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Ubuntu Helps Accelerate OpenStack Deployments

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted October 16, 2012


SAN DIEGO. Mark Shuttleworth is a man with vision. He had the vision to create the Ubuntu Linux project and he had the vision to be the first commercial Linux distro to embrace OpenStack fully.

Shuttleworth took the keynote stage at the OpenStack Summit to explain and to literally demonstrate how easy it all is.

Shuttleworth noted that Ubuntu has included support for OpenStack in 4 releases of Ubuntu so far, including Ubuntu 12.10, which is set for an official release this coming Thursday.

In his experience, agility and scale are the key drivers of the current dynamic for the production use of OpenStack.

From an Ubuntu perspective, the tool they use to deploy OpenStack is Juju. Juju is a technology that defines and encapsulates everything administrators needs to know about how to deploy the necessary pieces for a cloud deployment onto server infrastructure. Ubuntu Shuttleworth explained that each juju charm has all the intelligence to scale up and tear down for an app service.

In Ubuntu 12.10, Juju gets a boost with a new GUI that Shuttleworth did a live demo with on stage.

Community

Overall, Shuttleworth is very enthusiastic about OpenStack's development community.

"This is the most awesome community in action in open source today," Shuttleworth said.

For those looking to build on top of OpenStack, he suggests that they stay close to the upstream project. He also recommends users focus on the things that work right now.

The pace of innovation in OpenStack is rapid, and it's not all that hard to upgrade from one verison to the next to gain additional value.

To prove his point about the ease of upgrading, Shuttleworth, always the show-man, did a live demo where he migrated an OpenStack Essex release to the new Folsom release. The upgrade was done on a live production server running live in-service applications. The whole process was completed in just three minutes.

Shuttleworth warned the audience not to listen to the naysayers that claim OpenStack is not ready for production use today. His company is living proof that it is indeed ready.

"We're about making OpenStack in production work for real," Shuttleworth said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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