Introduction

OpenStack Day India 2015 brought together the top minds contributing to the OpenStack community from India. Thanks to Mark Collier who is the Chief-Operating-Officer of the OpenStack Foundation, Tom Fifield, the Openstack Community Manager and Allison Price, the Marketing Coordinator of OpenStack Foundation who flew to India to make this event more memorable and valuable. The event was held in Bengaluru from 7 – 8 Aug.

Day – 1

This day has been involved in giving an understanding on OpenStack functionality and has been utilized in providing a hands on session to the participants and covered major activities as per OpenStack Installation Guide. This activity has been carried on VMs keeping Ubuntu as the base OS and conveyed how-to implement a 3 node architecture in Virtualbox. The deployment architecture is as below.

3-machine-setup

Day – 2

The agenda for the second day was filled with various technical talks given by some of the experienced people working on various aspects of OpenStack.

openstack-schedule

A clear view of the agenda is visible on this link as well https://goo.gl/B2uab9

I was a participant of Room 1 and was able to listen to some of the following talks.

Keynote – Welcome to the “OpenStack Powered Planet”

The keynote was given by Mark Collier who talked about how the OpenStack system works and about how various activities are being carried out in the OpenStack eco-system.

Talks

The following were some of the technical talks that were organized in Room 1:

  • Alan Clark of SUSE has talked about SUSE Cloud and how it deals with and how it amalgamates to the existing Suse’s methods of using the cloud.
  • Hari Krishna from HP has spoken about using Helion OpenStack for Deploying mission critical workloads with ease.
  • Next there was a talk by Rajib Das Sharma from Infosys who has spoken about “Software Defined Data Center” and talked about what were some of the methods followed by Infosys.

Its was nice to listen the talk which has been delivered by Tom Fifield. He talked about “How to write an app in OpenStack“. This talk has been already delivered at the recent OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. The following links will tell you about how to proceed in developing an application for OpenStack.

Another interesting topic was given by Sridhar of NEC. He talked about OpenStack Neutron Reverse-Engineered and you can gain full fledged knowledge by going through his slides that have been uploaded to his github account.

 

Panel Discussion – Impact of OpenStack in Emerging Market

The members to carry out this panel discussion were as follows:

  • Mark Collier – OpenStack Foundation
  • Vijay Chundury – Redhat
  • Vinothini Raju – Bluemeric Inc.
  • Philip William – Rackspace
  • Kamesh Raghvendra – The Hive LLC
  • Kavit Munshi – Moderator

The discussion brought out some of the interesting facts on how Emerging Markets look at cloud and how OpenStack can play a major role. One of the question during the discussion was How can OpenStack fit the bill ?

The following were some points that were discussed in this regard:

  • Low Cost : Appropriate for minimal effort cloud organizations. SMBs don’t have legacy foundation which should be modernized. It is much simpler to setup a crisp new OpenStack cloud that is totally open source.
  • Cloud in a box : Despite the fact that cloud in a crate may not suit for big business market, it can help SMBs to standup an OpenStack cloud with insignificant setup. There are OpenStack vendors like Mirantis, Piston Cloud and tools like OpenStack DevStack and PackStack who already offer these OpenStack in a box solutions.
  • Professional services : There are a plenty of expert administration suppliers who can conquer any hindrance between the cloud administration suppliers and the SaaS suppliers, empower cloud frameworks & applications and computerize application provisioning.
  • OSS : With the Open Container initiative, Open Cloud Native computing, OpenFlow and so on, OpenStack is already now in the OSS association. Ventures are taking a genuine look at OSS to stay away from seller lock-ins. OpenStack is the main Open Cloud that emerges as of today.
  • InterOperability : OpenStack APIs are interoperable with AWS, Eucalyptus & CloudStack. However there are still crevices around coordinating the workloads over these interoperable mists taking into account SLAs.
  • Cloud Native Applications at Scale : Google runs 2 billion containers a week.  Google’s commitment to OpenStack establishment and the activities like Murano, Magnum are driven towards interoperability crosswise over open & private clouds and managing containers at enterprise scale. However these are early stage projects which need to be developed further before they can be called production ready.

The Powerpoint slides and video recording of each session will be uploaded and intimated soon through http://www.meetup.com/Indian-OpenStack-User-Group