There’s plenty to learn about edge, multi-cloud and Kubernetes at the Sydney Summit.

Reading between the tracks
The OpenStack Summit is a three-day event offering presentations, panels and workshops. Topics span cloud strategy and business case development to operational best practices and technical deep dives from the likes of Red Hat, CERN, Cisco, Huawei, the Australian government and more. Check out the whole schedule here.

In this post, we read between the lines for some themes shaping the OpenStack world.


Flexibility, freedom of choice, economy of scale are all reasons why OpenStack multi-cloud strategies are becoming increasingly important.

Multi-cloud requirements and implementations: from users, developer, service providers

“Multi-clouds will be the de facto standard in enterprises,” say organizers of this all-star panel including CERN‘s Tim Bell, Huawei’s Anni Lai and Jay Pipes of Mirantis. They’ll be discussing requirements, implementation experiences and insights of multi-clouds with Summit participants. Details here.

Why hybrid cloud is fundamental for the insurance tech field

T2Cloud and Sinosoft, the leading insurance technology company in China, co-developed a hybrid cloud service platform providing IaaS, PaaS and SaaS to insurance users and ecosystem partners. This insurance cloud is the first OpenStack-Powered cloud service platform of financial industry in China, deployed by hybrid model and deliver full stack of cloud services from infrastructure to application. In this beginner-level talk,  Xi Lan of  T2Cloud Technology Co., Ltd., and Rong Zhang of Sinosoft, will touch on important components including big data, internet of things, artificial intelligence and the block chain. Details here.

How to survive hybrid cloud on OpenStack and AWS

In this presentation in the architecture and operations track, Vivien Bosc, head of IT at Germany’s ProsiebenSat.1 Media SE, looks at the trials and tribulations the company went through to create a production system that makes best use of a hybrid cloud infrastructure running on both OpenStack and Amazon Web Services.  Details here.

Edge computing

Edge computing has been hailed (and accused?) of nudging the cloud over as the future approaches. Here’s what OpenStack users have to say about working on the edge.

A slimmer, thinner, lightweight OpenStack – why is it needed for the success of edge cloud?

In this intermediate-level talk, Ericsson’s Haseeb Akhtar AT&T’s Gnanavelkandan Kathirvel and OPNFV’s Christopher Price will share insights of deploying OpenStack at the edge and the results of exploring several architecture options to run OpenStack at the Edge, including running OpenStack as containers, a regional controller, etc. Details here.

Building an intelligent edge:  Software-defined operational technology with OpenStack

“We’re witnessing the rise of an intelligent edge, one in which there is a convergence of IT and OT,” says IDC’s Ashish Nadkarni. Software-defined IT and OT can coexist in the edge, he says. In this presentation, he’ll talk about how OpenStack is an ideal framework to manage the intelligent edge, for deploying SD-OT and SD-IT apps. Details here.

Telco use cases for massively distributed edge clouds