My team at Dell has been avidly tracking the ups, downs, and breakthroughs of the OpenStack Essex release. While we still have a few milestones before the release is cut, we felt like the E4 release was a good time to begin the work on Essex deployment. Of course, the final deployment scripts will need substantial baking time after the final release on April 5th; however, getting deployments working will help influence the quality efforts and expand the base of possible testers.
To rally behind Essex Deployments, we are hosting a public work day on Thursday March 8th.
For this work day, we’ll be hosting all-day community events online and physically in Austin and Boston. We are getting commitments from other Dell teams, partners and customers around the world to collaborate. The day is promising to deliver some real Essex excitement.
The purpose of these events is to deliver the core of a working OpenStack Essex deployment. While my team is primarily focused on deploys via Crowbar/Chef, we are encouraging anyone interested in laying down OpenStack Essex to participate. We will be actively engaged on the OpenStack IRC and mailing lists too.
We have experts in OpenStack, Chef, Crowbar and Operating Systems (Canonical, SUSE, and RHEL) engaged in these activities.
This is a great time to start learning about OpenStack (or Crowbar) with hands-on work. We are investing substantial upfront time (checkout out the Crowbar wiki for details) to ensure that there is a working base OpenStack Essex deploy on Ubuntu 12.04 beta. This deploy includes the Crowbar 1.3 beta with some new features specifically designed to make testing faster and easier than ever before.
In the next few days, I’ll cut a 12.04 ISO and OpenStack Barclamp TARs as the basis for the deploy day event. I’ll also be creating videos that help you quickly get a test lab up and running. Visit the wiki or meetup sites to register and stay tuned for details!