Feb 18th Austin, TX OpenStack Meetup – Neutron networking with Cumulus and Project Astara

OpenStack Meetup – Neutron networking with Cumulus and Project Astara

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016, 6:30 PM

9001 North I H 35 #150 Austin, TX

59 Stackers Attending

Hello everyone – Our Feb OpenStack Meetup brings us a double header session on Neutron and Project Astara! Still a hot topic in the community,  our first topic is a beginner to intermediate session discussing OpenStack Neutron and the Modular Layer 2 plugin framework and how it interacts with physical underlay. Specifically Open Networking devices….

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How DreamHost Deployed Large-Scale Public Cloud on Top of OpenStack



January 21st, 10:00 am (PST)

45 minutes

Join Jonathan LaCour of DreamHost, Mark McClain of Akanda and Nolan Leake of Cumulus Networks to learn how DreamHost successfully built and scaled their DreamCompute cloud to over 200 servers, designed to scale up from there.

Cumulus Networks provided cost-effective, automatable and high performance physical networking. Akanda delivered advanced layer 3 services (RaaS, LBaaS & FWaaS) using OpenStack Astara for cloud orchestration and management. OpenStack provided cloud orchestration and management. These pieces came together to build a secure, fast and open networking solution for DreamCompute, DreamHost’s public cloud infrastructure. DreamCompute is one of the world’s largest OpenStack cloud networks in production today.

Come and learn how:

To install and configure your switches using the same tools used for your OpenStack servers.

Akanda provides advanced layer 3-7 services to OpenStack VMs.

To use OpenStack Neutron to configure VXLAN overlays for virtual layer 2 networking.

Jonathan LaCour

VP of Product & Development at DreamHost
Jonathan LaCour is the Vice President of Cloud and Development at DreamHost, a leading web hosting and cloud services provider. Prior to his career at DreamHost, Jonathan was CTO at ShootQ, Inc., and the Vice President of Software Products at Pictage. Jonathan serves as a Director on the board of the OpenStack Foundation, a Fellow in the Python Software Foundation, and is a frequent speaker at tech conferences globally. He is also a co-founder and Board member at Akanda, Inc., the OpenStack network services orchestration company behind the Astara project. Jonathan resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and two children.

Mark McClain

Neutron PTL & Senior Principal Architect at Akanda Inc
Mark McClain is the Chief Technical Officer of Akanda Inc, a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee and a core reviewer for several teams (Neutron, Requirements and Stable). Mark was the Program Technical Lead for the OpenStack Networking during the Havana and Icehouse cycles. In addition to his technical work, Mark is co-organizer of the Atlanta OpenStack Meetup group and frequent speaker on OpenStack. Formerly of DreamHost and Yahoo!, he has 14 years of software development experience.

Nolan Leake

Co-founder & CTO at Cumulus Networks
Nolan is the co-founder and CTO of Cumulus Networks where he sets the technical direction and oversees the product roadmap. Prior to Cumulus Networks, he founded a distributed storage start-up called Tile Networks. His work there led him to realize how unsuitable existing networking equipment is for the data-center of the future (which Cumulus Networks aims to rectify). Prior to that, he had a research role at Nuova Systems, and a technical leadership role at cluster-virtualization pioneer 3Leaf Systems. He did early work on virtualization at VMware.



Meet us: Boston OpenStack user group November 19th

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Openstack Boston

Boston, MA
1,220 stackers

So, you’ve read the wiki, installed the packages, set all the flags and got past integrating keystone. Cool. Now stand up front and share with the rest of us. Lets get Opensta…

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OpenStack Networking: L4-L7 Services Deep-dive and KeyStone …

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015, 7:00 PM
78 Attending

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Meet us: OpenStack Summit Tokyo October 27-30th

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We’re proud of the team and the technology platform we’re building here at Akanda and excited to meet up with you to share the latest on Project Astara at the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo next week (October 27 – 30).  We wanted to take a moment to highlight the sessions that will feature Akanda speakers — Mark McClain our CTO and co-Founder and Eric Lopez our Senior Solutions Architect — to make it easier for you to find us.  If you have specific questions or would just like a deeper briefing on the Astara platform please swing by booth T44 and/or reach out to Josh Sanderson ( and we can calendar an appointment.  We look forward to meeting with you and please follow us on @akandaio and @astaraio for the latest news.

Tuesday, October 27 • 11:15am – 11:55am

OpenStack Neutron: A Stadium in the Big Tent

Mark McClain, CTO, Akanda

Kyle Mestery, Distinguished Engineer, IBM

Wednesday, October 28 • 12:40pm – 1:00pm

Tying the Room Together with Akanda

Wednesday, October 28 • 5:30pm – 6:10pm

Hierarchical Port Binding  in Practice: Experiences With At-ScaleProduction

Thursday, October 28 • 2:15pm – 2:30pm

Neutron Advanced Services Demonstration

Eric Lopez, Sr.Solutions Architect, Akanda






Meet us: Akanda’s CTO Mark McClain speaks at nginx conference






nginx conference Fort Mason, San Francisco

September 22-24


NGINX and OpenStack a Powerful Combination


We all know that OpenStack and NGINX are two hugely popular open source projects, but did you know they make a great pair? In this session, we’ll show how NGINX integrates with OpenStack Networking’s load balancer service via the open source Akanda project. The combination benefits users via instant access to a managed NGINX installation. Using the current Akanda and OpenStack releases, we’ll demonstrate the simple process for developers to build upon NGINX when deploying on OpenStack. We’ll also see how OpenStack users can access the powerful features of NGINX+ and close with a sneak peek to the new features in the upcoming OpenStack Liberty release (due in October).