The international OpenStack community is growing all the time, as was clear at the last OpenStack summit in Boston. Taking place from May 8-11, 2017, the event was a who's who in the Massachusetts OpenSource scene, and participants were there to talk about exciting topics and highlight new issues. Deutsche Telekom also dispatched a team to the States to glean further valuable insights into OpenStack and bring them back home to Germany.
This article focuses on several issues:
- How Deutsche Telekom presented itself during its trip across the pond
- How important OpenStack has become in the past few years
- What the latest developments are regarding the popular cloud standard
OpenStack as a major attraction
With over 1,000 companies from 63 countries in attendance, the latest OpenStack summit in Boston was, once again, a major event. It drew a good 5,000 attendants, all eager to hear about the latest developments in the field of cloud services, and the presence of over 150 reporters and analysts demonstrated just how important the free software project is today for modern cloud computing architecture.
The excitement around OpenStack was in clear evidence at Deutsche Telekom's stand. Since the last OpenStack summit in Barcelona, the company was named as a gold member of the OpenStack Foundation, triggering a surge in interest among the event's participants in the latest projects focusing on the Open Telekom Cloud. Located at the heart of the event space, the stand was always busy as it was the setting for scores of engrossing customer talks, insightful discussions with developers, and interviews with the press and analysts.
The Open Telekom Cloud team found itself rubbing shoulders with illustrious peers – Google, eBay, Intel, Huawei, Harvard University and the U.S. army also sent experts to the A-list OpenSource event.
The cloud of tomorrow is hybrid
In Boston, all signs pointed towards greater interest in hybrid cloud solutions. Lots of the experts in attendance described the hybrid cloud as an exciting model for the future, one that combines the best features of the public and private cloud variants. Underscoring how Deutsche Telekom really has its finger on the pulse, a keynote speech given by Dr. Clemens Hardewig, Vice President of Dynamic Platform Services at T-Systems, saw the company showcase the advantages of the hybrid cloud to maximum effect in front of the industry community.
The OpenStack scene can hardly wait for the proprietorial and custom hybrid cloud solutions that the Bonn-based firm has on its roadmap for this year. Talking at this year's CeBIT trade fair, Heidi Bretz, Director of Business Development in the OpenStack Foundation, stated that T-Systems was an extremely important member of the group. Why? "We're not followers – instead, we progress the issue and focus on implementing it well," is how a member of the Telekom team put it in Boston.
IT solutions such as DSI vCloud from Deutsche Telekom emphasize how the OpenStack pioneers from North Rhine-Westphalia are on the right track. Deutsche Telekom already uses the "hybrid" label to offer flexible and scalable cloud solutions that let companies design their IT infrastructures in a way that suits their requirements perfectly. This gives them so much freedom – for example, they can transfer data and projects to the vCloud when their own system resources are in short supply, and they can shift items from storage back to their own networks when the need arises. Using hybrid offerings of this sort also makes it possible to develop highly dynamic processes with relatively little effort. These results conform with Germany's data protection regulations for servers and have transparent cost models.
Cloud experts from Deutsche Telekom share their knowledge
This and similar offerings will play a larger role in shaping the cloud market in the future, so Deutsche Telekom gave eight engrossing talks when it went to Boston. In their presentations, well-known Open Telekom Cloud experts such as Kurt Garloff, Sebastian Wenner, Alexander Stellwag, and Daniela Ebert set out their views about OpenStack and explained how important free cloud architecture is. The following talks are available in the OpenStack summit's online archive:
- Make OpenStack successful in Public Clouds (Clemens Hardewig)
- Pit stop at 100mph – how to upgrade a large scale public cloud from Juno to Mitaka (Sebastian Wenner)
- Image Build as a Service – Why it makes sense to build your own Cloud Images (Sebastian Wenner, Kurt Garloff, Daniela Ebert)
- Privacy: 10 Facts to handle Cross-border data traffic with openstack = International + EU + Germany(Sebastian Wenner, Daniela Ebert, Daniel Fussy)
- Keystone and SAML2 for multitenant environments – two concepts get together (Alexander Stellwag, Steffen Eisenblätter)
- Does my app or tool work on OpenStack Cloud X? Use RefStack to find out ... (Kurt Garloff )
- OpenStack 360° – A holistic approach to finding "your" OpenStack (Alexander Stellwag)
- The past, the present, and the future of "OpenStack Interoperability" (Kurt Garloff )
- Cloud orchestration made easy – Getting started with HEAT (Daniela Ebert)
Deutsche Telekom will be a big name at the next OpenStack summit as well. Taking place in Sydney, Australia, from November 6-8, 2017, it will be a showcase for OpenStack and the Open Telekom Cloud.