Posts Tagged ‘OpenStack Summit’

In order to meet at the OpenStack Summit in Austin, vote for us !

2016/02/12

We’ve made 3 different but related proposals for the upcoming OpenStack Summit, and as everybody, we would like to be retained in order to disclose what we’re working on and think could improve the ecossytem.

Our first proposal is “Empowering Ironic with Redfish support” which aims at describing our plans to add Redfish support to Ironic.

The second, which would benefit greatly from the work of the first, is “Alexandria: The librarian bridging OpenStack and CMDBs” which is a nascent new component to allow easily with a plugin based architecture to bridge CMDBs (starting with the great Open Source iTop one) and OpenStack features such as bare-metal deployment with Ironic, managing also automatic inventory. Amitious but pretty useful in our opinion, of course to help manage our Datacenter, but the one of any OpenStack customer as well.

Finally, We’d like to present our overall view on how OpenSTack is at the heart of a Software Defined Infrastructure with our last presentation. This one targets more architects and decision makers, while the 2 others will be more technical and cover implementation details. All will have demos.

Hopefully, you’ll agree with me to find that these topics deserve being elected !! And thus vite for them 😉

In that case, I can just wish we’ll meet over there 🙂 !

Software Defined Compute: Redfish and Ironic at the next OpenStack Summit

2015/04/24

The future is already here !

In fact here ! This is a new specification which is gaining traction to allow hardware configuration of systems through a RESTful interface. All new HP ProLiant Gen9 servers from HP are providing a first version of what is not yet the standard, but looks very near to it, and provide already a rich interface.

This is pretty exciting, as it will allow people like me working on Disaster Recovery e.g., or people like Devananda van der Veen who is the Ironic PTL (OpenSTack bare metal deployment component) or many others to have, when it’s ready, a single interface to configure the servers from different manufacturers following the Redfish Specification (as of now HP, Dell, Emerson, Intel). And it’s much more feature rich than IPMI, so you would be able to go well farer with it and reach a real Software Defined Compute node.

In order to make it usable for Ironic we’ve started to work on a low level python library (python-redfish) on which we’ll be able to build the Ironic driver for Redfish later on. This is work for Liberty and after of course. And as Ironic can be also use alone, I’m more and more thinking of using it as a way to provide MondoRescue images for bare metal deployment as an additional feature over media boot. Especially if there are plans to have a standalone web interface for Ironic !

If you want to learn more on the HP implementation of the RESTful API, there is a webinar organized Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 10:00 am CDT to 11:00 am CDT. Register from https://h71044.www7.hp.com/campaigns/2013/events/linkandcoordinate/index.php

And if you want to learn a bit more of where we are on this, read the code (easy for now) or come at Vancouver for the upcoming OpenStack Summit to discover it.