“lectio magistralis” in London

On Thursday I had the chance to speak “lectio magistralis” in front of members of different funds in London. They were interested in my opinion on the IT market, not only short term, but also long term (e.g. in the 5 to 10 years). The reason is that these funds are willing to provide long term investments for their private customers and banks.

This conference was a wonderful experience, with a lot of intriguing questions from the funds researcher. This was my very first time speaking to a totally different audience rather to pure IT public. Having said that, I’ve realized how important this really was.

This fund community is perceiving me as someone who is really reliable, understands the IT market, and has a clear vision on short and long term perspectives. Speaking exactly in London as an influential city with a worldwide impact was even more significant.

Will this be a new path in my career? I don’t know. What I know for sure is that technology is my absolute passion and nobody can bring me away from the “keyboard”. However, I feel I’m ready to play even more important roles on the market.

I want to say thank you all, it was my pleasure to take part in this event and speak in front of this committed audience.

Wrap-up OpenStack Ops in Milan

It was very exciting to for me to see the OpenStack Ops Midcycle in Milan (Italy), which is my hometown. I was also very pleased to see a lot of common faces across the community, and Switzerland was well represented with Switch, ZHAV,  University of Zurich, CSCS … and myself.

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I personally followed more the tracks about containers: Kolla is becoming increasingly popular among the consultants to deploy OpenStack in a repeatable way. However, the real advantage of Kolla in my humble opinion is all about upgrades: containers allow to upgrade and roll-back the cluster in short period of time, which is essential when you need to operate a production cloud.

The overall feeling that I shared with my “colleagues” of the community is that OpenStack has definitively improved his stability. I started to work on OpenStack since 2010 with the Diablo release and it was a pain to run it at the beginning. While most of the production clusters are on Liberty or Mitaka release, no one is applying special patches to code, as we used to do at the outset.

There are still issues with the non-core projects or the features that are less used and tested, but I can definitively tell that – if you make appropriate decisions and you stick to the stable components – OpenStack can be safely run in production. We’ll see how it goes with the Ocata release, as Nova introduces cells v2.

I need to thank both Savrerio Proto from Switch and the Enter team for having brought such a fantastic event in Milan.

Back on track for 2017

As you’ve already noticed, I wasn’t that active on my social media channels. As you might know 2016 was a very busy and productive business year for me. I’ve spent most of the time in London and Milan, focusing on some exciting projects. For instance, my work for eBay© was to make their application more cloud-aware so that their releases speed up. I’ve also assisted a bank in central London to integrate the cloud into their business routine. In Milan, I’ve concentrated on the kick off at Saipem/ENI© with OpenStack and multi-cloud. I am thankful for these work opportunities and I am looking forward to get involved in new ones.

Having said that, now is the right time to tell you about my resolutions for 2017:

  • Spend more time in Zurich while keeping London as a main landing point.
  • Get on board 2-3 long-term projects that will provide recurring revenues.
  • Keep working on Long-Term Support (LTS) releases concept for OpenStack.
  • Have more time for family and hobbies (such as improving my flying skills).

The key word for 2017 adventure is “simplification”. This is the reason why my next blog post will underline how cloud might be a key component of simplification in IT.

Stay tuned!

SecurePass 0.4.6, focus on OpenStack & cloud

I’m proud to annouce that SecurePass “Dreamliner” 0.4.6. This release has special focus on OpenStack and could deployments in general, as we introduced password-only authentication for service users. Our new command line tool reflect these changes.

Also, we stabilized the driver for OpenStack Keystone and is easier to install and easier to comfigure. Also multiple SecurePass domains are supported as keystone domaijs, as we enabled domain-based comnfiguration. The Keystone driver is freely available on our GitHub page.

Last but not least, our Linux NSS module now supports posix group. Packages for RedHat/CentOS and Suse/OpenSuse are available on the repository. Ubuntu and Debian users should receive updates via backports.

In detail the new features:

  • Added user modify
  • Added password only authentication
  • Added show group information
  • Fix user modify: name and surname were to lowercase

2017 OpenStack Board Election Results

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The 2017 OpenStack Board Elections were held on Friday, January 13, 2017. This year I wasn’t elected to represent the OpenStack community as a Board member. On the bright side, being the 10th in the world with no support of any IMHO company is still a great result. I needed a few more votes to pass the threshold.

Despite this, I want to thank you for your kind support. I appreciate your help and I am very grateful to each one of you who believed in me.

This outcome only motivates me further. I will take advantage of the time until the next Election and will keep working on the Long Term Support (LTS) releases concept. Nevertheless, I am still on the customer’s side, representing their needs and securing stability. I’m already looking forward to a happy and productive year!

For more information, you can check the results here.

Giuseppe Paternò for OpenStack

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OpenStack has already become a leading standard for cloud architecture and continues to provide great opportunities for software manufacturers and system integrators. Partly due to its heritage and also because as a result of dynamic ongoing improvements new features are being introduced on a steady basis. At the same time the security mechanisms are being further enhanced. These constant changes are undoubtedly good for development and testing environments but prove rather challenging for IT-departments, especially in the area of Finance and Telecom. The nature of the Open Stack architecture demands professional maintenance and care as well as a measured approach to release changes and implementations of new features. In this context, I am working to implement a Long Term Support (LTS) releases concept, which secures stability for enterprise customers in order to give them the time and freedom to focus on their core business. Achieving this milestone is my main priority, because enterprise customers value stability to a great extent, in particular for their highly complex IT infrastructure.

This January you have the chance to vote again in the 2017 Board Election and choose your board members. My aim, as a candidate, is to take care of OpenStack from the Customer’s point of view, focusing on banking and telecoms. Because of my long experience with OpenStack, I am capable to appreciate the customers’ needs and support them not only through the first installation but also help them to manage new releases both strategically and on a long-term basis. Making sure that the new updates are successfully implemented and properly used is what I do best. Thus, working with customers and ensuring a secure and stable OpenStack community makes “upgrading” far more painless and provides greater value to you – the customers as well as the whole Open Stack community.

If this is applicable to you, please consider voting for me. Making OpenStack the most used platform among enterprises, service providers and outsources is something we can achieve together. Let’s do it here.