OpenStack Australia Day: Government

Held in Canberra on November 14, 2016 OpenStack Australia Day is set to be the region’s largest, and Australia’s best, conference focusing on Open Source cloud technology within the Government sector. 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 will have a range of sessions on the broader cloud and Software Defined Infrastructure ecosystem including OpenStack, containers, PaaS and automation. The conference will also feature 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: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton,
ACT 2600

Date: November 14, 2016

Located in the elegant suburb of Barton on the footsteps of Parliament House, Hotel Realm is just a few minutes walk from Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin and the excitement of night spots such as Manuka and Kingston. Canberra Airport is only 10 kms away, Kingston Train Station is just 1km, and the City Centre is approximately 7 minutes drive.

Car parking is available within the Realm Precinct for hotel meeting delegates and event guests

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Who else will be there?


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

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Discount codes for The Realm and other nearby hotels can be provided to all attendees upon request.


Tristan Goode
CEO and Board Director, Aptira
David Flanders
Cloud Application Community Wrangler, OpenStack Foundation
Tom Fifield
Community Manager, OpenStack
Anthony Rees
Cloud Technical Consultant / Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Alex Tesch
APJ Cloud Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Michael Still
Senior Software Development Manager, Rackspace
Roland Chan
COO, Aptira
Simon Anderson
Executive Director, Aptira | Board Director, Instaclustr | Managing Director, Ocean Avenue Ventures
Scott Coulton

Platform Engineering Lead, AutoPilot HQ

Steve Tegeler
Director of Systems Engineering, VMware
Nathan Ness
Staff Systems Engineer, VMWare
Avi Miller
Product Management Director, Oracle
Robert Starmer
Cloud Advisor / Founding Partner, Kumulus
Danny Elmarji

Director of Systems Engineering, DellEMC

Shiraz Qureshi
SDN & NFV Evangalist, Nuage Networks
Alexander Tsirel
Vanessa Binding
Department of Defence



Presentations will be split into two tracks:

The Main Track will be business oriented, including keynotes, case studies from Government and Enterprise, strategies and a panel. These talks will be held in National Ballroom 3.

The Technical Track will cover more in depth technical subjects, demonstrations and hands-on labs. These talks will be held in National Ballroom 4.

Registrations, breaks and networking will be held in the National Ballroom 2.

A brief summary of the day is as follows, with the full agenda detailed below. Please note that the full agenda may be subject to change until November 4, 2016.

  • 8am – Attendee registration
  • 9am – Sessions
  • 10.30am – Morning Tea
  • 11am – Sessions
  • 12.30pm – Lunch
  • 1.30pm – Sessions
  • 3pm – Afternoon Tea
  • 3.30pm – Sessions
  • 5.30pm – Networking
  • 6.30pm – Close
Full Agenda
Main Track
Tech Track
Main Track
Main Track (National Ballroom 3)

8.00am-9.00am: Attendee Registration

Doors open at 8am for registration and arrival team and coffee.

9.00am-9.45am: Keynote 1

9.45am-10.30am: Keynote 2

10.30am-11.00am: Morning Tea

Morning Tea will be available in National Ballroom 3 from 10.30 to 11.00 am.

11.00am-11.30am: Vanessa Binding, Department of Defence: Implementing OpenStack in a Government Environment: 90% Culture / 10% Technology

Audience: Beginner

Topic: User Stories

Abstract: As a manager of a team tasked with implementing Cloud Technologies, I will explore the issues around implementing such and Agile technology into a predominately waterfall enterprise.  I will provide recommendations around how to deploy cloud technologies into a Government enterprise and how culture of the cloud team is as important as the interactions with the rest of the organisation.

Speaker Bio: Vanessa Binding, Department of Defence

I am the lead for the team tasked with implementing a Private Cloud. I am an APS employee working for the Department of Defence. Before moving into management I was a Linux System Adminstrator.

11.30am-12.00pm: Scott Coulton, AutoPilot HQ: If it's in a Container it's Secure Right?

Audience: Beginner

Topic: Cloud Security

Abstract: In the talk we will look at the different layers of security that can be applied to a container eco system and the different teams responsibility in the eco system to deliver security.

From the sysadmins point of view how do i make sure the container daemon is secured, what official hardening guides are out there to follow. From an application developers point of view, how does secomp/appapparmor work? To make sure that only the process from the application have access to the host machine. Now that we have the local container secured, how do we make sure our deployments follow the same structure and security profiles. Can we add security checks to our container CD pipeline like we would quality gates? Lastly we will look at from the point of the security team. How can they have input to all the steps we have taken from beginning of the process and not the end. Allowing all the teams to work together breaking down silo to deliver a solution.

Speaker Bio: Scott Coulton, AutoPilot HQ

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.

12.00am-12.30pm: Roland Chan, Aptira: Case Study – University of Melbourne RDSI

Audience: Beginner

Topic: User Stories

Abstract: The University of Melbourne, acting as a node of the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project issued a public Request for Proposals (RFP) tender process to procure new storage infrastructure to form a large component of the overall VicNode deployment of RDSI.

Aptira, together with SCCS and NetApp proposed an in-depth solution which would utilise NetApp FAS to plug into the existing NeCTAR RC OpenStack Cinder installation, alongside several NetApp E-series storage appliances with commodity compute servers to provide an OpenStack Swift object storage layer for the archival component of the solution.

The end solution is extremely fast and flexible enough to handle the University of Melbourne reporting requirements which would not be possible without OpenStack integration.

Speaker Bio: Roland Chan, 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.


12.00pm-1.30pm: Lunch

A buffet lunch will be available in Ballroom 2 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

1.30pm-2.00pm: Alexander Tsirel, HiveTec: Moving to Cloud for Good.

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: User Stories

Abstract: Chase to be compliant when you work with gov systems.
– Planning your move from traditional infrastructure to cloud.
– Rolling out CoreOs and Windows in the cloud as a part of infrastructure. Tough journey.
– Security in Openstack. How we passed IRAP assessment to ISM. Always hard to explain why software replace hardware.
– From Swift to Ceph. Good and bad parts.
– When to complain about Openstack or Infrastructure.

Speaker Bio: Alexander Tsirel, HiveTec

Senior Developer/Devops in HiveTec. Moved from Estonia to join a huge project about building software deeply integrated with government Employment Services. Specialising in infrastructure architecting, cloud automation, continuous integration.
Working on infrastructure scaling for resource-hungry applications grid bundling docker,windows server, swift in one in our mission critical system.

2.00pm-2.30pm:Danny Elmarji, DellEMC: Making Openstack Really Easy - Why Build Open Source When You Can Buy?

Audience: Beginner

Topic: Enterprise IT Strategies

Abstract: Delivering a a OpenStack platform is no small feat. Dell|EMC is now among a very small minority of vendors that have ventured into this space with a simplified IaaS model based on Open Source technologies to enable the building of next generation application.

Speaker Bio: Danny Elmarji, DellEMC

Danny Elmarji is a passionate technology advocate across Dell|EMC Australia and New Zealand. Danny joined EMC in 2005 and is responsible for running the Dell|EMC engineering community, focused on the both our Core Technology and Emerging Technology Divisions. From his original background in application development in Java and C++, Danny has further built extensive technical knowledge around cloud computing, third platform applications, DevOps and data science. Over the past 15 years he has received numerous industry certifications across virtualisation and Infrastructure solutions. Danny is originally from Canada where he completed his bachelor degree in Computer Science and Computing.

2.30pm-3.00pm: Avi Miller, Oracle: Push-button Composition of Oracle Application and Database Environments

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Enterprise IT Strategies

Abstract: Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux simplifies deployment and management of OpenStack services, providing a cloud platform optimized for the enterprise.

Learn how Oracle deploys complete technology stacks with the Oracle Database based on building blocks defined in the OpenStack Murano application catalog.

Speaker Bio: Avi Miller, Oracle

Avi is the Product Management Director for Oracle Linux and has extensive experience across operating system, virtualisation and application stacks.

3.00pm-3.30pm: Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea will be available in Ballroom 2 from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.

3.30pm-4.00pm: Afternoon Session 1

4.00pm-4.30pm: Afternoon Session 2

4.30pm-5.15pm: Panel

5.15pm-5.30pm: Closing Remarks

Closing remarks and Thanks from Tristan Goode, Aptira CEO and Board Director.

5.30pm-6.30pm: Networking Drinks

Networking drinks will be available from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Tech Track
Technical Track (National Ballroom 4)

8.00am-9.00am: Attendee Registration

Doors open at 8am for registration and arrival team and coffee.

9.00am-10.30am: Tech Track Closed

Tech track closed during the Keynote. Please proceed to the Main Track in National Ballroom 3 for the Keynote session.

10.30am-11.00am: Morning Tea

Morning Tea will be available in National Ballroom 3 from 10.30 to 11.00 am.

11.00am-11.30am: Anthony Rees & Alex Tesch, HPE: Mission Critical OpenStack - Running Production Workloads in a Programable Infrastructure

Audience: Advanced

Topic: Operations

Abstract: In this session we will demonstrate three advanced use cases as deployed in production for a customer in Australia using infrastructure as code by leveraging on Ansible and Jenkins.

1) Automated deployment of an enterprise load-balanced infrastructure that makes use of LBaaSv2 in the customer web farm. How to bypass the autoscaling limitation with LBaaSv2 / HEAT and Ceilometer.

2) “Data Cloning as a Service”, how to automate the cloning of a 24 x 7 Mission critical database from a Production tenant to a testing tenant. Ansible is used to place an Oracle database in backup mode, take a snapshot of the volume containing the Database, clone the cinder volume and get transferred to a development tenant who will automatically start a clone of the production workload for testing purposes.

3) Test Automation as a Service – Using Heat we will deploy a Jenkins CI/CD rig and Selenium Grid server on OpenStack to create a Test Automation service.

Speaker Bio: Anthony Rees & Alex Tesch, HPE

Alex & Anthony have been working with Open Source enterprise technologies for the better part of 15 years and have presented at events such as the OpenStack Summit in Austin and LinuxCon NZ.

11.30am-12.00pm: Nathan Ness & Steve Tegeler, VMWare: Is the Fox in the Hen House?

Audience: Advanced

Topic: Operations

Abstract: IT professionals considering OpenStack for IaaS are assuming that KVM will be required in their OpenStack deployment. After all, it is the defacto standard with many of today’s public OpenStack deployments. KVM aligns nicely with an open source strategy and/or mandate that are common place in IT departments. But in some large enterprise companies, they have dismissed OpenStack simply because they can’t afford to operationalize a new hypervisor and they don’t realize that their existing hypervisor (vSphere) can actually work under the OpenStack framework. This is a horrible result for the OpenStack community and if you’ve seen this happen or worried about this happening, this talk will help you understand the details of how to deploy OpenStack leveraging vSphere as the hypervisor. This talk will highlight some key architectural differences in an OpenStack deployment when vSphere is leveraged – Nova compute and vCenter interaction/architecture – vSphere Cluster features that can be leveraged in OpenStack – How the storage subsystem in vSphere works with cinder (leverages VMFS/NFS datastores in vSphere) – Upgrades of vSphere in an OpenStack deployment.

Speaker Bio: Steve Tegeler, VMware

Steve Tegeler is a Director of systems engineering in VMware’s Networking & Security Business unit where he 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, VMware

Nathan Ness has been a part of the Networking and Security Business Unit since the acquisition of Nicira. His background includes datacenter networking and security with an emphasis in cloud and virtualization technologies. He recently became a CTO Ambassador at VMware representing the NSBU and VMware Integrated OpenStack BU. He holds certifications in Cisco, Microsoft, and VMware NSX.

12.00am-12.30pm: Shiraz Qureshi, Nuage Networks: Linux KVM, Hyper-V, ESXi, and Bare Metals - Living in Harmony on a Single Policy Managed Network

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Networking

Abstract: A true cloud is not bounded by the type of underlying infrastructure. A cloud can aid in managing, migrating and accepting any type of compute – may it be running on virtualized platforms – Linux, Microsoft, VMware or with bare metal workloads and networking functions. For an unbounded cloud, a seamless network across all domains is required. We want to share with the openstack community a working solution where all workloads are participating harmoniously in a policy controlled manner.

Speaker Bio: Shiraz Qureshi, Nuage Networks

Shiraz Qureshi is the SDN and NFV evangelist for Nuage Networks from Nokia. He has 21 years of ICT experience leading R&D teams to deliver server virtualization and networking solutions. He is passionate about helping customers navigate thru their journey to the cloud.


12.00pm-1.30pm: Lunch

A buffet lunch will be available in Ballroom 2 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

1.30pm-2.00pm: Robert Starmer, Kumulus: Containers and OpenStack

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Infrastructure

Abstract: Containers are the new darling of the development world, and many are calling for an end of the IaaS world. But there are still key reasons that IaaS is important even as Container based development becomes the desired path for the development community. We will review containers in the context of their growth in popularity, and look at how OpenStack both continues to support and enable Container solutions, and the latest developments in OpenStack as a containerized solution directly.

Speaker Bio: Robert Starmer, Kumulus

With 20+ years in the automation space I find all things cloud interesting and focus on the latest models for automation possible these days! I help enable value from OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, CAPS tools, and Dev/Ops CI/CD pipelines as applied to IoT and Big Data systems.

2.00pm-2.30pm: Michael Still, Rackspace: Big Data

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Storage

Abstract: Increasingly we are being asked by our users to implement big data applications which analyse information stored on hundreds or thousands of machines. Worse, those data sets are growing quickly in size and its becoming harder and harder to manage all those machines. Automating their management via OpenStack APIs is one way to radically reduce the operational costs of your big data clusters. Let’s explore how a few OpenStack users have done that and how it might be relevant to you.

Speaker Bio: Michael Still, Rackspace

OpenStack core developer and former Nova PTL, as well as experienced software and reliability engineer. Part of the team that grew Google Mobile to being a billion dollar business. Director of 2013. Author of The Definitive Guide to ImageMagick ( and Practical MythTV ( from Apress, as well as a bunch of articles.

2.30pm-3.00pm: Lunch Session 3

3.00pm-3.30pm: Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea will be available in Ballroom 2 from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.

3.30pm-4.30pm: David Flanders, OpenStack Foundation: Training on the Shade SDK


1°= Cloud Application Engineers and Developers
2°= DevOps and other technically-savvy people looking to advance their career as a future cloud application engineer.
3°= Usability Experts, Design Engineers, Technical Marketing Staff, Computer Science students, etc. (those exploring end-user customer focused application deployment).

Topic: Hands-on Lab

Abstract: Want to learn how to deploy cloud application across multiple OpenStack Datacentres with a single simple API (Python SDK)? The Shade library is designed to be super simple: no more need to worry about the names of OpenStack projects or how their APIs interact (at least for now). Shade is a ReSTful Python SDK which allows for interoperability with the majority of OpenStack clouds. Training for Cloud App Engineers: Cross-Cloud Application Deployment – how to deploy application in multiple open data-centres worldwide using the Python Shade SDK.

The Problem: Say “no” to cloud app lock-in. Assure your cloud application can work across multiple data-centre (clouds) worldwide. It’s what your customers/users will want both here and worldwide. Why would you develop an application for a single cloud operating systems? Demand the ability for your app to work across multiple clouds. The Shade SDK is currently the leading contender for a API which enables you to treat a datacentre like a resource and programmatically call the infrastructure (hardware) resources required in a simple and interoperable python library. “Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.​”​

Pre-requisites: Laptop, basic understanding of python, basic understanding of SSH, an opinion on cross cloud interoperability, willingness to work in a team based learning environment, enjoyment of training which is about solving problems (no spoon-fed answers​ here​).

Learning objectives: By the end of this 90 minute training session you will know how to…

​a.)​… engage with a full-stack of developers to build cloud applications as a team.

b.)… be inspired to enable my cloud app to work *openly* cross-cloud (and the dangers if we don’t do something about cloud lock in). c.)…break stuff and then engage with the open source community to help fix the broken stuff.

​d.)…understand the importance of constraint over configuration for cloud application development. ​e.)…know where to go next to further your training as a cloud application developer.

Speaker Bio: David Flanders, OpenStack Foundation

David F. Flanders is a wrangler of communities for the OpenStack Foundation, specifically growing the application developer community and University sector engagements. Previously having worked in University datacentres and Entrepreneurial investment funds, Flanders loves the challenge of understanding how brilliant people come together as a community to shape the future of the information sector.

4.30pm-5.30pm: Tech Track closed

Tech track closed during panel and closing remarks. Please proceed to the Main Track in National Ballroom 3 for the panel.

5.30pm-6.30pm: Networking Drinks

Networking drinks will be available from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.