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Tuesday, April 16 • 11:00am - 11:40am
Heat RefStack - A reference implementation of OpenStack

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The OpenStack project does an insane amount of automated testing as part of the development cycle, but up until now there has been no corresponding testing that can be performed against running public clouds. While we want to do that, before we can test other people's clouds for compatibility, we need to be able to express what it is they need to be compatible with.

Enter RefStack

It turns out that OpenStack is rich enough now to express a reference implementation in terms of itself, using heat templates. Some people think that's a great end to itself - deploy your OpenStack using OpenStack - but others are not quite as sure about that yet, and have significant investment in things like chef, puppet, crowbar or cobbler. To meet the needs of expressing a useful set of testable information and not leave that specification as an academic exercise, or as the recipient of more tool wars - we've come up with a plan to have the heat templates describe the state, the "what" if you will, and to describe a clear boundary line across which metadata is passed to the tools on the individual nodes that will turn that metadata into configuration.

Over the course of the talk, we'll discuss:

  • refstack itself
  • heat template design
  • crowbar integration
  • os-config-applier


avatar for Rob Hirschfeld

Rob Hirschfeld

CEO/Founder, RackN
Currently on the Board, I've been driving the Core Definition Process and Product Working Group | I have been involved in Cloud for over 14 years and launched some of the earliest Cloud companies.  My educational background (Duke and LSU) is in computer science and systems engineering with a focus on distributed systems.  I have always found deployment to be vitally important in developments - that lead me to found a SaaS start-up in 1999... Read More →
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Monty Taylor

Distinguished Engineer, OpenStack Technical Committee Member, OpenStack Foundation Director, HP
Monty is a long time Free Software Hacker and a Distinguished Technologist at HP. He is founder and currently a core team member of the OpenStack Infrastructure program which runs OpenStack's massively scalable dev/test and CI system. You should never let him name projects, because if you do, you'll end up with something like "jeepyb" or "TripleO". Before OpenStack he was a MySQL consultant and a core dev on the Drizzle fork of MySQL. Outside... Read More →

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