Julio's Blog


Building an Open Cloud Strategy

“Choices made, whether bad or good, follow you forever and affect everyone in their path one way or another.” --J.E.B. Spredemann, An Unforgivable Secret For several years now, one of the most used words in the last couple years in every IT organization has been “cloud”. Why? Because using or providing “cloud” services is one of the main objectives for CIOs and CTOs across the globe. In 2017, the “cloud” word is not new anymore, but still relevant and a big part of the IT transformation process. Here are some numbers that highlight the importance of cloud adoption: According to an IDC study (The... read more »


Don't Fail at Scale- How to Plan for, Build, and Operate a Successful OpenStack Cloud - Video - OpenStack Summit2017

Here is the presentation that I delivered with fellow Red Hatter Dave Costakos at OpenStack Summit Boston 2017. Here the abstract: "OpenStack is a unique set of cross-functional, fast-moving technologies that challenge the status quo in any IT organization. It has been easy to read about and buy into the interweaving of compute, storage, and networking technologies in a single platform. Despite such amazing promise and technology, technology is littered with companies who have tried and failed to deliver a successful, scaleable, supportable OpenStack cloud to their customers. Architects and IT teams tasked with designing" Enjoy!... read more »


Best practices for successfully deploying NFV -Video - Red Hat Summit 2017

Here is a presentation that we (Rimma Iontel) and me delivered at Red Hat Summit 2017. The topic of the presentation is "Best practices for successfully deploying NFV". Enjoy!... read more »


What is new in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10

First things first, I do work for Red Hat! Now with that out of the way let’s jump into today’s blog topic: What is new in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10! Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 was released yesterday (press release here, this new version is based on the OpenStack “Newton” release and also includes fixes to know issues of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform. The installer (Red Hat OpenStack Platform director) includes the next new features: Custom and composable roles: Templates have been decomposed into a set of multiple smaller discrete templates, each representing a composable service. Everything can be split except Pacemaker-managed... read more »


A quick introduction to OpenStack Heat.

An important component of a cloud environment is orchestration. In OpenStack, there is a program dedicated exclusively to Orchestration within the platform and the main project in this program is Heat. In this blog post, we will learn a little bit about OpenStack Heat (Heat from here on) and how to create simple orchestrations with it. According to the OpenStack Foundation, Heat (https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Heat) is an orchestration engine to launch multiple composite cloud applications based on templates in the form of text files that can be treated as code. In simple terms, Heat provides the OpenStack users with a way to automate... read more »