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Tuesday, April 16 • 4:30pm - 5:10pm
OpenStack in Production: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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As  the  main  sponsors  of  Ubuntu,  Canonical  is  deeply  experienced  with  running  instances  in  all  the  major   public  clouds,  and  as  one  of  the  first  members  of  the  OpenStack  project,  also  has  organizational   expertise  with  the  private  cloud.

With  this  all  in  mind,  we  asked  our  IS  team  a  question:   

Would  it  be  possible  for  us  to  move  to  a  cloud-­centric  workflow  across  the  entire  company?   Supporting  not  only  the  internal  systems  that  keep  Canonical  running,  but  also  parts  of  the  widely   popular  and  globally  used  Ubuntu  project?   

The  answer  was  "Yes"....but  we  learned  a  ton  and  would  like  to  share  some  of  the  things  we  learned   around  the  following  topics: 

Organizational  needs  of  moving  from  a  traditional  "IS  over  here  and  developers  over  there”   to  "DevOps".

  • Expectations  of  developers  and  operations
  • Expectations  of  management 


  • Melding  of  production-­ready  things  with  not-­so-­ready  things
  • Mitigating  risk  when  choosing  a  cloud  platform
  • Segmenting  production  from  development
  • Dogfooding  of  existing  technologies  as  a  whole  instead  of  separate  products
  • The  need  for  service  orchestration


  • Servers  don't  auto-­magically  turn  into  generic  cloud  nodes,  our  collection  of  hardware  is   drastically  diverse  in  age,  capacity ,  and  performance
  • Architectural/Network  changes,  e.g.  How  do  you  add  capacity  for  big  releases/events?

Workflows - How  code  gets  from  a  laptop  to  production  quickly  and  tested?

  • Local  Development  to  ...
  • Testing  to  ...
  • Production

What  happens  when  things  fail?  How  do  you  roll  back?

User/Developer  education 


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Robbie Williamson

Vice President, Cloud Development & Operations, Canonical Ltd.

Tuesday April 16, 2013 4:30pm - 5:10pm
A105 (Portland Convention Center) 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Portland, OR 97232

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