OpenStack Live tutorials & sessions to bring OpenStack users up to speed

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I attended the OpenStack Paris summit last month (Percona had a booth there). It was my first opportunity to meet face-to-face with this thriving community of developers and users. I’m proud that Percona is part of this open source family and look forward to reconnecting with many of the developers and users I met in Paris – as well as meeting new faces – at OpenStack Live in Silicon Valley April 13-14.

OpenStack Live 2015: Sneak peak of the April conferenceOpenStack summits, generally held twice a year, are the place where (for the most part) developers meet and design “in the open,” as the OpenStack organization says. OpenStack Live 2015, held in parallel with the annual Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo, will be a unique opportunity for users and enthusiasts to learn from leading OpenStack experts in the field about top cloud strategies, improving overall cloud performance, and operational best practices for managing and optimizing OpenStack and its MySQL database core.

OpenStack Live will also provide some serious classroom-style learning. Percona announced the OpenStack Live tutorials sessions a couple days ago. Most sessions are three hours long and because they really are “hands-on” require that you bring your laptop – and a power cord (not to be confused with a “power chord,” though those also welcome”).

Let’s take a closer look at the OpenStack Live tutorial sessions.


Barbican: Securing Your Secrets.” Join Rackspace gurus Douglas Mendizábal, Chelsea Winfree and Steve Heyman on a tour through the magical world of Barbican (yes, they are dedicated members of the Barbican project).

Don’t be intimidated if don’t have any previous experience with Barbican (and if you’ve never heard of it, more the reason to attend!). A basic understanding of security components (such as keys and certificates) and a basic understanding of ReST is helpful, but not required.

By the end of the class you will know:
1)   Importance of secret storage
2)   How to store & retrieve secrets with Barbican
3)   How to submit an order with Barbican
4)   How to create a container
5)   Use cases for Barbican / Examples
6)   The future of Barbican –Ordering SSL Certs


Deploying, Configuring and Operating OpenStack Trove.” As the title suggests, these three hours focus squarely on Trove. The tutorial – led by Tesora founder & CTO Amrith Kumar, along with Doug Shelley, the company’s vice president of product development – will begin with a quick overview of OpenStack and the various services.

If you attend this tutorial you’ll actually deploy your own OpenStack environment – and create and manage a Nova (compute) instance using a command line and a graphical user interface (Horizon). And the fun continues! You’ll then install and configure Trove, and create and manage a single MySQL instance. Finally, pupils will create and operate a simple replicated MySQL instance pair and ensure that data is being properly replicated from master to slave.


Essential DevStack.” DevStack is an opinionated script to quickly create an OpenStack development environment. It can also be used to demonstrate starting/running OpenStack services and provide examples of using them from a command line. The power of DevStack lies within small trick that if people understand can hugely improve the contribution effectiveness, quality and required time. This three-hour tutorial will be led by Red Hat senior software engineer Swapnil Kulkarni.


OpenStack Networking Introduction,” with PLUMgrid’s Valentina Alaria and Brendan Howes. Buckle your seat belts! Designed for IT professionals looking to expand their OpenStack “networking” (no, not the LinkedIn sort of networking) knowledge, OpenStack Networking Fundamentals will be a comprehensive and fast-paced course.

This half-day training provides an overview of OpenStack, its components and then dives deep into OpenStack Networking – the features and plugin model and its role in building an OpenStack Cloud. The training is concluded with a hands-on lab to bring all the concepts together.

OpenStack Networking (Neutron) Introduction [1 hour]
– Goal of Neutron
– Architecture of Neutron
– Plugin Architecture
– Use cases for Neutron
– What’s new in Juno & what’s planned for Kilo

OpenStack Networking (Neutron) Advanced [1 hour]
– Interaction with other OpenStack components (Compute & Storage)
– Designing Neutron for HA
– Installing Neutron
– Troubleshooting Neutron

Hands-on Lab [1 hour]
– Creation of tenant networks
– Configuration of external connectivity
– Advanced Features Configurati


Percona’s director of conferences, Kortney Runyan, offered a sneak peek at the OpenStack sessions last week. Attendees of the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2015 (April 13-16, 2015) with full-pass access are also welcome to attend OpenStack Live sessions. The two conferences are running in parallel, which is very exciting since there will be crossover opportunities between them.

I hope to see you next April! And be sure to take advantage of Early Bird pricing for OpenStack Live (register here).
And if you are an organizer of an OpenStack (or MySQL) Meetup and need some financial help, Percona is happy to chip in as a sponsor. Just let me know and I’ll work with you to set that up! You can drop me a note in the comments and I’ll contact you offline.

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