OpenStack Summit Proposals – Time to Vote

The OpenStack community is invited to vote for their favorite presentations and panel discussions to help determine which ones will be included in the final schedule.
Solinea has submitted some great abstracts. Below is a summary of each talk and a link to the voting site.
See you at the OpenStack Summit in Paris

Solinea Sessions: 

Are We Done Yet? Testing OpenStack Deployments

After constructing your OpenStack cloud, it can be difficult to determine whether you’ve actually configured all the components correctly. OpenStack Rally and Tempest have been created to help run verification and benchmarking tests for you, but they themselves are difficult to configure and use. This session will explore creating an easy and repeatable process verification and benchmarking process for your OpenStack cloud. Drawing on experience from numerous customer installations, it will delve into the benefits and pitfalls of using specific tools and technologies to achieve your testing goals. – See more at:

PaaS and OpenStack – The Strategy for an Agile Enterprise

As OpenStack gains mainstream adoption, enterprises are looking for ways to unlock the value that a distributed, orchestrated IT infrastructure provides. Many are starting to introduce value-add platforms on top of OpenStack, in particular Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions, that promise to turn the staid legacy development processes and methodologies into an agile software factory, abstracting developers from infrastructure so they can focus on what they do best – code awesome applications that bring value to the enterprise and their customers. But where should enterprises start? What are the dependencies and pre-requisites? What technology stack fits the current environment? Do skills need to be upgraded? Does the enterprise first have to transform processes and governance to take full advantage of the powerful combination of PaaS and OpenStack? And where do I start?

Navigating the OpenStack Ecosystem

If you take one look at the OpenStack ecosystem, you can see that enterprise adoption is in full swing. For enterprises businesses to take full advantage of any technology, a vibrant ecosystem is key. Enterprise businesses do not adopt technology in silos. Silos, will not provide the complete solution needed by these businesses. The OpenStack Ecosystem is growing rapidly. The history of this ecosystem can be seen in the diversity of distro players, but in the past few cycles, there has been a clear expansion into a much wider range of solution and services.

Visualizing OpenStack Clouds

Clouds are complex, multidimensional entities.  The scale of a production cloud does not fit well with the traditional tree and table based navigation.  This presentation will explore various visualization techniques for cloud generated and how those visualizations can be useful to operators of clouds.

PaaS Implementation Hurdles

Enterprises are increasingly adopting private cloud on OpenStack and migrating their application assets to the hosting environments that they build.  The technical challenges for PaaS are are tough.  Image, AWS, and Develop style strategies are utilized.  The emergence of open source developer style PaaS frameworks CloudFoundry, OpenShift, and others has eliminated the traditional vendor lock in issue that interfere with a firm’s sovereignty.  Overhauling running business architectures to image/aws/dev styles of PaaS implementation are covered.

Also covered are the even larger challenge of the non-technical challenges.  Organizations get built around the traditional long lag time of technical implementation and orchestrating goals across infrastructure, middleware, network, security.  Firms implementing consumable, short lag time as a service technology also need to build the correct organization structure for PaaS implementers to succeed.

Migrating from CloudStack to OpenStack

Some organizations have invested much time and expense into running a CloudStack environment. With the community support behind OpenStack, many are feeling that it’s time to consider a move to OpenStack. As part of this session we will cover topics that range from differences in the architectures, community differences as well as provide some ideas on how you can get started

Author: Seth Fox