Building a Case for OpenStack in Two Distinct Organizations

Presenters: Eric Wright, VMTurbo and Melissa Palmer, NetApp

Abstract: We will use two different organizations which have embraced OpenStack in our session to guide attendees through the entire journey of bringing OpenStack into production.

The first example is a medium sized organization which wanted to go from using AWS to running on a private cloud environment. Using OpenStack as the destination platform, we walk through the transition to bringing services on-premises, and challenges along the way.

Our second organization is a large scale financial services environment with a significant development community. This will allow us to illustrate a very DevOps-oriented design and how the use-case was built and successfully implemented.

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