Why burn down your data center (and move to public cloud)? Because your ops process are too hard to change. Rob talks about how hybrid provides a path if we can made ops more composable.
Here are my notes from the audio podcast (source):
1:30 Why “zehicle” as a handle? Portmanteau from electrics cars… zero + vehicle
Let’s talk about OpenStack & Cloud…
- OpenStack History
- 2:15 Rob’s OpenStack history from Dell and Hyperscale
- 3:20 Early thoughts of a Cloud API that could be reused
- 3:40 The practical danger of Vendor lock-in
- 4:30 How we implemented “no main corporate owner” by choice
- About the Open in OpenStack
- 5:20 Rob decomposes what “open” means because there are multiple meanings
- 6:10 Price of having all open tools for “always open” choice and process
- 7:10 Observation that OpenStack values having open over delivering product
- 8:15 Community is great but a trade off. We prioritize it over implementation.
- Q: 9:10 What if we started later? Would Docker make an impact?
- Part of challenge for OpenStack was teaching vendors & corporate consumers “how to open source”
- Q: 10:40 Did we accomplish what we wanted from the first summit?
- Mixed results – some things we exceeded (like growing community) while some are behind (product adoption & interoperability).
- 13:30 Interop, Refstack and Defcore Challenges. Rob is disappointed on interop based on implementations.
- Q: 15:00 Who completes with OpenStack?
- There are real alternatives. APIs do not matter as much as we thought.
- 15:50 OpenStack vendor support is powerful
- Q: 16:20 What makes OpenStack successful?
- Big tent confuses the ecosystem & push the goal posts out
- “Big community” is not a good definition of success for the project.
- 18:10 Reality TV of open source – people like watching train wrecks
- 18:45 Hybrid is the reality for IT users
- 20:10 We have a need to define core and focus on composability. Rob has been focused on the link between hybrid and composability.
- 22:10 Rob’s preference is that OpenStack would be smaller. Big tent is really ecosystem projects and we want that ecosystem to be multi-cloud.
Now, about RackN, bare metal, Crowbar and Digital Rebar….
- 23:30 (re)Intro
- 24:30 VC market is not metal friendly even though everything runs on metal!
- 25:00 Lack of consistency translates into lack of shared ops
- 25:30 Crowbar was an MVP – the key is to understand what we learned from it
- 26:00 Digital Rebar started with composability and focus on operations
- 27:00 What is hybrid now? Not just private to public.
- 30:00 How do we make infrastructure not matter? Multi-dimensional hybrid.
- 31:00 Digital Rebar is orchestration for composable infrastructure.
- Q: 31:40 Do people get it?
- Yes. Automation is moving to hybrid devops – “ops is ops” and it should not matter if it’s cloud or metal.
- 32:15 “I don’t want to burn down my data center” – can you bring cloud ops to my private data center?