Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Podcast: OpenShift Origin v4 & Accelerators with Dianne Mueller

OpenShift Origin v4 has a variety of new features including native .Net applications support and Puppet-based High-Availability deployments. There's also a new Accelerators program to mentor community members who want to speak about and run events related to OpenShift Origin.

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Gordon Haff:  Hi everyone. This is Gordon Haff, in the Cloud Product Strategy group at Red Hat. I'm sitting here at OSCON with Diane Mueller, who is the community manager for OpenShift Origin. Welcome, Diane.
Diane Mueller:  All right. Thanks again for having me, Gordon. I'm totally please to be here again with you, and I'm totally stoked about what we've just kicked out the door last week.
Gordon:  What did you guys kick out the door last week?
Diane:  It is release 4.0 of OpenShift Origin. OpenShift Origin, if you don't know it, is a platform‑as‑a‑service. It's an open source project that's sponsored by Red Hat. I'm here at OSCON talking about deploying it on OpenStack. What we're deploying right now is the new release, which has lots of great new features, and there have been some amazing community contributions.
This release includes support for .NET. That's like the word that never gets said inside of Red Hat, .NET support. Thanks to our friends at Uhuru Software, we now have enterprise production‑ready Gear support for Visual Studio. I have the demo. ‑‑ Oh, my god. I do now have a Windows box to do that on.
Uhuru Software did a great native .NET implementation, so we have that support now. The folks at Cisco, Daneyon Hansen, a big shout out to him. I did a whole bunch of Puppet‑based high availability deployment scripts, which have been incorporated by Harrison Ripps, who's on OpenShift as the technical lead for the open source Origin project.
He's incorporated them into install.openshift.com. Now, not only can you do very simplistic or very complicated deployments with install.openshift.com, but you can also do HA deployments, which is totally cool.
We added in central and consolidated logging support, zones and regions, placement policy extensibility, a node watchman service, all kinds of really cool things have been added into Origin release. You can get all of that if you go to openshift.com, or if you go straight into the origin.openshift.com site.
Check it out today. I really encourage you to do that, and give us your feedback. Origin, whether you're a developer using it, there's a lot of documentation there. If you're a system administrator, you're going to find lots of things to like in the new release.
We're really very proud of what we've done, and what the community's contributed to this release. It's been amazing. It's been an amazing ride, so that's been really, really cool.
Gordon:  What other new stuff is going on? That sounds like quite a bit by itself...
Diane:  [laughs]
Gordon:  ...but I know you've been working on some other things in your spare time.
Diane:  Yes. The other thing is, I don't scale. I found that out. I've been traveling a lot lately. Been down to Brazil, then to Europe, and all over the world, all over North America. Preaching the gospel of open source and OpenShift, and working and connecting all of the different parties.
What we've done is we've done sort of a riff on the Fedora Ambassadors program. We're launching, next week, the OpenShift Accelerators program. You get that car metaphor, gears and shifting, and accelerators. We're creating a program for mentoring people, to giving them all the tools that they need to set up user groups, locally.
We'll even give you money for pizza and swag. But this is not about swag. This is really about getting the skills to talk about OpenShift, to demo it. If you're interested in this program, you can go to origin.openshift.com/accelerator and see all of the prerequisites for joining.
There are a lot of people out there besides me and the Evangelist team that have given presentations. We're going to gather all of that, but it in GitHub, create speaker notes, create some good sample apps, and we're going coach people. Here at OSCON I got to mentor our very first accelerator Alex Barreto, who probably could have done without the coaching, but hey.
He's now prepped up to do presentations on OpenShift on OpenStack, so if you're looking for someone to speak on that topic you don't have to just call me. If you're looking to spin up a user‑group meeting, like Mateus Caruccio has done down in Brazil with the Getup Cloud. He's one of the contributors. They've flown up there.
Angel Rivera has hosted user group meetings. What we're really trying to do is scale the people who can go out and talk about OpenShift, and give them the tools to be more effective and, you know, some pizza money, and make sure that we coordinate all that with an events calendar, so that we know where everybody is and we can help promote those events.
If you're interested in this program, again, reach out to me on Twitter @PythonDJ, or go to the origin.openshift.com/accelerator page, sign up, and request a mentor. We would be happy to get you into the Accelerator program.
Gordon:  What's coming down the road, now that you've got this under your belt?
Diane:  There's so much going on. That's why the accelerator program is, all of the interrelated projects that OpenShift consumers, from Docker to Google Kubernetes to Project Atomic, there's so many different communities that we touch, the scaling is one of our biggest issues.
To be able to do a good job of educating people on all of these new technologies, and how they're being incorporated into OpenShift, and how OpenShift leverages them. If I have to be an expert on SE Linux, ActiveMQ, memchached, and Docker, and OpenStack, and ManageIQ, it just doesn't scale. My brain explodes when I start thinking about all the different topics that we get requests to talk on.
So this fall, stay tuned. There is going to be a huge riff of new technologies being brought into the OpenShift umbrella, and we'll have lots of things that you'll need to get up to speed on. So, we will be broadcasting that information out very shortly, and just keep in touch and keep listening to Gordon's podcast, because I'll be back here, again, very soon.
Gordon:  Yeah. I find it amazing, the last year or two in particular. Probably even just the last year, this explosion of technologies, approaches coming in. And everything touches everything else. I think containers, although it's not a totally new concept, Docker making containers more consumable. It's one of the really important changes that are happening in the Cloud space, and really PaaS is one of the things that drove that originally.
Diane:  Yeah.
Gordon:  And just all the orchestration associated with practically scaling up applications and groups of workloads, it's just an awful lot of stuff to absorb.
Diane:  And I think the beauty of it all, I think the reason why Red Hat succeeds in the spaces we have a very strong philosophy of, not invented here is not an option. Other organizations like Google and Kubernetes and Twitter and Mesos, and Docker are external from Red Hat. We contribute to them, and we collaborate with those communities, but we don't have to dominate them.
It doesn't have to come from within Red Hat to be incorporated into the OpenShift project. And we're really clear that you can't be, the only way open source works is if it's a collaboration. And so, often you'll hear me say "proudly found elsewhere", or PFE. And that's the way that I think Open Source really works, and the way the technologies really advance. And that's what PaaS brought to the table, was a value proposition for orchestration.
And what we brought with OpenShift, I think, was a great number of concepts that people have adopted. And now what we're seeing is some of those concepts being commoditized. And so rather than maintaining a wheel that's proprietary‑ish, even though it's open source, embracing things like Google Kubernetes and Docker, and the next iteration of OpenShift leveraging those.
It's not that it lessens the value proposition of OpenShift, what it does is it extends the community. We get to now say "Yeah, Google Kubernetes, they're working on OpenShift."
Gordon:  I probably should mention here, if we're scaring away any listeners, apart from you and I, my perspective, we need to know how this stuff all works underneath the covers, at least some level. But actually, one of the beauties of OpenShift ‑‑ if you use the online service or if you use OpenShift Origin, that a system admin type has set up ‑‑ is that you as a developer can really be abstracted from an awful lot of this.
Diane:  Yes. We're bandying about a lot of names of projects here. To put it in context, you use an Internet browser, you go to a web page, you do not know what JavaScript is. You do not know, hopefully, too much HTML5 or CSS. You just use it, you use the web, and from a developer's point of view, all of these technologies that are under the hood at OpenShift, they'll just use it. It'll get deployed, rolled out, managed, and auto‑scaled for you, as a developer. And from an administrator's or the SysAdmin's side, who's administering the platform‑as‑a‑service, those are abstractions as well. You're just managing the platform‑as‑a‑service, not all the pieces and parts. That's the value proposition of platform‑as‑a‑service.
Gordon:  Great. Lots of exciting new stuff. I look forward to digging into this myself.
Diane:  All right. Glad to be here and we'll be back again soon.

Gordon:  Thanks Diane. Thanks everyone.
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