USDA / NITC In the beginning… ●NITC dates back to 1957 ●Primarily mainframe shop ●Grew into a traditional hosting center ●Slow and steady
Shifting Customer Needs ●Customers wanted fast, flexible, agile and cheap hosting o Customer independence required! o Customers want Amazon but in Govt. space
Not Keeping Up ●What customers got… o Virtualized version of old Managed Hosting product o Lots of iterations o Long path to production o IT / Business processes don’t align
HopeStack The dream begins… ●Hallway convos, smoke breaks ○What is this “OpenStack” thing…? ●A few believe in the idea of a revolution
All bets on the table... ●Zach shares idea o Wagers parking space for 5 min. with the ACIO ●Leadership vision o They can see beyond the red tape! ● Team is selected to evaluate idea o Non-conformists recruited
Do or die in 90 days ●Charged to research private cloud o Greenfield opportunity o Given unlimited resources (with zero $$$) o Research and report back in 90 days
Do the impossible... ●Build a WORKING demo/POC o SDN + OpenStack + Ceph o Oh, and its got to do stuff that works…………...
No Funding! ●Diverted gear destined for trash ●NO R&D capital to be found o Budget = 0$ ●Team doing two jobs
AngryStack ●Endless possibilities in OpenStack o If you can make them work ● Feature Greed! o Over-ran the docs that were ‘available’ o Current problem are always solved in the next release o I always have a current problem
On the heels of dev... ●Literally 2 days behind Nicira developers during our Quantum build o We were begging for the next code bits o Plugins/integration with Open vSwitch o Scratching of heads ●Amazing support from Nicira
AwesomeStack ●We got stuff to work! o Main feature collection working o VM’s deployed successfully via Horizon o SDN to OpenStack successful! Deploy networks and routers - Yourself NO MORE VLANS! Self directed FW’s!
Additions Made... ●Because Open Source o Boot from volume o Instance deploy wizard o Monitoring - Atmos Monkey
Demo day... ●Security group errors (quick refresh) ●Ceph stable ●Crossing fingers the HW will hold out
Winning! ●The Impossible is done! ●Executive mgmt was beyond impressed!
A declaration is made... ●This OpenStack thing is our future o Mgmt said make it so! o The message is sent to the org. ●Wait… There's no money o Found a customer that would invest o Pitched the dream and they bought in
Schism... ●The Cathedral is completely freaked out!!!!!! o Those OpenStack guys are trying to kill the unicorn factory! o But.. But.. The customer can do whatever they want in the new thing! o Why would you build such a thing!?
SolutionStack ●Build a world class cloud o Stable o Sustainable o Not able to hire like a RackSpace o Looked for companies that understand our vision o Long term support o Plan for FedRAMP