OpenStack Australia Day 2016

Held in Sydney on the 5th of May 2016, OpenStack Australia Day is set to be the region’s largest, and Australia’s first, conference focusing on Open Source cloud technology. Gathering users, vendors and solution providers OpenStack Australia Day is an industry event to showcase the latest technologies and share real-world experiences of the next wave of IT virtualisation.

Hosted by Aptira and the OpenStack Foundation, the conference has a range of sessions on the broader cloud and Software Defined Infrastructure ecosystem including OpenStack, containers, PaaS and automation. The conference also features keynote presentations from industry leading figures, workshops and a networking event for a less formal opportunity to engage with the community.

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Venue: The Menzies: 14 Carrington Street, Sydney

Date: May 5 2016

OpenStack Australia Day 2016 was held at The Menzies in Sydney.

This 446 room, four star hotel, overlooks Wynyard Park and is conveniently located in the heart of the CBD in close proximity to Sydney’s famous attractions and the financial district. It is just a 3-minute walk from the Wynyard Station train station and 1.8 km from the Sydney Opera House.

The Menzies Features: Wireless Internet Connection Available, Restaurant, 3 Bars, Heated indoor swimming pool, Spa and Sauna, Gymnasium, 24 hour Room Service & Concierge, Carpark, Wheelchair accessible rooms, Safety Deposit Boxes, Interpreter services, Foreign exchange facilities, In house babysitting services, Laundry services and a newsagency. For bookings, please visit www.menzies.com.au

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Who else was there?

Audience:

  • IT Executives / CIOs / Infrastructure Architects
  • Public & Private Cloud Operators / Sys-admins
  • OpenStack Ecosystem / Service Providers
  • Cloud Application Developers
  • OpenStack Contributors / Community


Speakers

Tristan Goode
CEO and Board Director, Aptira
Jonathan Bryce
Executive Director, OpenStack Foundation
Chris Wright
CTO, Red Hat
Scott Coulton
DevOps Solution Architect, Health Direct
Steve Tegeler
Director of Systems Engineering, VMware
Geoff Stewart
Technical Lead – Configuration Automation, Bankwest
Peter Lees
Chief Technologist, SUSE
David Flanders
Research Community Manager, University of Melbourne | Community Wrangler, OpenStack
Avi Miller
Product Management Director, Oracle
Rik Harris
Cloud Technology Strategy, Telstra
Roland Chan
COO, Aptira
Anthony Rees
Cloud Technical Consultant / Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Matthew Hurford
Systems Engineering Director, NetApp
Alex Tesch
APJ Cloud Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Nathan Ness
Staff Systems Engineer, VMWare
Craig Stevens
Principal Software Engineer, Brocade
Andrew Hatfield
Practice Lead – Cloud Storage and Big Data, Red Hat
Gerard Chami
Technical Support Engineer”, Cumulus Networks
Scott Laffer
Technical Support Engineer, Cumulus Networks
Bruno Lago
Entrepreneur, Catalyst IT Limited
Andrew Howard
HPC and Cloud, National Computational Infrastructure
Rarm Nagalingam
Senior Consultant, Red Hat
Allen Samuels
Software Architect / Fellow / Systems and Software Solutions, SanDisk
Dr Shunde Zhang
Senior Software Developer, Aptira
Tony Breeds
Software Developer / OpenStack Stable PTL, Rackspace
Rahul Dutta
Technology Head, OneGov
Tyler Britten
Technical Advocate, Blue Box – An IBM Company

Sponsors

Agenda

Presentations are split into two tracks:

The Main Track is business oriented, including keynotes, business presentations and a panel. These talks are held in the main room.

The Technical Track cover more in depth technical subjects, workshops and demonstrations. These talks are held in the breakout room.

Registrations, breaks and networking are all held in the Parkside Room. A brief summary of the day is as follows, with the full agenda detailed below.

  • 8am – Attendee registration
  • 9am – Sessions
  • 10.30am – Morning Tea
  • 11am – Sessions
  • 1pm – Lunch
  • 2pm – Sessions
  • 3.30pm – Afternoon Tea
  • 4pm – Sessions
  • 6pm – Networking
  • 7pm – Close
Full Agenda
Main Track
Tech Track
Main Track

8.00am-9.00am: Attendee Registration

Doors open at 8am for registration and arrival team and coffee in the Parkside room which is located on Level 1.

9.00am-9.45am: Main keynote - Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack

Audience: All levels

About: Fresh from the OpenStack Summit Austin, Jonathan Bryce will cover the latest news and talk about emerging trends in cloud adoption. Hear about recent users, enterprise workload, container integration and developments in the global community.

Speaker Bio: Jonathan Bryce – Executive Director, OpenStack Foundation

Jonathan Bryce, who has spent his career building the cloud, is Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation. Previously he was a founder of The Rackspace Cloud. He started his career working as a web developer for Rackspace, and during his tenure, he and co-worker Todd Morey had a vision to build a sophisticated web hosting environment where users and businesses alike could turn to design, develop and deploy their ideal web site – all without being responsible for procuring the technology, installing it or making sure it is built to be always available. This vision became The Rackspace Cloud. Since then he has been a major driver of OpenStack, the open source cloud software initiative.

9.45am-10.30am: Chris Wright, Red Hat: From Community to Enterprise and Back Again!

Audience: All levels

About: Chris has spent most of his career in Open Source and Open Standards to develop mission critical enterprise solutions for customers around the world. In this session, you will learn from his experience what Red Hat’s perspective is on the current state of affairs in the OpenStack community and the path we see ahead that Red Hat is putting its efforts in. You will also learn about industry specific use cases such as Telco and FSI that are major influencers for the direction of OpenStack based on Red Hat’s customer interactions. OpenStack is not a product that tries to solve any one business problem in particular, but a technology that aims to be usable for many – what are the required steps to make sure that your enterprise is ready for the OpenStack transformation.

Speaker Bio: Chris Wright – CTO, Red Hat

Chris Wright is Vice President and Chief Technologist at Red Hat where he is leading engineers who work on cloud computing, distributed storage, software defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, machine learning, and continuous delivery. During his more than 20 years as a software engineer he has worked in the telecom industry on high availability and distributed systems and in the Linux industry on security, virtualization, and networking. He has been a Linux developer for over 15 years, most of that time spent deep in the Linux kernel.

He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next generation IT systems. He lives in sunny Portland, Oregon where he is happily working with open source projects such as OpenDaylight, Open vSwitch, OPNFV, OpenStack, Open Container Initiative, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Chris is currently a board member of OpenDaylight and OPNFV.

10.30am-11.00am: Morning Tea

Morning Tea will be available in the Parkside Room (Level 1) from 10.30 to 11.00 am.

11.00am-11.30am: Scott Coulton, Health Direct: Why Would I Want To Containerise My Life?

Audience: Beginner – Intermediate

About: In today’s world of agile IT containers have become the new buzz word just like cloud was a few years back. Why would we move our applications to containers? What is the business and operational enhancements can I expect? What are some real world problems with using containers in anger?

Speaker Bio: Scott Coulton – DevOps Solution Architect, Health Direct

Scott Coulton is a solutions architect with 10 years of experience in the managed services and hosting space. He has extensive experience in architecture, and rolling out systems and network solutions for national and multinational companies with a wide variety of technologies, including AWS, Puppet, Docker, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft and Linux. His design strengths are in cloud computing, automation and the security space. 

11.30am-12.00pm: Steve Tegeler + Nathan Ness, VMware: Infrastructure as Code 101

Audience: Beginner

About: As OpenStack gains traction in today’s enterprise environments, other cloudy concepts are beginning to take hold in enterprises as well. Today’s enterprises are transitioning from waterfall to agile, more interested in DevOps, and are adopting programmable infrastructure faster than ever before. To maximize returns on the investments today’s enterprises are making, IT departments need to learn new skills and new concepts. Infrastructure as Code (IAC) is one of those concepts that everyone hears a lot about, but in many cases, it is not well understood. Appdevs need to learn infrastructure, infrastructure teams need to learn software development strategies. Bridging the gaps between the two teams can drive the overall consumption of an OpenStack cloud. This session will discuss the basic concepts of infrastructure as code and how to get started. We will also review what it takes to get started (Software repositories, Version Control, etc) and strategies for selling your cloud.

Speaker Bio: Steve Tegeler – Director of Systems Engineering, VMware

Steve currently leads a team of experts who help customers deploy OpenStack in their organizations. Over the last 10 years Steve has spent a tremendous amount of time with IT departments making choices around IaaS. Steve came to VMware through the acquisition of Nicira. At Nicira, Steve spent time not only on Network & Security virtualization, but the overall automation strategy. He’s seen a lot of success, and also a lot of failures.

Speaker Bio: Nathan Ness – Staff Systems Engineer, VMware

Nathan Ness has been a part of the Networking and Security Business Unit at VMware since the acquisition of Nicira. His background includes datacenter networking and security with an emphasis in cloud and virtualization technologies. Currently at VMware he focuses on anything & everything related to OpenStack + VMware.  He holds certifications in Cisco, Microsoft, and VMware NSX.

12.00am-12.30pm: Geoff Stewart, Bankwest: Banking on OpenStack

Audience: Beginner

About: OpenStack has been chosen as the platform of choice to host Bankwests strategic applications. Hear about the banks OpenStack journey including getting buy in from stakeholders, how we delivered infrastructure as code and what benefits have been and delivered so far and what we expect in the next 12 months.

Speaker Bio: Geoff Stewart – Technical Lead – Configuration Automation, Bankwest

Geoff Stewart has been in the IT industry for over 23 years delivering business critical systems for utility and financial organisations. He has spent the last few years at Bankwest promoting and implementing DevOps related change initiatives whilst living and breathing infrastructure as code.

12.30am-1.00pm: Matthew Hurford, NetApp: Geek Out! on NetApp and OpenStack: The evolution to sustainable cloud economics

Audience: Beginner – Intermediate

About: As enterprises make the shift to an OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure, the approach to managing application workloads and data – block, object, or file – needs to evolve for the next generation data centre. In this session, find out more about:

  • How to standardise on a common data management platform to eliminate redundancies of multiple dedicated stacks
  • How to use OpenStack integrated, enterprise-proven storage technology for continuous business availability and quality of service
  • The latest FlexPod validated solution for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Solidfire’s Agile Infrastructure for OpenStack

Speaker Bio: Matthew Hurford – Systems Engineering Director, NetApp

Matthew Hurford is the National Systems Engineering Director for NetApp Australia. In this role he is responsible for managing the technical pre-sales team, technical alliances and supporting the sales teams in Australia and New Zealand.

During his 6 years at NetApp, Matt has helped shape the NetApp Managed Service capability in ANZ in his role as a Professional Services manager. Since taking on the leadership of the Systems Engineering team he has built an industry leading pre-sales team and has been instrumental in local product management and developing utility commercial models for enterprise accounts.

Matt has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has held numerous roles; including mainframe systems programmer, automation specialist and infrastructure architect. He has a passion for managing people and has over 10 years’ experience building high performance teams.

Matt has a very broad range of experience covering many aspects of IT, including virtualisation, data analytics and hybrid cloud solutions. He holds a degree in science and still has a passion for ecology.

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch

A buffet lunch will be available in the Parkside Room (Level 1) from 1pm to 2pm.

2.00pm-2.30pm: Roland Chan, Aptira: The Environment for Innovation

Audience: Beginner

About: What is OpenStack? Who uses OpenStack? How can OpenStack help Telco’s, ISP’s and Operators? What challenges are on the way, and what can you do?

This talk will discuss the benefits of OpenStack, with examples from some of the largest global companies currently using this platform. It will also cover a roadmap to identify new projects coming to the market (particularly around SDN and NFV), and the growing maturity of OpenStack and beyond.

Roland will show the audience how to commit to a software defined strategy, how to build an innovation lab with a customer focussed partner, and more.

Speaker Bio: Roland Chan – COO, Aptira

Roland has been in the Internet industry for almost twenty years, running business critical technology delivery organisations to build some of Australia’s largest telco, ISP and digital media solutions at OzEmail, WorldCom and Telstra.

Roland’s focus on engaging with customers and understanding their needs combined with a cutting edge technology delivery method makes Aptira a flexible delivery partner for any organisation.

In 2015, Roland assumed Aptira’s seat on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors.

2.30pm-3.00pm: Allen Samuels, SanDisk: The Consequences of Infinite Storage Bandwidth

Audience: Beginner to Intermediate

About: Overall increases in CPU and DRAM processing power are falling behind the massive acceleration in available storage and network bandwidth. Storage management services are emerging as a serious bottleneck. What does this imply for the datacenter of the future? How will it affect the physical network and storage topologies? And how will storage software need to change to meet these new realities?

Speaker Bio: Allen Samuels – Software Architect / Fellow / Systems and Software Solutions, SanDisk

3.00pm-3.30pm: Tony Breeds, Rackspace: OpenStack and Rackspace – an Australian perspective

Audience: Intermediate

About: Rackspace has one of, if not the largest, OpenStack Development teams in the A/NZ region – a technical depth that delivers unique capabilities to customers.  This session will review a unique Continuous Integration approach for one of our Australian clients that sees fortnightly rolling updates in their production environment with no downtime; work done by the various OpenStack PTL and Core contributors we have within our Australian development organisation leading up to the Mitaka release and conclude with an update on future directions for utilising Containers within OpenStack environments.

Speaker Bio: Tony Breeds – Software Developer / OpenStack Stable PTL,Rackspace

Tony Breeds is the Project Team Lead for OpenStack Stable Branch Maintenance within Rackspace’s Global OpenStack team.  Tony’s extensive experience in using OpenSource goes back to 1991, not long after Linus Torvalds released the first Linux Kernel. Since then he has held roles as a Systems Administrator, Network Architect, Kernel Developer and Engineering Manager.

3.30pm-4.00pm: Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea will be available in the Parkside Room (Level 1) from 3.30pm to 4.00pm.

4.00pm-4.30pm: Rik Harris, Telstra: Using OpenStack to Accelerate New Product Development

Audience: Intermediate

About: Developing a new product from scratch in a large business can be a time- and effort-consuming exercise. When Telstra started our journey on a new initiative developing a new platform to support bringing new products to market more quickly and cost-effectively, we knew that we would need to do things a bit differently. How can we build faster and cheaper? Can we do it without deploying any physical elements? How can we get closer to our aspirations for a Continuous Deployment model? How can we start small(ish) and grow rather than deploying everything up front? This presentation will talk about these questions and how they lead to our use of OpenStack for both application deployment and a Network Functions Virtualisation platform.

Speaker Bio: Rik Harris – Cloud Technology Strategy, Telstra

Rik is an experienced IT professional who has been working in corporate and government Australia for around 25 years. He has been with Telstra since 2003 in several roles, including running IT infrastructure deployment teams, managing engineering for Telstra internal shared infrastructure and currently responsible for technology strategy for Telstra’s Cloud business.

4.30pm-5.00pm: Rahul Dutta, Department of Finance: Accelerating digital innovation in Government

Audience: Intermediate – Advanced

About: Synopsis: How we built a community app cloud and helped businesses create and deliver digital services. How to sustain and grow a large scale, shared & modern digital platform for Government.

Speaker Bio: Rahul Dutta – Technology Head, OneGov

Rahul heads up technology for OneGov, which provides digital services to the Public and a large section of NSW Government. He directs technology strategy, software development and operational leadership to a highly committed technology team.

In the last 20 years, he has been involved technology strategy, architecture and leadership roles in Public Sector, Finance & Banking and Consumer Electronics businesses. He has worked in Australia and overseas, in large and small organisations, from technology start-ups to global multinationals, and holds a BE in Computer science.

5.00pm-5.45pm: Panel: The OpenStack Distro - Rumours of it's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated... Or Have They?

Audience: All levels

About: This panel will explore the merits of a distro delivery vs a delivered service.

Panel Host: David Flanders, OpenStack Foundation

Panel Members:

  • Chris Wright, Red Hat
  • Roland Chan, Aptira
  • Rik Harris, Telstra
  • Tyler Britten, BlueBox – an IBM company
  • Peter Lees, SUSE

Speaker Bio: Chris Wright – CTO, Red Hat

Chris Wright is Vice President and Chief Technologist at Red Hat where he is leading engineers who work on cloud computing, distributed storage, software defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, machine learning, and continuous delivery. During his more than 20 years as a software engineer he has worked in the telecom industry on high availability and distributed systems and in the Linux industry on security, virtualization, and networking. He has been a Linux developer for over 15 years, most of that time spent deep in the Linux kernel.

He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next generation IT systems. He lives in sunny Portland, Oregon where he is happily working with open source projects such as OpenDaylight, Open vSwitch, OPNFV, OpenStack, Open Container Initiative, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Chris is currently a board member of OpenDaylight and OPNFV.

Speaker Bio: Roland Chan – COO, Aptira

Roland has been in the Internet industry for almost twenty years, running business critical technology delivery organisations to build some of Australia’s largest telco, ISP and digital media solutions at OzEmail, WorldCom and Telstra.

Roland’s focus on engaging with customers and understanding their needs combined with a cutting edge technology delivery method makes Aptira a flexible delivery partner for any organisation.

In 2015, Roland assumed Aptira’s seat on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors.

Speaker Bio: Rik Harris – Cloud Technology Strategy, Telstra

Rik is an experienced IT professional who has been working in corporate and government Australia for around 25 years. He has been with Telstra since 2003 in several roles, including running IT infrastructure deployment teams, managing engineering for Telstra internal shared infrastructure and currently responsible for technology strategy for Telstra’s Cloud business.

Speaker Bio: Tyler Britten – Technical Advocate, Bluebox-an IBM Company

Tyler has spent the last 15 years working with cloud, virtualization, and infrastructure technologies. Prior to joining Blue Box, an IBM Company, Tyler was a Principal Technical Marketing Manager and a vSpecialist at EMC. He also worked as a technical consultant for a small infrastructure reseller, a network engineer for a Fortune 1000 company, and also freelanced as an IT consultant for small businesses.

Speaker Bio: Peter Lees – Chief Technologist, SUSE

Peter Lees is chief technologist for SUSE in Asia-Pacific, charged with developing awareness of SUSE technologies & capabilities throughout the region. He has extensive experience in the IT industry, especially in open systems, IT infrastructure, and network computing, including roles at NetApp and Sun Microsystems, together with early involvement in Australia’s Internet industry.

5.45pm-6.00pm: Closing Remarks

Closing remarks and thanks.

6.00pm-7.00pm: Networking Drinks

Sponsored by NTT Communications and NetApp, networking drinks will be available in the Parkside Room (Level 1) from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.
Tech Track

8.00am-9.00am: Attendee Registration

Doors open at 8am for registration and arrival team and coffee in the Parkside room which is located on Level 1.

10.00am-10.30am: Anthony Rees + Alex Tesch, HPE: Infrastructure as Code in OpenStack with Ansible - Advanced Neutron use cases

Audience: Advanced

About: The “infrastructure as code” configuration management in Helion OpenStack 2.1 is done using Ansible.

This session will explore the step by step approach to deploy 4 popular use cases configuring advanced Neutron

  •  Deploy a Load Balanced 2 tier infrastructure (Using Oracle and Tomcat) that leverages LBaaS v2. How to perform proactive autoscaling by code – and bypassing the LBaaS v2 lack of integration with Heat / Ceilometer.
  •  FWaaS use case to block by code certain ports in our two tier infrastructure while allowing your end users to still reach the core services.
  •  Configure a VPNaaS across two separate OpenStack clouds. In this use case our web services are running in one OpenStack cloud (could be a public cloud) while our database services are running safely on premise in a separate private cloud. VPNaaS will allow the comminication between Tomcat in our “public” cloud and Oracle in our “private” cloud. This is transparent to the end user.
  • Baremetal provisioning with Ansible playbooks: A quick demo to showcase the configuration management capabilities of Ansible when dealing with baremetal provisioning leveraging cobbler and IPMItools.

Speaker Bio: Anthony Rees – Cloud Technical Consultant / Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Anthony has over fifteen years experience in software design, architecture, cloud solutions and development activities. During this time he has utilised his consulting skills as a support to major organisations around the world.

Anthony has a keen interest and vast experience in Continuous Delivery working with many teams in various countries to implement Test Driven Development techniques, Feature Toggling best practices, Platform as a Service designs, Infrastructure as a Service, Build Automation, OpenStack and leverage DevOPS methodologies. He is experienced in Agile methodologies such as Lean, XP, Scrum and certified as a Scrum Master and SAFe Scaled Agilist.

Speaker Bio: Alex Tesch – APJ Cloud Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Alex has been working with Open Source enterprise technologies for the better part of his 12 years IT career in companies like Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Red Hat and IBM.

He started his OpenStack journey with Grizzly, delivering the first HPC cloud in APAC for a Singapore University making use of SRIOV technologies combined with big data.  He has extensive deployment experience on configuration management and automation of private cloud based on OpenStack.

Alex is currently an APJ Cloud Consultant in the Helion Cloud team at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, where he evangelizes the OpenSource side of the Helion portfolio (OpenStack / Cloud Foundry / Ceph).

He enjoys running workshops and seminars in the APJ region for cloud adopters.

10.30am-11.00am: Morning Tea

Morning Tea will be available in the Parkside Room (Level 1) from 10.30 to 11.00 am.

11.00am-11.30am: Peter Lees, SUSE: Planning an Enterprise OpenStack Deployment

Audience: Beginner

About: OpenStack has moved from the developer’s laptop to become real enterprise infrastructure – but what is involved in designing, deploying and maintaining an OpenStack environment in the real world?

This session will look at the solution design & infrastructure architecture considerations for enterprise OpenStack, including discussions on high availability, upgrading, and appropriate systems sizing, along with a sprinkling of case studies from real world deployments at leading adopters.

Speaker Bio: Peter Lees – Chief Technologist, SUSE

Peter Lees is chief technologist for SUSE in Asia-Pacific, charged with developing awareness of SUSE technologies & capabilities throughout the region. He has extensive experience in the IT industry, especially in open systems, IT infrastructure, and network computing, including roles at NetApp and Sun Microsystems, together with early involvement in Australia’s Internet industry.

11.30am-12.00am: Avi Miller, Oracle: Deploying and Upgrading OpenStack using Docker Containers

Audience: Beginner

About: OpenStack is notoriously complex to deploy and update. Traditional method of using RPMs is extremely unreliable due to inter-dependencies resulting into delays in deployment and failures in update. Any change in any of the RPMs may can adversely impact other RPMs and the deployment risks failures and delays. Leveraging OpenStack upstream Kolla project, Oracle has transformed the deployment. OpenStack services are deployed as micro-services in docker containers which are fully independent from each other. Using the Ansible deployment tool, any of the containers can be changed or replaced easily without impacting other containers. In this session, you will learn the details of the ACTUAL EXPERIENCE with Oracle OpenStack distribution using Docker containers

  • Actual time for the fast deployment: small, medium and large OpenStack deployments
  • Learn the surprisingly easy update process and actual time required.
  • Understand the recommended OpenStack configuration for different size of deployments
  • Learn the actual performance, scalability and tuning for different deployment size

Speaker Bio: Avi Miller – Product Management Director, Oracle

Avi is an accomplished technical product manager with extensive experience across the operating system, virtualisation and application stacks.

Avi has spoken at numerous conferences, in particular at linux.conf.au in Australia and several times at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco as well as Oracle OpenWorld Asia in Shanghai.

12.00pm-12.30pm: Andrew Hatfield, Red Hat: The Future of Cloud Software Defined Storage with Ceph

Audience: Intermediate

About: Learn how cloud storage differs to traditional storage systems and how that delivers revolutionary benefits.

Starting with an overview of how Ceph integrates tightly into OpenStack, you’ll see why 62% of OpenStack users choose Ceph, we’ll then take a peek into the very near future to see how rapidly Ceph is advancing and how you’ll be able to achieve all your childhood hopes and dreams in ways you never thought possible.

Speaker Bio: Andrew Hatfield – Practice Lead–Cloud Storage and Big Data, Red Hat

Andrew has over 20 years experience in the IT industry across APAC, specialising in Databases, Directory Systems, Groupware, Virtualisation and Storage for Enterprise and Government organisations. When not helping customers slash costs and increase agility by moving to the software-defined storage future, he’s enjoying the subtle tones of Islay Whisky and shredding pow pow on the world’s best snowboard resorts.

12.30pm-1.00pm: Dr Shunde Zhang: StackBuffet. Not An OpenStack Distro

Audience: Intermediate

About: Over the last six months we have learnt that operators are often dissatisfied with upstream distros when running a local private cloud. Operators usually have local patches, or want to apply a patch urgently but upstream distros don’t have that in time. Running a local CI system is another option but many operators can’t afford that.

StackBuffet has been designed to address these issues. StackBuffet is a CI-as-a-service that builds and tests customised packages. Users provide a code base, which can be a fork of upstream source with required patches, to StackBuffet and StackBuffet does all the building and testing work for the users and gives back ready-to-use packages, which can be used directly by a package management system, YUM or APT.

The talk also includes a short demo that shows how StackBuffet works and its main features.

Speaker Bio: Dr Shunde Zhang – Senior Software Developer, Aptira

Shunde is a senior software developer in Aptira with over 15 years experience in software development, automation and system administration. He has worked with OpenStack since the Diablo cycle and has been involved in projects from OpenStack infrastructure to distributed systems running on top of OpenStack.

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch

A buffet lunch will be available in the Parkside Room (Level 1) from 1pm to 2pm.

2.00pm-2.30am: Gerard Chami + Scott Laffer, Cumulus Networks: Simplifying OpenStack Networks with Routing on the Host

Audience: Beginner

About: This session details the design and implementation of an L3 network underlay, routing to the host, and a hardware VXLAN gateway used with an enterprise OpenStack distribution.

Speaker Bio: Gerard Chami – Technical Support Engineer, Cumulus Networks

Gerard is a Technical Support Engineer for Cumulus Networks and a founding members of the Australian support team. Since joining Cumulus Gerard has enjoyed working with Open Source and DevOps tools to help bring web-scale architectures and efficiency to enterprise networking. Prior to joining Cumulus Networks, Gerard worked at Cisco Systems where focused on emerging data centre solutions including UCS, Nexus Switching and ACI.

Speaker Bio: Scott Laffer – Technical Support Engineer, Cumulus Networks

Scott works at Cumulus Networks as a Technical Support Engineer. Always a fan of networking, while at Cumulus, Scott has enjoyed being a part of the Linux networking evolution. He is passionate about using NetDevOps tools to build, maintain and troubleshoot new generations networking architectures, all utilising the power of Linux. Scott started his career as a network administrator, before joining Cisco Systems to work with their high end Nexus switching range.

2.30pm-3.00pm: Bruno Lago, Catalyst IT: Things You MUST Know Before Deploying OpenStack

Audience: Advanced

About: Real world lessons and war stories about Catalyst IT’s experience in rolling out an OpenStack based public cloud in New Zealand.

This presentation will provide tips and advice that may save you a lot of time, money and nights of sleep if you are planning to run OpenStack in the future. It may also bring some insights to people that are already running OpenStack in production.

Topics covered will include: selection of hardware for optimal costs, techniques that drive quality and service levels up, common deployment mistakes, in place upgrades, how to identify the maturity level of each project and decide what is ready for production, and much more!

Speaker Bio: Bruno Lago – Entrepreneur, Catalyst IT Limited

Bruno Lago is a solutions architect that has been involved with the Catalyst Cloud (New Zealand’s first public cloud based on OpenStack) from its inception. He is passionate about open source software, cloud computing and disruptive technologies.

3.00pm-3.30pm: Andrew Howard, NCI: Chasing the Rainbow – National Computational Infrastructure’s Pursuit of High-Performance OpenStack Cloud

Audience: Intermediate

About: With a mission to foster ambitious and aspirational research objectives, the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) in Australia operates world-class computing services for a collaboration of Australian national research organisations and research-intensive universities.

As an increasing number of applications such as Bio-informatics leverage Big Data, and more of our virtual laboratories call for elastic, self-service provisioning and research data sharing. NCI has created platforms which combine the flexibility of OpenStack Cloud provisioning with both high speed Ethernet and high performance InfiniBand fabrics to deliver a union of compute and I/O which challenges traditional HPC performance.

In this presentation. we will discuss the various approaches we explored leading to our current implementation, share some of our performance results and examine the role that high-speed networks and fabrics play in enhancing NCI cloud performance and efficiency.

Speaker Bio: Andrew Howard – HPC and Cloud, National Computational Infrastructure

Andrew has many decades of hands-on technical, diplomatic and logistics experience covering a wide range of standard and bespoke technologies, languages and applications within Industry, Government and Academia nationally and internationally.

A fascination with computers and networking as a student lead to Andrew pioneering implementations of networks starting with installing the first Ethernet in Australia at Digital Equipment Corp in the early 80’s, the first fibre optic extended Ethernet in the mid 80’s, national converged DECnet, TCP/IP, SNA and X.25 networks in the late 80’s, ISDN, Frame relay and secure networks in the early 90’s, development and operation of one of the first Internet Service Providers in Australia in the 90’s, managing the development and delivery of the next generation Australian National Research and Education Network GrangeNet and AARNet3 networks, managing the development and operation of the Australian Government ICON fibre network and setting world speed records in International networking in the early part of this century.

Since joining the Australian National University in 2006 he has managed the evaluation, development and implementation of high speed communications systems, fibre networks and collaboration facilities. He represents the University at International Research Network groups including APAN, Internet2 and TNC and has held the positions as Co-Chair of a number of APAN Working Groups. As Co-Chair of the APAN E-Culture working group for many years he lead the production of the Dancing Q and Dancing Across Oceans Performance events.

His current role at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) working on High Performance Computing and Cloud systems has lead to the development of InfiniCloud an extension of HPC InfiniBand capabilities into OpenStack Clouds and the creation of the first trans-Pacific extended InfiniBand network connecting Australia and Singapore through the USA to deliver the next generation of high speed data transfer and distributed computation.

3.30pm-4.00pm: Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea will be available in the Parkside Room (Level 1) from 3.3pm to 4.00pm.

4.00pm-4.30am: Rarm Nagalingam, Red Hat: /bin/tails from OpenStack Operations

Audience: Intermediate

About: Tales from an OpenStack operations team that had to learn to walk before they could fly. A small agile team who follow scrum to reduce single points of failure and rely heavily on orchestration. This presentation will outline how we use metrics to investigate, troubleshoot and influence purchasing decisions. Why Up Down monitoring is not enough in this day and age, and how to support the inevitable Persistent VM in the cloud.

Speaker Bio: Rarm Nagalingam – Senior Consultant, Red Hat

Rarm is a Senior Consultant at Red Hat working with customers to deploy and manage their cloud infrastructure. As a passionate cloud advocate, he has assisted in the migration of workloads running on legacy virtualisation to the cloud. Rarm has over 13 years of experience in the ICT industry, specializing in rapid development of bespoke systems.

4.30pm-5.00pm: Craig Stevens, Brocade: The OpenStack Tacker Project and SDN/NFV MANO

Audience: Intermediate

About: NFV/SDN end to end service orchestration and management are key topics at play in the industry today. This presentation gives an overview of some of the key components in this space like TOSCA NFV, Service Orchestration, VNF Management, Diagnostics before then diving into the OpenStack Tacker VNF Management details.

Speaker Bio: Craig Stevens – Principal Software Engineer, Brocade

Craig is a Principal Software Engineer at Brocade and has held various CTO, architectural and software engineering positions working with Service Providers throughout Asia Pacific. Craig is able to draw on his background and experience to give a unique perspective on this new software paradigm.

6.00pm-7.00pm: Networking Drinks

Sponsored by NTT Communications and NetApp, networking drinks will be available in the Parkside Room (Level 1) from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.

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