The Download: Oct. 30, 2015 — the OpenStack Tokyo Edition!

Happy Friday everyone. Today The Download takes a look at this week’s OpenStack Summit, which wrapped up on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. A strong contingent of Rackers made the trek halfway across the globe to attend, and a number of exciting developments unfolded while they were there.

OpenStack is of course the open-source cloud platform we developed, together with NASA and other partners, back in 2010. The summits, which are held bi-annually, are supported by the OpenStack Foundation and are fantastic opportunities to meet with OpenStack developers and innovators from all over the world.

This week’s summit kicked off Tuesday with the announcement that one of two 1,000 node clusters was available for large-scale testing of OpenStack features and implementations. A second cluster will be available later this year:

Together, the clusters will make up the world’s largest developer test cloud — and Rackspace and Intel are now actively seeking developers eager to put their features to the test.

Funded by Intel, supported and maintained by Rackspace, the clusters are part of the two companies’ shared mission to accelerate enterprise adoption of OpenStack while adhering to open source principles. They’re doing this through the recently launched OpenStack Innovation Center.

Make sure you check out the following video, narrated by Rackspace CTO John Engates, for a great recap of OpenStack Tokyo Day 1:

That great momentum was met on Wednesday with an excellent keynote presentation from Rackspace Senior Vice President of Strategy and Product Scott Crenshaw, and Rackspace Distinguished Architect Adrian Otto. Check out their full presentation below:

If you missed it above, that presentation featured the much-anticipated release of Carina, a free, public beta of a new service that allows you to create managed clusters for running containers in the cloud.

Want to know more about the nuts and bolts of Carina? Check out Otto’s technical deep dive to get you started.

Further, Crenshaw penned an excellent piece explaining how Rackspace is working to ease adoption of OpenStack for enterprises. Carina will be a big part of that:

The path to simplicity is clear: deliver OpenStack private and public clouds not as a distribution, but instead as a service — the way cloud was meant to be consumed. And marshal the world’s most extensive operational expertise and maturity to deliver simplicity and reliability.

It’s a new approach to delivering OpenStack – making it fast and easy to get up and running by using it as a service with servers residing either in a customer’s data center, or hosted by a managed cloud provider. When OpenStack is used as a service, there is no complexity and expensive configuration, allowing for organizations to deploy IT resources on apps and software aimed at growing their business.

Crenshaw and Otto were also featured in a great video on eweek.com, discussing Carina in further detail and explaining how it will improve the practical utility of Docker.

While we’re continuing to deliver better ways for businesses to harness the power of OpenStack, security concerns remain an obstacle for many contemplating migration to the cloud. Not to worry, as Rackspace Blog Editor Tracy Hamilton pointed out from Tokyo, the OpenStack Security Project is already doing some incredible work on that end:

For OpenStack adoption to grow, security must be addressed at all layers of the stack. Like any complex, evolving system, it must be constantly and vigilantly pursued.

Doing that work is the OpenStack Security Project, which undertakes both technical and governance activities for the OpenStack community. The security team provides guidance information and code to enhance the overall security of the OpenStack ecosystem.

What else happened this week in Tokyo? A number of excellent panel discussions were held, including one hosted by the Women of OpenStack, which confronted overcoming subtle bias.

And check out this wrap-up video, featuring Rackers in Tokyo winding down after a whirlwind, exciting week of OpenStack:

Thanks for reading, and as always, have a great weekend!

Abe Selig joined Rackspace in May 2015 as a senior writer. He writes and edits for the Rackspace blog as well as other outlets throughout the company. He's an Austin native with a background rooted in journalism; he enjoys music, dogs and being outside.

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