Vom 13. – 15. Juni 2023 läd die OpenInfra Foundation (ehemals OpenStack Foundation) zum OpenInfra Summit. Nach Veranstaltungen in Berlin, Shangai oder Denver, findet der diesjährige Summit in Vancouver (Kanada) statt.
Besucher und Besucherinnen erwartet ein volles Programm mit über 100 Keynotes und Vorträgen, praktischen Workshops und hand-on-Anleitungen sowie die Möglichkeit eines intensiven Austausches und Networkings in der Open-Source-Community.
Wir freuen uns sehr, dass die von uns eingereichten Vorträge angenommen wurden und wir so gleich drei spannende und für die Open-Source-Community wichtige Themen auf dem OpenInfra Summit in Vancouver platzieren können. Besonders erfreulich ist ferner, dass wir einen Vortrag zur Vorstellung des durch uns mitgegründeten Vereins ALASCA e.V. halten werden und wir ALASCA in Vancouver repräsentieren dürfen.
In a cooperation of Cloud and Heat and the Schwarz Group we created the Lifecycle Management Tool for OpenStack „Yaook“ (Yet another openstack on kubernetes). Since 2021 it is available as opensource. The Yaook project aims to be the next step in automating deployment and operation of OpenStack clouds. In its core, it relies on Kubernetes operators, small pieces of code which compare observed and intended state in order to determine actions to converge the system. This idea can, however, be taken to a next level: What if there was a control loop which managed an entire OpenStack deployment? Yaook provides just that. Beyond the initial installation, it supports „Day 2 operation“ tasks, such as upgrades and node maintenance / reinstallation. At the same time, Yaook knows its limits and will wait for human operator input in cases of potential loss of data or availability. That way, Yaook makes for a resilient and reliable life-cycle management of OpenStack clouds.
You are willing to use an OpenStack public cloud as a customer? Great! But wait – how about data sovereignty? How to ensure, that your data is processed according to technical or legal regulations that your business or your own customers require? OpenStack will not do this for you and providers may use proprietary formats. In this context, Gaia-X develops a federated open data infrastructure based on European values regarding data sovereignty. Self-Descriptions and Trust Framework are core elements. Self-Descriptions provide a standardized, machine-executable vocabulary to describe different aspects of service and data processing. Trust Framework defines guidelines for use of that vocabulary. Both concepts enable cloud users to make self-sovereign descissions on where and how their data is processed on a high level of trust.
This session shows how Gaia-X Self-Descriptions for OpenStack clouds may look like, how they can be retreived automatically and used to obtain digital sovereignty.
Digital sovereignty remains a hot topic in 2023 – and yet, it is often still just talked about instead of actively tackled. One major area where the need for more sovereignty is immense is the cloud space. The dependency on hyperscalers is still far too high – often because companies and the public sector lack both suitable tools and knowledge for setting up and operating their own cloud infrastructure. This is where ALASCA comes in – our newly founded non-profit association for operational, open cloud infrastructures. ALASCA’s mission is twofold: First, we develop open source technologies (such as our Lifecycle Management Tool for OpenStack Yaook) that are ready for application. Second, we raise awareness, educate and provide concrete guidance for using our tools, so that organizations can overcome the hurdles for the deployment of their own cloud. This way, ALASCA not only sends a signal for digital sovereignty, but also creates a real, strong contribution.