Unlocking OpenStack and Containers

By Boris Renski
Co-founder, Mirantis

Last year we organized OpenStack Silicon Valley, a community event bringing together people from all parts of the open source cloud ecosystem—vendors, developers, operators, and users—to learn about and advance OpenStack. It was the biggest OpenStack event outside of the twice-yearly Summits, so this year, we’ve expanded the conference to two days.

We’ve dubbed OpenStackSV the Unlocked Infrastructure Conference because OpenStack is not just about software. It is an open platform that unlocks innovation. Its power comes from the ever-growing ecosystem of open source infrastructure technologies that interoperate with it. We see OpenStackSV as a conference that provides a powerful outlet for all of the unlocked technology thought leaders to educate enterprise decision makers on the future of open source infrastructure.

This year, we focus on the hottest topic of the year—container technology. OpenStackSV is our community’s opportunity to hear speakers from Google, CoreOS, Cloud Foundry, Intel, and others working on container technology to fuel next-wave cloud application development and delivery. There’s a lot to keep up on—just two weeks ago, Google joined the OpenStack Foundation to facilitate hybrid cloud adoption through Kubernetes, its container cluster management platform. Last week, Google said it would turn Kubernetes over to the newly formed Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Some of the sessions I’m especially looking forward to include:

Containers: Ending the IaaS/PaaS Distinction

Craig McLuckie of Google will show how Google’s work with Kubernetes and the OpenStack community has delivered this powerful container management technology to OpenStack users. More broadly, Craig will show how Kubernetes and other container management technologies are essentially erasing the distinction between infrastructure and platform.

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Craig McLuckie, Senior Product Manager, Google

Web Services and Microservices: the Effect on Vendor Lock-in

Modern applications depend on web services and open source components to operate. Some of those are provided by public and private clouds, some are platform solutions or SaaS vendors, and some are provided by other parts of a microservices based application. In the old world, vendors were deeply embedded in application architecture or by direct local interfaces but with web services and open source there is far more flexibility and less lock-in. Adrian Cockcroft, Technology Partner with Battery Ventures, will discuss how to choose the best features needed to build applications, while managing the real risk of lock-in.

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Adrian Cockcroft, Technology Fellow, Battery Ventures

Containers for the Enterprise: It’s Not That Simple

Containers are rapidly finding their way into enterprise data centers. But enterprises like to consume complete products. How do technologies like containers make their way from hyperscale ubiquity to enterprise nirvana? Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, offers some clues.

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CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi

Containers: A Rapid-Fire Reality Check

The number of enterprises using containers in production is a small fraction of those exploring the technology. What’s holding back widespread adoption? Four cloud all-stars will offer some thoughts. First, Apcera CEO Derek Collison will ask: “Is the VM dead?” Reclaiming the hypervisor’s roughly 15% overhead is compelling, but is that enough to kill the VM? As with many things in IT, the answer is, “it depends.”

Next up, CloudStack pioneer and Rancher founder Sheng Liang will explore the potential advantages of leveraging OpenStack’s massive ecosystem with Docker’s alluring potential and a growing community. If there is room to work together, what might that Docker+OpenStack super-ecosystem look like?

James Watters, Vice President of Product, Marketing, and Ecosystem for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal, will then ask, “Do enterprises really care about the underlying container technology?” Docker, Rocket, LXC, Warden—most line-of-business buyers see containers as a building block for PaaS. They want features further up the stack that let them build software faster. James will talk about why this matters for container business models, as well as some potential exceptions (think: finserv).

Rackspace’s Adrian Otto, Magnum Project Technical Lead, will offer an update on the status of OpenStack’s main containers initiative. Frederic Lardinois of TechCrunch will then moderate a Q&A session with these four to explore their ideas in greater depth.

Other highlights include keynotes by Diane Bryant of Intel, Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical, and Mark Interrante of HP.

It Takes a Community

Let me emphasize: this is a community event. Sponsors participating and shaping the event include Red Hat, Canonical, IBM, Blue Box, Cisco, Intel, Google, HP, Oracle, Citrix, SolidFire, AppFormix, A10 Networks, Arista, Nuage Networks, Nimble Storage, Stack Velocity, and Supermicro. There are a few more sponsorship opportunities available.

At Mirantis, we’re totally committed to keeping production open source clouds free of proprietary hooks or opaque packaging. We believe in working with the community to empower customers and partners to build the clouds they need. Visit the event website to check out the entire schedule, a full list of speakers, and more. Don’t forget to register.

We look forward to seeing you there on August 26-27!


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