Adform, CloudServices Team is one of five nominees for the Superuser Awards to be presented at the OpenStack Summit Berlin. Voting closes October 21.


It’s time for the community to help determine the winner of the OpenStack Berlin Summit Superuser Awards, sponsored by Zenko. Based on the community voting, the Superuser Editorial Advisory Board will review the nominees and determine the finalists and overall winner.

Now, it’s your turn.

Adform, CloudServices Team is one of  five nominees for the Superuser Awards. Review the nomination criteria below, check out the other nominees and rate the nominees before the deadline October 21 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Cast your vote here!

Who is the nominee?

Adform, CloudServices Team

Team members: Edgaras Apšega, Andrius Cibulskis, Donatas Fetingis, Dovilas Kazlauskas, Jonas Nemeikšis, Arvydas Opulskis, Tadas Sutkaitis, Matas Tvarijonas.

How has open infrastructure transformed your business? 

OpenStack, together with other open source solutions, implemented unified user experience in all tiers (dev, staging, production). It allowed users to use the same images and tools for faster and more automated development, deployment and testing. HA was increased significantly (availability zones, regions, storage cluster), and self-service opportunities arose as well. Scaling became fast and easy, and because of projects, resource control is more transparent and security is increased.

At the beginning, we had several hundred manually deployed VMs in different platforms. Now, we have over 4,500 VMs running in seven regions all over the world with HA storage clusters, unified images and flexible self-service for our clients.

How has the organization participated in or contributed to an open infrastructure community? 

We are participating in our local IT community events by sharing our discoveries, experience and infrastructure design. We had few talks about out infrastructure in few conferences. We reported some bug’s, participated in mailing list communications as well.

What open-source technologies does the organization use in its IT environment?

Besides OpenStack, our organization use technologies like CentOS, Kubernetes, Ceph, Prometheus, Zabbix, Grafana, Salt Stack, Puppet, Ansible, Nginx, Haproxy, Foreman, Jenkins, ELK and much more.

What’s the scale of the OpenStack deployment? 

We have three OpenStack deployments for different tiers in seven regions all over the world. In total there are over 4,500 VMs on over 200 hosts. It’s used by several hundred company developers to provide service to millions of users.

What kind of operational challenges have you overcome during your experience with open infrastructure? 

Because we started with vanilla OpenStack, we had to build our own configuration management and deployment mechanism on SaltStack. We had to design and implement HA, self-service tools for our users, metric and alert collection (from infrastructure hosts, compute nodes and VMs itself). Old VMs were on different platforms, so we needed migration tool to move these VMs to OpenStack.

How is this team innovating with open infrastructure? 

Team provides scalable private cloud that runs in seven data centers at three continents as a service. In our infrastructure we are using OpenStack, Kubernetes, Prometheus, Consul, Terraform, Nginx, Jenkins, Ceph and other solutions.

We mixed some technologies in between, for example: some Kubernetes clusters are running on OpenStack and OpenStack metrics exporters run on other bare metal Kubernetes cluster.

In addition to that, we run multi regional load balancers cluster which handles up to 800,000 ops.

How many Certified OpenStack Administrators (COAs) are on your team?

None yet.

Voting is limited to one ballot per person and closes October 21 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.