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09/11/2017
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Report written by Jean-Daniel Bonnetot


#WeAreOpenStack: OVH at the OpenStack Summit 2017 in Sydney


The twice-yearly gathering of the OpenStack community took place from 6–8 November in Sydney, Australia. A team from OVH, one of the most important operators of a public cloud powered by this open-source technology, is there to share its experience with other users, and learn from theirs. A good opportunity to review some recent news at OVH, as it continues to enhance its Public Cloud offer.





Rumour has it that the results of several studies will be revealed during the Summit. They all point to one fact: the increasing adoption of OpenStack in numerous sectors and regions worldwide.



In this context, hosting the event in the Asia-Pacific region is clearly a deliberate choice. It reflects strong interest in the project among Asian IT companies. Use cases in this region are wide ranging and sometimes massive in scale. Take WeChat, the Chinese app that boasts more than 900 million users and declares that it is partly based on OpenStack. It is crucial that these companies integrate well into the project, so that the community can benefit from their experience. And to avoid parallel development (forks).



OVH joins the « OpenStack Public Cloud Passport » initiative


Over the last few years, the community has worked hard to perfect the stability of long-standing building blocks including Nova (computing), Cinder (block storage) and Neutron (networking). They have also tackled another challenge when using OpenStack live: ‘hot’ infrastructure upgrades.



Today they focus their efforts more on elements that, while not central to OpenStack, are still important. For example, integration of the stack to allow containerisation, and interoperability with all the open-source cloud ecosystem’s components to meet the needs of PaaS, like Cloud Foundry for instance.



Remember the Interop Challenge at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, just over a year ago? It showed it was possible to run, in 10 minutes, the same application on 16 different clouds, including OVH’s Public Cloud. In October 2016 OVH received the OpenStack Powered certificate, in recognition of our efforts to ensure API compatibility with community guidelines.



Continuing along this path, OVH has joined the OpenStack Public Cloud Passport and its dedicated working group. OpenStack Passport replaces the TryStack initiative, which was seen as too complex. The idea is to offer a free trial system, funded voluntarily by cloud providers. OVH is one of 10 providers to agree to offer free trials, thereby helping even more users discover and adopt OpenStack.



It works like this: OVH offers a 50 Dollars credit, valid for one month, to all new users wishing to test the Public Cloud product. Tobias Rydberg, spokesperson for the Public Cloud Working Group, says: “This is only the beginning. Other public cloud providers will join the programme, benefiting users with a much larger choice of locations, languages and legal frameworks.” The aim is really more ambitious than simply offering a way to discover OpenStack. It is also about showing that there is an OpenStack-based cloud offer to meet every need.



GPU instances and new regions: OVH’s OpenStack Public Cloud expands


The OVH Public Cloud currently has more than 190,000 active instances (or, from a different perspective, more than 605,000 instances were activated in September). More than 110 petabytes are stored in the Public Cloud Object Storage, powered by the OpenStack Swift storage system.



This offer has found a market and continues to develop to meet increasingly diverse and demanding requirements.
OVH recently added GPU instances to its Public Cloud offer to answer the ever-expanding needs of companies in machine and deep learning. OVH will address this topic during the OpenStack Summit in Sydney, revealing the technical issues around integrating graphics processing units into the Nova environment during this talk: Not only for miners: GPU integration in Nova environment.



Conference « Not only for miners: GPU integration in Nova environment » animated by the OVH team at the OpenStack Summit in Sydney.


OVH is also expanding its Public Cloud offer into new regions. Along with the long-standing regions of Beauharnois (Canada), Gravelines and Strasbourg (France), users can now control instances physically hosted in Poland, Germany and the UK. These three new sites improve the geographical cover for deployed infrastructures and latency for the end customer. Users can also benefit from instances powered by one of the latest versions of OpenStack: Newton (release in October 2016).



New regions are planned to be added during the next few months, making the Public Cloud offer available in almost all OVH datacenters and giving it global coverage.


New features are also on the agenda. At the OVH Summit in mid-October we announced the compatibility of the recently released new-generation load balancer with OpenStack Neutron APIs, as well as a beta version of Trove, a Database-as-a-Service project by OpenStack, soon to be released.
Integration of VIO - VMware Integrated OpenStack, into our Private Cloud solution is also in the pipeline. This connects two previously separate worlds: VMware, available via the Private Cloud (vSphere, NSX, SDDC) and OpenStack, via the Public Cloud. With a common API, it becomes possible – even simple – to combine the two solutions.



OVH and OpenStack join forces in the Open Cloud Foundation


Beyond simply democratising access to the Public Cloud, there is something else we are trying to demonstrate by participating once again in the talk: Can OpenStack beat Amazon AWS in price? The trilogy. OVH is convinced that this open-source project has become an essential standard in the cloud universe. It is a technological standard that guarantees both reversibility and interoperability, two essential pillars of the Open Cloud. OVH promotes this in its commitment to creating the Open Cloud Foundation, which enjoys both the membership and the support of the OpenStack Foundation.



On the French side, OVH’s support of OpenStack will be expressed once again at OpenStack Day France on November 21, 2017 in Paris.



An OVH team made the trip to Sydney to participate in the OpenStack Summit.