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Here we catch up with Marius Palimariu, core automation engineer at Paddy Power Betfair. The bookmaking business won the previous edition of the Superuser Awards, along with UKCloud. As we wait to find out who will win the Awards in Sydney, we asked Palimariu what they’re up to now.

What updates have there been since your Superuser application in March 2017?

It’s been a very intense and busy period for us since the company has been focusing on releasing our single customer platform (SCP) project that will run Paddy Power and Betfair brands from a single code base on our OpenStack private cloud, i2. It‘s been over a year since we first launched the i2 hosting platform and we’ve on-boarded around 400 TLAs, so we decided it’s time for a new release, i2v2, of our platform.

At the heart of it, we’ve been working to upgrade some of the key components of the i2 platform: our software-defined networking provider Nuage Networks updated to version 4 and Redhat Openstack to OSP 10. We’ve also introduced AVI Networks for global software load balancing our internal traffic across two data centers.

As a result of upgrading OpenStack to OSP10 and Nuage to v4, the following capabilities will be available:
– Kubernetes container self-service
Manila NFS self-service
Ironic bare metal self-service
– More automation and self service
– Benchmarking performance of OpenStack APIs using OpenStack Rally

What are your future plans?

When the i2v2 is ready, our plan is to transparently migrate all the applications with a blue/green deployment onto the new version of OSP 10. Once the applications are deployed on the new version of OpenStack, our developers will benefits from a more stable OpenStack installer, and they’ll be able to create and consume NFS shares with Manila self-service and deploy their applications into containers or even on a bare metal server.

With the new OSP10 version, we reviewed our services and we’ve decided to switch off the Swift backend used for our Glance images and build a brand new Ceph cluster that gradually will be used also for other resources, the new TripleO OSP 10 version looks really good and easy to use with the new composable roles and services feature.

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