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CloudStack European User Group 2022 Virtual Event Roundup

Taking place on April 7th, 2022, The CloudStack European User Group was a virtual get together for the European CloudStack Community, hosting 260+ attendees from 25 countries. The event hosted 10 sessions from leading CloudStack experts, users and skilful engineers from the open-source world, which included: technical talks, user stories, new features and integrations presentations and more.

ShapeBlue was excited to support the event as always. The CSEUG Virtual was also sponsored by StorPool, Ewerk, LINBIT, ClouDINfra, BrasCloud and Dimsi.

Our team is happy to see that each European get together of the CloudStack community is bringing more and more people. Part of the attendees were also new CloudStack committers and users, which shows the growth of the community.

Among the news shared on the conference was the announcement of the CloudStack Collaboration Conference, which will happen on 14-16th of November 2022 and will be a hybrid event this time. We cannot wait to meet the CloudStack community live after such a long time.

In this article, we are sharing the event highlights including session recordings, slides and speaker information for anybody who was not able to make it.

Sessions:

Welcome + CloudStack News – Giles Sirett

Session abstract:

Giles Sirett will be giving an outline of what everyone can expect for the day. Join the official event opening to learn more for the upcoming sessions, speakers and networking events. Discover also the latest news from the CloudStack Community.

Speaker information:

Giles is CEO and founder of ShapeBlue and is responsible for overall company strategy, strategic relationships, finance and sales. He is also a committer and PMC member of the Apache CloudStack project, and Chairman of the European Cloudstack User Group, actively helping promote brand awareness of the technology.

CloudStack with Ansible – René Mose

Session abstract:

This call involves a brief introduction about how it all began and how the project stands today including a real-world example of how Ngine.io have managed workloads with Ansible on Exoscale.

Speaker information:

René Moser is a software engineer at Ngine.io, an engineering cloud computing company that focuses on integration, automation, and scaling. Learn more about René and his company here – https://www.ngine.io/.

Leveraging Cloudstack and Apiculus to Launch and Operate a Profitable Public Cloud Business – Sunando Bhattacharya

 

Session abstract:

Learn more about the learnings of IndiQus Technologies from working with 20+ cloud operators across the globe. CloudStack has been powering numerous cloud providers globally for over a decade. In this talk, Sunando Bhattacharya, CEO of IndiQus, will be delving into the primary reasons why CSPs are preferring it over the OtherStack and how IndiQus is combining CloudStack with their platform Apiculus, to deliver a Cloud Business platform. He will also be sharing some user stories about how some of his company’s customers revolutionized the cloud business in their respective countries, thereby busting some myths about the IaaS business.

Speaker information:

Sunando Bhattacharya is a CEO and Co-Founder of IndiQus Technologies. They are a fast-growing Cloud solutions company that works with Service Providers (Telcos, ISPs and Datacenter providers) globally and helps them set up and run an in-country cloud business. Some of their customers are companies like Airtel, Vodafone, Ooredoo, Sri Lanka Telecom, and Datahub. We were ranked amongst the ten most innovative startups for 2017 in India by NASSCOM.

 

Building a DR Solution with CloudStack – Venko Moyankov and Peter Grayson

Session abstract:

Building a Disaster Recovery solution with KVM is not trivial. In this talk, Venko Moyankov will present how CloudStack cloud management and StorPool Storage can be used to build a multi-datacentre cloud with Disaster Recovery capabilities.

Speaker information:

Venko Moyankov is a solution architect at StorPool Storage, a fully managed data storage solution that transforms commodity hardware into a shared, powerful, highly available, and reliable storage system. He has experience with managing large virtualizations, working in telcos, designing and supporting the infrastructure of large enterprises. In the last year his focus has been in helping companies globally to build the best storage solution according to their needs and projects.

VM Job Queues in CloudStack – Suresh Anaparti

 Session abstract:

CloudStack allows various life cycle operations for a Virtual Machine (VM). It maintains queues internally, to sync and perform all these operations. This talk briefs about how job queues are maintained in CloudStack, to execute the VM operations, followed by a demo.

Speaker information:

Suresh Anaparti is a software architect at ShapeBlue, the largest independent integrator of CloudStack technologies globally. He has over 15 years of end-to-end product development experience in Cloud Infrastructure, Telecom and Geospatial technologies. He is an active Apache CloudStack committer/contributor and is currently working with ShapeBlue. He has been working on CloudStack development for more than 5 years.

Security in Shared Networks with VMware NSX  – Alireza Eskandari

Session abstract:

Shared networks security can be a serious concern if different untrusted tenants use it together. Alireza will discuss Afranet’s solution for IP and DHCP spoofing for these networks on VMware environments which are managed by CloudStack.

Speaker information:

Alireza Eskandari is the manager of cloud services at Afranet, one of the leading Iranian internet services providers. His role involves directing a team of specailists to develop and manage value added services on top of data center infrastucture, such as cloud services (Iaas & PaaS), CDN, Web Hosting.etc. Afranet was established in 1996 with the aim of developing the Internet and e-commerce in the country and entered the OTC market of Iran in 1995.

 

Boosting I/O Performance with KVM io_uring  – Wido den Hollander

Session abstract:

Storage performance is becoming much more important. KVM io_uring attempts to bring the I/O performance of a virtual machine on almost the same level of bare metal. Apache CloudStack has support for io_uring since version 4.16. Wido will show the difference in performance io_uring brings to the table.

Speaker information:

Wido den Hollander is the CTO of CLouDinfra, an infrastructure company offering total Webhosting solutions. CLDIN provides datacenter, IP and virtualization services for the companies within TWS. Wido den Hollander is a PMC member of the Apache CloudStack Project and a Ceph expert. He started with CloudStack 9 years ago. What attracted his attention is the simplicity of CloudStack and the fact that it is an open-source solution. During the years Wido became a contributor, a PMC member and he was a VP of the project for a year. He is one of our most active members, who puts a lot of efforts to keep the project active and transform it into a turnkey solution for cloud builders.

 

Backup and Restore VMs Based on KVM  – Quentin Roccia, Joffrey Luangsaysana and Grégoire Lamodière

Session abstract:

Dimsi have developed a backup solution for Virtual Machines based on KVM hypervisors. Every layer of the product uses Open Source libraries or components (Python, VueJS, Celery, Borg Backup, Redis, Socketio, Flask). There is no agent needed on the VMs. Dimsi have implemented a feature to group the hosts based on their use (CloudStack Hosts or Management Hosts) and apply specific policies to the groups. In the CloudStack context, this product can help you backup and restore all your VMs easily if the hypervisors are KVM-based. Moreover, restoring the VMs is effortless because KVM and CloudStack use the same id for the VM disks, so no need to hack the database to match them.

Speaker information:

Quentin Roccia : Senior DevOps engineer, Cloud enabler. Quentin is in charge of DIMSI custom developments on top of Apache Cloudtack deployment : customer portal, backup solutions.
On a daily basis, he helps our customers to build and improve Devops strategy, including GitLab, Cloudstack APIs and Python devs. Quentin is the main contributor of KVM backup solution

Joffrey Luangsaysana : Senior Cloud engineer, Plateform specialist. Joffrey is responsible of our core plateform, including compute, storage, networking, and Apache Cloudstack services. He is focused on providing maximum performances and uptime to our customer, and dedicated to guarantee fast and reliable customer VM’s backup.

A Kubernetes CAPI Provider for Apache CloudStack  – Peter (Motyka) Motykowski

Session abstract:

Discover the new Kubernetes CAPI (Cluster-API) provider for Apache CloudStack “CAPC”, enabling you to manage a range of Kubernetes clusters across Apache CloudStack and other supported infrastructure providers! CAPI is a Kubernetes sub-project focused on providing declarative APIs and tooling to simplify provisioning, upgrading, and operating multiple Kubernetes clusters. Started by the Kubernetes SIG (Special Interest Group) Cluster Lifecycle, the CAPI project uses Kubernetes-style APIs and patterns to automate cluster lifecycle management for platform operators. CAPI relies on infrastructure providers to provision the underlying infrastructure components. In this talk, you will find out more about the newly developed provider, its capabilities, and how you can benefit from it!

Speaker information:

Peter (Motyka) Motykowski is a Sr. Software Development Manager – Customer Engineering at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He is leading the AWS Professional Services teams focused on bringing Amazon-class engineering to customers. In the last 4 years, he has been part of the AWS team and previously worked for other enterprises among which are Google and Netflix. His colleagues describe him as an outstanding technologist bringing immense value to any organization of which he has been part.

Expose Router VM Statistics to Customers – Sina Kashipazha

Session abstract:

In recent years, some of Leaseweb’s customers complained about the router VM resource usage and its availability. This made the company think that it would be nice to expose router VM statistics to the customers using the Prometheus format. In that way, they can set up their monitoring system and have more visibility over their network. Although it is still under development, Leaseweb thought it would be nice to discuss the project with the community members and gather feedback.

Speaker information:

Sina Kashipazha is a software engineer at Leaseweb, a leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider serving a worldwide portfolio of 20,000 customers ranging from SMBs to Enterprises. The services Leaseweb offer include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting, Colocation, Content Delivery Network, Cyber Security Services, and Dedicated Servers supported by customer service and technical support.

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