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Via collaboration of global, sustainable community, ONAP Amsterdam release addresses real-world SDN, NFV and VNFs just in time for 5G

San Francisco, November 20, 2017– The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project today announced the availability of its first platform release, ONAP “Amsterdam,” which delivers a unified architecture for end-to-end, closed-loop network automation. ONAP is transforming the service delivery lifecycle for network, cable and cloud providers. ONAP is the first open source project to unite the majority of operators (end users) with the majority of vendors (integrators) in building a real service automation and orchestration platform, and already, 55 percent of the world’s mobile subscribers are supported by its members.

“Amsterdam represents significant progress for both the ONAP community and the greater open source networking ecosystem at large,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking and Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “By bringing together member resources, Amsterdam is the first step toward realization of a globally shared architecture and implementation for network automation, based on open source and open standards. It’s exciting to see a new era of industry collaboration and architectural convergence – via a healthy, rapidly diversifying ecosystem – begin to take shape with the release of ONAP Amsterdam.”

The Amsterdam release provides a unified architecture which includes production-proven code from open source ECOMP and OPEN-O to provide design-time and run-time environments within a single, policy-driven service orchestration platform. Common, vendor-agnostic models allow users to quickly design and implement new services using best-of-breed components, even within existing brownfield environments. Real-time inventory and analytics support monitoring, end-to-end troubleshooting, and closed-loop feedback to ensure SLAs as well as rapid optimization of service design and implementations. Additionally, ONAP is able to manage and orchestrate both virtualized and physical network functions.

The entire platform has been explicitly architected to address current real-world challenges in operating tier-one networks. Amsterdam provides verified blueprints for two initial use cases, with more to be developed and tested in future releases. This includes VoLTE (Voice Over LTE), which allows voice to be unified onto IP networks. By virtualizing the the core network, ONAP is used to design, deploy, monitor and manage the lifecycle of a complex end-to-end VoLTE service. The second use case is Residential vCPE. With ONAP, all services are provided in-network, which means CSPs can add new services rapidly and on-demand to their residential customers to create new revenue streams and counter competitors.

“In six short months, the community has rallied together to produce a platform that transforms the service delivery lifecycle via closed-loop automation,” said Mazin Gilbert, ONAP Technical Steering Committee (TSC) chair, and vice president, Advanced Technology, AT&T Labs.This initial release provides blueprints for service provider use cases, representing the collaboration and innovation of the community.”

Ecosystem Growth Produces ONAP PoCs

With more than 55 percent of global mobile subscribers represented by member carriers, ONAP is poised to become the de facto automation platform for telecom carriers. This common, open platform greatly reduces development costs and time for VNF vendors, while allowing network operators to optimize their selection of best-of-breed commercial VNF offerings for each of their services. Standardized models and interfaces greatly simplify integration time and cost, allowing telecom and cloud providers to deliver new offerings quickly and competitively.

Member companies which represent every aspect of the ecosystem (vendors, telecommunication providers, cable and cloud operators, NFV vendors, solution providers) are already leveraging ONAP for commercial products and services. Amsterdam code is also integrated into proof of concepts.

Additionally, ONAP is part of a thriving global community; more than 450 people attended the recent Open Source Networking Days events to learn how ONAP and other open source networking projects are changing network operations.

More detailsincluding download information, white papers, solutions briefs and videoson Amsterdam are available here. Comments from members, including those who contributed technically to Amsterdam, can be found here.

What’s Next for ONAP

Looking ahead, the community is already beginning plans for the second ONAP release, “Beijing.” Scheduled for release in summer 2018, Beijing will include “S3P” (scale, stability, security and performance) enhancements, more use cases to support today’s service provider needs, key 5G features, and inter- cloud connectivity. Interest from large enterprises will likely further shape the platform and use cases in future releases.

ONAP will continue to evolve harmonization with SDOs and other other source projects, with a focus on aligning APIs/Information Models as well as OSS/BSS integration.

ONAP Beijing Release Developer Forum will take place on Dec. 11-13 in Santa Clara, California, and will include topics for end users, VNF providers, and the ONAP developer community via a variety of sessions including presentations, panels and hands-on labs.

ONAP community members and developers are encouraged to submit a proposal to share knowledge and expertise with the rest of the community: https://www.onap.org/event/submit-a-proposal-for-the-onap-beijing-release-developer-forum-santa-clara-ca

Additionally, ONAP will host a Workshop on “Container Networking with ONAP”  in conjunction with CloudNativeCon + KubeCon December 5 in Austin, Texas. The workshop is designed to bring together networking and cloud application developers to discuss their needs, ideas and aspirations for automating the deployment of secure network services on demand. Details and registration information: https://www.onap.org/event/cfp-submit-a-proposal-to-onap-mini-summit-at-cloudnativecon-kubecon-north-america-tuesday-december-5-2017

About the Open Network Automation Platform

The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project brings together top global carriers and vendors with the goal of allowing end users to automate, design, orchestrate and manage services and virtual functions. ONAP unites two major open networking and orchestration projects, open source ECOMP and the Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O), with the mission of creating a unified architecture and implementation and supporting collaboration across the open source community. The ONAP Project is a Linux Foundation project. For more information, visit https://www.onap.org.

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MesosCon

Sign up for free live video streaming of all keynote sessions at MesosCon Europe.

Can’t make it to MesosCon Europe in Prague this week? The Linux Foundation is pleased to offer free live video streaming of all keynote sessions on Thursday, Oct 26 and Friday, Oct 27, 2017.

MesosCon is an annual conference organized by the Apache Mesos community, bringing together users and developers to share and learn about the project and its growing ecosystem. Users, developers, experts, and community members will convene next week.

Apache Software Foundation, Mesosphere, and Netflix are among the many organizations that will keynote next week.

The livestream will begin on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. CEST (Central European Summer Time). Sign up now! You can also follow our live event updates on Twitter with #MesosCon.

All keynotes will be broadcasted live, including a welcome and opening remarks by Ben Hindman, Co-Creator, Apache Mesos and Founder, Mesosphere.

Other featured keynotes include:

  • Rich Bowen, VP Conferences, Apache Software Foundation will analyze The Apache Way.
  • Katharina Probst, Netflix will talk about making and keeping Netflix highly available.
  • SMACK in the enterprise panel.
  • Pierre Cheynier, Operations Engineer, Criteo will discuss operating 600+ Mesos servers on 7 data centers.
  • And more.

View the full schedule of keynotes.

Sign up now for the free live video stream.

Once you sign up, you’ll be able to view the livestream on the same page. If you sign up prior to the livestream day/time, simply return to this page and you’ll be able to view.

 

All Things Open

Join The Linux Foundation at All Things Open; check out conference highlights below. (Image: All Things Open)

Going to All Things Open in Raleigh? While you’re there, be sure stop by The Linux Foundation training booth for fun giveaways and a chance to win one of two Raspberry Pi kits. Two winners will be chosen onsite on the last day of the conference, Oct. 24, at 3:05pm.

Other booth giveaways include The Linux Foundation branded webcam covers, The Linux Foundation projects’ stickers, Tux stickers, Linux.com stickers, as well as free ebooks: The SysAdmin’s Essential Guide to Linux Workstation Security, Practical GPL Compliance, A Guide to Understanding OPNFV & NFV, and the Open Source Guide Volume 1.

Be sure to check out these featured conference talks, including the Linux on the Mainframe session where John Mertic and Len Santalucia discuss how they’ve worked to create an open source, technical community where industry participants can collaborate around the use of the Linux and open source in a mainframe computing environment. And don’t miss ODPi’s session on the simplification and standardization of the Big Data ecosystem with common reference specifications and test suites.

Session Highlights

  • Accelerating Big Data Implementations For the Connected World – John Mertic
  • Advancing the Next-Generation Open Networking Stack – Phil Robb
  • Flatpak: The Portable, Secure Distribution of Desktop ApplicationsOwen Taylor
  • Intel: Core Linux Enabling Case Study and Demo
  • Integrating Linux Systems With Active Directory Using Open Source Tools – Dmitri Pal
  • Linux On the Mainframe: Linux Foundation and The Open Mainframe Project – John Mertic & Len Santalucia
  • Polyglot System Administration AKA: Don’t Fear the Other Language – Jakob Lorberblatt
  • The Next Evolution of The Javascript Ecosystem – Kris Borchers
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Distributed – Michael Hall
  • You Think You’re Not A Target? A Tale Of Three Developers – Chris Lamb

ODPi and Open Mainframe will also a have booth at All Things Open. Get your pass to All Things Open and stop by to learn more!

 

The MesosCon program committee is now seeking your fresh ideas, enlightening case studies, best practices, or deep technical knowledge to share with the Apache Mesos community at MesosCon North America and Europe in 2017.

Submit a proposal to speak at MesosCon North America » The deadline is June 30.

MesosCon is an annual conference held in three locations around the globe and organized by the Apache Mesos community in partnership with The Linux Foundation. The events bring together users and developers of the open source orchestration framework to share knowledge and learn about the project and its growing ecosystem.

Best practices, lessons learned, and case studies are among the topics the program committee is seeking for 2017. Sample topics include:  

  • Best practices and lessons on deploying and running Mesos at scale

  • Deep dives and tutorials into Mesos

  • Interesting extensions to Mesos (e.g., new communication models, support for new containerizers, new resource types and allocation models, etc.)

  • Improvements/additions to the Mesos ecosystem (packaging systems, monitoring, log aggregation, load balancing etc., service discovery)

  • New frameworks

  • Microservice design

  • Continuous Delivery / DevOps (automating into production)

This list is by no means an exhaustive set of topics for submissions, and we welcome you to submit proposals that fall outside the mentioned areas. Check out these videos of previous talks to see the types of presentations that have been accepted in the past.

All 2017 MesosCon events will be held directly following Open Source Summit events in China, North America, and Europe. Dates are as follows:

MesosCon Asia June 21 – 22, 2017 in Beijing, China

MesosCon North America September 14 – 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA

MesosCon Europe October 26 – 27, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic

Not interested in speaking but want to attend? Linux.com readers receive 5% off the “attendee” registration with code LINUXRD5.

Apache, Apache Mesos, and Mesos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in the United States and/or other countries. MesosCon is run in partnership with the ASF.

Containers are becoming the de facto approach for deploying applications, because they are easy to use and cost-effective. With containers, you can significantly cut down the time to go to market if the entire team responsible for the application lifecycle is involved — whether they are developers, Quality Assurance engineers, or Ops engineers.

The new Containers for Developers and Quality Assurance (LFS254) self-paced course from The Linux Foundation is designed for developers and Quality Assurance engineers who are interested in learning the workflow of an application with Docker. In this self-paced course, we will quickly review some Docker basics, including installation, and then, with the help of a sample application, we will walk through the lifecycle of that application with Docker.

The online course is presented almost entirely on video and some of the topics covered in this course preview include:

  • Overview and Installation

  • Docker Machine

  • Docker Container and Image Operations

  • Dockerfiles and Docker Hub

  • Docker Volumes and Networking

  • Docker Compose

Access a free sample chapter

In the course, we focus on creating an end-to-end workflow for our application — from development to production. We’ll use Docker as our primary container environment and Jenkins as our primary CI/CD tool. All of the Docker hosts used in this course will be deployed on the cloud (DigitalOcean).

Install Docker

You’ll need to have Docker installed in order to work along with the course materials. All of Docker’s free products come under the Docker Community Edition. They’re offered in two variants: edge and stable. All of the enterprise and production-ready products come under the Docker Enterprise Edition umbrella.

And, you can download all the Docker products from the Docker Store. For this course, we will be using the Community edition. So, click on “GET DOCKER CE” to proceed further. If you select “Linux” in the “Operating Systems” section, you’ll see that Docker is available on all the major Linux distributions, like CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, and so on. It’s also available for Mac and Windows.

This preview series is intended to give you a sample of the course format and quality of the content, which is prepared and presented by Neependra Khare (@neependra), Founder and Principal Consultant at CloudYuga, Docker Captain, and author of the Docker Cookbook.

Watch the sample videos to learn more:  

Want to learn more? Access all the free sample chapter videos now!

This article series previews the new Containers Fundamentals training course from The Linux Foundation, which is designed for those who are new to container technologies. In previous excerpts, we talked about what containers are and what they’re not and explained a little of their history. In this last post of the series, we will look at the building blocks for containers, specifically, namespaces, control groups, and UnionFS.

Namespace is a feature of the Linux kernel, which isolates and virtualizes system resources for a process, so that each process gets its own resource, like its own IP address, hostname, etc. System resources that can be virtualized are: mount [mnt], process ID [PID], network [net], Interprocess Communication [IPC], hostnames [UTS], and users [User IDs].

Using the namespace feature of the Linux kernel, we can isolate one process from another. The container is nothing but a process for the kernel, so we isolate each container using different namespaces.

Another important feature that enables containerization is control groups. With control groups, we can limit, account, and isolate the resource users like CPU, memory, disk, network, etc.  And, with UnionFS, we can transparently overlay two or more directories and implement a layered approach for containers.

You can get more details in the sample course video below, presented by Neependra Khare (@neependra), Founder and Principal Consultant at CloudYuga, Docker Captain, and author of the Docker Cookbook.

Want to learn more? Access all the free sample chapter videos now!

By Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking and Orchestration, The Linux Foundation

We are excited to announce that SNAS.io, a project that provides network routing topologies for software-defined applications, is joining The Linux Foundation’s Networking and Orchestration umbrella. SNAS.io tackles the challenging problem of tracking and analyzing network routing topology data in real time for those who are using BGP as a control protocol, internet service providers, large enterprises, and enterprise data center networks using EVPN.

Topology network data collected stems from both layer 3 and layer 2 of the network, and includes IP information, quality of service requests, and physical and device specifics. The collection and analysis of this data in real time allows DevOps, NetOps, and network application developers who are designing and running networks, to work with topology data in big volumes efficiently and to better automate the management of their infrastructure.

Contributors to the project include Cisco, Internet Initiative of Japan (IIJ), Liberty Global, pmacct, RouteViews, and the University of California, San Diego.

Originally called OpenBMP, the project focused on providing a BGP monitoring protocol collector. Since it launched two years ago, it has expanded to include other software components to make real-time streaming of millions of routing objects a viable solution. The name change helps reflect the project’s growing scope.

The SNAS.io collector not only streams topology data, it also parses it, separating the networking protocol headers and then organizing the data based on these headers. Parsed data is then sent to the high-performance messagebus, Kafka, in a well-documented and customizable topic structure.

SNAS.io comes with an application that stores the data in a MySQL database. Others that use SNAS.io can access the data either at the messagebus layer using Kafka APIs or using the project’s RESTful database API service.

The SNAS.io Project is complementary to several Linux Foundation projects, including PNDA and FD.io, and is a part of the next phase of networking growth: the automation of networking infrastructure made possible through open source collaboration.

Industry Support for the SNAS.io Project and Its Use Cases

Cisco

SNAS.io addresses the network operational problem of real-time analytics of the routing topology and load on the network. Any NetDev or Operator working to understand the dynamics of the topology in any IP network can benefit from SNAS.io’s capability to access real-time routing topology and streaming analytics,” said David Ward, SVP, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, Cisco. “There is a lot of potential linking SNAS.io and other Linux Foundation projects such as PNDA, FD.io, Cloud Foundry, OPNFV, ODL and ONAP that we integrating to evolve open networking. We look forward to working with The Linux Foundation and the NetDev community to deploy and extend SNAS.io.”

Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ)

“If successful, the SNAS.io Project will provide a great tool for both operators and researchers,” said Randy Bush, Research Fellow, Internet Initiative Japan. “It is starting with usable visualization tools, which should accelerate adoption and make more of the Internet’s hidden data accessible.”

Liberty Global

“The SNAS.io Project’s technology provides our huge organization with an accurate network topology,” said Nikos Skalis, Network Automation Engineer, Liberty Global. “Together with its BGP forensics and analytics, it suited well to our toolchain.”

pmacct

“The BGP protocol is one of the very few protocols running on the Internet that has a standardized, clean and separate monitoring plane, BMP,” said Paolo Lucente, Founder and Author of the pmacct project. “The SNAS.io Project is key in providing the community a much needed full-stack solution for collecting, storing, distributing and visualizing BMP data, and more.”

RouteViews

“The SNAS.io Project greatly enhances the set of tools that are available for monitoring Internet routing,” said John Kemp, Network Engineer, RouteViews. “SNAS.io supports the use of the IETF BGP Monitoring Protocol on Internet routers. Using these tools, Internet Service Providers and university researchers can monitor routing updates in near real-time. This is a monitoring capability that is long overdue, and should see wide adoption throughout these communities.”

University of California, San Diego

“The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is the backbone of the Internet. A protocol for efficient and flexible monitoring of BGP sessions has been long awaited and finally standardized by the IETF last year as the BGP Monitoring Protocol (BMP). The SNAS.io Project makes it possible to leverage this new capability, already implemented in routers from many vendors,  by providing efficient and easy ways to collect BGP messages, monitor topology changes, track convergence times, etc,” said Alberto Dainotti, Research Scientist, Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis, University of California, San Diego “SNAS.io will not only have a large impact in network management and engineering, but by multiplying opportunities to observe BGP phenomena and collecting empirical data, it has already demonstrated its utility to science and education.”

You can learn more about the project and how you can get involved here https://www.SNAS.io.

MesosCon is an annual conference held in three locations around the globe and organized by the Apache Mesos community in partnership with The Linux Foundation. The events bring together users and developers of the open source orchestration framework to share and learn about the project and its growing ecosystem.

The MesosCon program committee is now seeking proposals for MesosCon North America and MesosCon Europe from speakers with fresh ideas, enlightening case studies, best practices, or deep technical knowledge.

All MesosCon events this year will be held directly following Open Source Summit in China, North America, and Europe. Event dates and locations are as follows:

MesosCon Asia June 21 – 22, 2017 in Beijing, China

MesosCon North America September 14 – 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA

MesosCon Europe October 26 – 27, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic

Last year, experts from Uber, Twitter, PayPal, and Hubspot, among many others shared how they use Apache Mesos at MesosCon North America.

Best practices, lessons learned, and case studies are again among the topics the program committee is seeking for 2017. Some sample proposal topics include:  

  • Best practices and lessons on deploying and running Mesos at scale

  • Deep dives and tutorials into Mesos

  • Interesting extensions to Mesos (e.g., new communication models, support for new containerizers, new resource types and allocation models, etc.)

  • Improvements/additions to the Mesos ecosystem (packaging systems, monitoring, log aggregation, load balancing, service discovery)

  • New frameworks

  • Microservices design

  • Continuous Delivery / DevOps (automating into production)

Submit a proposal to speak at MesosCon North America » The deadline is May 20.

Submit a proposal to speak at MesosCon Europe » The deadline is July 8.

The deadline has passed for submitting proposals for MesosCon Asia.

Not interested in speaking but want to attend? Linux.com readers receive 5% off the “attendee” registration with code LINUXRD5.

Register for MesosCon Asia » Save $125 through April 30.

Register for MesosCon North America » Save $200 through July 2.

Register for MesosCon Europe » Save $200 through August 27.

Apache, Apache Mesos, and Mesos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in the United States and/or other countries. MesosCon is run in partnership with the ASF.

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility and has been active in open source development for many years.

The company has steadily increased its open source involvement through Linux Foundation projects such as ONAP, Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Cloud Foundry, Open vSwitch and others. And it has just increased its commitment to open source and The Linux Foundation by becoming a Gold member.

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Dirk Hohndel

Dirk Hohndel is Chief Open Source Officer at VMware.

Open source software helps VMware accelerate its development processes and deliver even better solutions to its customers, said Dirk Hohndel, Chief Open Source Officer at VMware, in the Q&A below.

We see open source components as vital ingredients to our products and are actively engaged in many upstream projects,” Hohndel said. “We also continue to create new and interesting open source projects of our own.”

Hohndel leads VMware’s Open Source Program Office, directing the efforts and strategy around use of and contribution to open source projects and driving common values and processes across the company for VMware’s interaction with the open source communities. Before joining VMware, he spent almost 15 years as Intel’s Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist and he’s been an active developer and contributor in Linux and open source since the early 1990s.

Here, Hohndel tells us more about VMware; how Linux and open source have become integral to their business; and how they participate in the open source community.

Linux.com: What does VMware do?

Dirk Hohndel: VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology. We help our customers to build and evolve scalable production IT environments delivered as an on-prem or hybrid cloud solution that meets their needs. Additionally, we provide customers with modern end-user computing solutions that enable users to access their critical applications, desktops and services using any device or platform.

Linux.com:  How and why do you use Linux and open source?

Hohndel: VMware uses many open source components as part of the solutions we deliver to our customers. Linux is a key guest (and host) OS that we support and the basis of many customer solutions that run on top of our infrastructure.

We see open source components as vital ingredients to our products and are actively engaged in many upstream projects. We also continue to create new and interesting open source projects of our own such as the Project Clarity design system or the Project Harbor container image registry.

Linux.com: Why did you increase your commitment to The Linux Foundation?

Hohndel: We see The Linux Foundation as one of the key consortia in the broader open source ecosystem. In parallel, we steadily increased our engagements with the various projects and foundations such as ONAP, CNCF, Cloud Foundry, and others under the LF in the past few years. It only made sense to increase our engagement in and support for The Linux Foundation, given the role its projects play in our business.

Linux.com: What interesting or innovative trends in technology are you witnessing and what role do Linux and open source play in them?  How is VMware participating in that innovation?

Hohndel: The IT infrastructure industry is constantly evolving. More and more of the relevant solutions stacks are built around open source components, and many companies are collaborating on accelerating the transformation of entire industry verticals. The recently launched ONAP Project is an excellent example of this trend and VMware was one of the founding Platinum sponsors of this project.

Linux.com: How has participating in the Linux and open source communities changed your company?

Hohndel: At its roots, VMware is an engineering driven company. Our engagement with the Linux and open source communities has helped us accelerate our development processes and allowed us to collaborate with other partners and customers in this space to deliver even better solutions.

Linux.com: Is there anything else important or upcoming that you’d like to share?

Hohndel: For VMware, the upgrade to a Gold sponsorship of the Linux Foundation is an integral part of our open source strategy and a key step on our journey to a more open and collaborative future. We look forward to working across many LF projects in order to create solutions that delight our customers.

Learn more about Linux Foundation corporate membership and see a full list of members at https://www.linuxfoundation.org/members/join.

Last year, experts from Uber, Twitter, PayPal, and Hubspot, and many other companies shared how they use Apache Mesos at MesosCon events in North America and Europe. Their talks helped inspire developers to get involved in the project, try out an installation, stay informed on project updates, and generally get pumped to use and participate in Apache Mesos.

The MesosCon program committee is now seeking proposals from speakers with fresh ideas, enlightening case studies, best practices, or deep technical knowledge to share with the Apache Mesos community again this year. MesosCon is an annual conference held in three locations around the globe and organized by the Apache Mesos community in partnership with The Linux Foundation.

March 25 is the deadline for speakers to submit proposals for MesosCon Asia. MesosCon North America’s deadline is May 20 and MesosCon Europe’s is July 8. Here, we’ve rounded up the top 5 videos from the 2016 MesosCon North America event for some inspiration. Submit your speaking proposal now!

1. How Verizon Labs Built a 600 Node Bare Metal Mesos Cluster in Two Weeks

Craig Neth, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Verizon Labs, describes building a 600-node Mesos cluster from bare metal in two weeks. His team didn’t really get it all done in two weeks, but it’s a fascinating peek at some ingenious methods for accelerating the installation and provisioning of the bare hardware, and some advanced ideas on hardware and rack architectures.

2.  4 Unique Ways Uber, Twitter, PayPal, and Hubspot Use Apache Mesos

Dr. Abhishek Verma, first author of the Google Borg Paper, describes how Uber used the Apache Cassandra database and Apache Mesos to build a fluid, efficient cluster of geographically diverse datacenters. The goals of this project were five nines reliability, low cost, and reducing hardware requirements. Mesos allows such flexible resource management that you can co-locate services on the same machine.

3. Apache Mesos for Beginners: 3 Videos to Help You Get Started

“How do I get my hands on this? I don’t have a datacenter or a team of engineers. What if I want to become a contributor? How do I make this all go in my own little test lab?”

The talks highlighted in this article will help you answer these questions. Aaron Williams, Joris Van Remoorter, and Michael Park of Mesosphere, and Frank Scholten of Container Solutions share how to run Mesos on a laptop, how to become a contributor, and the basic architecture of a Mesos-based datacenter.

4.  Apache Spark Creator Matei Zaharia Describes Structured Streaming in Spark 2.0

Apache Spark has been an integral part of Mesos from its inception. Spark is one of the most widely used big data processing systems for clusters. Matei Zaharia, the CTO of Databricks and creator of Spark, talked about Spark’s advanced data analysis power and new features in its upcoming 2.0 release in his MesosCon 2016 keynote.

5. Open Source Is Key to the Modern Data Center, Says EMC’s Joshua Bernstein

DevOps is key to agility, agility is key to innovation and success, and open source powers DevOps. Joshua Bernstein, Vice President of Technology at EMC, describes the value that this brings to an organization: “We automate everything. We drive out corner cases. We strive for commodity hardware…The biggest thing is that we value this ability to interoperate. This goes along with microservices and the way that we build microservice applications now. We also value tremendously the ability to leverage a collaborative community.”

Submit a proposal to speak at MesosCon Asia » The deadline is March 25.

Submit a proposal to speak at MesosCon North America » The deadline is May 20.

Submit a proposal to speak at MesosCon Europe » The deadline is July 8.

Not interested in speaking but want to attend? Linux.com readers receive 5% off the “attendee” registration with code LINUXRD5.

Register for MesosCon Asia » Save $125 through April 30.

Register for MesosCon North America » Save $200 through July 2.

Register for MesosCon Europe » Save $200 through August 27.

Apache, Apache Mesos, and Mesos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in the United States and/or other countries. MesosCon is run in partnership with the ASF.