Here's the blog posts that came out of the RDO community last two weeks. Last week, I was in Budapest at ApacheCon Europe, and so missed doing this post.

If you're writing about RDO, or about OpenStack on CentOS, Fedora or RHEL, and you're not on my list, please let me know!

Delivering Public Cloud Functionality in OpenStack, by John Meadows

When it comes to delivering cloud services, enterprise architects have a common request to create a public cloud-type rate plan for showback, chargeback, or billing. Public cloud packaging is fairly standardized across the big vendors as innovations are quickly copied by others and basic virtual machines are assessed mainly on price.

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Faster rebuilds for python virtualenv trees, by Daniel P. Berrangé

When developing on OpenStack, it is standard practice for the unit test suites to be run in a python virtualenv. With the Nova project at least, and I suspect most others too, setting up the virtualenv takes a significant amount of time as there are many packages to pull down from PyPI, quite a few of which need compilation too.

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Creating a Windows image for OpenStack, by Lars Kellogg-Stedman

If you want to build a Windows image for use in your OpenStack environment, you can follow the example in the official documentation, or you can grab a Windows 2012r2 evaluation pre-built image from the nice folks at CloudBase.

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Dynamic Policy in Keystone, by Adam Young

Ever get that feeling that an epiphany is right around the corner? I spent a good portion of the OpenStack summit with that feeling. I knew that it would not be earth shattering, or lead me to want to rewrite Keystone, but rather a clarification of how a bunch of things should fall together. The “click” happened on the second to last day, and it can be summarized in a few key points.

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Simplifying and Accelerating the Deployment of OpenStack Network Infrastructure, by Valentina

The energy from the latest OpenStack Summit in Paris is still in the air. Its record attendance and vibrant interactions are a testimony of the maturity and adoption of OpenStack across continents, verticals and use cases.

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Empowering OpenStack Cloud Storage: OpenStack Juno Release Storage Overview, by Sean Cohen

The OpenStack 10th release added ten new storage backends and improved testing on third-party storage systems. The Cinder block storage project continues to mature each cycle exposing more and more Enterprise cloud storage infrastructure functionalities.

Here is a quick overview of some of these key features.

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Co-Existence of Containers and Virtualization Technologies, by Federico Simoncelli

Lately there has been a growing interest in Linux containers solutions such as Docker. Docker provides an open and standardized platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. The application images can be safely held in your organization registry or they can be shared publicly in the docker hub portal for everyone to use and to contribute to.

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Distributed group management and locking in Python with tooz, by Julien Danjou

With OpenStack embracing the Tooz library more and more over the past year, I think it’s a good start to write a bit about it.

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What's coming in Kilo for Glance, Zaqar and Oslo? by Flavio Percoco

As usual, here's a write up of what happened last week during the OpenStack Summit. More than a summary, this post contains the plans we discussed for the next 6 months.

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