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Open Infrastructure Summit 2020: Highlights from Canonical’s first digital OIS

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Another Open Infrastructure Summit just passed, and yet this one was like no other OIS past. Head-sponsoring the first ever virtual OIS was an interesting experience to say the least, with more than 10,000 community members worldwide hoping on the hand-built OIS platform to see what’s new in the open infrastructure space, connect, and – why not? – get their hands on some goodies from their favourite brands!

The theme of Open Infrastructure Summit 2020? Couldn’t be more pertinent: ‘The Next Decade of Open Infrastructure’. In other words, this conference was all about change, and evolving to meet with the tech demands to move forward.

Canonical had much to say on the topic, with founder and CEO Mark Shuttleworth delivering a live keynote on what he predicts for the future of open infra, as well as a number of our team members giving technical talks on OpenStack related topics such as VNF, OVN, cloud and edge solutions, as well as pricing considerations.

You can now access all of Canonical’s sessions on YouTube (see below) but also explore the OIS platform for the next several months to access content on-demand.

Mark Shuttleworth’s OIS 2020 Keynote

The founder and CEO of Canonical and Ubuntu was one of the thought leaders to open this year’s OIS with a keynote on Day 1. His presentation was entitled ‘OpenStack Operations’ and focused on operations as the key to leveraging OpenStack. He shared his insights on the ways in which a successful cloud needs to grow and evolve in order to live a long time and prove successful Hear him on the recording below:

To help the community better understand how to use operators and create them on Python, Canonical’s engineers also hosted a live training day during the event. Due to high demand, the team will be repeating the initiative at the upcoming KubeCon NA on November 17th, so if you’re interested in getting trained you can RSVP below.

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Canonical & Ubuntu sessions at OIS 2020

MicroStack: puting OpenStack at the edge

One of the most exciting things the team presented this year was MicroStack – a pure upstream OpenStack distribution, designed for enabling OpenStack on the edge. MicroStack is part of Canonical’s Microcloud solution which facilitates running lightweight VMs and containers inside of a single stack, consisting of well-known mature technologies.

Get an introduction of what MicroStack can do and how it works in the session below:

OpenStack on rails: meet MicroStack

For a more technical, ‘how-to’ encounter with MicroStack you can also take a look at our second session on the topic and how you can simplify the OpenStack installation process .

MicroStack is a snap-based OpenStack installation that can be installed across 40+ Linux distributions and configured by simply running 2 commands. MicroStack uses OVN as an SDN and supports clustering which makes it an ideal candidate for testing, development and production usage. Learn more here:

Hassle-free migration from OVS to OVN

Exciting changes are afoot in OpenStack networking. During the OpenStack Ussuri cycle the Neutron team adopted the networking-ovn ML2 plugin and turned it into a native driver maintained in the main Neutron code repository.

Open Virtual Network (OVN) is a system to support virtual network abstraction for a fleet of Open vSwitch switches. OpenStack networking has a lot to gain from the move to OVN, and you can expect a steady stream of improvements and new features in coming cycles because of it. But what do you do with your existing clouds? Can you migrate your legacy Neutron ML2+OVS deployments to OVN?

You can, and this session will show you how.

I Deployed my Snowflake and it Didn’t Melt! Now What?

Since its inception in 2019, the ETSI OSM VNF Onboarding Task Force has been working to establish and iteratively improve on a set of guidelines to help VNF (+ CNF and PNF) vendors build packages that are easily consumed and align with industry standards. In the latest OSM Hackfest, FB Magma with containerized functions, was combined with srsLTE as a cellular radio simulator and a physical VyOS router to demonstrate orchestration and management of an end to end EPC cellular data path. This session covered the highlights of how that was accomplished, provide a demo and explain how to guidelines are used to build a complex package in simple terms.

Private cloud price-performance analysis

In this session, we present a detailed analysis of the private cloud price-performance and demonstrate how using proper architecture and tools can significantly reduce the TCO of private cloud implementation. The session concludes with a comparison of the TCO per VM across leading public cloud and private cloud platforms.

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