We’ve collected the top user stories you can’t miss at the fall OpenStack Summit


The Paris Summit is only a week and a half away! If you’re lucky enough to be attending, you’re probably spending the next week meticulously planning out your Summit schedule with sessions, networking events, and parties — not to mention the Paris landmarks. With over 200 sessions, it’s a daunting task.

We’re here to make your life a little easier. We worked with Superuser’s editorial board to collect the top do-not-miss user sessions at the Summit and we’re sharing them here. Even if you’re stuck at home during the Summit, there is some consolation — videos from every single one of the sessions will be available within a day or two of each of the sessions.

Docker Meets Swift: A Broadcaster’s Experience

Radiotelevisione Italiana, Italy’s national public broadcasting company, has to deal with the growing cost for new storage-hungry media formats, while also enabling its employees to collaborate and manage content across geographically separated sites throughout the media production cycle. To address these needs, we have integrated Docker with Swift via a generic mechanism we call "storlets."

Integrating Docker with Swift keeps the storage cost low as well as co-locating compute to avoid costly network transfer for a wide range of media workflows. In this talk we will present the problem RAI is solving, including its requirements; present the storlet mechanism; demonstrate how storlets can be used for media workflows and other scenarios; and place our work in the context of other efforts.

Bringing Research to the Cloud: the NeCTAR Research Cloud

Australian researchers are reaping the benefits of access to an accessible, collaborative and scalable OpenStack-based cloud computing infrastructure provided through the NeCTAR project.

Modern research is increasingly collaborative in nature and dependent on access to large scale research data, sophisticated computational models, and research domain-oriented software tools and services. The NeCTAR Research Cloud is providing a national computational infrastructure supporting the computational and collaboration needs of a rich diversity of research domains and scientific disciplines in Australia: from the hard sciences to the humanities and cultural studies.

This talk will tell some of those stories: of the research communities, large and small, who are using the NeCTAR Research Cloud as a platform to provide collaborative access to research data, scientific models, and research computing tools. Stories to be covered will be drawn from Astronomy, Marine Science, Geophysics, Biology, Genomics, Environmental Science, and the Humanities. We will show how cloud computing is supporting improved innovation, efficiency, and productivity in research.

BBVA Bank on OpenStack

Due to unproven scalability and security concerns, enterprises take a wait-and-see approach to Open Source deployments, much less OpenStack. Yet not only are these deployments feasible but also can yield substantial multi-tenant efficiency, agility, speed, dynamic, and security advantages over legacy frameworks. While a hybrid cloud approach is quite popular for agile services delivery, for some enterprise segments a private cloud is essential in order to comply with regulations.

In this session, we will explore how Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (BBVA), a Spain-based global financial group, banks on OpenStack. BBVA has designed an automated, multi-tenant service Cloud that provides:

  • Efficient, granular security: Via a global policy framework from Nuage Networks
  • Agility: Via utilization of KVM as a virtualization hypervisor
  • Speed: Provisioning and delivery of services in near real-time via the RedHat OpenStack distribution

Seamless Migration from Nova-network to Neturon in eBay Production

Several datacenters were using folsom nova-network in the eBay production, with thousands VMs in service. We successfully upgraded to openstack Havana version, adopted neutron as network service instead of nova-network, and replaced Linux bridge by Open vSwitch. One of the most important requirements to us was to avoid network service break for existing VM instances during nova-network to neutron migration, i.e. least downtime in the data plane.

In this session, we will share our story of the seamless migration from the folsom nova-network to havana neutron in the eBay production. The work covers both control plane and data plane. The control plane part includes neutron net/subnet/port management, and SDN controller integration, while the data plane part includes tap device migration from Linux bridge to openvswitch bridge, DHCP service, security group, and Libvirt/KVM configuration update.