RDO Releases Packages for OpenStack Mitaka

The RDO community is pleased to announce the general availability of the RDO build for OpenStack Mitaka for RPM-based distributions – CentOS Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. RDO is suitable for building private, public, and hybrid clouds and Mitaka is the 13th release from the OpenStack project, which is the work of more than 2500 contributors from around the world. (Source)

See Red Hat Stack for a brief overview of what’s new in Mitaka.

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RDO Community Day at FOSDEM

RDO logo Time does get away from me! It’s been three weeks now since I was in Brussels for FOSDEM. On the day before FOSDEM started, we held the first RDO Community Day as part of the CentOS Dojo. (Mark your calendars, we’re definitely doing this again next year!)

Rewinding a little… last year at FOSDEM, we had a few RDO presentations as part of the CentOS Dojo. This was very well received, and at the RDO meetup at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, we decided to make it into a whole day.

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RDO Interview—Cinder in Liberty

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Before OpenStack Summit, I interviewed Mike Perez about what’s new in Cinder in the LIberty release, and what’s coming in Mitaka. Unfortunately, life got a little busy and I didn’t get it posted before Summit. However, with Liberty still fresh, this is still very timely content.

In this interview, Mike talks about the awesome new features that have gone into Cinder for Liberty, and what we can expect to see in April.

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RDO Interviews Flavio Percoco From Zaqar

RDO logo Zaqar (formerly called Marconi) is the messaging service in OpenStack. I recently had an opportunity to interview Flavio Percoc, who is the PTL (Project Technical Lead) of that project, about what’s new in Kilo, and what’s coming in Liberty.

The recording is here, and the transcript follows after the break.

(If the player below doesn’t work for you, you can listen HERE)

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SELF Discovery

SELF logo The 2015 SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) made its seventh annual appearance last week, this year filling the quiet halls of the Sheraton Charlotte Airport with the voices of the free and open source community.

This was my first time at the show, but it is most definitely a local favorite for those Red Hatters based in Raleigh. Charlotte is a city in transition, with some interesting spots to find culture and ridiculously good cuisine. The event itself had the feel of similar regional FLOSS conferences, along the lines of SCALE, Texas Linux Fest, and LinuxFest Northwest: run by a team of dedicated (and slightly exhausted) volunteers that went out of their way to make attendees and exhibitors feel welcome.

OSAS was well-represented at SELF, presenting on a variety of topics that displayed just some of our expertise.

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RDO and CentOS

Continuing in the series about the RDO Meetup in Vancouver, in this recording we have Karsten Wade, of the CentOS project, talking about CentOS’s relationship with RDO, and with OpenStack in general. He talks about the CentOS build infrastructure, CI, package repos, and the CentOS Cloud SIG.

(If the player below doesn’t work for you, you can listen HERE

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Introduction to RDO manager

Last month at the RDO meetup in Vancouver, a number of topics were discussed. Jarda talked about RDO-Manager, the installation and management tool based on TripleO. Here’s just that part of the meeting.

If the embedded player below doesn’t work for you, you can listen HERE.

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All Code Tells A Story

SELF logo I can talk. A lot.

I’m pretty sure there’s not one of my friends and co-workers who would dispute that assertion.

Much of my conversation in the workplace revolves around, well, work: the creation and distribution of technology that, ultimately, helps other people get more work done. How do we make feature X better? Or figure out how to explain feature Y?

Explaining what my colleagues are creating is a big part of my work. To do so, I very often have to use metaphors and other storytelling tools to make sure the explanation is clear. This is not something unique to me; many of us in IT do it all of the time, even amongst ourselves. Our language is rife with jargonism that hopefully helps to make things clear.

Thus, we have virtual machine management and cloud computing explained as "pets" and "cattle," respectively. Or, if you run towards the sci-fi, there are other metaphors.

Recently, though, it struck me that we don’t just use metaphors to explain what we do. What IT does in many respects is storytelling. We take mathematical concepts and mold them into imagery and tools with which we might be more familiar. So we have the antiquated concept of accounting ledgers shaping the metaphor of the spreadsheet with its cells, worksheets, and workbooks. It’s a computer. It doesn’t need to imitate paper with its limitations. But we need that limitation. We have to see the numbers in such a way that people can understand them and work with them.

This is a metaphor, a story… and we see it all across our technology. Why else would we use terms like "desktop," "window," and "menu"? This is a level of creativity that I think often gets lost in technology. Too often, technologists are labels as being too literal, and not creative. But in reality, people who shape, build, and run technology are very likely just as creative as an artist or writer. The medium is vastly different, but the result is very much the same.

So, at SouthEast LinuxFest this weekend, I will be telling a story. A story about storytellers and IT and the way we tell a story that starts not like ancient fairy tales, but perhaps with code like

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ManageIQ at OpenStack Summit

If you’re heading to OpenStack Summit, you’ll be happy to hear that there is plenty of ManageIQ content to choose from:

  • ManageIQ BoF on Monday, May 18: A Tour of ManageIQ Botvinnik – What’s new in the upcoming Botvinnik release? Find out here
  • OpenStack Infrastructure Management with ManageIQ, John Hardy, Product Manager, Red Hat – Learn about hybrid cloud management from a guy who could write books about it
  • ManageIQ User Day @ OpenStack Summit – Learn how to use ManageIQ with OpenStack in a scale-out lab setting. If you’re an OpenStack user and want to know how to add hybrid cloud management to the mix, this is the event for you. Bonus: the Botvinnik release party is at the end!

If you want to attend the user day, make sure to RSVP.

The Quid Pro Quo of Open Infrastructure

The best deals are those in which both parties come out of the arrangement substantially better off than they would have been otherwise. One of the most significant aspects of Red Hat’s business model is that it represents a mutually beneficial deal between two overlapping groups of people: one that sees the Red Hat model as a powerful way to turn freely available open source software into a compelling subscriber experience, and one that sees it as a way to turn the subscription revenue received from satisfied customers into freely available open source software.

Neither of those groups is more important to Red Hat than the other. The interaction and collaboration between them helped build the company into an organization able to go head to head with much larger competitors. I think the most interesting aspect of this business model is that it is not inherently limited to the organizations we traditionally think of as software companies, or even those we consider to be technology companies. Rather, the model potentially applies to any organization that invests in software development or customization for their own use or on behalf of their clients.

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