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Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai 2019: the highlights

Tytus Kurek

on 11 November 2019

The Canonical team is getting back from the Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai 2019 with a lot of excitement and a fresh view on the key projects from the OpenStack Foundation including OpenStack and Kata containers.

Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai: Keynotes

OpenStack remains a big thing and its adoption is constantly growing. According to the 451 Research Market Monitor (Open Source Software, OpenStack) from September 2019, its combined market size worldwide is $7.7B. This is much more than the combined market size of application containers which is $4.38B.

During that last development cycle for OpenStack Train, 1,125 developers from 165 organisations contributed their patches and 25,500 of them were accepted. This makes OpenStack one of the three most active open source projects in the world.

Moreover, by coming to China the OpenStack Foundation clearly declares its openness for the Asia markets and cooperation with local organisations on driving the future of the OpenStack project.

Canonical at the Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai

By delegating a solid team consisting of the management representatives, developers, field engineers and sales, Canonical delivered four presentations, hosted hundreds of people at the Ubuntu booth and participated in the Projects Teams Gathering.

Canonical’s presentations

Most of the presentations were recorded and will be available at the OpenStack Foundation website soon.

Setting up an edge cloud in four commands

During this presentation, we demonstrated how, with MicroStack, you can quickly set up an OpenStack-based cloud by executing just four commands from the terminal. MicroStack is OpenStack in a snap, developed and maintained by Canonical. Apart from the edge use case, it is also perfectly suitable for workstation-based installations, development and CICD.

The edge computing paradigm is becoming more commonplace as the number of cloud workloads grows. Critical workloads and those with strict requirements with regards to the latency and throughput are now being adopted at the edge. This means that instead of a small number of huge environments we are going to start seeing a huge number of small environments in the coming years.

Running OpenStack in the Black

In this session, we examined OpenStack and related open infrastructure projects, and talked about how to leverage them to achieve economic and operational harmony in a multi-infra, multi-cloud and multi-arch enterprise. Moving beyond software, we discussed and differentiated private cloud and legacy application hardware strategies.

How can IT organizations compete with giant public cloud providers’ cost efficiency? This session presented useful research and discussion for OpenStack Admins and IT Managers who face this challenge. This session touched upon various principles, concepts, and approaches, all of which are agnostic of the toolchain.

From VMware to Charmed OpenStack

In this session, together with Cloudbase Solutions, we present the key similarities and differences between VMware’s virtualisation offerings and Charmed OpenStack. In addition, we provided a detailed cost analysis highlighting the savings an organisation can make by migrating from VMware to Charmed OpenStack.

This session also provided a demonstration showing how to migrate an IT workload from VMware to Charmed OpenStack using Coriolis – the Cloud Migration as a Service tool from Cloudbase Solutions – which is the simplest way to migrate Windows or Linux virtual machines alongside their associated storage and networking configurations across multiple cloud platforms.

OpenStack Charms Upstream Project Update

This session provided an update on the OpenStack Charms 19.10 release and the upcoming directions for the OpenStack Charms project.

Canonical at the Ubuntu booth

This was the place with engagement and activity from visitors. During this summit at the Ubuntu booth, we performed numerous demonstrations of both Charmed OpenStack and MicroStack, had a lot of constructive discussions and … passed hundreds of stickers and t-shirts :).

Canonical and OpenStack

Canonical has been involved in OpenStack development since the very early beginning. The OpenStack Charms project, maintained by Canonical, focuses on making OpenStack deployable, maintainable and upgradable.

To learn more about Canonical’s solutions for OpenStack, visit our website.

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