January 2017 RDO Community Newsletter

Thanks for being part of the RDO community!

Upcoming Events

December is always a slow month around here, so there's not much to report on this month, but we do have a number of events coming up that you'll want to know about.

FOSDEM and DevConf

DevConf.cz is coming up at the end of January, in Brno, Czech Republic, and RDO will have a booth there, where you can get your RDO tshirts and stickers. DevConf is a small event where you can really spend quality time with other attendees, and which is often attended by a significant number of the RDO engineers who are based in Brno. We'd love to see you there.

DevConf will be held January 27 - 29, 2017, in Brno. You can register for free at http://bit.ly/devconf-cz-2017-registration.

The next weekend, FOSDEM will be held in Brussels. FOSDEM is one of the largest events for Free and Open Source software in the world, with thousands of developers attending. RDO will be present at the CentOS booth, and at the OpenStack booth. Stop by to ask your OpenStack questions.

FOSDEM will be held February 4th and 5th at the ULB Campus Solbosch. FOSDEM is also free, and no registration is required.

Project Teams Gathering - Atlanta - February 20-24

As you are by now no doubt aware, the OpenStack Summit has been reorganized somewhat, with the developers' summit portion of it being pulled into a separate event - the Project Teams Gathering, or PTG.

If you're thinking of going to the PTG, you need to register as soon as possible, since space is very limited.

The PTG is where the next release of OpenStack - Pike - will be discussed, and teams will figure out what features they'll try to work on.


Other RDO events, including the many OpenStack meetups around the world, are always listed on the RDO events page. If you have an RDO-related event, please feel free to add it by submitting a pull request on Github.

Blog Posts

There's been some great blog posts in the last month. Here's a sampling:

Containers on the CERN cloud by Tim Bell

We have recently made the Container-Engine-as-a-Service (Magnum) available in production at CERN as part of the CERN IT department services for the LHC experiments and other CERN communities. This gives the OpenStack cloud users Kubernetes, Mesos and Docker Swarm on demand within the accounting, quota and project permissions structures already implemented for virtual machines.We shared the latest news on the service with the CERN technical staff (link). This is the follow up on the tests presented at the OpenStack Barcelona (link) and covered in the blog from IBM. The work has been helped by collaborations with Rackspace in the framework of the CERN openlab and the European Union Horizon 2020 Indigo Datacloud project.

Read more at http://tm3.org/d6

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 is here! So what’s new? by Marcos Garcia - Principal Technical Marketing Manager

It’s that time of the year. We all look back at 2016, think about the good and bad things, and wish that Santa brings us the gifts we deserve. We, at Red Hat, are really proud to bring you a present for this holiday season: a new version of Red Hat OpenStack Platform, version 10 (press release and release notes). This is our best release ever, so we’ve named it our first Long Life release (up to 5 years support), and this blog post will show you why this will be the perfect gift for your private cloud project.

Read more at http://tm3.org/d8

Comparing OpenStack Neutron ML2+OVS and OVN – Control Plane by russellbryant

We have done a lot of performance testing of OVN over time, but one major thing missing has been an apples-to-apples comparison with the current OVS-based OpenStack Neutron backend (ML2+OVS).  I’ve been working with a group of people to compare the two OpenStack Neutron backends.  This is the first piece of those results: the control plane.  Later posts will discuss data plane performance.

Read more at http://tm3.org/d9

TripleO to deploy Ceph standlone by Giulio Fidente

Here is a nice Christmas present: you can use TripleO for a standalone Ceph deployment, with just a few lines of YAML. Assuming you have an undercloud ready for a new overcloud, create an environment file like the following:

Read more at http://tm3.org/d1

Printed TripleO cheatsheets for FOSDEM/DevConf (feedback needed) by Carlos Camacho

We are working preparing some cheatsheets for people jumping into TripleO.

Read more at http://tm3.org/d2

ANNOUNCE: New libvirt project Go language bindings by Daniel Berrange

I’m happy to announce that the libvirt project is now supporting Go language bindings as a primary deliverable, joining Python and Perl, as language bindings with 100% API coverage of libvirt C library. The master repository is available on the libvirt GIT server, but it is expected that Go projects will consume it via an import of the github mirror, since the Go ecosystem is heavilty github focused (e.g. godoc.org can’t produce docs for stuff hosted on libvirt.org git)

Read more at http://tm3.org/d3

A Quick Introduction to Mistral Usage in TripleO (Newton) For developers by jpichon

Since Newton, Mistral has become a central component to the TripleO project, handling many of the operations in the back-end. I recently gave a short crash course on Mistral, what it is and how we use it to a few people and thought it might be useful to share some of my bag of tricks here as well.What is Mistral?It's a workflow service. You describe what you want as a series of steps (tasks) in YAML, and it will coordinate things for you, usually asynchronously.

Read more at http://tm3.org/d4

Lifecycle support changes for Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 and beyond by Peter Pawelski, Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat OpenStack Platform

OpenStack continues to evolve

Read more at http://tm3.org/d5

Community meetings

Every Wednesday at 15:00 UTC, we have the weekly RDO community meeting on the #RDO channel on Freenode IRC. The agenda for this meeting is posted each week in a public etherpad and the minutes from the meeting are posted on the RDO website. If there's something you'd like to see happen in RDO - a package that is missing, a tool that you'd like to see included, or a change in how things are governed - this is the best time and place to help make that happen.

Keep in touch

There's lots of ways to stay in in touch with what's going on in the RDO community. The best ways are …


Mailing Lists:


  • IRC - #rdo on Freenode.irc.net
  • Puppet module development - #rdo-puppet

Social Media

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