Webinar: Puppet and OpenStack

Date: 29 July, Wednesday
Time: 11:00 – 12.00 BST
Presenter: Kavit Munshi, CTO Aptira, OpenStack Ambassador, Member of the Board of Directors at OpenStack Foundation



OpenStack, may once have been seen as the geeks’ playground but now there’s plenty of sober corporate interest these days.  It is now recognised as the main game in town for non-proprietary cloud development and there are many reasons why it carries so much clout.  The primary one is that it is setting the pace when it comes to open technology within a fast growing cloud world.

But the word “Open” poses a problem in the world of technology.  In its simplest form, a computer system that is described as open is one that’s non-proprietary and which offers some degree of interoperability and portability, in other words it operates on a variety of platforms. It’s not quite as straightforward as that, as not every open product is quite as “open” as it should be, but that’s the theory.

What’s been notable about the OpenStack experience is that way that some major vendors (IBM,HP, VMware, among a few) who have traditionally followed a proprietary path, adopted the OpenStack philosophy and this has contributed to the project.  This “openness” had emerged as the initial  joint initiative by Rackspace and NASA to build a framework from cloud platforms.


  • Programme
    Keynote presentation. Presentation and speaker to be confirmed.
    Puppet and OpenStack
    Kavit Munshi, CTO Aptira, OpenStack Ambassador, Member of the Board of Directors at OpenStack Foundation

    The talk will focus on how OpenStack can be automated using Puppet. Kavit will also stress on the architecture used to automate OpenStack deployment using puppet. We will also look at the anatomy of a puppet module.
    The OpenStack community
    OpenStack enabling IT transformation

    Arturo Suarez, Canonical

    In traditional IT, we had a clear understanding on how to compete in each market. New IT transgredes the boundaries of industries and generates uncertainty, with new players delivering faster and more efficient services. In this session we will analyze why and how OpenStack is the (only) vehicle to bring your company to a level to compete with these disruptive players.

    The future of Openstack in the Enterprise: Containers

    Darryl Weaver, OpenStack Cloud Architect

    Docker, LXD, Parallels - Native operating system and application containers are coming to OpenStack and will be production ready in the next 12 months. Learn how this will impact the Enterprise data centre and change the economics of running an on-premise cloud with OpenStack. Is this the killer app for Enterprise cloud adoption? And how do you navigate the complex world of OpenStack to get to the promise of a fully Enterprise ready Cloud?

    Panel: Strengths, weaknesses and key gaps in making the enterprise ready
    Take Your Cloud to Places Others Can't

    Andy Roberts

    Where would you take your OpenStack Cloud if infrastructure was not a limitation? Join Andy Robert, Solution Architect at SolidFire, as he discusses how that one question is driving the transformation to the next generation data centre - powered by OpenStack, fueled by SolidFire. You’ll discover how storage now can be the cornerstone for adding new users and services in minutes, guaranteeing performance to mission-critical production applications, and much more.

    Efficient OpenStack Operations in Enterprise Environments

    Kenneth Tan, Sardina Systems

    Data centre operations at scale are non-trivial tasks that very often differ vastly from operations at smaller scale. In the resource utilization area, data centre servers utilization average between 6 to 12% -- the most efficient utilization barely touches 35% (at Google). When faced with a computing capacity problem, companies just put up more servers to cater to the workload, instead of running the machines the company already has at higher utilization. This short-term solution results in ever-increasing energy consumption and escalating costs of operations.

    Kenneth will be presenting the most advanced solution currently available and we will be discussing how to save costs, increase operations agility, increase RoI through increased server utilization, reduce servers and associated software CapEx, and enable organizations to flexibly focus on core business objectives.

Related Workshop

Kavit Munshi, CTO Aptira, OpenStack Ambassador, Member of the Board of Directors at OpenStack Foundation

The Introduction to OpenStack is a one day workshop aimed at introducing IT professionals to the OpenStack ecosystem and give them some hands on time with it. The workshop will start with a brief history of the project, its goals and also cover the components that make up core OpenStack. The workshop will also cover a hands on session where attendees will get the opportunity to install and explore OpenStack on their own laptops.

The following topics will be covered

1) Introduction to OpenStack

2) Overview of OpenStack components

3) Overview of OpenStack architecture

4) Hands on Lab deployment

5) Using the OpenStack Dashboard and command line interface

System requirements :

· Minimum Intel i3 processor or equivalent, Minimum 4GB RAM, Minimum 50GB HD

· On all supported platforms, you need to have VirtualBox installed.

· Linux based distros are preferred for Windows please install Putty beforehand.

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