OpenStack is Open Source software for building public and private
clouds through a series of Infrastructure as a Service building
blocks. OpenStack offers virtualized infrastructure -- compute,
networking and storage -- as well as orchestration and management
tools. Built with the support of a large number of organizations, many
of whom sponsor linux.conf.au, there are now thousands of
installations around the world. You quite possibly know someone
running OpenStack right now.
This year's linux.conf.au miniconf is going to try taking a new
approach -- we're going to cover the issues that are important to a
System Admin in deploying OpenStack into their environment, while
attempting to tell the story of a hypothetical OpenStack deployment
from end to end. How does OpenStack integrate with your existing LDAP
or Active Directory? What choices need to be made about how to
configure storage on your compute nodes? How does scaling your object
storage work? What are the networking options you might like to
consider? What hypervisor is the right choice for your needs?
We'll also cover the existing configuration management options,
including puppet, chef and OpenStack's home grown deployment system
The focus of this year's miniconf is explicitly on the deployers of
OpenStack, rather than the developers of it. We won't cover
developer-centric issues like the latest tweaks to our CI system, or
what the state of development is with the Kilo release. We pinky swear
there will be no talks on the governance of the OpenStack Foundation.
So, are you interested in deploying cloud infrastructure at your
organization? If so, the OpenStack miniconf is the event for you.
Also, we'll have stickers. Just sayin'.
Michael is a long term member of the linux.conf.au community, having been on the core teams for 2005 and 2013. He's also served for many years on the papers committee. Michael currently works as a manager at Rackspace Australia doing OpenStack Things.