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  • OpenStack Orchestration: What You Don't Know Can Kill Your Career
    OpenStack Orchestration: What You Don't Know Can Kill Your Career
    Russ Lindsay, Director of Solutions Architecture; David Byte, Sr. Technology Strategist; Pete Chadwick, Sr. Product Manager Recorded: Feb 24 2015 52 mins
    Designing a fully orchestrated OpenStack cloud can be complex, time-consuming, and downright scary, making you feel as if you're standing on a precarious professional cliff. In this webinar, you'll find lampposts of knowledge and wisdom to light your way. StackVelocity and SUSE have teamed up to help you understand how to develop solutions that allow you to accelerate your time to value while maintaining the economics required for success in the marketplace.

    In this webinar, you will learn:
    -The challenges in orchestrating OpenStack that all enterprises should consider
    -How to think about the challenges in terms of the features your cloud is expected to deliver (e.g., DBaaS; LBaaS; federation to other cloud infrastructures, OpenStack or otherwise)
    -The best practices for designing, building, pre-validating, installing, managing, monitoring and optimizing an OpenStack cloud
    -How to plan your orchestration strategy in light of the ongoing maturation of OpenStack
    -How the StackVelocity/SUSE solution for cloud orchestration gets you from "sowing" to "reaping" as quickly as possible

    This session will provide practical, actionable strategies you can put to use immediately, regardless of the OpenStack distro or cloud orchestration solution you choose to implement. Join us!

    Speakers: Russ Lindsay, Director of Solutions Architecture, StackVelocity; David Byte, Senior Technology Strategist, SUSE; and Pete Chadwick, Senior Product Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Solutions, SUSE
  • The Open Cloud Deserves Open Hardware: OpenStack on Open Compute
    The Open Cloud Deserves Open Hardware: OpenStack on Open Compute
    Russ Lindsay, Stack Velocity; Jay Lyman, 451 Research; Al Sadowski, 451 Research Recorded: Oct 15 2014 49 mins
    OpenStack runs great on a diversity of hardware. A growing number of cloud builders are looking at the next frontier: OpenStack on Open Compute hardware.

    This session looks at the ways that the OpenStack and Open Compute communities are working together to improve the designs of each platform to better support the other and why OpenStack on Open Compute is truly the perfect combination (“peanut butter and jelly”).

    Russ Lindsay of StackVelocity, joined by Jay Lyman and Al Sadowski of 451 Research, will lead this informative session, addressing the advantages of OpenStack and Open Compute both individually and in combination.
  • OpenStack & Optimized Hardware: Avoid Problems That Can Stop Deployment
    OpenStack & Optimized Hardware: Avoid Problems That Can Stop Deployment
    Carl Brooks, 451 Research // Russ Lindsay, StackVelocity // Greg Elkinbard, Mirantis Recorded: Apr 30 2014 63 mins
    Frictionless access to information makes everyone think they can do this at home. But, in fact, deploying OpenStack on optimized hardware presents a hatful of challenges that your infrastructure team might not have thought about.

    In this session, we'll look at a range of challenges that can stop your project before it makes it to deployment. The session is divided into two topics that we’ll dive into:

    (a) Introduction to scalability techniques: clouds from a hardware perspective.
    Building a large cloud is more than just throwing hardware into a hall and lighting it up. Network, storage, compute and scaling strategies must be designed in from the beginning. In the current state of the art of OpenStack, some decisions are easy to unwind later on and some are impossible. This portion of the presentation will focus on describing the steps you need to execute to build a successful cloud and which decisions you can push off to later.

    (b) The second section of the session will focus on strategies to simplify the optimized hardware experience. If you’re assembling racks on onsite, you need a plan to deal with everything from cabling and airflow to the NIC firmware and drivers. Each of these details can delay your project and run up costs. We’ll also look at the trend toward scalable rack-level units that are factory integrated and tested.

    Attendees will also learn about some of the simple things that are obvious with enterprise hardware but can be challenging in any optimized hardware environment. Examples include power on/off, power monitoring, system health/event monitoring, remote console access.

    You'll leave this session armed with practical knowledge about running OpenStack on Open Compute and other optimized hardware.

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