Promoting the Deployment of OpenStack, an Open Cloud Platform

[OpenStack Days Tokyo 2017 Report]

Development of OpenStack, an open cloud platform project, is proceeding without a hitch. OpenStack has seen a sharp rise in the number of production deployments and half of the Fortune 500 companies have adopted it. In addition, the rapid shift to agile development is further accelerating the pace of deployment.

In this context, OpenStack Days Tokyo 2017, the largest open cloud event in Japan, took place for two days on July 20 and 21 at the Toranomon Hills Forum in Tokyo, under the theme "Open x Collaboration."

The event attracted much interest from development and operations engineers, and on the day, the venue was packed with as many as 3,000 participants seeking information on the latest OpenStack-related technology trends.

Fujitsu, as a platinum sponsor, participated in a sponsor session and a panel discussion. This is a report of the event.

80 Sessions, 40 Companies' Exhibition Booths

In the keynote address, Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation, and Devin Davis from the Cloud Foundry Foundation discussed how digital transformation and cloud applications have sped up the development cycles of major companies and how linkage to surrounding OSS and edge computing would become an important field of cloud platforms.

There were 80 sessions, consisting of collaboration sessions between OSS communities including OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and OPNFV, and other sessions on container technologies and related technologies. In addition, 40 companies set up booths to introduce their latest works to participants.

Challenges for the Best Practice of the IT Platform Supporting Your Digital Innovation - Sponsor Session

Toru Suzuki from Fujitsu kicked off the session with an explanation of Fujitsu's Cloud Service K5 ("K5").

He talked about how OpenStack automated network construction and instance deployment for PaaS-style mobile platforms and other agile development as well as how Fujitsu is proving efficiency through in-house practice. He then introduced the Nursery-School-Pupil Monitoring Service as a development case involving K5, which uses Cloud Foundry.

He also talked about in-house practices and user cases, both of which used OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, as well as Fujitsu's active commitment to community activities.

Panel Discussion Featuring Companies Promoting In-House Cloud Foundry Usage

Here, companies shared their experiences of deploying and using Cloud Foundry under different conditions.

Although their purpose for deploying was the same, there were differences in the timing of deployment and degree of usage: some had been using it since 2011, before the community was established, and others were going to start using it in production environments the following week.

Some expressed difficulties in deploying Cloud Foundry, and what they had in common was that they had provided various types of support, such as holding seminars, hands-on training and providing technical assistance, to promote usage.

There was also a panel discussion featuring service providers, who discussed the positioning of Cloud Foundry as a service and some aspects of the spread of Cloud Foundry such as users' characteristics.

Panel Discussion: Containers Changing the Cloud

A session on Kubernetes, a container operation management (orchestration) tool, also attracted attention.

The discussion covered the following four themes on the current Kubernetes that utilized containers and its expectations going forward: (1) what is suitable or not for Kubernetes, (2) benefit from and difficulties with Kubernetes, (3) Kubernetes 1.6/1.7 and (4) Kubernetes community and Japan.

In the session entitled "Kubernetes and the Ecosystem," Hiroyuki Kamezawa from Fujitsu introduced the OSS tools strongly related to Kubernetes.

Conclusion

Despite the intense heat during the two days of OpenStack Days Tokyo 2017, the lecture and exhibition halls were packed with participants. Every participant enthusiastically asked the presenters questions and expressed their opinions here and there, allowing everyone to realize how strong the trend to deploy OpenStack is.

Going forward, Fujitsu, as a gold member of the OpenStack Foundation, will continue its commitment to developing the ecosystem's core, OpenStack, on the front line based on the knowledge acquired through deploying in-house.