October 20, an OpenStack Meetup with the theme “OpenStack in China” was held in Beijing, China. This meetup gave Chinese OpenStackers a chance to have a recap of ”OpenStack In China” this year(2013).
The scene has been totally different: most of the discussion stayed in discussing OpenStack deployment a year ago; nowadays there are more and more vendors focus on OpenStack, including some giants like Cisco/Huawei and startups like UnitedStack. Even more, a good appetite for risk, coupled with intense belief in the coming of cloud era, have internet companies willing to test the waters eagerly. Companies such as Qihoo 360, Qiyi, Baidu have been the first group domestic enterprises trying to take OpenStack into practical use. These pioneers are great examples for the enterprises who are still holding back. Only when you look into it, will you be surprised by the Internet Company User Cases in China.
Internet Company User Cases in China
Beside introducing changes about ”OpenStck in China” during 2013, Hui Cheng, UnitedStack CEO would also officially introduce UnitedStack OS(UOS), which is the first product of UnitedStack team’s efforts. (About UOS, you can find the details here)
The agenda in the morning was UnitedStack OS Release Conference && UOS Live Demo. In this part, UnitedStack OS, the OpenStack release version was officially delivered. Hui Cheng shared his experience of starting his own business, especially the role transition from an engineer to an entrepreneur.
Hui Cheng, UnitedStack CEO
The highlight was the live demo session of UnitedStack OS, which all went smoothly. It suggested that UnitedStack OS already has the basic functional framework and Hui Cheng said the UnitedStack team would adhere to the principles of “keep things simple”. As the demo proved that they’d made the first step: extremely installation. All the manual configuration in the whole progress was inputting a network parameters, and the rest would be done automatically.
Easier for the users, harder for the designers. Behind this, UnitedStack engineers have completed the modifications to the Linux kernel, determined 777 package dependencies logic and so on. Furthermore, UnitedStack OS can enable Linux instances in seconds and Windows 7 in only ten seconds with the latest SSD + Intel E5 processors.
The demo didn’t use a Gigabit NIC on the site. The secret of being able to launch an instance quickly is that OpenStack’s main components use the unified storage of Ceph shares. So there was no need to waste time to do unnecessary Copy & Paste. Here are some more details about UnitedStack OS, find more.
The content in the afternoon was more about OpenStack: OpenStack 101, Neutron, SDN, and so on.
Wei Wang, Technical Director from Juniper Networks China, introduced the OpenContrail Project, an open-source SDN project. He also mentioned the cooperation between Juniper and UnitedStack.
Rongze Zhu, Senior Engineer from UnitedStack, brought OpenStack 101, which was mainly about the basic concepts, the core projects, and community development status. Haomai Wang, also from UnitedStack, introduced the OpenStack ecosystem based on Ceph, which had been discussed in OpenStack Summit Portland, even hotter than Swift or Cinder.
As a leading Internet platform company in China, Qihoo 360 relies heavily on virtualization to provide comprehensive, effective and user-friendly Internet and mobile security products and services. Yufang Zhang, system engineer from Qihoo360 shared their experiences and lessons learnt from OpenStack deployment. They moved to OpenStack from other platform tools without much modification on the underlying infrastructure last year. Currently, with the help of OpenStack, on Abstract ly two fulltime engineers could handle daily operation work for thousands of instances and hundreds of nodes.
Ke Yu, Senior Product Manager from IQIYI.COM, also introduced their usage of OpenStack. IQIYI has up to 500 physical machines or 3,000 virtual servers(excluding the storage servers), which are deployed in three data centers at Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing. Ke said that they used to rely on physical machines, and now they are moving to virtual machines. In the future, they will provide converting services based on Container design.
In the end, Yongsheng Gong, OpenStack core-developer, brought the workshop of building a SDN network using Neutron.
The meetup was a good summary for OpenStack in China 2013. We can see that we are making a difference about OpenStack. Even more important is the Chinese IT service pattern is changing under the shock brought from OpenStack.