Meet the project team leads (PTLs) for these OpenStack projects and find out how to get involved.

Each release cycle, OpenStack project team leads (PTLs) introduce themselves, talk about upcoming features for the OpenStack projects they manage, plus how you can get involved and influence the roadmap.

Superuser will feature these summaries of the videos weekly; you can also catch them on the OpenStack Foundation YouTube channel. This round of interviews covers Ansible, Oslo and Designate.

Ansible

What: OpenStackAnsible, a collection of Ansible playbooks and roles to deploy OpenStack.
Who: Jesse Pretorius, PTL. Day job: DevOps engineer, Rackspace.
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“We trying to do things that are simple to use and simple to understand. OpenStack is complicated enough, operators don’t have to learn another complex deployment tool to do what they need to do.”

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“One thing that struck me in the conversations I had at the Summit was that the deployment projects have a unique position in the community. We are the first to test a lot of things that are coming out of the development community,” Pretorius says. “We get to either lead the operators in new feature deployments, or we get to figure out some of the hard things that the operators don’t really have the time to figure out. As a deployer community, we could spend a lot more time getting together and being that interface between the two parties, that would be a valuable thing…"

Get involved!
Use Ask OpenStack for general questions
For roadmap or development issues, subscribe to the OpenStack development mailing list, and use the tag [ansible]
Participate in the weekly meetings: community meeting, on IRC in #openstack-meeting-4, on Thursdays at 16:00 UTC,
or bug triage, on IRC in #openstack-ansible, on Tuesdays at 16:00 UTC.

Oslo

What: Oslo is the OpenStack Common Libraries project.
Who: Davanum Srinivas aka Dims, PTL. Day job: Community architect/principal software engineer, Mirantis.

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What matters in Mitaka

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"Based on feedback, we’ll be working on messaging a lot this cycle," Srinivas added. "All [of these efforts] are attempts to stabilize the infrastructure so we can scale out to a huge number of nodes, compute nodes for example," he added.

Get involved!

“Typically, Oslo developers work primarily on other projects," says Srinivas. "We tend to be folks who work part-time on things they really care about in Oslo, so we welcome folks who start contributing and usually quickly promote them as core [contributors.]”

Use Ask OpenStack for general questions
For roadmap or development issues, subscribe to the OpenStack development mailing list, and use the tag [oslo]
Participate in the weekly meetings: held Mondays, 16:00 UTC.

Designate

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"Traditionally, in companies, DNS is difficult to do. Users have to file a ticket with IT or they have to go edit text files on some server and do it all manually. Designate provides an easy-to-use multi-tenant API to create and update DNS records," says Graham Hayes, PTL, and senior software engineer, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

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"We’ve been going through a large amount of re-architecture," Hayes says, adding that the issues discussed at the Summit Tokyo were largely around those changes in addition to the points mentioned above.

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In the drive to make it more manageable, he says: “It’s always good to put things into the hands of users and get feedback, so we’re taking that feedback now and updating the Horizon panels with it.”

Get involved!
Use Ask OpenStack for general questions
For roadmap or development issues, subscribe to the OpenStack development mailing list, and use the tag [designate]
Participate in the weekly meetings: held at #openstack-meeting-alt on freenode at 17:00 UTC every Wednesday.

Cover Photo: OpenStack Foundation.