Posts Tagged ‘ProLiant’

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.

Time to Meet at HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit !

2015/01/21

For those of you working for an HP value added reseller (VAR) and attending the HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit on Barcelona from the 2nd to the 6th of February, feel free to meet during one of the session I’ll (co-)deliver:

  • UEFI: what, why, when, how and the rest Breakout 101 – Wed 2014-02-04 9:30-10:20 AM
  • HP Helion OpenStack in action – Breakout 124 – Wed 2014-02-04 2:00-2:50PM
  • HP ProLiant Gen9 value add on Linux – Breakout 99 – Thu 2014-02-05 9:30-10:20 AM
  • HP ProLiant Gen9 value add on Linux (Hands-on Lab) – Lab 16 – Thu 2014-02-05 2:00-3:50 PM
  • UEFI Hands-On Labs – Lab 19 – Thu 2014-02-05 4:30-6:20 PM
  • Running Enterprise Linux distributions on HP ProLiant Gen9 – Breakout 100 – Fri 2014-02-06 9:30-10:20 AM

And you should be able to meet the Geeks on Wednesday afternoon, myself included.

For those of you wondering why project-builder.org and MondoRescue versions are not published more regularly, that gives you a hint ;-) Not speaking of the next event in March, TES, where I’m part of the Event team this time.

See you there to talk of these subjects or something else as you see fit. I’m around the whole week.

Meet at HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit Again !

2014/06/13

For those of you working for an HP value added reseller (VAR) and attending the HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit in (again) Barcelona from the 24th to the 27th of June, feel free to meet during one of the session I’ll (co-)deliver:

For those of you wondering why project-builder.org and MondoRescue versions are not published more regularly, that gives you a hint ;-)

See you there to talk of these subjects or something else as you see fit. I’m around the whole week.

6th Technical Excellence Symposium (TES) in Grenoble 21-27 March 2014

2014/02/20

If you are an HP employee, or a Value Added Reseller (VAR), then I’d like to invite you to come to an Event I’m co-organizing:

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High Performance Computing and Open Source Linux
Technical Excellence Symposium
17 – 21 March 2014
Grenoble, France

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The goal is to gain expertise and increase your sales and earnings potential.

You are invited to the 2014 High Performance Computing and Open Source & Linux Technical Excellence Symposium. This highly regarded technological event dedicated to professionals is the unique opportunity to boost your skills and knowledge in just 4.5 days!!

Why should you attend the EMEA HPC & OSL event?

  • Receive an update on the entire HPC and Open Source & Linux solutions including Enterprise Storage, Servers and Networking (EG) portfolio.
  • Reinforce your knowledge in this focus area.
  • Connect with the HP management and peers in the HP Certified Professional Community.

Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to give your career a boost and be part of the HPC and OSL community. This is also an excellent opportunity to get the latest technology updates even if you participated in this event before.

Pre-register today to secure your seat by clicking on the following link: http://hp.inviteo.fr/HPC_OSL_TES2014/

Choose among over 100 technological and solution sessions, a mix of hands-on labs, breakout demos and round tables.

This technical event covers the HP’s broad enterprise products and solutions in an open source environment of high performance computing, web services portfolio and new product introductions (e.g. Moonshot program and big data solutions).

Along the sessions, you will meet the HPC and OSL experts to share knowledge and insights in many key business areas including competitive tools.

Back home and freshly armed with an enhanced skills set, you will be ready to provide a great business value to your customers.

Throughout the event, we will offer detailed tracks on High Performance Computing solutions portfolio using our HP Blade System, ProLiant Scalable servers, Storage Works and Network products and solutions using Open Source & Linux software products and services.

We will have a huge emphasis on topics like Hyperscale products, smart storage, purpose-built servers for big data, Moonshot program wave 2 solutions as well as open cloud solutions.

Our High-level agenda is available. The detailed one will be sent to you after your registration.

In addition, there will be:

  • Sponsor sessions delivered by top names in the industry
  • Presentations by HPC and Open Source experts
  • Evening events

For detailed program information, please visit the event website

Any question? We invite you to contact us at: TES-event_at_hp.com

We are looking forward to meeting you at the 2014 HPC and OSL Technical Symposium!

Meet at HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit

2014/01/22

For those of you working for an HP value added reseller (VAR) and attending the HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit on Barcelona from the 3rd to the 7th of February, feel free to meet during one of the session I’ll (co-)deliver:

For those of you wondering why project-builder.org and MondoRescue versions are not published more regularly, that gives you a hint ;-)

See you there to talk of these subjects or something else as you see fit. I’m around the whole week.

The PUSK 0.9.7 is now available

2013/05/17

What ? PUSK ? What’s that ? This is the ProLiant USB Setup Key :-)

This is a USB key you can now use to capture a hardware configuration of your HP ProLiant server (tested with G7 and Gen8). For that you just have to boot on the USB key and type “capture” at the boot prompt. Configuration is stored on the key, with the operation logs.

Then you can modify the conf files, or just use the single one we provide for what is really specific in a server (iLO credentials and IP conf), and redeploy that hardware configuration on a new server. For that just boot the new server on the key, and voilà !!

More over to deploy, you don’t need a keyboard, mouse, screen attached to the server, so if you are working in a place where your server is just electrically and networkly connected, that sufficient, and at the end the server will shutdown once the hardware configuration is done. Just restart it, and start controlling it remotely from the iLO do perform whatever further installation/customization you need to do.

So this is an easy way to have an operator perform the operation, doesn’t need Linux knowledge, nor platform knowledge. He just has to send the logs back to the dev team in case a problem occurs so they can debug.

And more over, thanks to HP, this is all GPLv2 Free Software ;-)

Now the important part, where to download it ?

The full 0.9.7 key is available at ftp://ftp.project-builder.org/PUSK/pusk-0.9.7.img
Just use dd to burn it onto your key and boot with it (WARNING: default mode is to deploy !)

For those of you who want to hack on the code, the entry point is at http://pusk.project-builder.org/browser/trunk and the Wiki (Home page) at http://pusk.project-builder.org

Hope you’ll find it useful. Let us know what you think of it.

An intermediate 2.1.5 mindi version

2013/05/06

It’s not very often that I separate mindi from mondo in the publication of releases. But this time it was needed as I had a customer who suffered from bugs that were only needing a mindi realease, and I thought it would help many other users ,so here you are !

Mindi 2.1.5 is there, and is principally solving kernel support detection for the type of initrd possible (solves an abort of mindi on RHEL3/4), and also reduces the number of error messages when dealing with links containing more than 2 references to .. Should help with some recent reports.

Also I had a report that the -H option and RESTORE keyword were not completely without interaction, so this is now solved as well.

Finally, this version supports better HP ProLiant Gen8 and future platforms by also using hp-rcu and hp-fm tools.

Now available on ftp://ftp.mondorescue.org for more than 120 distribution tuples ! And for those who ask why I do that: first because I like it, then because I have the tools to do it, and also because I do have users who are using Fedora 7, RHEL 3 or even Red Hat 6.2.

Meet at HP Discover next week

2012/11/29

Hello,

I’ll be at the major HP event (HP Discover) next week in Frankfurt, Germany from the 4th to the 6th of December, delivering 2 sessions, and attenting some others which look very promising.

You may find me on the Red Hat booth or the Intel booth, if you want to talk about code and projects (MondoRescue, Project-Builder.org, UUWL), Architecture, FLOSS Governance, FLOSS @ HP or in general. Will be happy to exchange with you around these topics.

You may find more details (in french) on the sessions I’ll be delivering on the event blog site.

See you there !

MondoRescue 3.0.2 is now available

2012/06/05

I had to make this release in order to use it today (well yesterday now already !) on a customer site. That version was needed to support correctly software Raid on RHEL 6, with re-creation of metadata and UUIDs, which took a bit of time to make correctly. This version will also be welcome by Debian and Ubuntu users, as it fixes restoration issues, as well as on RHEL 5 (tune2fs command wasn’t working for ext4, and it required to use tune4fs, only available here !). It supports now out of tree kernel modules (such as hpsa from the PSP/SPP) and improve support for latest HP ProLiant Blades.

It fixes lots of small annoyances here and there (like #616), especially thanks to a test script that I have now developed to automate regression tests. This version was tested with it for rhel-6-x86_64, rhel-5-x86_64, debian-6.0-x86_64, ubuntu-11.04-i386, fully for the first time. I plan to extend it so that in the future I can cover more cases. And fixes also came from external contributors, which is very nice to see :-)

So, now time to rest a bit ! After project-builder.org and this version of MondoRecue, I can take a bit of time to think to the next steps, and more over, work on some other projects such as the UUWL and some I’ll announce later.

UUWL aka the Unix to Unix Wrapper LIbrary is now available

2012/05/16

I recently receive the approval from the HP OpenSource Review Board so that we can publish a new HP and Intel sponsored Open Source project called the UUWL aka the Unix to Unix Wrapper Library, now available at UUWL.project-builder.org.

The published code is a first version providing help to migrate C code from Solaris to Linux. That’s a first step in this project. The target is to augment that with more code porting helper functions, which have not yet being developed, and also to target next other Unices such as AIX. As well we think this library may well become a must have for Linux distributions, so they may integrate it as they do with the GNU LibC, so that Linux could become the most porting friendly platform.

For the moment, only the source code and build process is available. I’ve started to work on the packaging with project-builder.org, and soon multiple packages will be available for various Linux distributions in order to ease installation and usage. We also need to release more documentation, use autoconf/automake, … It’s just a start. But as such we thought it would be worth sharing and try to build a new community interested by this topic.

We are interested by getting first feedback around this project. And if you have porting experience, you’re also welcome to join and share it with us so we could improve the UUWL and make it more useful for everybody. It’s released under a dual license, both OSI approved, the LGPLv2 and the MIT license, so it could be used in multiple context.


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