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EvolutionStack - USDA. Building a Bazaar in the Cathedral. The team. Introductions…. Who we support. USDA / NITC. In the beginning… NITC dates back to 1957 Primarily mainframe shop Grew into a traditional hosting center Slow and steady. Shifting Customer Needs.

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evolutionstack usda

EvolutionStack - USDA

Building a Bazaar in the Cathedral

the team
The team

Introductions….

usda nitc
USDA / NITC

In the beginning…

  • NITC dates back to 1957
  • Primarily mainframe shop
  • Grew into a traditional hosting center
  • Slow and steady
shifting customer needs
Shifting Customer Needs
  • Customers wanted fast, flexible, agile and cheap hosting
    • Customer independence required!
    • Customers want Amazon but in Govt. space
not keeping up
Not Keeping Up
  • What customers got…
    • Virtualized version of old Managed Hosting product
    • Lots of iterations
    • Long path to production
    • IT / Business processes don’t align
hopestack
HopeStack

The dream begins…

  • Hallway convos, smoke breaks
    • What is this “OpenStack” thing…?
  • A few believe in the idea of a revolution
all bets on the table
All bets on the table...
  • Zach shares idea
    • Wagers parking space for 5 min. with the ACIO
  • Leadership vision
    • They can see beyond the red tape!
  • Team is selected to evaluate idea
    • Non-conformists recruited
do or die in 90 days
Do or die in 90 days
  • Charged to research private cloud
    • Greenfield opportunity
    • Given unlimited resources (with zero $$$)
    • Research and report back in 90 days
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GO!

Day 1 Begins

do the impossible
Do the impossible...
  • Build a WORKING demo/POC
    • SDN + OpenStack + Ceph
    • Oh, and its got to do stuff that works…………...
no funding
No Funding!
  • Diverted gear destined for trash
  • NO R&D capital to be found
    • Budget = 0$
  • Team doing two jobs
angrystack
AngryStack
  • Endless possibilities in OpenStack
    • If you can make them work
  • Feature Greed!
    • Over-ran the docs that were ‘available’
    • Current problem are always solved in the next release
    • I always have a current problem
sticky room cloud cave
“Sticky” room (Cloud Cave)
  • Burn through two scrummasters
  • Whiteboards filled with ideas
  • Whole team in one room
building a cloud
Building a cloud…
  • They said it couldn’t be done
  • 500 ways not to build a cloud discovered
  • Late nights
tech debt
Tech debt!
  • Things breaking!
  • Every service is a huge victory!
  • Atmos clap is developed
inception
Inception

Day 60

on the heels of dev
On the heels of dev...
  • Literally 2 days behind Nicira developers during our Quantum build
    • We were begging for the next code bits
    • Plugins/integration with Open vSwitch
    • Scratching of heads
  • Amazing support from Nicira
awesomestack
AwesomeStack
  • We got stuff to work!
    • Main feature collection working
    • VM’s deployed successfully via Horizon
    • SDN to OpenStack successful!
      • Deploy networks and routers - Yourself
      • NO MORE VLANS!
      • Self directed FW’s!
additions made
Additions Made...
  • Because Open Source
    • Boot from volume
    • Instance deploy wizard
    • Monitoring - Atmos Monkey
demo day
Demo day...
  • Security group errors (quick refresh)
  • Ceph stable
  • Crossing fingers the HW will hold out
winning
Winning!
  • The Impossible is done!
  • Executive mgmt was beyond impressed!
a declaration is made
A declaration is made...
  • This OpenStack thing is our future
    • Mgmt said make it so!
    • The message is sent to the org.
  • Wait… There's no money
    • Found a customer that would invest
    • Pitched the dream and they bought in
schism
Schism...
  • The Cathedral is completely freaked out!!!!!!
    • Those OpenStack guys are trying to kill the unicorn factory!
    • But.. But.. The customer can do whatever they want in the new thing!
    • Why would you build such a thing!?
solutionstack
SolutionStack
  • Build a world class cloud
    • Stable
    • Sustainable
    • Not able to hire like a RackSpace
    • Looked for companies that understand our vision
    • Long term support
    • Plan for FedRAMP
operationalizing
Operationalizing...
  • Piston
    • Provisioning
    • Impressed by operational philosophy
  • VMware NSX
    • Maturity
    • Troubleshooting capabilities
  • Silicon Mechanics
    • Amazing fulfillment