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OpenStack Kilo Summit in Paris - Vote for Proposals!


Voting is open now (until August 6th) for presentation proposals for the OpenStack Kilo Summit in Paris. While there are lots of great proposals out there covering a wide variety of topics, we’d like to call your attention to several proposals that involve OpenStack and NetApp, including technology deep-dives on Cinder and Manila, and the use of OpenStack Manila with SAP and SUSE. We'd appreciate your vote for these sessions - click on the session title to be taken to the voting page for that session!

Run your Business Critical Apps in Your OpenStack Cloud now

Presenters: Greg Loughmiller and Bernd Herth, NetApp

Abstract: Companies are now facing the challenge of implementing Business Critical Applications (BCA) in a Hybrid or Private Cloud. Running BCA’s has been a challenge in the Cloud community. Companies need the ability to orchestrate, provision, and manage not only native cloud applications, but also their Business Critical Applications to drive efficiencies into their infrastructure. OpenStack can provide that pathway for placing BCA’s in either the Private Cloud or Hybrid Cloud. This session will provide information on an architecture that can meet the needs of a BCA within OpenStack. We will exhibit how SAP, SUSE and NetApp have been collaborating to provide the innovation needed to bring enterprise Business Critical Applications like SAP ERP and SAP HANA to the OpenStack private cloud. We will be discussing the use of the OpenStack core projects along with the Designate and Manila projects, design decisions for a BCA and how to integrate capabilities of applications like SAP ERP and SPA HANA into an OpenStack infrastructure. Attendees will also hear an overview of the challenges and considerations experienced while deploying these applications on OpenStack.

The key takeaways for the attendees of this session are:

  • Value of Private Cloud to customers using BCA(s) like SAP
  • Overview of SAP on SUSE Cloud using NetApp Storage
  • Lessons learned with the complexities of deploying SAP with OpenStack
  • How Manila and Cinder can be used to satisfy needs of Business Critical Applications

Deploying a Highly Available OpenStack Infrastructure

Presenters: Bob Callaway, NetApp

Abstract: Join Red Hat and NetApp to discuss how to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5 and NetApp storage systems to achieve a highly-available, production quality OpenStack-based infrastructure as a service offering. We will discuss the key enhancements included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, how NetApp storage is fully integrated into OpenStack, and discuss architectural considerations when deploying OpenStack to ensure highly-available infrastructure services. We will also touch on the emerging OpenStack project Manila, supported by Red Hat and NetApp, followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Planning for growth of your OpenStack environment

Presenters: Robert Esker, NetApp

Abstract: Planning your underlying OpenStack infrastructure, whether new or in-place environments, can be a challenging task.  What hardware resources do you need?   How resilient will the that environment be? How much is it going to cost to Scale?

It is important to plan how your environment will grow from the beginning or at least plan for growth when building out.

In this session, we will discuss how to choose a storage environment that will best fit your needs and provide a growth plan moving forward that minimizes the overhead necessary for the environment and directly impact both servers and storage.  We will get into how a centralized storage environment provides both data efficiencies as well as server hardware efficiency. This directly impacts the cost of your OpenStack environment and provides for greater utilization of that hardware as the environment grows.

Ask the Experts: Challenges for OpenStack Storage

Presenters: Alex McDonald, NetApp; Mark Twomey, EMC; Manju Ramanthpura, Hitachi; Neil Levine, Red Hat; Aaron Delp, Solidfire

Abstract: Here's your chance! This all-star panel discussion will focus on the challenges for OpenStack storage while responding directly to feedback from users and developers in the audience of their challenges with OpenStack storage. This panel may be recorded as a "Speaking in Tech" podcast which is distributed by Europe's largest tech publication, The Register.

Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Feedback directly from audience members about their challenges with OpenStack storage
  • How data protection is evolving in OpenStack
  • Panel feedback on the challenges with OpenStack storage
  • What features are missing from OpenStack?
  • Managing support for OpenStack storage

Understanding Openstack Manila File Share Service

Presenters: Greg Loughmiller, NetApp

Abstract: Manila is the file share service for the OpenStack ecosystem. Manila provides the management of file shares (for example, NFS and CIFS) as a core service to OpenStack. Manila currently works with NetApp, Red Hat storage (GlusterFS), and IBM GPFS. As well as on a base Linux® NFS server.

In this session we will provide you with details on the following:

  • Introduce the Manila file share service
  • Example Use cases and Logical Architecture
  • Describe Manila's architecture and APIs
  • Demonstration of an OpenStack deployment with Manila

   Key takeaways for attendees of this session are: 

  • Understanding of Manila
  • Use cases of Manila with infrastructure and applications
  • Deployment methodology

Implementing an OpenStack Deployment –Trials and tribulations to a scalable service

Presenters: Tony Leger and Brad Flanary, NetApp

Abstract: Like any new technology that is growing fast - we often find ourselves lacking experience to accomplish the means to a goal. Attendees will hear about the path taken to provide a scalable self service environment that could be used to create an infrastructure for Virtualized hosts. We have a broad and storied history in maintaining vast quantities of Virtualized hosts to meet internal customer requirements. But we didn’t have the experience to deploy an OpenStack Ecosystem that could be dependable, repeatable, consistent and scalable as requirements grew. This session will provide attendees with some insight to the successes, bumps and bruises of building an Operational OpenStack deployment to provide a self–service DevOps Private Cloud for a large Engineering team DevOps users. We will share the different design patterns and the decision criteria as we traveled down this path of trial and error.

Recommendations for Secure Cinder Deployments using NFS

Presenters: Greg Loughmiller and Glenn Gobelli, NetApp

Abstract: There are several options available to provide block storage services to tenants through the hypervisor.  NFS is a popular method that provides ease of manageability and high scalability for block storage services to tenants. Modern hypervisors are capable of delivering file based storage to virtual machines and presenting it as block device. This provides many benefits, but until recently, the  NFS deployment model within Cinder had some challenges from a security standpoint. Now, with the changes made in Juno, there are options available that will allow service providers to offer a more secure NFS Cinder deployment within a cloud context. This session will provide you with conceptual and operational details about deploying NFS and Cinder securely within OpenStack.

Multitenancy with Cinder: How Volume Types Enable It

Presenters: Jeff Applewhite, NetApp

Abstract: This presentation will start with an overview of how the cinder scheduler works. Then we will describe how volume types work in the Juno/Kilo time frame. Before Juno volume types were accessible by all tenants, but new capabilities have been introduced. We will cover how extra specs and storage backends allow volume types that will pin tenant volumes into a Cinder backend. This provides new flexibility to vendors to define and provision their storage pools. We will describe how the concept of a Storage Virtual Machine can enable true multi-tenancy.

Commodity storage platforms in OpenStack

Presenters: Jeff Applewhite, NetApp and Ivan Gonzalez, Metacloud

Abstract: OpenStack users often believe that the platform can magically transform commodity storage in to world class, enterprise-grade storage. The truth is that while OpenStack adds a tremendous amount of flexibility and control in provisioning and user-driven consumption of storage, if you're looking for a truly robust back end to power your OpenStack deployment, you need more than commodity.

In this talk, Jeff Applewhite from NetApp and Ivan Gonzalez from Metacloud will discuss when commodity storage makes sense, and what options are available for customers that require additional storage performance, resiliency, or integration with other platforms.

Scalable Continuous Integration at NetApp

Presenters: Andrew Kerr and Alex Meade, NetApp and Daniel Curran, Rackspace

Abstract: This presentation will describe the challenges NetApp overcame while implementing an elastic CI system capable of verifying a large number of patches per day from the OpenStack Cinder project.  As more 3rd party vendors integrate driver support into OpenStack, scalable solutions to these challenges become critical.  We will also describe how we leveraged the same infrastructure used for our 3rd party testing to improve our internal Agile development process and streamline submissions into the various OpenStack projects, while maintaining high code quality.

Automate all the Things

Presenters: Bob Callaway, NetApp

Abstract: As you build out an OpenStack Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environment, automation becomes a key factor in deployment.  Once the infrastructure is up and running you can deploying individual, virtual environment with ease.  But what about deploying new underlying hardware infrastructure for your OpenStack cloud?

In this session, we will explain how NetApp is working with automation software partners such as puppet and Chef to help solve your automation of storage deployment underlying OpenStack.  We will provide examples and demonstrate how these tools can be used in an deploying end to end OpenStack environments.

Staypuft, TripleO and NetApp

Presenters: Rob Esker, NetApp and Jason Rist, Red Hat

Abstract: This is a joint talk with a few engineers from NetApp regarding ways to deploy and use NetApp within a Staypuft/Foreman deployed OpenStack and a TripleO deployed OpenStack.

  • Cover the NetApp approaches to storage in OpenStack's infrastructure.
  • Discuss NetApp storage at scale
  • Show the integration vision with Staypuft/Foreman and eventually TripleO
  • Show actual work/code for deployment and usage.

Ouroboros: OpenStack-on-OpenStack on a NetApp Integrated Infrastructure

Presenters: Eric Railine, NetApp

Abstract: Deployment of OpenStack can be a complicated and time-consuming process, and easing that effort is a primary goal for projects like Triple-O, Tuskar, and Ironic. Providing a rapid time-to-value is equally a goal of integrated and converged infrastructures like NetApp FlexPod. Join us to learn how a NetApp integrated infrastructure can be used as the basis for rapid OpenStack deployment with RHEL-OSP.

Configuring Ganesha NFS in Manila Shared Filesystem Service

Presenters: Bill Owen and Nilesh Bhosale and Dean Hildebrand, IBM and Ben Swartzlander, NetApp

Abstract: Manila is a new OpenStack file share service that for the first time will enable management of any type of file share (most notably NFS and CIFS) in a virtualized environment.  The NFS-Ganesha open-source NFS server is being integrated into Manila to provide a generic mechanism for providing NFSv3/v4/v4.1 and pNFS file shares with OpenStack.

In this talk, we will discuss the flexible NFS-Ganesha architecture and the benefits and challenges of using NFS-Ganesha with Manila.  We will also discuss and demo our Manila with NFS-Ganesha prototype.