All about the ‘glue’ – connecting technologies at OpenStack Summit Berlin

For OpenStack enthusiasts like me, OpenStack Summit Berlin will be one of the highlights of the year. In this blog, I’ll take you through the hottest themes and session topics, including what to expect at this year’s event.

First, we can expect a lot of focus on enhancements and ‘how tos’ when it comes to advanced networking strategies and achieving integration between organisations’ existing infrastructure and OpenStack.

When migrating to the cloud, interconnecting OpenStack Private Clouds with the infra already proves easier than trying to ‘lift and shift’ workloads into public cloud, depending on the techniques and processes – the ‘glue’ – you use to make the whole thing work. In Berlin, I’m looking forward to learning and sharing more on how to achieve interconnectivity between different systems.

Data Centre as Code
The next hot topic for me is ‘Data Centre as Code,’ where a whole infrastructure is defined in code. This removes the reliance on any single team for storage or networking and empowers operations teams to manage the whole DC.  At the event in Berlin, you can expect to hear more about how we achieve and optimise this revolutionary concept of ‘coding’ in the cloud.

Containers on OpenStack
Containerisation will be another big talking point, with the growing trend for running Kubernetes on top of OpenStack (something we’ve been doing for our private cloud customers since last year). We see many organisations need support when it comes to fitting these different but complementary technologies together. If you can relate to this, check out our Practical Kubernetes with OpenStack Magnum session to get started.

Essential security
Security has to be another huge theme this year, with cyberattacks getting more sophisticated and frequent. Safety and monitoring, with the ability to shut down attacks rapidly and around-the-clock is an increasingly important part of any private cloud deployment.

Fix My Stack Challenge
Do you have what it takes to fix a broken OpenStack Deployment? This year, it’s a case of ‘winner stays on’ – successful participants are invited to crack an even tougher challenge on day two. The select few who make it through can return for the grand final on the last day of the summit.  Whilst all participants get a prize (while stocks last), the winner takes home an HP Chromebook 14 G5, while 2nd and 3rd place finalists win an OMEN by HP 800 Gaming Headset. Fix My Stack promises to be great fun, so don’t miss out on the chance to show off your solving skills and take home a prize gadget.

OpenStack Summit provides ample opportunity to learn more about the latest skills and gaps in the market, catch up with peers, and make new connections. So, while you’re planning your schedule at the Summit, check out our OpenStack experts at the sessions below, and at stand number B6.

We look forward to sharing our experience and insights with you.

Tuesday 13th November

3:20PM – 4:00PM | Using the OpenStack requirements process to manage dependencies in large projects | Matthew Thode, Rackspace

Managing Python dependencies in large deployments can be tough. Keeping them up to date and not breaking projects when you update any given dependency is even tougher. Matthew will lead you through the method OpenStack uses to manage dependencies while ensuring co-installability and keeping breakage to a minimum when updating.

Expect to learn how the OpenStack requirements process can be used to manage dependencies in a large and diverse set of projects.

4:20PM – 5:00PM | Tales from the bumpy road: stories, struggles and solutions on the path to digital transformation | Justin Shepherd, Rackspace – Sergei Anikin, CTO, Pipedrive – Suman Mukhopadhyay, Edgeverve Limited – Laron Tangeman, GE Digital

Are you planning to adopt a private cloud? Are you already ‘hip-deep’ in the migration effort? Assuming it’s not all rainbows and kittens, join us for a discussion on challenges faced by enterprises adopting a private cloud. We’ve gathered a group of technologists who are leading their companies on digital transformations. Learn more about the challenges they’ve faced and how they’ve addressed them.

Wednesday 14th November

1:40PM – 2:20PM | Migrate from Neutron LBaaS to Octavia Load Balancing | German Eichberger, Rackspace and Carlos Goncalves, Red Hat

Octavia is the load balancing solution for OpenStack, completely independent from Neutron. The previous Neutron-based approach has been deprecated in Queens with Octavia being the sole solution. This talk will showcase various migration strategies from Neutron LBaaS (N-LBaaS) to Octavia. Attendees will learn how to plan and perform a migration from Neutron LBaaS to Octavia load balancing by getting insight into the provided migration tools.

1:40PM – 3:10PM | Practical Kubernetes with OpenStack Magnum | Tyler DeRosa Rackspace, Byron McCollum, Rackspace and Florian Haas, City Network Hosting

You run OpenStack and want Kubernetes? Magnum to the rescue. In this workshop, we’ll introduce you to the basics of OpenStack Magnum. You’ll also learn about the basics of Kubernetes, then deploy your own Kubernetes cluster template, and a Kubernetes cluster, to your Magnum environment. Then, you’ll use your brand-new Kubernetes cluster for deployment of several interconnected services and be introduced to service storage persistence and scaling. This is as ‘hands-on’ as it gets, and you’ll be going from zero to running an application in 90 minutes.

Thursday 15th November

2:35PM – 2:55PM | Octavia – project update | German Eichberger, Rackspace and Carlos Goncalves, Red Hat


4:45PM – 5:05PM | Requirements – project update | Matthew Thode, Rackspace

Project updates cover the latest changes in the project. See what’s new in the latest OpenStack release, and what you can expect to see from the project in the upcoming release.

Visit the OpenStack Summit Berlin website to learn more.



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