The OpenStack Summit kicked off with an exciting announcement that OpenStack Summit Berlin would be the last OpenStack Summit. The gathering is now to be called the Open Infrastructure Summit.
But what does this mean? Infrastructure has evolved from simply hardware to software-based solutions, allowing for the opportunity to have Open Infrastructure. Open infrastructure is an architecture method that provides the tools needed for an IT infrastructure based on free and open source software. According to Jonathan Bryce in his Keynote at OpenStack Berlin, one of the top priorities businesses are trying to achieve with the use of open infrastructure is flexibility and control over their environments. Being able to run their own clouds, or possessing options to have more than one third-party company build a cloud for their needs, offers companies the ability to experience true interoperability, allowing them to innovate at a faster pace.
Companies like AT&T took the stage to discuss how OpenStack and Open Infrastructure have allowed them to grow to meet the needs of their customers. In the 1990s, we experienced a surge in digital and GSM communications, helping to spur the development of UMTS/ CDMA. Since then, the role of communication companies has grown beyond the original roles of helping us stay connected through phone calls. It has been almost 40 years since we saw the development of 1G analog voice services, and it’s easy to forget that there were days before broadband data and smart cities. Telecommunication companies now help keep us connected through massive amounts of data. In fact, during Bryce’s keynote, I learned that the amount of data produced by the internet of things now outpaces the amount of data produced by humans.
During the AT&T keynote, Amy Wheelus talked about the rollout of the 5G revolution. Through the use of 5G, we now need to think beyond YouTube videos and text messages, to technologies that allow for search and rescue operations and wearable sensors that can feed real-time data to command centers about the status of first responders. 5G technology is one of the first technologies to be born in the cloud. AT&T 5G is being developed in OpenStack and deployed through Airship.
Airship is a pilot program through the OpenStack Foundation that creates a platform for the full lifecycle management of open infrastructure. It treats containers and Helm charts as the fundamental unit of cloud software delivery and deployment. Airship takes your declarative site manifest (YAML files) and then feeds them through the API to drive the provisioning of your environment.
We also learned that the next OpenStack release after Stein would be OpenStack Train. The name stems from the Denver Project Team Gathering’s hotel, where the planning for the next release was done. Being located near the train that made its presence known throughout the PTG, it’s fitting that the first Open Infrastructure Summit will be back in Denver Colorado!
One of my favorite parts of the OpenStack Summit is that even lunch breaks offer an opportunity to learn and network. Tuesday afternoon, Amy Merrich and I were able to touch base with many OpenStack contributors who attended Speed Mentoring. This session was sponsored by Intel (Thank you Intel!) and organized by Amy in order to allow new and established people in the OpenStack community to be able to network and receive mentorship. During this lunch, mentees were placed into small groups and were able to choose from three different tracks: Career, Community, and Technical. Then they were given an opportunity to interact with different mentors, getting answers to the questions they had about how to become more involved in the community, how to further their careers, and technical questions about their own projects.
The mentorship did not stop there, however, as later that day the OpenStack mentoring Birds of a Feather track allowed me to immerse myself in a topic I feel passionate about right now. As co-leader of the OpenStack Mentoring group, I was blessed to be joined in this session by my co-leader Jill Rouleau and mentor Amy Merrich, along with many community members. During this session, we were able to sit together and discuss training needs and the future of the OpenStack mentorship program.
Amy also stepped up to practice what we preach at Linux Academy and helped train the next generation of OpenStack contributors. She did this through volunteering with the OpenStack Upstream Institute and teaching a Git and Gerrit lunch at various OpenStack Summits.
Pinehead even made a special appearance during Upstream Institute training, when I had the wonderful opportunity to share the training experience with other Linux Academy students.
If you are unable to attend the Open Infrastructure Summit, Linux Academy can still help you find the training you need. Amy Merrich offers various OpenStack Training courses from Deploying and Managing OpenStack to Becoming a Certified OpenStack Administrator. Another of our fantastic Training Architects is Elle Krout. Her course on YAML Essentials will give you the foundation you need to be able to create and read YAML files, whether they be Airship manifest or Kubernetes deployment files.
Excited about these ideas but not sure you are ready to get started? Try taking my course on Essential Container Concepts, which will introduce you to the various types of container technologies and provides background on their basics. This will provide you with the foundational knowledge you will need to begin your journey.