A number of use-cases were shared with OpenStack, Kubernetes and CI/CD.


South Korea, already the world’s top producer of mobile phones, displays and semiconductors, is also helping build key conversations around open infrastructure.

That was in evidence at OpenInfra Days Korea 2018,  a two-day conference with technical sessions, deep-dive sessions and hands-on-labs. About 700 people attended the first day; there were 500 attendees on day two.

Bustling crowd at OpenInfra Days Korea 2018. Photo: Seungjin Han.

Seongsoo Cho, Korea User Group co-leader and Seungkyu Ahn, leader of the Korea Kubernetes User Group, kicked off this year’s event emphasizing collaboration between technologies and user groups. The event featured sessions on various open infrastructure topics as well as many Kubernetes-related contributions from the OpenStack Korea User Group, the AWS Korea User Group, the Korea Azure User Group, the Google Cloud Platform Korea User Group and the Korea Developerworks User Group.  You can check out some of these sessions on YouTube.

Highlights from the event include:

  • SK Telecom talking about its participation in the Airship project with AT&T and introduced TACO (SKT All Container OpenStack), an OpenStack solution offering containers, orchestration and automation technologies that features featured self-healing and continuous upgrades.
  • ManTech, a Korean company focused on high availability and disaster recovery, shared their experience of digital transformation with open infrastructure technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes.
  • Samsung Electronics Korea talked the evolution to cloud native with the requirements of 5G telco network and how OpenStack has evolved.
  • Open Source Consulting, a Korean company that offers OpenStack deployments, emphasized stability and agility in businesses and shared their deployment efforts to space information promotion division in Korea and a Korean cryptocurrency exchange.

In comparison to the previous four OpenStack Days Korea events, there was a larger presence of sponsors and sessions from local companies. More than two-thirds of featured sponsor companies (15 out of 22) were Korean compared to 37.5 percent in 2017 and 23 percent in 2016.

The OSF’s Mark Collier, Lauren Sell and Chris Hoge with OpenInfra Days organizers. Photo: Sung Ki Park.


This time around, session topics were both broad and deep, ranging from OpenStack to AI infrastructure, GPU, multi- clouds, SDN/NFV, blockchain infrastructure and open hardware using ARM-based servers.

For the first time at the event, the Upstream Institute was offered by the OSF’s Ildiko Vansca and Kendall Nelson for about 15 participants.

The event is organized by the Korean OpenStack community with the help of many dedicated many volunteers. It would be impossible without sharing and transferring know-how and wisdom through three generations of the Korea user group. Many thanks to Ian Choi, Nalee Jang, Jaesuk Ahn, Seongsoo Cho, Taehee Jang, Hochul Shin, Jungwon Ku and all the other organizers and volunteers.

The volunteer crew from day two.

Find out more about the OpenStack User Group and how to get involved here.

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