Now that responding immediately to rapid business development has become the key to success, ICT requires ever greater speed and flexibility. As infrastructure to support increasing collaboration between business and ICT, OpenStack* has been attracting attention all over the world.
Reflecting this growing popularity, more than 2,500 participants gathered at OpenStack Days Tokyo 2016 held on July 6 and 7 at the Toranomon Hills Forum in Tokyo.
*: Open-source software developed for cloud platforms
What Is OpenStack Days?
OpenStack Days Tokyo 2016 is a community event (hosted by the Japan OpenStack User Group) authorized by the OpenStack Foundation**; it is also Japan's largest dedicated open cloud event where cloud developers and users gather together.
Under this year's theme of "the platform for the next decade," the event showcased OpenStack use cases in production environments by companies and service providers, know-how and performance verification results for development/operation engineers, and new OpenStack functions.
As a Platinum Sponsor, Fujitsu introduced cloud deployments of its internal systems and joined many sessions to provide practical know-how for engineers.
**: A global community consisting of OpenStack developers and users; 2016 marks the sixth anniversary since the Foundation's establishment.
The number of OpenStack users globally exceeds 50,000. In Japan, an increasing number of companies are evaluating OpenStack deployments.
At the beginning of the keynote speeches on Day 1, Mr. Akihiro Hasegawa (Bit-isle Equinix), Chairman of OpenStack Days Tokyo, took the podium to greet the audience and introduce the current situation: "The number of OpenStack members has increased every year and on a global basis now exceeds 54,000, and more than 600 companies in 179 countries support its activities." According to the results of a visitor questionnaire conducted in advance, the percentage of companies that answered "No plan to deploy OpenStack" greatly decreased from 48% last year to 14% this year, which implies an increasing number of Japanese companies are evaluating OpenStack deployments.
Next to the podium was Mr. Mark Collier, Co-Founder and COO of the OpenStack Foundation. He introduced the Japanese award winners of the OpenStack Community Contributor Awards. Among the award winners, Atsushi Sakai and Tomoyuki Kato from Fujitsu were praised for their contributions to OpenStack activities and given the Duct Tape Medal for "having been helpful in every respect."
Referencing survey results from the United States, Mr. Collier noted that "65% of companies already use OpenStack in production environments and 97% of respondents cited platform standardization as the reason." He continued: "Though OpenStack is strongly associated with private clouds, there are many cases around the world where it is used in public clouds." He then described many public cloud use cases.
Lastly, Mr. Collier stated that in the midst of disruption (destructive changes) and the increasing diversification and complexity of IT environments, flexible and prompt IT services are necessary for future companies to succeed in business. After showcasing the effectiveness of OpenStack, which allows a variety of IT services to be combined and inter-operated, he concluded his keynote speech with the phrase "Collaborate or Die," stating that OpenStack would evolve as an "innovation engine" for companies.
Migrating All Internal Systems to the Cloud―Fujitsu's OpenStack Application Examples
Companies have concerns about the use of cloud systems, including questions such as is it possible to maintain the required level of reliability, performance, and security? To respond to such concerns, the keynote speeches on Day 2 introduced case studies of users who had promoted enterprise use of OpenStack. Fujitsu took the podium together with JEF Steel and NTT Docomo as enterprises that promote the use of cloud services. Masahiro Ota, Head of the Digital Business Platform Unit at Fujitsu, gave a presentation entitled "Migrating All Systems to Cloud." He explained why Fujitsu deployed OpenStack, how OpenStack was applied, and the know-how obtained through OpenStack deployment.
He stressed that the "continuous growth of the platform" and "prevention of vendor lock-in" are requirements for customer-centric cloud services. To this end, the FUJITSU Cloud Service K5 employs OpenStack as OSS***. He explained K5's features, including Multi-AZ**** to avoid service downtime and information transparency, which enables customers to plan business operations on their own. By actually experiencing the cloud service internally, Ota noted that "Fujitsu can ensure that K5 offers reliable public cloud services for our customers' mission-critical systems."
*** OSS: Open Source Software (software for which the source code is publicly available, thereby allowing anyone to participate in the development process)
**** AZ: Availability Zone (a fault-isolated independent area or location inside a region)
The OpenStack Foundation's sole Japanese board member
The OpenStack Foundation has 24 directors on its board who supervise strategic and financial policies. Kenji Kaneshige of Fujitsu, the only Japanese board member, joined the panel discussion in which three key persons from Japanese Gold Member companies discussed the theme of "What Is the OpenStack Foundation Doing?"
Kaneshige introduced Fujitsu's initiatives from the viewpoint of a company that has deployed OpenStack and migrated its internal systems to the cloud. As a Gold Member company, and as the only board member that represents Japan, he also noted that Fujitsu had held repeated discussions to establish an environment in which Fujitsu as well as developers from Japan and APAC can fully carry out their activities. In addition, Kaneshige encouraged more Japanese companies to join as Gold Members so that Japanese developers can expand their voices in the Foundation.
Fujitsu's OpenStack Cloud Services Incorporating Knowledge from Internal Practices
As the significance of customers' digital transformation initiatives increases, Fujitsu has deployed OpenStack as a cloud platform common technology for FUJITSU Cloud Service K5 and its on-premise cloud product FUJITSU Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for Cloud. Mayuko Morita of Fujitsu introduced how Fujitsu has established a highly available, reliable cloud platform using OpenStack technologies and how it feeds back knowledge obtained through internal practices to the OpenStack community.
Practical Know-How for Engineers
Fujitsu held sessions and exhibitions for engineers to showcase technologies for deploying and operating OpenStack as well as practical know-how cultivated by Fujitsu.
[Session] Explaining OpenStack from an Operator's Point of View
In a session for engineers involved in development and operation, under the theme of "Introduction of OpsMeetup and Day 2 Operation from an Operator's Point of View," Kei Nakata talked about monitoring, troubleshooting know-how, upgrades, and convenient tools from the point of view of an actual operator who uses the OpenStack environment on a daily basis. In addition, another session was held under the theme of "What Is the Newton Bare Metal Difference? Development Details and Functional Gaps from VM" to explain the functional gaps between bare-metal servers and virtual machines (VM) in OpenStack at present as well as efforts to fill these gaps. Points that have been improved and struggles were described from the viewpoint of an operator and developer.
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"Get Together! OpenStack Operators - Introduction of OpsMeetup and Day 2 Operation from an Operator's Point of View"
[Presenter] Kei Nakata, Manager, Platform Software Division II, Platform Software Business Unit, Fujitsu Limited
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"What is the Newton Bare Metal Difference?―Development Details and Functional Gaps from VM"
[Presenters] Yushiro Furukawa and Hironori Shiina, Linux Development Division, Platform Software Business Unit, Fujitsu Limited
[Exhibition booth] Advanced Technologies Supporting Stable Operation of OpenStack Environments
In this exhibition booth, Fujitsu mainly showcased management software under the theme of stable operation of OpenStack environments. Fujitsu members are actively participating in the development of a technology that employs Monasca***** to visualize all resources. This technology enables early detection of excesses and shortages of resources by monitoring changes in the usage of virtual machine CPU, storage, and RAM in real time. This technology has been shipped overseas since FY2015 and is scheduled to launch in Japan in the second half of FY2016. Fujitsu also introduced solutions for supporting operational management, including a solution that enables immediate software delivery as a service and a solution that automatically starts up a virtual machine if a server failure occurs.
Fujitsu also exhibited FUJITSU Cloud Service K5, its cloud service that uses OpenStack technology, and FUJITSU Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for Cloud, which provides operations cultivated through internal practices in private cloud environments.
***** Monasca: A module that provides Monitoring as a Service for OpenStack systems. It allows a large undefined number of users to specify the measurement items that they want to monitor and check the items at the desired timing via a GUI or API.
Both the lecture hall and exhibition hall at OpenStack Days Tokyo 2016 were filled with many participants who enjoyed exchanges with staff members and earnestly asked them questions. This is evidence of growing interest in deploying OpenStack.
As a Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation, Fujitsu continues to work on the development of OpenStack, which will play a central role in this ecosystem, based on the knowledge it has cultivated through deploying OpenStack internally.