Where to Find Rackspace OpenStack Experts at the Barcelona Summit 2016

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It’s been more than six years and one billion server hours since Rackspace announced to the world that we, along with NASA, would be open sourcing a new cloud platform called OpenStack.

We’ve been privileged to have a front row seat as this little open source project has grown to become one of the largest in history, with more than 60,000 members in the community around the globe.


Along the way, Rackspace has played many roles in the OpenStack community, from founding father to project caretaker, from community organizer to project standard-bearer. And we’ll continue to become whatever the community needs from us, because we still believe in the promise of OpenStack.

That’s why Rackspace always looks forward to each OpenStack Summit — they allow us to interact with community members and see how much the project has progressed.

It’s also opportunity to give back, sharing what we’ve learned as operators of the world’s largest OpenStack public cloud and among the world’s largest private clouds. With one billion hours of operational expertise under our belt, we’ve got much to share. Below is the complete list of Rackspace OpenStack experts speaking in Barcelona — see you there!

Tues., Oct. 25

11:25 a.m. -12:05 p.m. — Simplify Day 2 Operations (and Get Some Sleep!) Through Craton Fleet Management by Jim Baker (@jimbaker) and Sulochan Acharya (@sulo) of Rackspace and Sean Roberts of Walmart Labs.

Use Rackspace’s proven approach for fleet management, with inventory and audit/remediation workflows. Attendees will get the inside story on what it takes to operate a large public cloud.

11:25 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. — Secure Your Cinder: A Hands-On Workshop with Cinder Encryption by Matt Dorn (@matthewdorn).

We all know Cinder provides the awesome ability to attach block storage to our Nova instances, but how secure is the data we place on these volumes? Attendees will first learn the history of Linux encryption methods including filesystem and block device level encryption.

2:15 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. — Home and Away: A Work from Home Episode by Alexandra Settle (@dewsday).

The number of people working from home continues to increase dramatically. But with all the benefits, working from home can be isolating and difficult. Attendees will learn how to maintain a team culture and best communications practices for those at home and in the office, plus tips on working at home efficiently and effectively.

3:05 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. — Neutron Ninja 101: A Hands-On Workshop with Neutron Networking by Matt Dorn (@matthewdorn) and Phil Hopkins.

Neutron is super powerful can be confusing. Attendees will gain hands-on Neutron experience by accessing a live OpenStack environment where they will learn how to create networks, subnets, routers, floating ips and security groups.

3:55 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. — Using OpenStack Infra to Benchmark Your OpenStack by Melvin Hillsman (@mrhillsman) of Rackspace, Michał Jastrzębski and Isaac Gonzalez of Intel.

Faced with the problem of measuring various workloads, we used OpenStack Infra. Few of these required a long running OpenStack deployment with constant workload resembling real world scenarios. With Big Tent, OpenStack infrastructure requirements for computing resources grow with every project or developer. Attendees will learn how we used OpenStack Infrastructure workload to measure API uptime and VM performance of our OpenStack deployments and helped the OpenStack community at the same time.

5:05 p.m. – 6:35 p.m. — Keystone in the Real World: A Hands-On Workshop with Keystone v3 by John McKenzie (@jmckind).

Now that more organizations are upgrading to the Keystone v3 API, how can we use it to setup a real-world, multi-domain OpenStack environment? In this hands-on workshop, attendees will presented with the complex organizational structure of a fictitious company and be tasked with installing Keystone and configuring the v3 API to accommodate this structure.

Wed., Oct. 26                                   

11:25 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. — Barbican Workshop: Securing the Cloud by Douglas Mendizabal of Rackspace (@elrobotrojo), Ade Lee of Red Hat, Kaitlin Farr of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and Fernando Diaz of IBM.

Security is at, or near, the top of everyone’s list of “stuff that’s important,” yet the management of security artifacts (such as keys and certificates) has been lacking a cohesive solution. Enter Barbican. In this hands on workshop, attendees of all skill levels will learn the ins and outs of Barbican.

2:15 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. — Holistic Security for OpenStack Clouds by Major Hayden (@majorhayden).

Operators need a simple and scalable method for securing OpenStack clouds. This talk will break down the complexity of securing OpenStack clouds using real-world scenarios. Attendees can expect to learn vendor-neutral methods to secure OpenStack clouds (and other complex systems) using a holistic strategy.

3:05 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. — SDN Scale-Out Testing at OpenStack Innovation Center by Melvin Hillsman (@mrhillsman) of Rackspace, Travis Broughton of Intel and Jamal Arif of PLUMgrid.

The OpenStack Innovation Center, established by Intel and Rackspace, accelerates the adoption of open source cloud operating systems while supporting open source principles. OSIC provides ready-to-use data center facilities to the OpenStack community for development and test.  This case study presentation highlights a scale-out test performed within a three-week period using OpenStack-Ansible Community based on Liberty with an SDN overlay network connecting 131 nodes running over 1,000 VMs.

3:55 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. Openstack, Ansible & Ironic: Making Bare Metal Eeployments Easy by Andy McCrae (@andymccrae) and Michael Davies (@mrda_).

OpenStack Ansible has made it simple for operators to deploy production OpenStack, making use of Ansible and lxc containers. Attendees will learn to add support for additional OpenStack projects to OpenStack Ansible, deploy to bare metal machines using Ansible, use OpenStack Ansible as the mechanism to enjoy the benefits of Ironic and deploy Ironic.

5:05 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. — Enterprise Readiness: Are We There Yet? by Kenny Johnston (@kencjohnston) of Rackspace and Krish Raghuram of Intel.

Is OpenStack is really ready for prime time? Has anyone been testing it from an operator’s perspective, addressing real-world requirements? The OpenStack Innovation Center has been doing just that over the last six months. Operators will go away with greater understanding and confidence about the deployment and management processes.

5:05 p.m. – 6:35 p.m. — Deploying Magnum with OpenStack Ansible, by Adrian Otto (@adrian_otto) and Drago Rosson.

Cloud users are excited about using container tools to simplify and accelerate the deployment and management of applications. Magnum brings leading container platforms to OpenStack. In this hands-on lab you will install and configure OpenStack Magnum using OpenStack Ansible.

5:55 p.m. – 6:35 p.m. — Bite off More Than You Can Chew, Then Chew It: OpenStack Consumption Models moderated by Tyler Britten of Blue Box, with Walter Bentley (@djstayflypro) of Rackspace and Jonathan Kelly of MetacloudCisco.

While deciding on your OpenStack deployment methodology is important, sometimes the biggest issues arise from customizations that weren’t well planned. Attendees will learn to think through the long-term ramifications of their deployment and customization decisions on their organization as a whole.

5:55 p.m. – 6:35 p.m. — How LeoVegas Changed the Game with OpenStack: a Case Study by Frank Weyns (@frankweyns) of Rackspace and Martin Hed of LeoVegas.

Why did the Online Casino Operator of the Year 2016 choose OpenStack? Hear the LeoVegas story with firsthand insights from their head of tech ops and Rackspace’s director of OpenStack International. Attendees will learn how an award-winning online business teamed with Rackspace to implement and optimize OpenStack for public and private clouds.

Thurs., Oct. 27                                

9 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. — Globally Dispersed Active-Active Cloud Regions by Walter Bentley (@djstayflypro).

The capability to run multiple OpenStack cloud regions is not new. But is there way to centrally manage all those cloud regions? Attendees will be walked through several use cases setting up an Active-Active cloud region and then learn in a demonstration how to accomplish this design.

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. — Designate Interactive Workshop: Install, Operate, Profit by Tim Simmons (@timsimmons_) and Eric Larson (@ionroc) of Rackspace and Graham Hayes of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

RSVP required. In this interactive workshop, the Designate team will walk through the installation and configuration of Designate on a virtual machine. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the various components of Designate and with a working single-VM install on their laptops.

11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — DevOops: Lessons Learned From a Cloud Network Architect by James Denton (@jimmdenton) and Jonathan Almaleh.

Networking isn’t easy. Join us as we discuss some of the ‘gotchas’ that one will encounter when architecting and operating OpenStack clouds at both small and large scale. Attendees will learn which OpenStack cloud networking technologies offer the most promise and which ones to avoid in the short and long term.

1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. — Subnet Service Types – Addressing the Public IP Address Consumption Problem with Neutron Routers by John Davidge (@john_r_davidge)

A new concept in Neutron allows a subnet to be labelled with a “service type,” so IP allocations for router ports can use subnets that do not contain Internet-routable addresses, leading to a substantial decrease in usage. In this session attendees will learn what a subnet service type is, how they can be used in a large-scale deployment to reduce public IP address consumption, and see a short demo on the new commands and usage.

2:40 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. — What’s on Deck for OpenStack? Learn About the Community Roadmap by Kenny Johnston (@kencjohnston) of Rackspace, Carroll Barrett of Intel and Rochelle Grober of Huawei.

To help all of us stay current, the Product Work Group creates a Community Roadmap, with the help and support of the PTLs and technical community. This condensed, simplified roadmap outlines the capabilities you can expect in the upcoming OpenStack releases. Attendees will learn the group’s findings across projects and where to find the most current information on OpenStack.org.

4:40 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. — Automatic Deployment & Integration of OpenStack and Ceph with Ansible by Walter Bentley (@djstayflypro) and Syed Armani of hastexo Professional Services GmbH.

Are you looking for a flexible, customizable, agentless method of deploying OpenStack services and compute nodes? In this hands-on workshop, attendees will get a detailed overview of deploying OpenStack and Ceph with Ansible, using openstack-ansible[1] for deploying OpenStack and ceph-ansible[2] for deploying Ceph.

5:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. — Making Meetup Magic: Growing the OpenStack Community Through Local Events moderated by Gary Kevorkian  of Cisco, with Kenneth Hui (@kenhuiny) of Rackspace, Tassoula Kokkoris of IBM and Lisa Marie Namphy of HPE.

OpenStack Cloud Computing is more than a technology, it’s a community. Building this amazing group has been a result of deliberate efforts of some extremely dedicated people, as well as crucial tools like GitHub, IRC, Stack Overflow and more. In this continuation of a talk that began at OpenStack Summit Austin, attendees will learn what made four of the leading meetup organizers in the U.S. so successful and how you can translate that success to your local meetups.


Kenneth Hui was a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer and Cloud Solutions Architect at Rackspace. Ken has 20+ years of experience in the IT industry and is passionate about helping customers with their cloud computing journey. He lives in New York City where he can indulge in his love of great food from all around the world. You can follow Ken on Twitter @kenhuiny.


  1. Thanks for the props Daniel! Tell me how things are going with your church. If I remember right, you and your wife were working with a chacth-wichin-u-churrh model…young adults, yes?

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