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The New Stack Update

ISSUE 143: Open Infra

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“People have come to terms with the fact that operating client infrastructure is an entirely new class of problem, compared to operating applications.”

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth, OpenStack Summit, Berlin
Add It Up
20% of Kubernetes-certified Service Providers are Based in China
With Kubecon China in the books, we have more proof that Chinese companies are a strong second to the United States in open source cloud computing. Overall, China and the US account for more than half of all companies certified by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) to provide Kubernetes-related services and training. Specifically, 21 percent of the 71 certified service providers are from China, with a third of companies providing Kubernetes training based in China. Chinese adoption of OpenStack appears to be even stronger, as 49 percent of deployments are in Asia according to the 2018 OpenStack User Survey.
What's Happening

Many, if not most people, discover their life's calling at a very young age. In the software engineering space, those with decades of experience who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s often got their start programming with BASIC in grade school or junior high.

Anouska Streets, vice president of engineering at Fiserv, is yet another example of someone lucky enough to have had access to a PC while growing up decades ago. In her case, it was a school BBC microcomputer made available to the students of her school in the UK when she was 11 years old.

In this podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief of The New Stack, during Cloud Foundry Summit Europe 2018 in Basel, Streets described how her passion for coding and support from her parents formed the basis of successful career consisting mostly of leading teams and software engineering.

A Software Engineer VP Learned She Loved Coding On A BBC Microcomputer

Open Infra

You can’t do open source with without open infrastructure. Increasingly, the two are inseparable. That was the message that the OpenStack Executive Director Jonathan Bryce had for the audience at the OpenStack Summit Berlin this week. Going forward, this event will be known as the Open Infrastructure Summit. In addition to providing a meeting space for the OpenStackers, the event will also be a forum for those working on related technologies, such as the Zuul continuous delivery system and the security-minded Kata Containers — both of which created a lot of excitement at this show.

The move is part of a gradual expansion of the OpenStack Foundation to incorporate additional open source software infrastructure projects that, increasingly, are forming the backbone of modern IT systems. The move is a necessary one, Bryce explained to the audience at the conference. “Infrastructure is now software-defined, and that is a huge advance in terms of what you are able to do. We are seeing new patterns emerging,” Bryce said. “If you don’t have the ability to change what your infrastructure is doing, then you are losing the benefits that you would have, if you had it throughout the stack.”

Look to The New Stack to start covering more of these infrastructure projects, such as Zuul and Kata Containers, that are becoming part of the OpenStack family.

Docker-Based Dynamic Tooling: A Frequently Overlooked Best Practice

Our quick transition from VMs to Docker images has overshadowed one big advantage of containers that is rarely mentioned: the benefit to developers and operations when using containers in the continuous integration (CI) process in the form of dynamic tooling. This is a game-changing characteristic of containers, arguably even more important than their use as a deployment artifact. Kostis Kapelonis, a developer advocate at Codefresh, walks us through how to make the most of this feature. Dynamic Docker-based tooling feels like a renaissance to developers that are accustomed to the constraints of the traditional static build tooling approach.

Who Is in Charge of Developing a DevOps Culture?

Want to understand the cultural barriers to your DevOps transformation? It often helps to have an outside perspective. The New Stack talked with two consultants who are brought in once a company’s C-levels starts to realize that they aren’t moving as fast as they would like to. Organizations are struggling with outages, fighting to get sysadmins to release the reigns, and they just don’t know what development and operations are doing, who in turn don’t know what value they are delivering. 

Managing State in Serverless

For Confluent product manager Gwen Shapira, serverless technologies as they are used by developers are like a fixie bike. “Hipsters love these bikes because they are simple, but then you hit a hill and you understand why you need gears,” Shapira says. Here's some of her tips, from the Serverless Days NYC conference, for creating a more road-worthy serverless deployment.

Party On

One advantage of the Ceph-based SUSE Enterprise Storage software, explained SUSE’s Terri Schlosser at OpenStack Summit Berlin, is that you pay by the server, not by the number of hard drives you pack into a server.

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth believes that no OpenStack distribution (including his own) should take more than one week to install by two people. OpenStack Summit Berlin.

At OpenStack Summit Berlin,’s Xu Wang demonstrated how Kata Containers could make containers just as secure as Google’s gVisor, but with better network performance and none of the limitations of system calls.

At OpenStack Summit in Berlin this week, Red Hat’s Nick Bichet made the case for cutting the OpenStack release cycle from six months to three months.

The DaoCloud team is here for the big Kubernetes + CloudNativeCon Shanghai show! Left to Right: Yang Xueying, Zhu Weiwei and Hypo Chen.
On The Road


Just a block off of the strip, we’re convening an infrastructure (IFX) focused “oasis in the desert” to bring together leaders from the overlapping worlds of hardware, software, and connectivity. Programming will emanate from the core topic areas: plenty of 5G, edge computing, speciality silicon and open source software. The premise of IFX is high quality and meaningful connections. As such, attendance is free but also limited to about 400. With AWS reInvent taking place next door, we fully expect that many attendees will come and go, and use IFX as a hub. RSVP now!
Free Serverless Ebook

Experts and visionaries in distributed systems believe serverless technologies are the next evolution of application infrastructure beyond microservices. Leading edge companies have already embraced serverless and have dramatically reduced operational overhead and streamlined the DevOps cycle, while increasing scalability and resiliency. Still, there are many challenges to serverless adoption, such as operational control, complexity and monitoring.

The New Stack’s Guide to Serverless Technologies will help practitioners and business managers place these pros and cons into perspective by providing original research, context and insight around this quickly evolving technology. 

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