Wednesday, May 22, 2013

First Google Ganeti Conference: GanetiCon 2013

[UPDATED with the new GanetiCon 2013 website links]

Hello everybody,

we are very pleased to announce that this year we are co-organizing the first Google Ganeti Conference: GanetiCon 2013.

The conference will take place between 3-5 September 2013 in Athens, Greece.

The first GanetiCon will be a developers oriented conference, and it will mostly include design talks and discussions about new features and future plans. It will also probably feature an advanced Ganeti workshop, depending on user demand. Additionally, anybody who is interested in:
  • learning how other companies/institutions use Ganeti
  • checking out how large scale Ganeti deployments look like
  • glimpsing the product roadmap of Ganeti
  • contributing to future design of Ganeti
  • obtaining help with specific Ganeti issues
should definitely attend.

Most developers of the Ganeti and Synnefo team will be there, so it will be a great chance to meet you all in person, and answer all your questions.

If this sounds exciting and you are interested in attending the first GanetiCon please fill out the registration form or the CFP. Stay tuned.

See you all in Athens!

on behalf of the Synnefo team,

Monday, May 13, 2013

Synnefo team @ Xen Hackathon 2013

This year's Xen Hackathon will be kindly hosted by Google and will take place at Google's Dublin offices.

Six months ago, we thought that since Synnefo uses Ganeti at the backend and Ganeti already supported Xen as the underlying hypervisor, why not try to port Synnefo to use Xen too? What would that mean and what would that take to happen?

It would mean that anybody running Ganeti with Xen, would be able to just install Synnefo on top of their current deployment, and have their own public or private cloud. Nice.

And how could we do that? Since Synnefo keeps clear separation between the cluster management layer and the cloud layer, the changes should have been minimal and only few components should get affected. Indeed, after some design discussions it came out that only two Synnefo components should be ported:
  • snf-image: Ganeti OS Definition that handles image deployment and customization
  • snf-network: component that handles the host's networking after a NIC is up
snf-image has already been ported since v0.8 and now supports Xen. snf-network is even easier to port, but to do so we need some additional Ganeti support.

To implement such support in Ganeti, we introduced the corresponding topic at this year's Xen Hackathon. Dimitris and Stratos from the Synnefo team will be attending the hachathon to handle the job :)

So, if anybody of you is willing to help, or just want to meet the guys from the team, or learn more about Synnefo, feel free to fire up a conversation at the event. They will be more than happy to chat with you. You can also reach them at: