Open World Forum: improvements needed as well as for the french FLOSS ecosystem

2014/10/30

Maybe it could be strange to speak about improvements whereas the event has not yet started, but there are already clearly areas where improvement will be needed if the event wants to continue being a reference one at least in France, and more over at european level.

For such an event, the Web site is key. This is the external face to the world. This year, up to last week it was a complete mess, without valid information. When I announced my various activities during OWF 2014, I gave some links to that Web site in order for people to be able to read more info. As of now, none of these links work anymore :-(

I’ve seen many times requests to update some content with what we were provideing without effect. Looking at the current agenda, I don’t see one of my sessions anymore, timing have changed also in between, … The change of location compared to last year is also a regression from an exhibitor point of view: The Eurosite site has no real structure to allow booth to be managed in a correct way and attendees to encounter sponsors on their booth in a nice way. I can ensure you that it’s very different compared to most events I’m attending such as LinuxCon e.g. where I was this month.

While different, the Solution Linux Event never exhibited such issues. Of course, the program and its role are different. I heard that the idea of uniting forces around a single event was considered. It could be beneficial wrt sponsors, reinforce the impact of the event and attract more audience, more contributions, enlarging the scope by uniting programs which do not overlap too much, proposing a real exhibition area, including communities as well as professionals. Also it could help having a larger group working on the overall program (I’m part of the Linux Solutions conference board, but even if I proposed many times to help, was never really included in the OWF’s one) so each could focus more on its area, and also have a larger set of permanent staff to help with the overall organization and communication.

I look forward to such an evolution and would be very supportive of it. I’m then ready to convince HP as well to continue to sponsor such a central event in France, whereas under its current format, I doubt it could be the case next year of OWF alone.

I’m also thinking it could help the french FLOSS ecosystem to speak with a stronger voice and be listened more by enterprises and the government and the various administration bodies. Today no serious infrastructure solution can be deployed without FLOSS components: Web based technologies, Cloud, Big Data, Software Defined Enterprise, Security, Virtualization (including NFV), SDN, … So it’s really time in France to stop the useless battles between FLOSS companies and unite all of them behind whatever structure that will be representative (such as the CNLL e.g.) to have a stronger voice and develop jobs, companies and business in our country at least. While supporting the OWF 2014, I don’t see the Open Source group of the Syntec Numérique able to play this role. It used to when the right people were involved, it’s not anymore (I know a bit attending the meeting through a conf call system), and hasn’t produced anything useful to the ecostystem since this guide IMO.

The french community of companies delivering FLOSS services/integration/software (the FLOSS providers, term advocated by Laurent Seguin which I like or the incubators I proposed earlier) shouldn’t stay quite: their customers need that they speak with a strong and united voice to defend their ideas and show the advantages of their solutions.

If you want to talk of that or anything else related to Open Source, feel free to come to one of the sessions I’m involved in… if the agenda is indeed correct (and timing respected as everything is very dense) you should find me speaking of FLOSS governance in Namur room at 9:00AM, collaboration in OpenStack at 11:15AM in room Luxembourg or OpenStack community in room Amsterdam at 12:10AM.

Or if you’re still there next week, during the OpenStack Summit, I’ll be at the HP Expert Bar session and around till Friday morning.

Rameau rime avec Minko !

2014/10/04

J’ai découvert Jean-Philippe Rameau, dont on fête cette année le 250è anniversaire de la mort, par ses splendides oeuvres pour clavecin, au milieu des années 70 et notamment sous les doigts de Scott Ross chez STIL un peu après. Aussi, lorsque j’ai commencé à m’intéresser à l’opéra, bien plus tard, c’est avec Marc Minkowski et son fabuleux Platée que j’ai fait mes gammes en 1988.

La possibilité de le voir à l’opéra Garnier avec ma femme lors de la deuxième reprise en 1999 nous a laissé un souvenir marquant d’un spectacle total, alliant la perfection de l’expression du texte, à une mise en valeur de l’orchestration du maître dijonnais par les musiciens dirigés par Marc Minkowski, des chanteurs hors norme comme la Folie de Mireille Delunch ou la mise en scène inventive et novatrice, mais parfaitement en phase avec la volonté originelle de l’auteur de Laurent Pelly.

C’est du reste un spectacle dont j’ai acheté le DVD dès sa sortie en 2002 et qui a tout de suite passionné mes enfants, sensibilisés à la musique savante mais pas particulièrement fans d’opéra pour autant. Pourtant cette vision les a tout de suite attiré et conquis. Quelle meilleure preuve de la qualité de ce spectacle ? Eh bien peut-être le fait qu’ils étaient tous volontaires pour aller le voir sur scène au Palais Garnier lors de la reprise de 2009 et qu’ils en sont sortis emballés de l’avoir vu “en vrai”.

De mon côté, je l’avais revu en arrivant sur Grenoble en version concert (plaisant, mais bien loin du plaisir procuré par la mise en scène !). Sinon j’ai bien sûr chéri les autres Rameau que Marc Minkowski a enregistrés (Hippolyte Et Aricie, Dardanus), sans daidaigner les Indes Galantes, Zoroastre ou Castor et Pollux de William Christie ou les Boréades de John Eliot Gardiner.

Justement ces Boréades un peu maudites, non représentées du vivant du compositeur, recrées en 1982 par John Eliot Gardiner justement (avec un livret n’ayant pas été fourni avec les CDs, pour des problèmes d’accord sur les droits possédés par la maison … STIL) étaient reprises ce soir par Marc Minkowski à la MC2 de Grenoble mais en version de concert.

Même si le maître des Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble nous dit y trouver son compte dans une interview, et même si le mettre en scène est sans doute délicat, il reste que la scène manque et que l’on sent bien que certains chanteurs ce soir se seraient volontiers adonné à plus de jeu de scène. Mais l’auditorium, magnifique acoustique, est un peu petit pour le permettre facilement. Ce sera le seul bémol de cette soirée somptueuse.

Car vraiment, ce soir, Rameau rimait avec Minko !! Entourés de jeunes chanteurs, la maestro a fait feu de tout bois certes comme souvent, mais avec ce plus qui le rend irremplaçable dans Rameau. Sa manière de mettre en valeur les bassons (4 ce soir, tout comme les traverso), son instrument de prédilection et capital dans la musique de l’auteur des Boréades, est unique. Mention spéciale aussi auxdits traverso qui ont évoqué les vents de Borée avec tantôt fureur, virtuosité et tendresse. Feu de tout bois disais-je ;-)

Mais là où j’ai été le plus conquis, c’est par la troupe de chanteurs rassemblée. Peu de noms connus, mis à part Julie Fuchs. Mais ils ne le resteront pas longtemps, cela c’est sûr ! Quelles voix jeunes, timbrées, quel engagement et surtout quelle diction ! Cela faisait longtemps que je n’avais pas pris un tel plaisir à écouter du français être déclamé et chanté comme ce soir. Mon coup de coeur est certainement pour Manuel Núñez-Camelino (Calisis) qu’il faudra vite voir sur scène, car on sentait chez lui cette envie de jouer, en plus de son timbre qui passe en toute circonstance avec puissance quand il le faut et un fruité de haute contre à la française rare. A suivre assurément. Son “frère” en scène Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin (Borilée) n’est pas en reste et lui donne la meilleure des répliques possible, jouant lui aussi de son timbre riche. Un couple passant de la séduction à la noire vengeance avec aisance, d’une intelligibilité exemplaire et d’un engagement total. Vraiment Bravo.

Mais le reste de la distribution est à l’avenant avec toujours cette attention au texte qui le rend facile à suivre, même en ne jetant qu’un oeil au surtitrage, surtout pour suivre les formules XVIIIè, bien différentes des nôtres au XXIè siècle. Julie Fuchs donc est une Alphise de toute beauté également, véhémente dans l’évocation de l’orage et caressante quand elle chante l’amour d’Abaris, articulation superlative toujours, ce qui est rare chez une soprano. Samuel Boden est Abaris et son timbre en a la noblesse. Concentré sur son chant (et quel chant), il rentre moins dans le jeu et ne regarde pas assez à mon goût Alphise, même à ses côtés. Mais c’est une version de concert, et de toute façon, encore une fois, difficile de produire du jeu dans ce contexte. S’il semble moins puissant potentiellement que Manuel dans la même tessiture de haute contre à la française, il est aussi plus rond, semble plus marqué par le sort qui s’acharne sur lui et émeut parfaitement dans ses plaintes si prenantes.

Et les seconds rôles sont à l’avenant. Ils viennent semble-t-il en majorité de l’académie européenne d’Aix en Provence et on ne peut que la féliciter de nous confier des artistes d’un tel niveau et aussi d’un tel potentiel.

Nous sommes sortis ravis de la soirée, et moi espérant que les annonces de reprise de Platée ou que la promesse des Indes Galantes par Marc Minkowski arrivera bientôt car j’ai hâte de le retrouver si bien entouré dans ces chefs d’oeuvres absolus de l’histoire de la musique, qui n’ont rien à envier aux grands opéras classiques ou romantiques, fort leur notoriété.

Merci pour ce moment ;-)

HP Helion OpenStack Workshop during LinuxCon EMEA

2014/10/01

As during the last LinuxCon in Chicago, there will be an HP Helion OpenStack Workshop during the upcoming LinuxCon EMEA in Düsseldorf mid October.

This is a great opportunity for you to learn about what HP is doing in OpenStack upstream, as well as in our Community and Enterprise versions of Helion (I know these are not the official names, but as the official names are undescriptive, I use those, as I speak for myself not for HP on this blog anyway). And it’s free (as in beer) for everybody, even if you’re not attending LinuxCon. Come and interact with us (Yes I’ll also be there and probably talking a bit :-))

Speaking at Open World Forum 2014

2014/09/29

So I’ve again been retained as a speaker for the upcoming Open World Forum 2014, which is back in Paris. I was expecting it, as Martin Michlmayr confirmed my proposal on “Open Source Governance: what’s hot?” in the Legal and licensing aspects of open source track. This will be Friday the 31st of October between 1:30 and 3:30PM.

But I’ll also be a panelist in the “Control Your Cloud” track lead by Jean-Pierre Laisné, in a round table dedicated to OpenStack and the coopetition ecosystem around it. I’m right now building the panel with Jean-Pierre, so will announce the list soon. This will be Friday the 31st of October between 4:10PM and 6:10PM.

And finally I was really surprised looking at my info to see that I also had another talk accepted in the DevOps / ALM track lead by Jonathan Clarke ! I’ll talk about “Continuous Packaging with docker and Project-Builder.org”. Well, my demo, which is due for LinuxCon EMEA, should then be ready and fully working as well as my slideset and content which I still need to develop ! This will be Friday the 31st of October between 9:00 and 12:20AM.

So a busy Friday as it seems. But I’ll also be there on Thursday, and hopefully as well for the OpenStack Summit the week after, but I don’t have a seat for now, so let’s see…

As usual, you can catch me at the end of the talks (even if this time, I won’t have as much time as in other events) and discuss about what you’re interested in that is also of interest to me !

In memoriam Frans Brüggen

2014/09/21

Dans l’article que j’avais écrit pour la disparition de Gustav Leonhardt, je disais justement:

“Ce maître artiste a dédié sa vie à la musique, jusqu’à en faire le sacrifice en se produisant jusqu’à la fin. Il m’a fait aimer le clavecin plus que mon propre instrument (la flûte à bec qu’un Frans Brüggen a si bien illustré avec son accompagnement). Il a contribué à graver une intégrale des cantates de Bach qui a fait date et reste, par sa diffusion sur France Musique par Jacques Merlet, une de mes nombreuses initiations à la musique, de celles qui vous marquent pour la vie.” [Jacques Merlet qu est aussi décédé tout récemment et qui fut un passeur fantastique aussi à sa manière]

Alors parlons de Frans Brüggen, disparu récemment lui aussi, à l’heure où notre éducation nationale ne souhaite plus utiliser la flûte à bec comme instrument d’initiation à la musique, pour préférer la voix. Dommage car si peu semblent le regretter, moi c’est par elle que je suis venu à la musique, grâce à un professeur de collège fabuleux, Guy Miaille, éllève d’Henri Carol, et bien sûr au pape de l’instrument, Frans Brüggen.

Ce petit tuyau percé, déjà utilisé par les bergers dans l’antiquité, et sans doute le premier instrument de musique fabriqué dans des temps encore plus reculés, est un vrai instrument qui peut charmer comme peu d’autres peuvent le faire quand il est joué comme le maître hollandais le faisait.

Si l’on écoute partition à la main la Folia de Corelli, on se rend compte de l’ingéniosité de l’ornementation que le maître savait déployer, et renouveler car les autres enregistrements de la même pièce en comportent d’autres, même si celles-ci restent mes préférées tant elle semblent faire partie de la pièce originale.

Son travail de coup de langue (double et triple) lui permettait d’avoir une très grande vélocité, que ses doigts agiles pouvaient suivre (à mon grand dam quand j’essayais de jouer par dessus lui !). Il a vraiment réintroduit l’usage de l’instrument, défriché le répertoire, français également avec Hotteterre, et évidemment allemand avec Telemann – quelles sonates du Getreuer Musik Meister ou encore le double concerto pour flûte ) bec et traverso avec Frans Vester et bien sûr Bach, tant dans la partita BWV 1013, pièce que j’ai passé des heures à travailler pour tenter de faire aussi bien que lui – on peut rêver non ! – ou les brandbourgeois par exemple. Quant à son Opus 10 de Vivaldi avec les prémices de l’orchestre du XVIIIè siècle, il reste pour moi un disque inégalable de fruité, d’énergie et timbres.

Autant que mon professeur Guy Miaille, Frans Brüggen a été un maître qui m’a enseigné l’amour de cet instrument, m’a donné la volonté de travailler pour tenter d’obtenir cette pureté de son qui me fait toujours rêver et cette agilité qui permet de franchir les obstacles techniques pour se concentrer sur la musicalité, le sens et la beauté de la phrase. Un maître qui ne se lassait jamais de me remontrer la bonne manière de faire, il me suffisait de me lever et d’aller replacer le diamant de la platine au début de la face du disque 33 tours pour en profiter de nouveau !!

Entre lui et David Munrow pour les instruments périphériques (cromorne, hautbois du poictou, cornamuse) j’ai eu les meilleurs maîtres en complément et cela m’a permis de découvrir un immense répertoire d’une grande beauté qui continue de m’accompagner. Pourvu que Teldec ressorte certains des disques du virtuose néerlandais qui n’ont pas été réédités ainsi que ceux qui l’étaient déjà, et propose une grande intégrale et montre ainsi à tous les enfants martyrisés par des cours de flûte mal assumés, combien cet instrument est musique, combien il peut susciter d’émotion et amener à la découverte de compositeurs (Marcello, Barsanti, Sammartini) et d’oeuvres (Sonates de Haendel, Fantaisies de Telemann, La pavanne Lachrimae de Van Eyck, La cantate BWV 106 de Bach “Actus Tragicus”) au combien prenantes.

Même si il avait choisi de poursuivre son attachement à la musique par la direction d’orchestre par la suite (quelles suites de Rameau il laisse au disque) Frans Brüggen reste pour moi le modèle absolu de cet instrument mal aimé pour de mauvaises raisons qu’est la flûte à bec, dont il joue maintenant dans les sphères célestes. Un grand merci me vient aux lèvres en pensant à ce fabuleux leg discographique qu’il nous a donné. Aujourd’hui les flûtistes que vous entendez jouer ont souvent été de ses élèves, ou les élèves de ses élèves. Après deux siècles d’interruption, la lignée des flûtistes à bec est de nouveau bien vivante, grâce à lui.

Bdale back home ;-)

2014/09/01

I had the “primeur” of the information during LinuxCon US, but couldn’t share it till it was official. But as of today it is !

So…

$ ldapsearch -h ldap.hp.com -x -b "o=hp.com" -LLL "(cn=*garbee*)" | grep -iE 'uid:|status:'
uid: bdale.garbee.ii@hp.com
hpStatus: Active

Yes ! you’ve got it ! Bdale Garbee is back. And he is now a fellow, even if I can’t give a precise link to proove it … yet. Bdale will work in the CTO Office for Martin Fink. Well deserved !

I’m sure he will soon update his page to reflect this new status.

Welcome back home Bdale, and hopefully new opportunities to work together on Open Source and Linux activities ;-)

Découvrez la musique sacrée de la Renaissance…

2014/08/31

… dans les meilleures conditions possibles:

Affiche concert

  • Le concert proposé est gratuit mais de grande valeur.
  • Les oeuvres données sont des chefs d’oeuvre absolus de la musique sacrée de la Renaissance. La profondeur du Requiem de Victoria n’a rien à envier à celui de Mozart, Verdi, Fauré, quoique dans une approche esthétique différente bien entendu.
  • Le lieu, l’église de St Sulpice de Favière, petite soeur en Essonne de la Sainte Chapelle de Paris, ne pourra que contribuer à renforcer l’atmosphère orante suggérée par la musique.
  • La direction d’un musicien généreux et inspiré, Jean Belliard, qui saura vous faire passer les frissons que cette musique ne peut manquer de générer chez l’auditeur, au travers des âges.
  • Enfin la possibilité unique (pour le moment) de me voir chanter avec mes deux filles, mais hélas sans ma femme qui ne sera pas du voyage cette fois.

Venez nombreux et faites passer l’info !

Speaking at LinuxCon EMEA 2014

2014/08/30

I received confirmation and support for my travel at LinuxCon EMEA 2014 which will be in Düsseldorf, Germany from the 13th to the 15th of October. I’m pretty proud to have up to now presented in all the european LinuxCon events since 2011.

I’ll again animate a round table on FLOSS Governance. I’m now contacting potential panelists for this one and should announce them soon.

But I’ll also have a technical session in parallel on a subject I’m working on at the moment, and should get interest as it is docker related: Multi-OS Continuous Packaging with Docker and Project-Builder.org.

Ok, so now I need to go back to my source code to make it work and publish it before the conf don’t you think so ? :-)

Last day at LinuxCon NA 2014

2014/08/27

Today the keynotes were dedicated to Openness and Hardware. The first was from a company, Makerbot, which spoke a lot about Openness, but that I saw more as trying to sell their 3D printers, rather then anything else :-( I even learned later from an attendee that they even tend to block innovation with their patents ! So maybe the LinuxFoundation should take care of not “giving” opportunity to such actors to speak to an Open Source audience if their state of mind is nearer from the closed source business. Having a community sharing 3D design doesn’t sound sufficient to me.

Jonathan Kuniholm

The second keynote was on the topic that even is 3D printing is such a hype at the moment, disallowed people still have a hard time finding useful prothesis, modern ones, les expensive ones, or building their own. I really encourage you to listen to Jonathan Kuniholm (the keynote doesn’t seem to be online, but TED provides one very similar). This was puzzling for me to see how few technology is helping people like him :-( So I think that if you have time, you should look at helping his initiative at openprosthetics.org/ rather than inventing yet another piece of software just because the existing one doesn’t happen to please you.

IBM Keynote

Finally we had the “usual” IBM keynote, showing how Linux on Power was great, and presenting the foundation built around it. But if you look at uses cases, you see that most of them are academics, where probably the hardware was given so it weakened the talk IMO. Of course, I’m working for a competitor, so I’m not completely neutral here. Anyway having a portable Linux is extremely important, but I think it will reveal its capabilities on x86 (well it has of course!) or ARM. It had on Itanium or Sparc or Power (Linux can enable them) but the problem is that market doesn’t want such high-end platforms anymore, as they were representing a closed approach even if that has changed since. Openness is what allows mass distribution today (in processors as those mentionned, or software as Android and hopefully Linux on the desktop ;-))

UEFI Summit

After the break, I passed my day in the UEFI mini-Summit. The goal was different from last year PlugFest during LinuxCon. Instead of targetting developers, the goal was to expain the technology to potential and existing Linux sysadmin or devops. And I think it went pretty well with regards to demystifying how UEFI works woith Linux, including SecureBoot and brought back the discussion at a technical level rather than an emotional one.

An introduction talk by Dong Wei, HP served as positioning the UEFI Forum, the various groups in it (with the inclusion of ACPI), the history of UEFI, current status, and helped put everybody at the same level.

Q&A session

After that we had a (always too short IMO) round table were the audience was given the possibility to ask questions to the panelists. And there were very tough questions asked around the usefulness of UEFI, the lockdown brough by SecureBoot, … and everytime clear and honets answers were given showing why UEFI is useful, why SecureBoot help increasing Linux security without restricting users possibilties and control over their platform. All in all a lot of myths were just addressed during that Q&A session which was really interactive.

After that, we had more formal presentations:

  • UEFI Secure Boot – Strengthening the Chain of Trust – Jeff Bobzin, Insyde Software & Kevin Lane, HP
    This session was mainly about how Secureboot is working from a technology perspective, and the various solutions existing with Linux and its boot loaders to use it, benefit from it as it really increase security by providing a chain of trust from firmware up to the kernel+intrd booted, with either standard UEFI keys or its own ones.
  • Jeff Bobzin & Kevin Lane

  • UEFI Test Tools for Linux Developers – Brian Richardson, Intel & Alex Hung, Canonical
    This session was on FWTS from Canonical which provides a UEFI firmware and ACPI test suite, used alot by manufacturers to check the conformity of their platform with the UEFI and ACPI specifications. Chipsec and LuvOS were also covered which provides other areas of test with regards to respectively security and an integrated Linux distribution calling all these tools and more, both developed by Intel.
  • Brian Richardson

  • Building ARM Servers with UEFI and ACPI – Dong Wei, HP & Roy Franz, Linaro
    This session was to give a status on UEFI support for ARM architecture, and was pretty interesting for me as I had no clue on where we are on this domain. And it seems they are catching up with Intel Architecture now and should be at parity very soon. ACPI is still less advanced, but will be there for ARM servers as requested by customers, whereas device tree will probably remain what will be used on nn server platforms.
  • Dong Wei

  • Self-signing the Linux Kernel (the hobbyist approach) – Zach Bobroff, AMI

    This last session was IMHO the best of the serie, because it was demo oriented (and I like demos !) and more over, it just worked !! The goal was to show how to register its own key used to sign its own kernel with SecureBoot, and rebooting a machine with and without key loaded to demonstrate the increased security brought by that mechanism. Was very clear and illustrative of what was described during the first session of the mini-Summit by Jeff and Kevin. Zach did an excellent job explaining each step and provided great details on how all that works, and finally showed to the audience that we shouldn’t be afraid of the feature, because we have the possibility with the shim bootloade to use our own keys without issue.
  • Zach's pres

You can listen to all these presentations at the UEFI web site. And I think it’s worth doing so for those who still have questions on the SecureBoot topic, as it will enlighten you and remove and barrier you may still see there.

UEFI Summit end

The event was then over, so it was time to benefit from my speaker gift, which was the possibility to use a boat and have a cruise around Chicago, which I did with Dong and it was a very good idea from the organizers to offer that gift. Hope the pictures will give ou a good idea of how we enjoyed it.

Second day at LinuxCon NA 2014

2014/08/23

Well I missed the first keynote this morning, not on purpose, even it was a Cisco one ;-) As Chicago climate was “foggy” I think I didn’t missed anything.

S. Hykes keynote

The second I didn’t want to miss was made by Solomon Hykes on Docker (which, as he rightly said, is the word you can’t miss on the Internet nowadays)
His topic was Docker explained through the ground reasons of its creation perspective. It was interesting to see his ability to step back and have a clear look on all the ways people are using his software, identify them through clear use cases, and looking forward on what his community still has to do in order to cover all the use cases he mentionned. I was pretty impressed by his vision, his humble but decided attitude, his optimism. I think our FLOSS ecosystem as clearly a new star here.

Solomon Hykes

And that’s probably among the reasons why the project is so successful. As I wanted to share my my HP colleagues how much I was impressed, I asked to him after the keynote whether he would accept to be one of our TuXTalk speaker for our FLOSS Profession, and to my surprise he accepted right away. Staying as accessible as that is for me another proof we have a new great flagship thinker. I really look forward listening more lenghtly to his thoughts and of course working with docker as such a clever person has for sure created a clever project ! My revelation of the week.

The last Keynote was from Dirk Hohndel from Intel. He stand up instead of the original Intel speaker who had an issue, and didn’t reused his material but used the 20 minutes of the talk to freely talk about two subjects: IoT and the Cloud (that being warned the day before).

Dirk Hohndel

He made a pretty funny talk, gathering easily the devs and devops in the room saying that “The Internet was made of things way before marketers get hold of it” or putting emphasis on us as a community rather than on corporations, or ditching the wireless network of the vent (which BTW was flacky indeed). He used that trick to made it easier for him to have adhesion of the audience, which he got. But at the end he passed few messages: one around the need of an Enterprise Group for OpenStack which was created, and another one around Intel promoting a new open standard and open source implementation for discovering and managing devices part of the IoT. More at openinterconnect.org. But don’t expect too much, as there is only 5 companies involved for now. I’m a bit afraid it could become like wimax in the past. But ok, it was an entertaining talk, and rather good due to the lack of preparation.

I then attended a talk from Linda Wang, Red Hat on Docker usage in Enterprise. I was rather disappointed as it remained a high level presentation without too much concrete. I’d have expect more here. The only interesting aspect was the analogy of docker with appartments in a building vs houses for VMs (cgroups being control of electricity, water, …) and the mention of Kubernetes, a container orchestration & management tool from Google.

Anita Kuno

As I had appreciated Anita Kuno’s talk at LCA this year I then chose to hear her again talking this time about OpenStack Technical Governance.

And while I knew already quite a lot, I leanred some interesting details about the roles and mechanisms around +1, +2, PTL, Technical Comitee, ATC, the election procedure and its Condorcet method. In particular she explained very well the difference between an OpenStack project (git repo) and an OpenStack program (entity recognized by TC, with a PTL, a mission statement)

With some examples around the theoritical definitions, this will become a very good talk people interested in FLOSS governance should listen to. And to stay around OpenStack, after the lunch, I then passed the rest of the afternoon in the HP Helion Workshop, delivered by Mark Dunnett from HP and coordinated by Sisi Chen from HP.

HP Helion Workshop

While I knew already quite a lot about the topic, I learned some additional details that I wasn’t aware of, which was the goal for me to attend, as well as to network with my Helion peers !

Mark passed in my opinion a bit too much time on the reminders around OpenStack, especially for the audience around.

He then detailed precisely the differences between HP Helion OpenStack Community and HP Helion OpenStack (why are our marketing guys making it so difficult to just understand stuff by not adding Enterprise to the last one is out of my understanding, and out of the one of many customers I’m interacting with). He thus underlined in the Community edition vs the Enterprise edition the support of KVM vs KVM + ESX (vCenter needed), the 6 weeks release cycle vs Quarterly release e.g. He also talked about the VXLAN support, Icinga addition and ESX proxying in the enterprise version (again my terminology, not HP’s). And our work on the TripleO and Ironic Programs (thanks Anita !), and their usage in all HP Helion OpenStack versions.

Mark Dunnett

He introduced a new component called sirius for the deployment of our storage systems, I ignored (and thus isn’t in the slideset referenced earlier yet). And explained more precisely than my slides how the HA environment is done with ha-proxy and keepalived added in overcloud controler, longside XtraDB for MySQL and RabbitMQ cluster.
And he contrates with the role of the Overcloud management controler which provides in addition some nova, ceilometer and sherpa services (in non-HA mode).

Finally he gave details on the embedded applications provided such as

  • the Distributed Virtual Router (DVR) for ovs available to ease east-west traffic between VMs, solving a performance issue and dependency on the network controller, being a SPOF. The DVR will also ease north-south traffic for floating IPs.
  • The L2 Gateway which adds mapping between VXLAN and VLAN (which are not able to communicate otherwise) using HP Network switch 59xx

The workshop should have contained a demo which would have made more concrete and real all the concepts seen and show the added value thatHP brings here by making the installation and preconfiguration of all these components just an easy task that every devops or sysadmin can perform to have a quick OpenStack distribution running. However, the demo had an issue and we weren’t able to go very far. Too bad as this is IMO key in such a workshop. Hopefully next version won’t have that issue.

Anyway A very good entry point for understanding our OpenStack based cloud offering, and I look forward working with them to replicate it in EMEA for our customers.


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