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Redfish 1.0 is now out and soon used by our projects


Recently the DMTF announced that the Redfish standard had reached version 1.0, the first usable for production.

If you don’t know Redfish yet, and don’t want to read the full spec, I can summarize it very roughly as a cross-manufacturer RESTful API to configure Hardware systems and recover info from them. Pretty cool in fact as this was a missing brick for a full Open Source based multi-platform Software Defined Infrasctrucute.

Now remains for us to update our python-redfish with it, and start supporting more features now it’s stable. That the first step will allow Ironic, the bare metal component of OpenStack, to have Redfish support, which is IMHO a very highly desirable feature. Not for Liberty, hopefully the spec will be ready for M and code sufficiently developed to allow us to win a slot in the Summit !

Then it will also allow us to advance on the other project we’d like to promote: Alexandria, which is a clever (of course, I’m part of the design team ;-)) way to interface CMDBs (well the one who are themselves clever enough to have a parametrized data model such as iTop) and Hardware information providers such as Redfish.

Imagine that you rack a new Refish compliant server (HP ProLiant Gen9 are among the first to provide already a subset of it), cable power and management board, integrate some info on that machine in your CMDB (iLO credntial and IP address e.g.), and ask through Alexandria that the rest is filled by Redfish calls. And kept updated as time passes. Well, that’s exactly what we try to achieve, as this is one of the need we have to maintain our Solution Center CMDB up to date as easily as possible.

Lots of good ideas, but not enough code to show for now. Hopefully, we should be able to have an Alexandria demo with somple drivers ready for the upcoming OpenStack Summit… and be able to travel to exchange our views with other OpenStacker around all this.

Happy birthday Mageia !!


The 18th of September 2010, Mageia as announced as a new project. So today is a special day, as its the 3rd birthday of my distribution of choice.

More over, it was for me a special day as I was presenting this distribution during LinuxCon US.

Completely unrelated, some of you may know that I’m directing a vocal ensemble.

So combining all 3 elements today, I was happy to have a choir of some 15 people attending my talk sing “Happy birthday Mageia” ! (It was private so no rights issue ;-)) A great personal pleasure !!

And no, there is no recording available but that was done with a community state of mind:-) What you can get are the slides which won’t of course contain that unique moment of art but should motivate you to at least try Mageia.

No next rehearsal planned for our /tmp/choir today but I hope the audience enjoyed it as much as I did.

Fleur Pellerin dans la Silicon Valley sans voir HP ?


D’après le blog d’Emmanuel Paquette, journaliste à l’Express, Fleur Pellerin ferait du 1er au 5 juin un déplacement dans la Silicon Valley.

A ma grande surprise, l’article ne mentionne pas HP dans les sociétés visitées. Je sais que cela fait moins mode que Facebook ou Twitter, mais la compagnie fondée dans un garage il y a 74 ans, et pour laquelle j’ai le plaisir de travailler, reste non seulement la première société dans les TIC au niveau mondial, (ou la seconde derrière Apple selon Fortune) mais elle reste aussi un employeur d’importance en France (environ 5000 personnes), avec des pôles de vente et de support locaux, mais aussi des structures européennes ou mondiales représentées.

J’espère que le cabinet de Fleur Pellerin contactera Gérald Karsenti, le PDG de HP en France, Je suis sûr qu’il se fera un plaisir d’au moins mettre en relation Mme la ministre avec Meg Whitman pour qu’elles puissent se rencontrer en Californie et échanger utilement. Avec le soutient que Meg apporte aux projets OpenStack, Hadoop, Linux et tant d’autres, la discussion pourrait même se porter sur comment HP pourrait aider en France à la mise en oeuvre de la directive du premier ministre sur l’utilisation préférentielle des logiciels libres dans l’administration. Et je veux bien être mis à contribution sur ce sujet au sein du Technology Council HP France ;-)

Nous pourrons du reste discuter de cela et de plein d’autres choses lors du Salon Solutions Linux à Paris la semaine prochaine !


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