Show 140 – Introduction OpenStack and Quantum Projects

OpenStack is progressively developing into a product that networking needs to be a part of. One way to describe OpenStack is to say it’s an API for infrastructure. OpenStack is a combination of open source plus a significant number of hardware vendors who see contributions to OpenStack as a way of growing or maintaining their own markets and customers.

Customers want OpenStack as an alternative to VMware or other commercial software – not all applications and service need to have expensive software licenses and maintenance. We need to be able to build a core of functional services that can deliver services.

In the future, it seems likely that OpenStack Quantum API will be important. We discuss Open Vswitch and how it’s changing from being a “switch” to including routing, firewall and load balancing features. If you don’t like that, you could consider using Quantum API as a way to consume load balancers from your preferred vendor – the API exists to simplify the consumption of network resources.

This shows has three committers, including Rob Hirschfeld and Kyle Mestery, to the OpenStack codebase who got together with Brent Salisbury to discuss the project and its future.

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Greg Ferro
Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count. He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus.
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  • Willard Dennis

    niiiiiiice… Was waiting for you guys to cover this topic :)

    • Brent Salisbury

      Willard, still waiting on your blogs to hear what you are doing :-) U r are a rare breed doing it all! Bunch of rock stars on that call!

  • Umair Hoodbhoy

    Much needed show. Thanks for putting this together and getting quality guys like Kyle, Brent, Colin, and Rob.

    Minor complaint: the show editing got rid of too many gaps of silence that are needed to process the material. It seems a bit unnatural when the tone/volume of a speaker suddenly changes. I understand the time crunch of the show and the need to fit in as much content in a limited duration, butwhencontentdoesnothaveenoughgapsitcanbeunnecessarilydifficulttounderstandwhatisbeingsaideSpeciallywiTHChangingtoneS.

    Sorry about that. Hope you understand my point 😉

  • Brent Salisbury

    Umair, that was my fault on the edit. Thanks for the feedback.