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OpenStack Summit Sessions: Products Tools Services

As mentioned in a previous post, the OpenStack community is now voting on submitted talks for the upcoming Summit in Paris.  I have broken the submissions down into separate blogs to make it easier to find the available HP Helion submitted talks for your voting consideration.



Challenges in developing Baremetal Cloud product using OpenStack  

Building a product for Baremetal cloud based on OpenStack technology is challenging. In this session, we discuss our experience with developing a Baremetal deployment solution for micro Servers using Nova Baremetal. 


We talk about the limitations of Nova Baremetal and how we overcame these limitations through custom implementations. 


  • PXE only Solution to Boot the servers 
  • Hardware Discovery 
  • selective server scheduling based on the workload requirement
  • Limited Networking Support 
  • Multiple Operating Systems support 
  • Multiple CPU Architecture support 
  • Scale and Performance 

We also discuss some of the bright spots in the future with Ironic and need for certain requirements in Ironic to make Baremetal cloud products do well in the market place. 


  • Adopt Ironic - Ironic Python Agent( IPA ) 
  • Hardware Discovery and Management 
  • Heat based Orchestration of workload deployments 
  • Tenant network isolation 
  • Firmware upgrade. 
  • Security - Erase Node disks, Secure Boot 
  • Cinder Support 

HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS   

In this session we present a reference architecture to provide guidance in the deployment of an OpenStack cloud on Ubuntu using HP ProLiant servers. We will describe the design and detailed recipe for building a small but complete and scalable cloud with object and block storage. We will discuss how to successfully and quickly install, integrate and scale OpenStack using Ubuntu MAAS and Juju deployment tools: MAAS being used to allocate bare metal hardware and install Ubuntu, while Juju deploying OpenStack services via Charms.


DNSaaS – Operators Guide to Server Pools  

A deep dive into the advantages that server pools will have for operators.


Designate server pools are a new feature under active development in Juno and Kilo. It allows domains to be slip across multiple pools of DNS servers, each with their own namespace and features.


Server pools will also allow operators to use multiple DNS Server software in one Designate install, even within a pool.

Dynamic addition of servers, allowing for tiered pricing on DNS features, and distribution of DNS query load are major advantages for DNSaaS operators.


With server pools, Designate addresses these issues, and in this session we will show an operator how they can used to the best effect.


We will also have an extended discussion section, to allow operators to provide feedback, and gain additional insight into Designate's plans in this area.




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Stephen Spector is a HP Cloud Evangelist promoting the OpenStack based clouds at HP for hybrid, public, and private clouds . He was previous...

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