The July Boston OpenStack meetup took place at the Microsoft NERD center in Cambridge last night. The location was gorgeous overlooking the Charles river with a terrific view of the Boston skyline. Check this out:
If you are one of folks who showed up session yesterday, thanks for coming! We had good conversations over Pizza and during the sessions.
OpenStack Update: Growing Up and Getting Ready for Production Environments
OpenStack celebrated it’s second year anniversary least week at OSCON 2012 and continues to rapidly grow its vibrant and collaborative community of developers and users with the accompanying ecosystem of commercial companies including the biggest brand names in the industry (ATT, HP, Dell, Rackspace, Redhat, Suse etc). These numbers speak for themselves:
- 3386 members and 183 companies
- Arguably one of the fastest-growing and largest community of actively contributing developers. For example, in the 84th week of the project, there were 166 entities contributing to the effort whereas it took Linux 828 weeks to hit 180 active contributors, according to Rackspace’s tally.
- More than 200,000 downloads from the OpenStack repository, not counting all the distributions by Canonical, Suse, Piston, Cloud Scaling, Fedora, StackOps etc.
Meanwhile, the OpenStack foundation is making rapid progress. The governance documents have been drafted and reviewed and the goal is to have it all done by the next OpenStack summit in Oct. Individual members can now join the foundation. The multi-vendor foundation largely addresses the concern of one company (Rackspace) retaining control over an open source project. Such a model succeeded in the past when IBM gave up control to a multi-vendor foundation for the Eclipse Java project. The things that will make OpenStack momentum going strongly are:
- An independent multi-vendor foundation
- A carefully-crafted governance model that facilitates community innovation
- An active, vocal, and collaborative community of developers
OpenStack provide a great alternative to companies looking for vendor independence, the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of open source, and a 100% true-community driven innovation. Again, the numbers and size of commercial deployments speak for themselves.
There are over 100 commercial clouds running OpenStack today, including ones from AT&T, HP, Deutsche Telekom, DreamHost, Korea Telecom, NTT, and Internap including some very large deployments:
- CERN plans to deploy OpenStack across 15,000 nodes in two data centers by 2015 (this could well become the largest OpenStack deployment estimates to run 300,000+ VM’s) (See this presentation for more details)
- Argonne National Labs is at least 500 nodes
- University of Oregon is over 200 nodes
- University of Melbourne in Australia has 1900 instances of Nova
- Mercado Libre has over a 1000 node Swift deployment (see this case study by Canonical)
- HP has more than 1000 nodes running its public cloud service based on OpenStack (Read how DreamWorks Studios runs its graphics rendering on HP’s OpenStack CLoud)
Deep Dive Into OpenStack KeyStone
Adam Young from RedHat took a deep-dive into OpenStack Authentication solution: KeyStone. What it is, how it works, what it’s good for, what it’s not good for, and features in the latest release and the upcoming release.
Andi Abes from our Dell team walked through a set of considerations for deploying an OpenStack cloud. He covered in a good interactive session a wide range of topics including Dev stack, networking configurations, Dev Ops, Chef, Puppet etc. No slides from Andi, just code snippets and interactions!
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- Dell (the company I work for) organized this event and flipped the bill for logistics
- Cloud Technology Partners sponsored the pizza and drinks
- Microsoft provided the NERD center for the event