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The OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC) performs a large number of OpenStack benchmarks in its day-to-day operations. To replicate production values during testing, the cloud is filled with workloads to ensure reliable results. While testing live migration, the OSIC DevOps team used Apache Spark Streaming as a driver for their workloads.

By Ianeta Hutchinson and Nish Patwa

Over the last few years, many enterprise customers have moved application workloads into public and private clouds, such as those powered by OpenStack. This trend is projected to grow significantly until 2020. Moving to the cloud offers customers lower costs and a consolidation of virtual estates, and they can benefit from OpenStack’s increased manageability.

Deploying OpenStack services directly to bare-metal can be difficult.  That’s why project lead Steven Dake and a few others started OpenStack Kolla.  It aims to provide production-ready, declarative deployment of OpenStack entirely in Docker containers. The Kolla project delivers Docker container definitions for deployment tools like Ansible and Kubernetes. 

Have you ever been curious about how much of a workload the OpenStack control plane can handle, before needing to scale horizontally? Based on the load, how will the API performance adjust?

Adapted from the October 2016 OpenStack Summit—Barcelona presentation by Melvin Hillsman (Rackspace) and Isaac Gonzalez (Intel)

In addition to keeping the world’s largest OpenStack development cloud up and running, the OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC) operations team in San Antonio, TX works hard to make it easier for OpenStack contributors to upstream their code.  OSIC team members, Melvin Hillsman and Isaac Gonzalez, explain how they cut OpenStack gate-time from 12 hours to 20 minutes.*

As a world-renowned IT research organization, IBM produces substantial breakthroughs.  Despite their size, IBM Research maintains an environment that nurtures some of the most innovative thinkers in the world.

One of the more gratifying aspects of working with OSIC is seeing firsthand how the cluster's capacity is being used to advance the scalability of OpenStack. A recent example from PLUMgrid demonstrates that the concept of scalability means more than just the number of nodes.

At the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona last month, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the value that the OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC) offers to the community--through keynotes, sessions and demos--from the role that the OSIC developer cloud plays in enabling the efforts of the OpenStack Project Infrastructure team and the IBM-hosted Interop Challenge to scale-out testing with PLUMgrid, a leader in Software Defined Networking (SDN). 

To accelerate enterprise adoption of the leading open source cloud operating system while supporting open source principles, OSIC brings together teams of engineers to make it easy to deploy, operate and use OpenStack, with all of the features of an enterprise-class computing platform.


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