The week after Pentecost was the week for OpenStack in Berlin. After two years on the pandemic with many canceled events, the first in-person OpenInfrastructure Summit appeared in Berlin Congress Center (bcc), close Alexanderplatz.
Before this event started, the OpenInfra Board Meeting was planned for Whit Monday and as a full day event the preparation started at Sunday. Together with FnTech and local sound engineers a microphone system was installed and the room "Kontakthof" at Deutsche Telekom Winterfeldtstrasse 21 fits to serve the event next day with 40 participants.
Tuesday than the next big day: Opening of the OpenInfrastructure Summit 2022 with Jonathan Bryce and Allison Prise:
They welcomed the 800 participants from all over the world beside China, who has still travel restriction due the pandemic. The Foundation desided also to wear a mask inside the venue, which was actually not required anymore. But with participants from all over the world and a private event everyone can set the rules as they like and in hindsight it certainly wasn't a bad idea. The bcc was a little bit extened by a tend and Mirantis Biergarten where cold drinks were served every afternoon. The weather couldn't be better with >25 degrees, in the opposite of the 2018 Summit. Also the venue was tailored for this size, much better as The Cube far away from the city in big halls and few peoples.
Mark Collier reminded the 10th anniversary of OpenStack, But that should be the last mention on it. Later no release information will be announced and no news on OpenStack are refered. That's completely different to previous Summits, which was held close after a new OpenStack release. Now it goes broader in other software like Kata containers or Zuul, and other use cases like Confidential Computing (what Kata Containers is doing), High Performance Computing and 5G.
The OpenInfra Foundation was described as:
A powerful network of companies writing software together
Collaboration across organizations works
I would agree on that, Unfortunately, one forgets the spare time contributor like me. It's going in a direction where more professionalism is expected. Away from the bare shirts, towards the really big ones, to be mentioned as a community together with Kubernetes and Linux. But even these are nothing without people who sacrifice their free time and money for the project.
Another new Gold Member joined the OpenInfra Foundation: Bloomberg.
A commitment to Open Source with many code can be found on https://github.com/bloomberg/ or the web site TechAtBloomberg
Next keynote speach after the Kata Container project update comes from Canonical. OpenStack enters the Slope of Enlightment, was said, this is nearly the Plateau of Productivity. I would see this since nearly 4 years, when many companies left the project after a hot time of innovation. The next big thing was LOKI, where many breakout sessions followed with this topic. On canonical there are already products for a long time like MAAS or JUJU, which is intentional similar to Kubernetes, but completely under-rated. Nevertheless the breakout session was full.
Back to Keynote. Dr. Franziska Brantner, Federal Ministry for economic affairs and climate action was interviewed on stage to Green Computing, This topic will deep dived later. And
Daniel Melin, Swedish Tax Agency, Addressing Digital Sovereignity with OpenStack and Kubernetes.
There came more sessions and discussions later by Kurt Garloff, who work on Sovereign Cloud and Gaia-X
Andreas Falkner from T-Systems/OpenTelekom Cloud showed something with ants.
You are empowering our Public Cloud.
We are the Eco System but our clients are a key part of it
He pushed action more in customer direction, which might be a little bit too easy, if not all employees are working on the customer front and many feature requests are very long running tasks.
- 650000 vCPU (sometimes flavors are sold out on various AZ)
- 4PB RAM
- 600 PB Storage
- 100 M users incl Corona Warn App - this would be questionable, if this user are really OTC customer. Possibly the Ministry of Health is one customer.
Swiss Open Community Cloud was mentioned as a public cloud with "invite only", so it's a public private cloud. Deeper information were missing as most of the sessions of the Summit, but I didn't visited the booth to answer such kind of questions.
2 things were explained in Forum sessions: The OTC project cleanup program.
And the new OTC documention based on Sphinx. At least a good place to gether feedback by the customer.
Day 1 ends on a scavenger hunt in the middle of Berlin, organized by RDO. Search for landmarks and solve puzzles. Not the easiest way to explore Berlin, at least 50 stacker had fun.