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IBM technical sessions at the OpenStack Summit in Paris

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I’m getting ready to attend my seventh OpenStack Summit. I’ve been to every one since the Essex Summit in Boston, and I know how daunting it is to look at the schedule and try to pick what sessions to attend. Does the session description catch me? Does it sound like a vendor pitch? Do the speakers have a good reputation? All those questions matter to me—and likely they matter to you too.

OpenStack SummitTo help make the scheduling decisions a little easier, or at least reduce the number of slots that you need to fill, I wanted to highlight the IBM sessions that were selected by the community. I’ve provided some information on who is presenting them, and what you can expect.

Monday, November 3

11:40
IPv6 Features in OpenStack Juno
Xu Han Peng, joint with Comcast and Cisco
Xu Han, a technical lead on the IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack project, has teamed up with Comcast and Cisco to give an overview of the IPv6 support in the Juno release as well as what is planned for the upcoming Kilo release. Expect a presentation deep on content; Xu Han has been responsible for IPv6 support as part of IBM OpenStack product efforts for the last two years.

15:20
When Disaster Strikes the Cloud: Who, What, When, Where and How to Recover

Michael Factor and Ronen Kat, joint with Red Hat
Two leading cloud storage researchers at IBM, Distinguished Engineer Michael Factor and Ronen Kat, along with Red Hat, will present how to leverage the basic building blocks of OpenStack to survive a disaster and what is coming in the Kilo release that will simplify the process. The presentation should be rooted in reality and examples. How do I know? They will be running a demo at the IBM booth!

15:20
Why is my Volume in ‘ERROR’ State!?! An Introduction to Troubleshooting Your Cinder Configuration

Jay Bryant
Jay Bryant, Cinder core contributor, will guide users through getting volumes into the “AVAILABLE” state, whether bringing up new Cinder installations or adding additional storage back ends to an existing Cinder installation. Jay will address the most common pitfalls. In addition to being a Cinder core, he is also the resident Cinder subject matter expert at IBM and is consulted on most issues related to Cinder

16:20
Group Based Policy Extension for Networking
Mohammad Banikazemi joint with Cisco, One Convergence
Mohammad, an IBM Research staff member, is teaming up with three other Neutron contributors to introduce the new Group Policy Extension that facilitates clear separation of concerns between the application and infrastructure administrator and to demo the latest version of the code end-to-end. The demo should highlight the best features of this extension. Mohammad authored the IBM software-defined network for virtual environments (SDN VE) Group Policy extension and understands the capabilities as well as anyone.

Tuesday, November 4

11:15
The Perfect Match: Apache Spark Meets Swift
Gil Vernik and Michael Factor joint with Databricks
Michael Factor is back on the second day with Gil Vernik, another leading cloud storage researcher at IBM. They’ll be joined by the co-founder of Databricks, recognized as one of the leading Apache Spark companies, to introduce this emerging project, its integration with Swift and to demonstrate some advanced models. You should walk away with an understanding of what has driven Spark’s rapid ascension; Databricks has built its platform (and company) on the technology.

14:50
A Practical Approach to Dockerizing OpenStack High Availability
Manuel Silveyra, Shaun Murakami, Kalonji Bankole, Daniel Krook

IBM Cloud Labs experts, the leading OpenStack deployment and operations team at IBM, will take you through their work to improve OpenStack High Availability (HA) by moving the OpenStack services into Docker containers, ultimately showing it in action. Expect to learn whether deploying OpenStack in Docker to improve HA is practical in your environment. As a team of “do-ers,” they will deliver the content from an operator’s practical point of view, not a theoretical one.

15:40
Docker Meets Swift: A Broadcaster’s Experience
Eran Rom joint with Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)
Eran, another member of the IBM cloud storage research team from Haifa Labs, will join with a member of Italy’s national public broadcasting company to show how RAI addressed their problem of growing costs from new storage-hungry media formats using the Haifa-developed “storlets” concept that combines Docker with Swift. These experts will explain what storlets are and how they solve real-world problems. Eran was part of the core development team of the technology and helped RAI get it into a first-of-a-kind deployment.

16:40
User Group Panel: India, Japan, China
Guang Ya Liu, joint with six other OpenStack community organizers
Tom Fifield, Community Manager for the OpenStack Foundation, will moderate this discussion of OpenStack community organizers that includes Guang Ya Liu, co-organizer of the OpenStack Xi’an (China) Meet Up and Cinder core contributor. Expect to walk away knowing how to find a local OpenStack community or start your own, and you’ll get some good advice for keeping momentum in your group. All six panelists have either started a local user group, meet-up or conference, or have presented to these groups on many occasions.

Wednesday, November 5

9:00
Monasca DeepDive: Monitoring at Scale
Tong Li and Rob Basham joint with HP and Rackspace
Tong is one of the earliest OpenStack contributors from IBM, and Rob is focused on monitoring and automation in the systems management space. They join with long-time OpenStack contributor Sandy Walsh of Rackspace and Roland Hochmuth of HP to introduce a new cloud-scale, multitenant, high performance, fault-tolerant OpenStack monitoring as a service (MONaaS) platform project called Monasca. You’ll see a project that is ready to use today and solves a real challenge; Sandy’s original StackTach project really set the bar for this type of work in OpenStack.

9:00
Managing Multi-platform Environments with OpenStack
Shaun Murakami and Philip Estes
The IBM Cloud Labs team is back to take you through lessons learned deploying and managing OpenStack in a heterogeneous environment running disparate workloads, including touching on challenges such as regions and federated identities. Again, expect practical advice for the operator—this is a team of “do-ers.”

9:50
Troubleshooting Problems in Heat Deployments
Fabio Oliveira, Ton Ngo, Priya Nagpurkar, Winnie Tsang
This is the third session with members of the IBM Cloud Labs team, this time pairing up with two IBM Research staff members to talk through the ad hoc methods by which OpenStack Heat failures were troubleshot in the past, recent improvements that will make those methods easier and what is coming in the future. You will likely see some innovative user-centric approaches to simplifying Heat troubleshooting, including a demo of a template debugger inspired by traditional programming language debuggers.

11:50 Keystone to Keystone Federation Enhancements for Hybrid Cloud Enablement
Brad Topol and Steve Martinelli joint with Rackspace and CERN
Two top Keystone experts from IBM—Distinguished Engineer Brad Topol and Keystone Core Steve Martinelli—are partnering with CERN and Rackspace to describe the recently contributed Keystone-to-Keystone federated identity enhancements to support hybrid cloud scenarios. This session should provide a healthy dose of real-world, customer driven use cases, as CERN is the original OpenStack superuser.

13:50 – 14:30
Practical Advice on Deployment and Management of Enterprise Workloads
Jarek Miszczyk, Venkata Jagana
Jarek is responsible for working with IBM teams building on OpenStack, and Venkata is responsible for influencing the IBM Global Technology Services Software Defined Environments initiative. Together, they’ll be sharing best practices for using Heat and HOT templates to deploy and manage more traditional enterprise workloads. Expect well-tested and proven advice; Jarek and Venkata have been building advanced Heat and HOT Templates to orchestrate complex deployments for almost a year.

I hope this guide helps make a few decisions a little easier. If you still have questions on any of these sessions, find me on Twitter @mjfork.

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