Bart Vanbrabant


Talk Abstract

Title: Introducing self-service to researchers

Abstract:

This talk reports about the introduction of an OpenStack based private cloud at the iMinds-DistriNet research group. (1) The process taking away “pets” and giving them “cattle”. (2) Technical and management challenges for managing a virtual environment with very diverse requirements.

Description:

This talk reports about the introduction of an OpenStack based private cloud at the iMinds-DistriNet research group. This group consists of about 80 researchers and works on security, distributed systems and software engineering. This internal project started in 2012 and is still ongoing. The talk will zoom on two aspects: (1) The process: in four year we went from almost 100% shadow IT for experiments, to a single platform for most experiments. This means taking away “pets” and giving them “cattle”. (2) Technical and management challenges: during this process we encountered many challenges related to managing the virtual environment for a diverse set of research experiments: data intensive, distributed, cpu-intensive and security sensitive.

Speaker

Bart Vanbrabant

Bart Vanbrabant

@bartvanbrabant

Bart Vanbrabant worked from 2008 until 2015 at the KU Leuven in the iMinds-DistriNet research group, where he obtained a PhD in 2014 on managing large scale distributed systems. In Januari 2016 he founded Inmanta with two fellow colleagues, his PhD advisor and the KU Leuven. Inmanta is a KU Leuven spin-off that develops an integrated orchestration and configuration management tool. Inmanta is currently in the process of open sourcing this tool.