There’s plenty to learn about edge, multi-cloud and Kubernetes at the Sydney Summit.


Reading between the tracks
The OpenStack Summit is a three-day event offering presentations, panels and workshops. Topics span cloud strategy and business case development to operational best practices and technical deep dives from the likes of Red Hat, CERN, Cisco, Huawei, the Australian government and more. Check out the whole schedule here.

In this post, we read between the lines for some themes shaping the OpenStack world.


Flexibility, freedom of choice, economy of scale are all reasons why OpenStack multi-cloud strategies are becoming increasingly important.

Multi-cloud requirements and implementations: from users, developer, service providers

“Multi-clouds will be the de facto standard in enterprises,” say organizers of this all-star panel including CERN‘s Tim Bell, Huawei’s Anni Lai and Jay Pipes of Mirantis. They’ll be discussing requirements, implementation experiences and insights of multi-clouds with Summit participants. Details here.
Why hybrid cloud is fundamental for the insurance tech field

T2Cloud and Sinosoft, the leading insurance technology company in China, co-developed a hybrid cloud service platform providing IaaS, PaaS and SaaS to insurance users and ecosystem partners. This insurance cloud is the first OpenStack-Powered cloud service platform of financial industry in China, deployed by hybrid model and deliver full stack of cloud services from infrastructure to application. In this beginner-level talk,  Xi Lan of  T2Cloud Technology Co., Ltd., and Rong Zhang of Sinosoft, will touch on important components including big data, internet of things, artificial intelligence and the block chain. Details here.

How to survive hybrid cloud on OpenStack and AWS

In this presentation in the architecture and operations track, Vivien Bosc, head of IT at Germany’s ProsiebenSat.1 Media SE, looks at the trials and tribulations the company went through to create a production system that makes best use of a hybrid cloud infrastructure running on both OpenStack and Amazon Web Services.  Details here.

Edge computing

Edge computing has been hailed (and accused?) of nudging the cloud over as the future approaches. Here’s what OpenStack users have to say about working on the edge.

A slimmer, thinner, lightweight OpenStack – why is it needed for the success of edge cloud?

In this intermediate-level talk, Ericsson’s Haseeb Akhtar AT&T’s Gnanavelkandan Kathirvel and OPNFV’s Christopher Price will share insights of deploying OpenStack at the edge and the results of exploring several architecture options to run OpenStack at the Edge, including running OpenStack as containers, a regional controller, etc. Details here.

Building an intelligent edge:  Software-defined operational technology with OpenStack

“We’re witnessing the rise of an intelligent edge, one in which there is a convergence of IT and OT,” says IDC’s Ashish Nadkarni. Software-defined IT and OT can coexist in the edge, he says. In this presentation, he’ll talk about how OpenStack is an ideal framework to manage the intelligent edge, for deploying SD-OT and SD-IT apps. Details here.

Telco use cases for massively distributed edge cloudsFog Edge Massively Distributed Clouds Working Group (FEMDC) in OpenStack is looking at possible implementations of Openstack at the edge.  Paul-André Raymond of Nexius will talk about how edge is the “new battleground” for virtualization technologies and how it affects telcos. Details here.


The open-source system for managing containerized applications across multiple hosts that provides basic mechanisms for deployment, maintenance and scaling features in 18 presentations. The talks touch on how it intersects with OpenStack projects and hot community topics including: Magnum, Cinder, Kuryr, Neutron, Manila, container orchestration management and security. Here are a few picks.

Creating NFV-ready containers with Kuryr-Kubernetes

Antoni Segura Puimedon, project team lead for Openstack Kuryr who works on container efforts at Red Hat along with Kirill Zaitsev, Samsung, Openstack Developer will give an overview of kuryr-kubernetes internals and cover how they’re solving NFV challenges with it. The pair will show how NFV app developers can take advantage of their work and will  touch on the neighboring topics of COE-deployment, status of multi-network in Kubernetes, CPU-pinning and hugepages support in Kubernetes, DPDK apps in containers. Details here.

Practical Kubernetes with Magnum and OpenStack-Ansible

Florian Haas promises to take you from zero to Kubernetes in 90 minutes in this hands-on workshop.  You’ll learn the basics of Kubernetes then deploy your own Kubernetes cluster template and finally a Kubernetes cluster to your Magnum environment. Then, you’ll use your brand-new Kubernetes cluster for a Kubernetes deployment of several interconnected services. Details here.

Container self-service deployment using Kubernetes on OpenStack

In this lightning talk, Superuser Award winner Paddy Power Betfair will talk about how they have “pretty much nailed” their VM deployment workflow, doing 1000 deployments a day with OpenStack. In this intermediate-level presentation, Steven Armstrong and Ecaterina Gamanji will show how they set up Kubernetes architecture on OpenStack. Details here.
Learn more about the three-day Sydney Summit.

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