Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

Building an OpenStack Cloud for Solaris Engineering

Dave Miner has started to blog his experiences in deploying OpenStack internally for the Oracle Solaris engineering organization. Here's a blurb from the first post of the blog series:

In the Solaris engineering organization we've long had dedicated lab systems dispersed among our various sites and a home-grown reservation tool for developers to reserve those systems; various teams also have private systems for specific testing purposes. But as a developer, it can still be difficult to find systems you need, especially since most Solaris changes require testing on both SPARC and x86 systems before they can be integrated. We've added virtual resources over the years as well in the form of LDOMs and zones (both traditional non-global zones and the new kernel zones). Fundamentally, though, these were all still deployed in the same model: our overworked lab administrators set up pre-configured resources and we then reserve them. Sounds like pretty much every traditional IT shop, right? Which means that there's a lot of opportunity for efficiencies from greater use of virtualization and the self-service style of cloud computing. As we were well into development of OpenStack on Solaris, I was recruited to figure out how we could deploy it to both provide more (and more efficient) development and test resources for the organization as well as a test environment for Solaris OpenStack.

You can read the rest of the blog series here (will update this post with new links as they are published):

Tuesday Aug 05, 2014

OpenStack Summit in Paris - Nov 3-7

The next OpenStack summit is soon approaching, hosted in Paris Nov 3-7. With a six month cadence, it's an opportunity for developers, users and operators to get together and talk all things OpenStack and plan for the next release of OpenStack (codenamed 'Kilo'). The Oracle Solaris OpenStack team will be there in attendance again, so please find us out if you have any questions.

Eric and I have also submitted a session for the summit called "Making OpenStack Safe for Pets" - VOTE FOR THIS SESSION!

Many Enterprise customers are well on their way towards adopting OpenStack for (at least) the Cattle rich pastures of their test & DevOps infrastructure, and are increasingly interested in consolidation of existing enterprise applications and mission critical services into that same infrastructure and management paradigm.

Many of those applications exhibit needs and characteristics more like Pets rather than Cattle however, presenting a barrier both for consolidation and broader adoption of cloud / OpenStack by the Enterprise.

While some have argued that Cloud / OpenStack is simply the wrong infrastructure for pet-like applications, we would posit that isn't and shouldn't be the case.

In this talk, we will talk about trends that we are seeing with respect to adoption of OpenStack by Enterprise customers, and how that is driving our investment in OpenStack as well as our underlying compute, networking, storage, Operating System and virtualization technologies. We will talk about ways in which Oracle plans to contribute to OpenStack, and what we believe are the key areas of investment needed to address the needs of cloud wanting Enterprise customers, including high-availability cloud services, fault-tolerant cloud infrastructure, simplified cloud lifecycle management and more.

While the day may come when Enterprise applications can be thought of as Cattle, until then significant value exists in meeting the needs of Enterprise customers wanting their pets to thrive in the cloud, and who tend to think of their cloud infrastructure as pet-like too.

-- Glynn Foster

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