Oh, Canada - Open Infrastructure Summit gathers

No, not there, not this time.

Not Las Vegas, not Barcelona, not Orlando, not San Francisco and not even France’s nice Nice or London’s ‘OMG that’s too far away’ fabulous ExCeL convention centre.

This time its Vancouver.

Pardon? No, no really, the Open Infrastructure Summit (OpenInfra to its friends) is being held June 13-15, 2023, at the Vancouver Convention Centre overlooking Vancouver Harbor. 

Keynotes and sessions will be featured from organisations including Bloomberg, instant communications app company Line, Alibaba Cloud, Samsung and Volvo.

Notable speakers include Ant Group, the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), China Mobile, SAP and Viettel, the latter being the largest public and private cloud infrastructure provider in Vietnam.

In the aftermath (we continue to hope) of the Covid-19 pandemic, this will be the first in-person OpenInfra Summit held in North America since 2019.

Where does infrastructure matter?

OpenInfra engineers (and supporters) will engage sessions around technology infrastructure use cases that touch cloud computing, edge computing, hardware enablement and security. 

The event itself is designed to be focused on helping users compose, integrate, and operate these different technologies to solve real problems at scale. 

Going loco for LOKI

In addition to sessions on projects directly supported by the OpenInfra Foundation – OpenStack, StarlingX, Kata Containers, Airship, Zuul and OpenInfra Labs – there will be a strong focus on LOKI (Linux, Kubernetes & OpenStack Infrastructure). 

As fans of Norse culture will know Loki is the god of mischief and is (was) known as a trickster, but he lends his name perfectly well to such a key acronym. 

The event will also feature a focus on 30 other open source technologies relevant to infrastructure operators, including Docker, Ansible, Ceph, Istio, Envoy, Magma, OpenContrail, ONAP and OPNFV etc.

The full event agenda is organised by use cases.

As such then, It includes AI, CI/CD, containers, edge computing, hardware enablement, HPC, hybrid cloud, NFV, security and public & private cloud.

“Open infrastructure was quickly embraced by the world’s most powerful research institutions, telecoms, manufacturing conglomerates and public cloud providers, and through their leadership and contributions, OpenInfra is now being adopted by enterprises of all sizes,” said Thierry Carrez, general manager of the OpenInfra Foundation. “The OpenInfra Summit is a time to celebrate this progress and collaborate with many different open source stakeholders to drive further innovation. Come to share and learn, and let’s challenge each other to make an indelible difference in the coming year through open infrastructure.”

In the sessions roster, Samsung SDS will discuss how it set up an OpenStack-based cloud in multiple regions and multiple zones in order to enable applications to run on multiple zones as well as support disaster recovery with multiple regions. Primary technologies used include a Kubernetes control plane, Ceph file clusters and OpenStack Keystone across zones and various architecture assessments.

Volvo Cars Corporation’s session will cover how it uses AWS and Azure to run both the backend of Zuul as well as jobs. This involves both the use of Elastic Cloud Kubernetes clusters as well as more common nodes.

Bloomberg’s OpenStack-based private cloud, which is made of thousands of physical machines, has become the home of tens of thousands of VMs and the foundation for its core applications. When it came to upgrading the operating system of the physical machines, the Bloomberg team wanted to not only speed up the process, but also minimize the impact on the engineers and end-users. This session will cover the journey and lessons learned along the way. 

Ant Group and Alibaba Cloud will share highlights from their use of Kata Containers 3.0, including Dragonball, a new built-in hypervisor; a new async Rust runtime; and an integrated design bringing an out-of-the-box user experience. Kata 3.0 is the community version of an in-house developed hypervisor-based container runtime called RunD. It has been used in Ant Group’s production environment and in Alibaba Cloud’s serverless platforms.

Wind River is the headline sponsor for Vancouver 2023 Open Infrastructure Summit. 

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