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OpenStack Podcast #21: Mike Metral

Containers are big right now. So big that we talk about them for at least a few minutes on almost every podcast. But rarely do we have a guest with the depth of knowledge about them and unbridled enthusiasm for them that Rackspace product architect Mike Metral has. As the featured guest of OpenStack Podcast #21, Mike goes deep on the subject, discussing things like: What are containers really for? Who are they for? Should they be integrated with OpenStack? Which industries are ready for them, and what obstacles to adoption exist for the industries that are not? He also talked about:

  • How he got involved in OpenStack
  • What he worked on at Sandia Labs
  • Why he started Corekube
  • Where Kubernetes came from and what problem it’s meant to solve
  • Whether or not vendor lock-in is really an issue for OpenStack users
  • Eating cotton candy and french fries in the old Versace mansion

You can follow the podcast and see the past and future guest schedule at @openstackpod and follow Mike Metral at @mikemetral.

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

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OpenStack Podcast #20: Joe Arnold

From days of setting up internet in his dorm and almost being kicked out of college for it, Joe Arnold’s tech roots are strong, and his passion is contagious. In the latest OpenStack Podcast, join the founder and CEO of SwiftStack as he discusses:

  • OpenStack Swift: What is it?
  • How the Enterprise Storage market is changing
  • How Swiftstack adds value on top of OpenStack
  • Standalone OpenStack Swift for particular use cases and industries
  • New O’Reilly Book, “OpenStack Swift”, and how you can get a copy

You can follow the podcast and see the past and future guest schedule at @openstackpod and follow Joe Arnold at @joearnold.

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

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OpenStack Podcast #19 Yuriy Brodskiy

Symantec’s Director of Cloud Platform Engineering, Yuriy Brodskiy, was a really interesting interview–not only because he was a very early adopter of OpenStack in his PayPal days, but also because he now works for one of the pioneers in software security. He gave us some surprising insights into how his company views open source in general and OpenStack in particular, as well as what they’re doing to make the cloud more secure. He also discussed:

  • How cloud changes the culture of an organization
  • How OpenStack changed perceptions of open source software
  • The upside (and downside) of rolling your own distro
  • The future of PaaS and containers
  • What Symantec is doing with OpenStack
  • What to consider in order to create a truly secure OpenStack environment

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 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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