Last week, the 17th OpenStack Summit was held in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a city, Vancouver never disappoints, and this OpenStack Summit did not disappoint either.


Over 2,500 attendees and 50+ sponsors converged at the Vancouver Convention Center to talk everything OpenStack, and more. There were over 200 sessions on topics ranging from Container Infrastructure, CI/CD, Telecom+NFV, Public Cloud, and Private & Hybrid Cloud.


Not surprisingly, container technology has taken on increasing importance at the show, with the announcement of Kata 1.0, an approach to containers which offers workload isolation and security akin to virtual machines. All told, there were 33 sessions on containers.


The conference was not without controversy, though. Past OpenStack Summits have predominantly focused on building technical community and knowledge.  However, during his keynote, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth took direct aim at his competitors, Red Hat and VMware. Mark’s presentation caused quite a stir, and conference organizers ended up pulling the video of his talk.


NetApp staffers delivered 5 conference sessions, on a variety of topics ranging from Cinder and Manila, to IPv6 and Containers. In case you missed them, here are the presentations and video recordings:

NetApp also sponsored a half day of focused sessions, which were well attended:

We also announced the availability of a new Converged Infrastructure solution for OpenStack – FlexPod SolidFire with Red Hat OpenStack Platform:

We even received a mention in the OpenStack Vancouver Summit recap: 40 things you need to know article for our new FlexPod SoildFire with Red Hat OSP Cisco Validated Design (CVD)!


To get more information on this new CVD, please see @amit_borulkar’s blog at, and the related Design Guide and Deployment Guide.


On Tuesday evening, team NetApp hosted a sunset yacht cruise with close to 100 people in attendance. A big thank you to Pacific Yacht Charters for helping us host an awesome event. The food, drink, and sunset were all amazing!



Did I mention Vancouver doesn’t disappoint?


Want to learn more about NetApp’s OpenStack leadership? Check out our OpenStack solutions. Also check out thePub, NetApp’s open-source and developer community.

Pete Brey

With 13 years of experience in the storage and cloud industries, Pete Brey brings to NetApp visionary and deep expertise across a variety of roles ranging from engineering and product management to product and solution marketing and sales enablement. Pete has led the development and delivery of innovative OpenStack cloud storage solutions for a variety of use cases which built upon Cinder and Swift OpenStack storage API’s, as well as Ceph. Pete has also successfully delivered and marketed OpenStack PaaS solutions.