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Don't Fail at Scale- How to Plan for, Build, and Operate a Successful OpenStack Cloud - Video - OpenStack Summit2017

Here is the presentation that I delivered with fellow Red Hatter Dave Costakos at OpenStack Summit Boston 2017. Here the abstract: "OpenStack is a unique set of cross-functional, fast-moving technologies that challenge the status quo in any IT organization. It has been easy to read about and buy into the interweaving of compute, storage, and networking technologies in a single platform. Despite such amazing promise and technology, technology is littered with companies who have tried and failed to deliver a successful, scaleable, supportable OpenStack cloud to their customers. Architects and IT teams tasked with designing" Enjoy!... read more »


Best practices for successfully deploying NFV -Video - Red Hat Summit 2017

Here is a presentation that we (Rimma Iontel) and me delivered at Red Hat Summit 2017. The topic of the presentation is "Best practices for successfully deploying NFV". Enjoy!... read more »


What is new in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10

First things first, I do work for Red Hat! Now with that out of the way let’s jump into today’s blog topic: What is new in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10! Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 was released yesterday (press release here, this new version is based on the OpenStack “Newton” release and also includes fixes to know issues of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform. The installer (Red Hat OpenStack Platform director) includes the next new features: Custom and composable roles: Templates have been decomposed into a set of multiple smaller discrete templates, each representing a composable service. Everything can be split except Pacemaker-managed... read more »


A quick introduction to OpenStack Heat.

An important component of a cloud environment is orchestration. In OpenStack, there is a program dedicated exclusively to Orchestration within the platform and the main project in this program is Heat. In this blog post, we will learn a little bit about OpenStack Heat (Heat from here on) and how to create simple orchestrations with it. According to the OpenStack Foundation, Heat (https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Heat) is an orchestration engine to launch multiple composite cloud applications based on templates in the form of text files that can be treated as code. In simple terms, Heat provides the OpenStack users with a way to automate... read more »


Selecting the right storage backend for your OpenStack cloud.

Embracing OpenStack or any other Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) platform should not be the only decision to take on the road to building your private cloud. Selecting the right cloud components like server hardware, network (architecture and topology), and storage backend is crucial to creating an OpenStack cloud architecture that will meet your needs. In this article, I will discuss what are the considerations to take when choosing the storage backend for your OpenStack cloud. What could go wrong First, let's discuss what could be the pitfalls of selecting the wrong storage backend for your OpenStack cluster: Performance problems: You will most likely have performance issues if your... read more »