In October, Rackers will once again take OpenStack to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing! As OpenStack sharpens its focus on the super user, we will as well with this year’s Open Source Day. The focus of the Open Source Day is humanitarian projects, and Grace Hopper conference organizers want female developers to learn how to contribute to them. Beside OpenStack, this year’s participating projects include Microsoft Disaster Response, Ushahidi’s initiative CrisisNET, the Sahana Eden humanitarian platform and others. Check out all of the Open Source participants here: http://gracehopper.org/open-source-day/.
At Rackspace, we believe that open source communities enable innovation and collaboration. That is why we founded OpenStack four years back and why we actively engage in the Open Compute Project as well. OnMetal is built on OpenStack software and Open Compute hardware. Listen to what the OnMetal team has to say about why we chose such a design.
With a useful OpenStack lab up and running, it’s time to take advantage of some more advanced features. The first that I want to look at is adding the OpenStack Networking LBaaS (Load Balancer) to my Rackspace Private Cloud. This is currently a Tech Preview and unsupported feature of Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2 and is not considered for use in production at this time. To add this to RPC we simply make a change to the environment and run chef-client across the nodes.
Federated and interoperable OpenStack clouds are on the horizon, as code development work, led by a CERN research fellow sponsored by Rackspace as part of a CERN openlab project, has been included in the latest OpenStack release, Icehouse.
The OpenStack Technical Committee recently decided to incubate Designate, an authoritative multi-tenant DNS-as-a-Service for OpenStack that features a command line client, REST API and integrates with Nova, Neutron and Keystone. Reaching incubation status within OpenStack is a key milestone along the path to becoming an OpenStack core project. Here at Rackspace, we look back fondly on the past year of learning about and collaborating on the project, and we are looking forward to the adoption of Designate and the continued evolution of the OpenStack ecosystem.