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OpenStack Summit Vancouver: Cast Your Votes Today!

The OpenStack Summit is happening from May 18-22nd in Vancouver, with sessions submitted and chosen for the community, by the community!

What interests you when it comes to OpenStack? Do you need a deep dive in a particular project? Are you wondering if the economics make sense? Are you trying to figure out how to create a product or service based on or powered by OpenStack?

In the OpenStack community, the members drive the agenda. If you’re a Foundation member—and especially if you’re attending—step up! It’s time to vote for speakers for the Vancouver Summit! The polls opened last week, but they’re closing soon: on 2/23 at 5:00 PM Central time.

This handy link will take you to the main Foundation voting page, where you can see ALL of the sessions that have been proposed. If you’d like to avoid sifting through the 1,000+ submissions there though, check out the links below. They will take you straight to the talks submitted by my clever colleagues at Cisco, who are some of the most skilled OpenStack pros on the planet. (#justsayin)

Do you have a talk we should know about? Leave it in the comments or tweet me @aliamagasu.

Happy voting, and see you in Vancouver!



Highly Available, Performant, VXLAN Service Node

Scaling Neutron with ML2 Hierarchical Networks

DON: Diagnosing OVS in Neutron

Network Design Considerations for OpenStack Neutron Deployments

A network solution for scalable, performant and highly available OpenStack clouds

Neutron extension framework overview and use cases

Addressing DHCP and DNS Scalability: A dnsmasq Alternative

Complex scenario tests for IPv6

The State of IPv6: Are We There Yet?

Cloud VPNs in OpenStack

Neutron mitosis and the L4-7 services roadmaps

Providing Rich Network Services in a Federated OpenStack Public Cloud

A new IPv6 based approach for simple, transparent, scalable OpenStack Networks

NFV Workloads on Trusted Cloud Infrastructure

OpenStack for NFV – A deployment case-study

Network Virtualization Overlay Showdown moderated by 451 Chief Analyst Eric Hanselman

Scaling Neutron with ML2 Hierarchical Networks

BrainStorm – Artificial Neural Networks as a Service

Model for seamless mobility of network services across different types of cloud backends

Optimizing Your OpenStack Data Plane for Performance and Scale

OpenStack integration with Cisco Technologies



Demystifying Logs in OpenStack Clouds

Want total visibility? That’s expensive: Winning the cost-insight tradeoff.

The other side of Horizon – An Operator-focused OpenStack visualization dashboard

OK, so what the heck is going on in my OpenStack Cloud Deployment now…?

Understanding Cloud Operations by Crunching Boat Loads of Metrics

Understanding OpenStack (Monasca/Ceilometer) metrics with SQL over streams

The Tale of Two Sorcerers Journey into Accomplishing the Unthinkable: OpenStack Upgrades

How to rapidly migrate virtualized enterprise workloads to an OpenStack cloud environment

Things That Go Bump in the Night: Protecting your Cloud from GHOSTS and Other Exploits

High Availability and Resiliency Testing Strategies for OpenStack Clouds

Stabilizing the Jenga Tower: Scaling out Ceilometer

Self-Driving Storage for OpenStack



Building the Cloud Community: How to Produce a Successful OpenStack Meetup

Crafting Unforgettable Events & Meetups for Developers

OpenStack Product Management Strategies [PANEL]


Insights and Use Cases

Are You Ready for OpenStack?

OpenStack for Users of VMware: What You Need to Know

OpenStack Research Study: User Experience

What’s Next in OpenStack: A Glimpse at the Roadmap


Policy, Orchestration, Containers, and Projects

PlaceWise: A smart (multi-) cloud resource placement recommendation engine and service

Troviso: Real-time DBaaS for Trove

Cognitive: Machine Learning as a Service for OpenStack

Surge – deploying and scaling data stream processing pipelines on OpenStack

Panel: Defining Policy Frameworks for OpenStack

Meta-data Driven Cloud – Running OpenStack @ Scale Using a Policy Framework (Intel)

Group Based Policy Hands-on Lab

Data-driven Optimized Cloud Resource Placements and Rebalancing

TriggerWise: A policy-driven triggering engine and generalized action executor service

μStack: Open physical infrastructure you can take with you

The Jenkins Plugin for OpenStack: Simple and Painless CI/CD

Provisioning Infrastructure, Platforms, and Applications with Heat and Puppet

Learn you some Ansible for great good!

An introduction to cloud service definition

Designing for Operations – Operationalizing OpenStack

Data-driven Optimized Cloud Resource Placements and Rebalancing

Supporting QoS in Zaqar with a Kafka Policy Engine

Nova-Docker: A Practical Overview

Thanks, Docker! The pros and cons of containerizing your OpenStack services

Magnum – Containers-as-a-Service for OpenStack

How OpenStack Enables Applications

Embracing & Extending OpenStack: The InterCloud deployment at Cisco

Elastic LBaaS in Cisco Cloud with ZERO Infrastructure Changes


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OpenStack Podcast #18: Jessica Murillo

She’s an inventor, she’s a mom, she’s a VP at IBM…Jessica Murillo does it all. She’s not only a role model for women in technology, she’s a role model for anyone in technology. With dozens of patents, years of experience, and a strong vision of the tech trends that will impact business over the next several years, she is someone worth listening to. I interviewed her last week for OpenStack Podcast #18, and got her thoughts on:

  • Why tech needs women
  • Why IBM is so interested in OpenStack
  • OpenStack’s growth and momentum compared to Linux
  • The power of the OpenStack Summits
  • How she manages to raise a family while building such an impressive career
  • Why it’s important to ask for help and build a strong personal as well as professional support community
  • Why more girls don’t gravitate toward science, math, and engineering, and what we can do to change that

To see who we’re interviewing next, or to sign-up for the OpenStack Podcast, check out the show schedule! Interested in participating? Tweet us at @nextcast and @nikiacosta.

For a full transcript of the  interview, click read more below.

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Announcing OpenSOC .1

OpenSOC, an open source security analytics framework, helps organizations make big data part of their technical security strategy by providing a platform for the application of anomaly detection and incident forensics to the data loss problem. By integrating numerous elements of the Hadoop ecosystem such as Storm, Kafka, and Elasticsearch, OpenSOC provides a scalable platform incorporating capabilities such as full-packet capture indexing, storage, data enrichment, stream processing, batch processing, real-time search, and telemetry aggregation. It also provides a centralized platform to effectively enable security analysts to rapidly detect and respond to advanced security threats.

A few months ago we were really excited to bring OpenSOC to the open source community.  Developing OpenSOC has been a challenging, yet rewarding experience.  Our small team pushed the limits of what is possible to do with big data technologies and put a strong foundational framework together that the community can add to and enhance.  With OpenSOC we strive to provide an open alternative to proprietary and often expensive analytics tools and do so at the scale of big data. Read More »

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OpenStack Podcast #17: Shamail Tahir

You might think we’d cancel the OpenStack Podcast on the rare occasions when both Jeff and I have the flu at the same time. But you’d be wrong. This week, we interviewed EMC Cloud Architect Shamail Tahir (remotely). Or at least we think we did. The transcript of the interview suggests that we were in fact present, but not in the most coherent way.

The good thing is that it didn’t matter. Shamail is a boss when it comes to OpenStack, and he proved that by delivering interesting insights on pretty much every hot topic we could think of, including:

  • What EMC is doing with OpenStack
  • What he and the other participants talked about at the “hidden influencer” meeting in Paris
  • Why you should run certification tests on your OpenStack cloud
  • Why we need an OpenStack roadmap
  • Why the number of OpenStack projects will continue to grow over the next few years
  • What role containerization will play with OpenStack
  • Whether or not DIY OpenStack is a good idea

To see who we’re interviewing next, or to sign-up for the OpenStack Podcast, check out the show schedule! Interested in participating? Tweet us at @nextcast and @nikiacosta.

For a full transcript of the  interview, click read more below.

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OpenStack Podcast #16: Interview with Pere Monclus

At Cisco we’re passionate about networking, and we have a ton of respect for those who are pushing the boundaries in this realm—even when they don’t work for our company.

Case in point: Co-founder and CTO of PLUMgrid, Pere Monclus. He’s actually a former Cisco employee, and his depth of knowledge when it comes to networking–particularly networking as it applies to OpenStack–is formidable. What’s more, he’s got a talent for taking difficult-to-understand concepts and making them easily digestible. In our interview last week he provided a great explanation of how SDN came about and what problems it is trying to solve. He also explained why network virtualization is so complicated compared to server virtualization, why—contrary to popular opinion–OpenStack Neutron is not broken, and why the cloud has forced the rise of global IT infrastructure companies.

Want to take your networking knowledge to the next level? Settle back and listen in. You’re in for a treat.

To see who we’re interviewing next, or to sign-up for the OpenStack Podcast, check out the show schedule! Interested in participating? Tweet us at @nextcast and @nikiacosta.

For a full transcript of the  interview, click read more below.

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