OpenStack Days Nordic 2016

2016-09-27, 10:41 Posted by: Toni Ylenius

Cybercom Sponsored OpenStack Nordic Days event in Stockholm on 22nd September. This was the very first time for Nordic event and gathered together more than 300 participants. We were there to show our commitment to OpenStack and represent our Consulting Services.

My personal goal for the meetup was to see people from Swedish OpenStack community. I met colleagues from CityNetwork Hosting, Elastx, IPnett, Sics, DEK Technologies and many more. I hope that we can collaborate more in the future as there are not that many of us in Nordics working with OpenStack, and it is our common interest to share the ideas instead of running local communities.

About the event. It was great to have people from Foundation supporting the event with nice keynotes by Jonathan Bryce and Thierry Carrez. Lively Monty Taylor's talk was enjoyably, and thanks you Jan Van Eldik for promoting OpenStack to the crowd by using convincing numbers. They are running thousands of hypervisors with the team of tens of operators. Keynotes were definitely the best talks in the event.

There weren't any deeply technical talks available, but anyway we had some technical discussion after Nanuk Krinner's talk about upgrading. I also got interested in a new tool called Stack Storm that Rackspace architect Geoff Higginbottom used in his pet project. He used that to automate restart of processes in OpenStack deployment. The technical finesse in this setup was not in the usage of this tool, but in managing all this in ansible. But in any case the presentation was interesting and thanks to Geoff's engineering effort the setup is readily available from GitHub.

Monty and Mike Perez in their talks painted a picture of tens of public cloud providers acting as single Cloud and providing consistent user experience. We are not fully there yet, but this will be achieved by standardization and using an abstraction layer to fill in the gaps.

I made myself to believe that the joint effort of OpenStack clouds (or their operator) could compete with big players like AWS, Azure and Google. This is definitely a trend I will follow with interest.

However, there is one thing I miss. Let's create a uniform billing system and remove one more pain point from the multi-cloud use case.

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