OpenStack Summit: Rackspace, Red Hat Enterprise Cloud Pitch
The OpenStack Summit is "going enterprise" according to the opening keynote session that featured cloud user case studies from Comcast, Bloomberg, Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and Hubspot. Rackspace (NYSE:RAX) Senior VP Jim Curry said this is "the year of the user" for OpenStack. Next up is a Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) keynote. The overall big theme: OpenStack is more than a developer movement; it's also ready to help enterprises and cloud services providers (CSPs) that want to make money, according to keynote speakers.
Here's a keynote recap.
Jonathan Bryce, leader of the OpenStack Foundation
- Foundation started in Sept. 2012
- The foundation also launched the Gnome Outreach Program for Women, which has helped women to get involved with OpenStack
- The foundation will have an open house on Thursday to solicit more ideas on where the foundation can go next.
- "Six months ago we had a peaceful transition of power over to the foundation."
- And in the past month, technical leaders like Vish Ishaya, Brian Waldon, Dan Wendlandt and Joe Heck transitioned their leadership to other members.
- "We now have new leaders who are stepping up, which speaks to the technical depth of our bench."
- "We are building a platform ecosystem for the cloud."
- A successful ecosystem needs powerful software, an innovative ecosystem and successful users. He mentioned iOS and Android smartphones as successful ecosystems.
- Interesting: He mentioned OpenStack focused on compute, storage and networking — sounds like the software defined datacenter.
- Grizzly is the 7th major release, delivered on time with all the major features.
An OpenStack Timeline from Bryce:
- July 2010: First OpenStack announcement to open source the software.
- April 16, 2013: Major media, major entertainment and major communications companies are now leveragjng OpenStack. The user stories will surface at the conference.
- Next OpenStack Summit will be Nov. 2013 in Hong Kong.
- The financial services company is really a technology company.
- On a given day, they send out 22 million instant messages.
- The company has 20,000 routers on its private WAN.
- Key focus on OpenStack involves high availability, plus scaling down to small sizes and points of presence around the world.
- Bloomberg has shared its OpenStack learnings here: www.github.com/bloomberg/chef-bcpc
Best Buy Recap
- The company's new cloud architecture leverages OpenStack. The old architecture required anywhere from 7 to 30 seconds to load a product page. Today's architecture takes 2.5 seconds to load.
- Best Buy has 40 developer teams working in parallel. The company will be hosting a break-out session to describe the cloud effort more fully.
- Best Buy is shifting to nimble developer teams who work in parallel, rather than "centers of excellence" because such centers sometimes lack excellence, the company representatives quipped.
Comcast Recap: Mark Muehl, senior VP of product engineering
- Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal
- Historically, video development stack has been vertically integrated on closed hardware and software. Most of the consumer experience was accomplished on the set-top box.
- About a year ago, Comcast started looking for open alternatives.
- An OpenStack production cloud allows the intelligence to live on the network, pushing updates to the set-top boxes. "The plan was to move the intelligence out of the set-top box and into the cloud."
- Users who search the set-top box for content (i.e., movies) now leverage information from cloud-based databases without even knowing it.
Recap: Rackspace and Hubspot
- Featuring Jim Curry, OpenStack Co-founder and SVP/GM, Rackspace
- "OpenStack is being used and it works."
- Rackspace's OpenStack cloud has had 99.94 percent availability.
- Rackspace released version 3 of its OpenStack private cloud software three weeks ago; it has since had about 8,000 downloads (I missed the actual number).
- Rackspace wants to make sure OpenStack clouds are federated together worldwide.
- Rackspace's relative code contributions to OpenStack has gone down because third-party contributions are growing even faster.
- 45 companies contributed to the OpenStack Grizzly release.
- It's the year of the user, Curry said, before handing the keynote over to Hubspot.
- 8,500 customers — cloud-based marketing software; Rackspace customer since 2007.
- The fast-growth company couldn't keep pace with deploying dozens and dozens of new servers each week.
- Hubspot had a 2 percent public cloud instance fail rate, and 20 percent instance turnover.
- Target uptime is 99.99%. To get to four-nines Hubspot needs more control amid server chaos.
- 95 percent of our stack is now open source. "I want it to be 100 percent."
- Diablo deployment in Nov. 2011 had nine servers and 108 cores.
- Essex deployment had 16 servers and 224 cores in 8/2012.
- With Grizzly, extending to full bare metal — having the exact image running locally and in the public cloud. "Applications don't need to care where they run any more. And that's game-changing."
- 4X increase in ifficiency when processing workloads.
Recap: Red Hat's Brian Stevens
- Red Hat assigned its first developer to OpenStack in 2011.
- On Aug. 25, 2011, Stevens sent a memo within Red Hat saying the company had to go all-in on OpenStack.
- In 2012, the Essex shipment included Red Hat code.
- "Open Source is not a business model; it's the best development model on the planet because of the collaboration and users win because they are in control."
- A year before Red Hat got involved in OpenStack, the company got involved with Amazon's cloud. The result was OpenShift, a platform as a service for running on Amazon.
- Next step: Red Hat is promoting OpenShift on OpenStack.
Talkin' Cloud will also be meeting with Canonical, HP, Mirantis and other OpenStack companies at the conference.