OpenStack Liberty meets Mitaka; Love in Tokyo

Fahad Siddiqui

October 26th, 2015

Since July 2010, when OpenStack was founded by Rackspace and Nasa, it has gone beyond boundaries and is one of the most outstanding Open Source projects around. Would you believe OpenStack helps CERN’s staff store and manage their massive amounts of data? For the last five years, Stackers have contributed their time and expertise to build a reliable and ready-to-use cloud infrastructure. Today more than 1,000 companies and 30,000 individuals from 172 countries are part of the project. Cloud is a vernacular term. Most people are on the cloud but not all end-users fully understand exactly what the cloud is. It is a challenge which OpenStack helps to address every day. Today it fuels the passion and imagination of a community of thousands of developers around the globe.

The OpenStack event takes place six-monthly to communicate and discuss the new innovations and elements for the next software release. With only a day left until the OpenStack Tokyo Summit, users, developers, cloud-prophets and enterprises are excited to discuss the new release and the future of cloud computing. The summit is a four-day event, starting on the 27th of October where thousands of Stackers will be involved in hundreds of talks, workshops and lots of networking. The summit is scheduled with two views in mind. The main conference is dedicated to the vast majority of attendees - new-to-advanced users. The design summit is for the technical contributors and operators who have contributed to the Mitaka release cycle. For those who don't already know, the OpenStack Foundation name their software releases in alphabetical order; the last update, which was announced this July, is called "Liberty". The last summit was held in Vancouver where more than 6,000 attendees from 967 companies and 55 countries participated. Giants like Red Hat, HP, VmWare, Dell, IBM joined startups like Mirantis, SwiftStack, and Bluebox to make the world a more cloudy place. Highlights, keynotes, presentations, breakout and breakthrough session videos can be found here.

This time the theme is "OpenStack-Powered Planet", which reflects a more responsible, advanced and secure infrastructure with OpenStack Cloud. Speakers from Bitnami, Huawei, NEC, ComCast, Metacloud and Fujitsu will discuss the power of a global network of public and private clouds, and OpenStack as a combined engine for advanced cloud computing technologies. New entrants in the Asia Pacific cloud market will be highlighted in visionary keynotes and breakout sessions, further underlining the community's advancement in cloud infrastructure. Reliability, security and improvement of the application ecosystem, and next-gen users will be highlighted to support the theme. Insightful breakout sessions will focus on software-led networking and recent progress on the OpenStack Neutron project! Attendees will also get a chance to get an insight into OpenStack's influence and development in areas such as Internet of Everything (IoE), next-gen telecom networks and the emerging Network Function Virtualisation (NFV).

A few of the best talks and sessions which everyone is excited about include those by Amadeus, AppFormix, CERN, City Network, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom, eBay, GMO Internet, Huawei, Intel, Lithium Technologies, Kirin, NTT, PayPal, SKT, TubeMogul, WalmartLabs, Workday and Yahoo! These companies will give presentations, share case studies, conduct hands-on workshops and collaborative design sessions to help users Skill Up their knowledge and expertise with OpenStack.

A number of Packt authors will also be present at the event, some of whom are speaking at and conducting working sessions. Find out more below:

James Denton, Principal Network Architect for Rackspace, and author of Learning OpenStack Networking (Neutron) first and second edition will talk about a few uncommon issues with Nova and Neutron. Participants will learn some basic troubleshooting procedures, including tips, tricks, and processes of elimination. You can find more about the session here.

Egle Sigler, Principal Architect on the Private Cloud team at Rackspace, OpenStack Foundation Board member, and co-author of OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook - Third Edition will be busy on the first two days of the event, giving talks, presentations and leading the work group sessions. At the event’s opening session, she will co-present the keynote about the Use Case of OpenStack in Yahoo! JAPAN. Later, she will be involved in a discussion on diversity in the OpenStack community and will also address a few basic as well as critical issues about DefCore. On the second day of the event she will dive deep into DefCore to discuss the latest issues with OpenStack interoperability. You can find more about the sessions here.

Sriram Subramanian, Director of Software Engineering at Juniper Networks and co-author of the latest OpenStack Networking Cookbook will talk about ways of improving firewall performance and enhancement of OpenStack FWaaS. This session will include a demo of the work in progress. You can find more about his session here.

Arthur Berezin, Director of Product at GigaSpaces and author of Production Ready OpenStack - Recipes for Successful Environments will give a talk about how to Build Cloud Native Microservices with Hybrid Workloads on OpenStack. On the 2nd day of the event, he will discuss ways of migrating Enterprise Applications into OpenStack. On the third day of the event he will go deep into Hybrid Cloud Orchestration on OpenStack. You can find more about his sessions here.

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