Tuesday, July 18, 2017

opendev: OpenStack Foundation failed to learn the lesson

Yesterday I got an invitation to the opendev conference (September 7-8, 2017) from the OpenStack foundation. The conference is about edge computing. 

While the topic itself is very interesting I was surprised that the opendev will be held in the U.S. (San Francisco, CA). I thought the foundation would have learned a lesson from the Boston summit this year. And as far as I understood it they decided to have currently no summits in the U.S. anymore until the political climate changed to allow risk free travel for all community members (see Kurt Garloff's talk at DOST around 8:45min). But it seems this applies only to the summits, very inconsistent! Some people would call it slightly duplicitous.

In light of the OpenStack Foundation's decision I'm still proud about the Ceph community. They decided with a clear statement to not held any event in the U.S. that requires travel for community members from foreign countries while there is the risk to potentially suffer harassment, digital privacy violations, or rejection at the border.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Reminder: OpenStack Summit Sydney - CFP Deadline

A short reminder: the "Call for Presentations" deadline for  the next OpenStack Summit in Sydney, Australia (November 6-8, 2017) is less an a day away. 
If you would like to present in Sydney submit your proposal till July 14, 2017 at 11:59pm PDT (July 15, 2017 at 6:59am UTC).

Sunday, May 14, 2017

CEPHALOCON 2017 - CANCELLED

I already submitted to talks for the Cephalocon 2017 in Boston end of August this year but unfortunately - for the community - the conference was cancelled on Friday this week.

Here a quote from the cancellation statement:
The Ceph community has always been based on the principles of openness, inclusion, and a level playing field for all participants. We have worked hard to ensure that no matter what time zone you’re in, who you are, or how technically knowledgeable you are there is always a way for you to participate and contribute to the Ceph community.

It is our sincere hope that the people of the United States will course-correct their leadership to conform to the principles that the country was founded on, and has served so well throughout history. In the meantime, we wont be hosting any events that require members of our community to travel to the U.S. and potentially suffer harassment, digital privacy violations, or rejection at the border.
For the full statement please check this page

Though these are `SAD` news for the community, I fully support the decision and the statement. I'm looking forward for a new date for a Cephalocon, propably in Canada, Mexico or around the next OpenStack Summit in Sydney end of this year. It would be really good if the full Ceph community - including the developers - could get together at least once in a while.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

OpenStack Summit Boston: Vote for Presentations

The next OpenStack Summit takes place in Boston, MA (USA) in May (8.-11.05.2017). The "Vote for Presentations" period started already. All proposals are now again up for community votes. The period will end February 21th at 11:59pm PST (February 22th at 8:59am CEST).

This time I have submitted a proposal together with WDLabs:

  • Next Generation Hardware for Software Defined Storage - Software Defined Storage like Ceph has changed the storage market dramatically in the last few years. While software has changed, storage hardware stayed basically the same: commodity servers connected to JBODs utilizing SAS/SATA devices. The next step must be a revolution in the hardware too. At the Austin summit the Ceph community presented a 4 PB Ceph cluster comprised of WDLabs Converged Microservers. Each Microserver is built by starting with an HGST HE8 HDD platform and adding an ARM and DDR running Linux on the drives itself. WDLabs provided access to early production devices for key customers such as Deutsche Telekom for adoption and feedback. This talk will provide insight into our findings running a Ceph cluster on this platform as a storage provider to OpenStack.
This period the voting process changed again unique URLs to proposals seems to work again. So if you would like to vote for my talk use this link or search for the proposal (e.g. use the title from above or search for "Al-Gaaf"). As always: every vote is highly welcome! 

As the last times I highly recommend to search also for "Ceph" or what ever topic your are interested in. You find the voting page here with all proposals and abstracts. I'm looking forward to see if and which of these talks will be selected.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

OpenStack Summit Barcelona Presentation


Yesterday I conducted my talk at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona. You can find the presentation here: "Vanilla or Distributions: How Do They Differentiate?" and the video from the session on the OpenStack Foundation youtube channel


Any feedback would be welcome, please don't forget to rate the presentation in the OpenStack Foundation Summit app.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

OpenStack Summit Barcelona

Today the OpenStack Summit started in Barcelona, Spain, with the keynotes.

Looking forward to my talk later today: Vanilla or Distributions: How Do They Differentiate? and a interesting summit the next days.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

OpenStack Summit Barcelona: Vote for Presentations

The next OpenStack Summit takes place in Bacelona (Spain) in October (25.-28.10.2016). The "Vote for Presentations" period started on 26.07.2016. All proposals are now up for community votes. The period will end August 8th at 11:59pm PDT (August 9th at 8:59am CEST).

I have submitted this time two proposals:
  • OpenStack and Ceph @ Converged Microservers - On the Austin Summit the Ceph Community and WDLabs presented about running a 4 Petabyte Ceph cluster on ethernet attached Converged Microserver He8 drives. WDLabs provided access to early production devices for key customers for early adoption and feedback. This talk will provide insight into our experience with running a Ceph cluster on these devices as a storage provider for our OpenStack environment.
  • Vanilla or distributions: How do they differentiate? - If it comes to OpenStack there is always the question: vanilla or a distribution. You have the agony of choice, it will highly depend on your usecase and organization. We will take a look behind the curtain of the OpenStack products. What should you know about the offerings? Is there anything you may should evaluate before you choose a solution? There is more to take a look at than only the OpenStack product itself if you include also e.g. KVM and Ceph. What about the base distributions and support?
This period the voting process changed slightly. Based on community feedback, unique URLs to proposals are no longer available. So if you would like to vote for these talks, you have to search for them (e.g. use the title from above or search for "Al-Gaaf"). As always: every vote is highly welcome. I recommend also to search for "Ceph" or what ever topic your are interested in. You find the voting page here with all proposals and abstracts. I'm looking forward to see if and which of these talks will be selected.