From June 7th to 9th, 2022, the OpenInfra Foundation invites you to its house conference in Berlin – for the first time in over two years as a face-to-face event. The community last met in Shanghai in 2019. Around 1,000 participants accepted the invitation and can pick up new, interesting information and ideas from 100 presentations on eleven different topics.
The Foundation is also celebrating its tenth anniversary. As a reminder, today’s OpenInfra Foundation previously operated under the name OpenStack Foundation. The new organization was launched in 2020, including the name change and the expansion of the thematic focus.
Opening of the OpenInfra Summit Berlin 2022
The opening keynote was less technical than usual and was themed “We are getting the job done”. Jonathan Bryce and Mark Collier – CEO and COO of the Foundation – offered a look back and at the same time looked forward: The audience learned from the numbers and data they brought with them that over 8,000 developers are contributing to open source infrastructure software. The result (as of June 2022) is around 25 million CPU cores worldwide, which are now running OpenStack software. Collier put the current economic potential of the cloud market at almost 8 billion US dollars.
Summary of the keynote by Mark Collier, COO of the OpenInfra Foundation on June 7, 2022 in Berlin at the OpenInfra Summit
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Cloud with room for improvement and OpenStack on the rise
According to him, in April 2022 the CEO of Amazon Andy Jassy said that 95 percent of global IT spending is not in the public cloud, but for on-premises installations (“95% of the world’s IT spend is on premises and not in the cloud”). The OpenInfra team therefore believes that there is still potential for growth here. In other words: According to them, after more than ten years, the mission of the Foundation is far from over. Mark Collier also showed a bar chart that shows AWS as the number one in the cloud environment with a market share of 33 percent. A collective entry “Others” followed in second place with 27 percent. This consists of over 180 OpenStack installations from various companies, including Vexxhost, Deutsche Telekom Open Cloud, Cleura, OVH, Nipa Cloud, China Unicom, China Telecom, Rackspace, Binero, Infomaniak and ORock.
Mark Collier during the opening speech at the OpenInfra Summit Berlin, June 7, 2022
Collier and Bryce emphasized that open source is a model for success when as many companies and development teams as possible work together on code. This can also be used to meet other challenges that the Foundation sees: These include the estimated 180 zetabytes of data in the next 36 months or over 50 billion devices connected by the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2030. New members such as Vexxhost and Bloomberg also welcomed the OpenInfra Foundation. With them, the growth since the name change is 33 percent according to the COO.
Live demo of threat modeling with Kata Containers
The usual fireworks of announcements of new functions or versions in the OpenInfra ecosystem did not materialize at the opening. The maturity of the overall project may also be reflected here. This time, participants from China were unable to travel due to travel restrictions, so China Community Manager Horace Li from the OpenInfra Foundation and Xu Wang from the Ant Group addressed the audience with a video message instead.
Talk on threat modeling with Cysec Kata containers at the OpenInfra Summit in Berlin, followed by a live demo.
Cysec’s talk got a bit more technical, in which three developers explained the principles of confidential computing and illustrated a use case for threat modeling with Kata containers in a live demo. Eric Ernst, Samuel Ortiz, Fabiano Fidêncio advocated using threat modeling from the user’s perspective instead of the previous cloud provider perspective, and showed that with Kata containers, host and guest interaction, among other things, with regard to API access can be restricted in such a way that the use of cloud infrastructure for user groups becomes more secure.
Software-Supply-Chain mit Open Infrastructure
Further short presentations teased the focal points of the conference program: Several specialist presentations on LOKI (Linux, OpenStack and Kubernetes infrastructure), on open clouds and on digital sovereignty are imminent. TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois moderated the political part of the opening: Dr. Franziska Brantner from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection presented the ongoing initiatives at federal level, such as 2 million euros in funding for the software supply chain, and emphasized the willingness of the ministry to continue to promote the area. Daniel Melin traveled from Sweden from Skatteverket, the Swedish combination of tax and tax authorities that use OpenStack via Red Hat.
The Ant Group was recognized as a Super User at the OpenInfra Summit.
Finally, the winners of the Superuser Prize were announced. Here, for the first time, two companies share first place: OVHcloud and the Ant Group.
Support digital sovereignty and grassroots movements
Mark Collier, Jonathan Bryce and Thierry Carrez from the OpenInfra Foundation were available to answer questions from Heise and other media representatives at a subsequent press event. Among other things, those responsible emphasized to the journalists the social claim of the foundation, which has members in 182 countries worldwide, to enable manufacturer-independent access to technology and to support grassroots movements. There are local meet-ups in many regions of the world, and during the pandemic, it would have been easier for members from otherwise underrepresented countries to take part in the regular meetings. The community has become more diverse during this time.
Europe is of particular interest to the OpenInfra Foundation with a view to issues such as Gaia-X, Catena-X and issues of privacy and digital sovereignty, with the collaboration mostly running through the partners and members who are responsible for it locally and in their respective countries maintain the necessary contacts with the government and administration. The OpenInfra Foundation observes with interest the legislative concerns such as the Cloud Act. European research initiatives and organizations (with the exception of a few French institutes) are not yet represented in the OpenInfra Foundation. However, COO Mark Collier believes it is only a matter of time before this changes.
Press appointment with the OpenInfra Foundation: CEO Jonathan Bryce, COO Mark Collier and General Manager Thierry Carrez
OpenInfra Foundation: beyond OpenStack
The OpenInfra Foundation has its roots in the founding year of 2012 when it started as the governing body for OpenStack, an open source infrastructure for cloud computing. The Foundation is now also working on other technologies such as machine learning, edge computing and hybrid clouds. In doing so, she draws on the support of over 60 platinum, gold and silver members as well as partner companies and the OpenStack/OpenInfra community.
In addition to OpenStack, the Starlingx edge computing infrastructure and the Airship lifecycle management tool, the projects of the OpenInfra Foundation include the Zuul CI/CD platform, which will celebrate its tenth birthday in 2022 and is available in version 6.0. According to those responsible for OpenInfra, Tesla is apparently planning to use Zuul for autonomous driving, and BMW and Volvo are also using the technology. The virtualized kata containers introduced around five years ago are also widespread.
Participate in the summit at the last minute and other information
The summit organized by OpenInfra will take place from June 7th to 9th, 2022 in the Berlin Congress Center near Alexanderplatz. The program can be browsed on the event website. Those who make last-minute decisions still have the opportunity to join. Anyone who is interested in working with the Open Infrastructure Foundation for themselves or their own organization can find further information on membership on their website.
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