OpenStack Heat plugin for Apache CloudStack

This blog post presents a plugin for OpenStack Heat which adds support for Apache CloudStack resources and thus enables a template-based orchestration on CloudStack using Heat. As this plugin extends the standard Heat’s resource type list it can also be used within our Hurtle orchestrator for providing your application as a service or any other application underlying on Heat. This work follows from our earlier work in which we developed a Heat plugin for SDC. Continue reading

OpenStack Summit – Deep Dive into Day 2

CERN Openstack (super) User Story
CERN is looking for answers to the fundamental questions concerning creation of the Universe and true to its nature, its a a big data challenge. With the historical run of LHC in 2013, their archive now contains ~100PB (with additional 27PB/year) at ~11 000 servers with ~75000 disk drives and ~45 000 tapes and with the reopening of the LHC, they expect a significant increase of data in 2015. CERN recently opened up a new data center in Budapest connected to Geneve’s headquarters by T-Systems 100GbE line. 
CERN currently runs  four Openstack Icehouse clouds and expects these to run 150 000 cores by Q1 2015 in total. All the CERN‘s non-specific code is upstream and are available for anyone who would like to build at the top of it in the future.
CERN put great emphasis on collaboration. Openlab project is public-private partnership between CERN and major ICT companies (e.g. Rackspace) and its goal is to accelerate the development of cutting-edge cloud solutions.
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OpenShift on OpenStack
RedHat and Cisco gave a demo on deploying OpenShift on OpenStack using Heat, Docker & Kubernetes. OpenShift is a PaaS offering from RedHat with both the enterprise and open source versions. The thought process of deploying OpenShift on OpenStack is to maintain a high degree of flexibility and enable a faster deployment of applications. In the demo, Heat was made use of for orchestration. Docker’s pull and push methodology is used for getting a new Image or saving a modified version which could be pulled later on. Along with tagging of the images, diff operation can also be done. Docker containers are also used as daemons. However Docker cannot see beyond a single host and doesn’t have the capacity to manage mass configuration and deployment. That’s where the Kubernetes comes into picture. Here Pod resemble the Docker’s containers and the etc functionality is used to configure the master which would pass it along to the slaves and there by mass configuration is achieved.The link to the presentation can be found here.
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Getting Started with OpenShift and OpenStack

In Mobile Cloud Networking (MCN) we rely heavily on OpenStack, OpenShift and of course Automation. So that developers can get working fast with their own local infrastructure, we’ve spent time setting up an automated workflow, using Vagrant and puppet to setup both OpenStack and OpenShift. If you want to experiment with both OpenStack and OpenShift locally, simply clone this project:

$ git clone

Once it has been cloned you’ll need to initialise the submodules:

$ git submodule init
$ git submodule update

After that just you can begin the setup of OpenStack and OpenShift. You’ll need an installation of VirtualBox and Vagrant.


  • run in controller/worker mode:
      $ vagrant up os_ctl
      $ vagrant up os_cmp

There’s some gotchas, so look at the known issues in the README, specific to OpenStack. Otherwise, open your web browser at:


You’ve two OpenShift options:

  • run all-in-one:
      $ cd os-ops
      $ vagrant up ops_aio
  • run in controller/worker mode:
      $ cd os-ops
      $ vagrant up ops_ctl
      $ vagrant up ops_node

Once done open your web browser at: There more info in the README.

In the next post we’ll look at getting OpenShift running on OpenStack, quickly and fast using two approaches, direct with puppet and using Heat orchestration.

2nd Swiss OpenStack User Group Meeting

The second swiss OpenStack user group (CHOSUG) was held. It was an excellent event so well attended that there was only standing room! A big thanks goes out to the organisers and sponsors (RackSpace, SWITCH and ICCLab).


There was six presentations, 3 which were more detailed and 3 that were more lightning talks in nature. Lucas and Toni from the ICCLab gave a super presentation on Ceilometer and Christof made short work of the deep topic of OpenStack and CloudFoundry. The presentations (in running order) were:

All talks were recorded by the kind folks at SWITCH and are available for your viewing pleasure!

Check out more pics on the CHOSUG flickr account.

2nd Swiss OpenStack Meetup


We (ICCLab and ZHGeeks) are pleased to announce the 2nd Swiss OpenStack Meetup. It will happen on the 19th of February in Zurich at ETH. If you’re keen and interested in attending then please register here.

If you are interested in giving a talk then do give a shout out at the meetup site or simply message @OpenStackCH on twitter. Currently there are talks planned for:

Looking forward to seeing you all there!