Podcast Episode 73 – Open Source, Closed Minds – A Discussion on Open Core and Open Source Monetization with Rob Hirschfeld (@zehicle) of @RackN

Episode 73 – Open Source, Closed Minds – A Discussion on Open Core and Open Source Monetization with Rob Hirschfeld (@zehicle) of @RackN

PODCAST LINK: http://podcast.discoposse.com/e/ep-73-open-source-closed-minds-a-discussion-on-open-core-and-open-source-monetization-with-rob-hirschfeld-zehicle-of-rackn/


As more open source projects become commercially driven (rightly so) there is a challenge among open source community folks as to when it is right to use open core, open source, or the dreaded fork. Rob Hirschfeld joins us for a great discussion that started on the news of AWS launching Open DIstro for Elasticsearch and we take on some challenging topics around open source, monetization, and commercialization of open platforms and products.

Rob refers to a great Gitlab talk which discusses open source business models which is also a must-watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6ZupYzr_Zg

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OpenStack Day Canada Recap

The first ever OpenStack Day in Canada happened on November 22nd in Montreal, Quebec.  This was great for many, many reasons, and here is a quick recap of the event.

OpenStack is alive and well despited the many pundits who are apparently calling for it’s demise.  What we are seeing across the industry is the commoditization of the IaaS layers and below, which includes OpenStack.  In other words, OpenStack is becoming like the furniture; it’s there in the room and you expect it to be there, but we are moving on to decorating the walls now.

Kubernetes Still a Hot Topic

The buzz around Kubernetes is very real.  We are looking at Kubernetes both above and below the OpenStack layers.  Developers and container consumers are latching onto the potential that Kubernetes has opened up with the fast growing contributions from inside and outside of the Google camp.

The reason that Kubernetes keeps coming up around OpenStack is that it is a great partnership to fill out the overall infrastructure story.

We have the hope that a generic data center operating system will be a combination of both VM/instance and container as the consumption models, hosted on a platform which can span the various hosting platforms.  This means that we will see a sort of criss-cross of technology which ultimately presents a generic consumption model for multiple workloads:


Using both HTTP and API as the access points, we can use either containers or traditional instances on OpenStack, while spanning various infrastructure for hosting OpenStack itself.  Much more to come on that in an upcoming post!

180 Attending first OpenStack Day in Montreal

The organizing team, led by Jonathan Le Lous, did an amazing job of pulling together sponsorships, presenters, and ultimately filling seats for our first OpenStack Day which was at the historic Notman House in Montreal.  We had a phenomenal crowd who brought in ideas from all areas in the industry.  This really shows that the community is growing, and we are going to use this momentum with future OpenStack Days events in other locations in Canada!

The event sponsors were great supporters both leading up to and on the day of the event.  We were especially pleased with the amount of Canadian representation we saw from the sponsor list.  Another great sign for technology and open source north of the 49th parallel!


Lots of Questions – Lots of Collaboration

The vibe of the event was much more around how to do OpenStack better, and how to use it more.  In past meetups and other smaller events, I’ve seen a stronger focus on discovery and asking how to get started.  The general community attending the event seemed to be comfortable with the reasons for OpenStack, and the comfort with getting started.  This indicates for me that we are evolving the conversations towards advancing ourselves as OpenStack users.  Very exciting to see!

Upgrading is Still a Challenge and a Hold Back

There was no elephant in the room on the topic of upgrades and interoperability.  The top questions around infrastructure operations was around upgrades.  In other words, how can we safely and efficiently upgrade OpenStack once we have it in place.  I tried to look for the ultimate answer which would work for the entire group, but realized that we have a few ways that we must attack this challenge.

Packaged distros may be frowned upon by many of the OpenStack development community and pundits, but the most successful stories in the room also came from many consumers of packaged OpenStack distros.  Much work is being done around better upgrades, and a lot of it is also going bring Kubernetes to the fore again.

Thank you Everyone!

The event was excellent because of a lot of tireless effort by many involved.  Thank you to the organizing team, sponsors, attendees, and all the folks at the OpenStack Foundation who are doing everything they can to enable events like this.  The community is the best way to continuously engage and learn about how we can make OpenStack better.

I’m looking forward to the next OpenStack Summit in Boston.  Look for a follow up OpenStack Day event in Toronto as our next target, most likely after the Boston event.


OpenStack Day Montreal – November 22, 2016

Imagine that feeling of the first ever OpenStack Day in Canada.  You can experience it first hand right in the heart of beautiful Montreal, Quebec on November 22nd.  I know that I will be there, so now is your chance to come join in the community goodness and learn about all things OpenStack and more!

The event day website has been kindly created and hosted by Jonathan Le Lous right here: http://openstackca.org/

Registration link is here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/openstack-day-canada-tickets-27494036403?aff=affiliate1

Seriously, you need to be there.  Montreal = awesome, and OpenStack in Montreal = 2x awesome 🙂

What to Expect at OpenStack Day Canada

We have a great lineup of speakers which are being finalized in the coming days.  The day will be filled with knowledge sharing and user stories that tell the true value of embracing OpenStack and other technology partners to help enable the growth of your business by using the open private cloud platform which is growing in popularity every day.

I’ll be there as one of the event organizers, and we have a packed schedule for every type of audience.

The day begins at 8 AM for registration with the official start at 8:30.  Breakout sessions will be featured at 9:30-10:45, 11-12:30, and 2:45-4:45, so you won’t miss any opportunities to get lots of good content under your belt.

Expect a great lunch, and also the Barcamp from 5PM-9PM that evening.

Register for the event here and I look forward to meeting lots of you there!


The Turbonomic Journey Starts Now!

It’s been an exciting week as you may have been able to guess. Today we officially announced the rebranding of Turbonomic to our new company name: Turbonomic.

Not only is this a very well-timed change for us, but it really is the start of a very important journey into what’s next.  Both for us as an organization, and for the industry at large.

Wait, what happened to Turbonomic?

The very same goodness that brought the name Turbonomic to 1500+ data center and cloud environments was always much more than something that should have been VM…which actually stood for Virtualization Management, not Virtual Machine.  The association with VM became something that we realized was limiting because the world is moving on from the VM construct, and we have always known that since we built the platform.

As an OpenStack advocate, I was bringing our platform to OpenStack customers for the past 2 years. We are rocking the container world with the same ability to assure performance for containers like Docker and Rocket, plus the PaaS stuff that we have been providing for Cloud Foundry is, as the Boston locals like to say, wicked cool!  Then we even lean farther forward and provide our economic scheduling capability to Kubernetes and Mesosphere.  Of course, we also do the same for Microsoft platforms, VMware platforms, Red Hat, Xen and much more.

Turbonomic is the culmination of a brand that delivers an autonomic, real-time platform using economic principles to assure application performance for any application on any infrastructure. That pretty much explains why the VM part of Turbonomic isn’t what we are attached to.

If you want to find out any more, you can always find out anything you’d like by contacting me at eric (DOT) wright {AT} turbonomic |DOT| com which is my new company email. You can also find me over at the Green Circle.

Turbonomic and TechForward at VMworld

On August 16th, rather symbolically, the Riviera casino was imploded in a planned demolition. It comes down the same day that we relaunch our brand and prepare to head to Las Vegas for VMworld to be in booth 1139.

There is a tonne of great content to take in at VMworld. I’m talking a metric tonne too, not just a short ton. I hope that you will join me for some of my really fun booth presentations which are listed on the schedule by clicking this nifty image:


I’m also launching the first of the TechForward series of sessions at VMworld. The content is listed at TechForward.io where you can sign up using EventBrite and add to your calendar. I would love it if you come out and lean with me all about Kubernetes, Mesosphere DC/OS and OpenStack.


There will also be long-form, interactive webinars in the fall which will be hosted by Turbonomic for free to let you spin up some labs and learn how to use these emerging technologies.  Stay tuned and bookmark TechForward.io to make sure you get all the latest news as we launch that program.

Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting the community. It’s an exciting day. See you in Vegas!!

You can read the official press release about our rebranding and other announcements here!