What’s Hot in OpenStack at IBM: A Preview of our OpenStack Silicon Valley Sessions and Current Initiatives to take OpenStack to the Next Level

By Brad Topol, IBM Distinguished Engineer and OpenStack core contributor

The OpenStack Silicon Valley Summit is just a few short weeks away. The schedule is packed with exciting speakers and similar to last year, this will clearly be an energetic must-attend event. IBM has several sessions at this year’s summit that I think you will very much enjoy attending and I am happy to provide a preview of these sessions and some insight into IBM’s current OpenStack initiatives.

On Tuesday August 9th at 1:30, Steve Martinelli, Clint Byrum, and I will provide an overview of Key IBM-led initiatives for driving the next phase of growth and adoption of OpenStack. Steve, the current Project Team Lead (PTL) for the OpenStack Keystone project, will present security and access management initiatives such as improved token support for long-lived cloud operations and rolling upgrade support. IBM Cloud Architect and OpenStack core contributor Clint will present IBM’s public cloud strategies for continuous delivery of OpenStack and the tools and methodologies utilized to bring the latest features and bug fixes to our users as soon as possible. As IBM Distinguished Engineer and OpenStack core contributor, I will provide an update on the OpenStack Interoperability Challenge, which is a community-wide effort to demonstrate interoperability across various OpenStack environments. We will also highlight work IBM is leading in OpenStack projects to enable the orchestration of NFV workloads in OpenStack Clouds. Finally, this session will cover new efforts to add advanced networking support for containers, such as libnetwork driver integration for Swarm and the CNI driver implementation for Kubernete,s as well as our latest enhancements to Neutron.

On Tuesday August 9th at 4:45, Jesse Proudman, Blue Box Founder, CTO, and IBM Distinguished Engineer, will participate in a panel session with Florian Leibert, Mesosphere CEO and Founder, Andrew Randall, Tigera CEO, and Ken Robertson, Apcera Lead Architect. The panel will focus on emerging standards for tooling to help developers utilize containers in a world of heterogeneous Platform as a Service (PaaS) environments. Come for this exciting discussion on the future of container technologies and emerging container related standards.

On Wednesday August 10th at 11:10, Kim Bannerman, Director of Advocacy and Community, IBM Blue Box, will facilitate a fireside chat session focused on addressing common concerns encountered when participating in open source communities. Join Kim, Kenneth Hui, Rackspace Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, and Patrick Reilly, Apprenda CTO, for an honest look at common critiques to many open source projects and their ideas on how to address them.

Once again, the OpenStack Silicon Valley summit will be held at the world famous Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Attendees will include analysts, top-contributors, and executives in the OpenStack Community and the cloud industry. And we sincerely hope you will join us for this exciting event!

For the latest on IBM’s approach to Open Technology, follow us on https://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/solutions/open-cloud.

Flickr image courtesy of Hyun Seok Jeong.

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