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Fuga newsletter June 2016

Fuga newsletter June 2016

Fuga platform development For the past two months, we’ve started performing updates and implementing new features in bi-weekly sprints instead of longer development cycles. The results of these sprints aren’t always immediately apparent to our Fuga users, as some of them are updates for stability or preparations for future functionality. We’re developing and testing them at our test and staging environments, and roll them out into production when they’re deemed stable enough.
Highlights OpenStack Design Summit Austin

Highlights OpenStack Design Summit Austin

The twice-annual OpenStack Summit wrapped up last month in Austin, Texas. It brought together 7,500 developers, users, and other open source cloud enthusiasts from around the globe (for comparison: the very first OpenStack Summit also took place in Austin, in July 2010, and attracted 75 attendants). Our managing director Paul Bankert was present in Austin to stay closely informed on new developments and trends in OpenStack, as well as to discover what’s on the development horizon for the next OpenStack Release (Newton).
New image available: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)

New image available: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)

Two years after the previous Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu – 14.04 Trusty Tahr – it’s time to move on to version 16.04, Xenial Xerus. This LTS was released on the 20th of April 2016 by Canonical and is now available in our Fuga Glance image library. While new Ubuntu Desktop and Server releases appear every six months, LTS versions are released every two years, and are supported by Canonical for five years after release.
We’re attending the OpenStack Summit

We’re attending the OpenStack Summit

This week, the OpenStack Summit is taking place in Austin, Texas. The OpenStack Summit is the most important OpenStack gathering, taking place every 6 months. Thousands of developers, cloud administrators, operators and decision makers attend the conference to discuss the current state and future of OpenStack. It’s actually two events in one: The OpenStack Conference and the OpenStack Ops & Design Summit. At the OpenStack Conference, industry leaders and other businesses present and discuss their use cases and share their experience with the OpenStack community.
Using Fuga for Software Development

Using Fuga for Software Development

Although there are a zillion possible uses for Fuga and the OpenStack platform, some are more evident than others. The flexibility and scalability of OpenStack, combined with the many features of the APIs, creates an ideal environment for application development and (automated) deployment. This is evidenced by quite a significant percentage of our beta-testers and early adopters being software development companies, like Ambrero Software B.V.. Besides technical features, there are also business considerations why you would want to switch to a public cloud platform instead of hosting at one or several (managed or shared) hosting providers.
Fuga update to Liberty – the report

Fuga update to Liberty – the report

Today, we performed the upgrade of the Fuga platform to the Liberty release of OpenStack. It was a project that had been delayed for some time because we had to overcome more difficulties than we expected in our testing and staging environments and these needed to be resolved before putting anything into production. These issues have all been resolved. We have successfully upgraded the live platform today. However, this too, took a little longer than we had anticipated.
Fuga Cloud image updates

Fuga Cloud image updates

We’ve updated the images in Fuga’s Glance image library. For all supported operating system images, the latest updated version has been uploaded and made available for use. We’ve also cleaned out some older images. For all operating system versions, there is now only a single image, which is the most up-to-date version. Instances based on older versions of the image aren’t affected and can be updated manually to the latest version by applying system updates.
Public Cloud Workshop – March 8

Public Cloud Workshop – March 8

On March 8, we will again organize a public cloud workshop at our office in Alkmaar. Like our first workshop last December, this workshop is aimed at users who are just getting started with the public cloud or are simply interested in what Fuga has to offer. The workshop in December was a success and, because we’ve received more demand since, we decided to reprise the workshop. We’ve updated the content based on the feedback we received, which should make this edition even better.
Fuga platform maintenance 23 February

Fuga platform maintenance 23 February

This notification concerns scheduled maintenance on the Fuga platform which will take place on Tuesday 23 February from 00:01 until 04:00 CET. Google and Red Hat have released a patch for a critical security vulnerability in the widely used GNU C library (glibc). The leak allows an attack, whereby, through a stack-based buffer overflow, arbitrary code can be executed. More information about the vulnerability can be found here: https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2015-7547 Due to the seriousness of this issue, we have decided to patch this vulnerability during a maintenance window scheduled ahead of our regular maintenance windows.
Get started with the OpenStack CLI and API

Get started with the OpenStack CLI and API

There are three ways to interact with your Fuga OpenStack environment: through the Horizon web interface, using the OpenStack CLI tools and directly from your application using a RESTful API. Using Horizon is by far the easiest, but also the most restrictive in terms of possible automation. Using the CLI tools gives you more options, and the most possibilities can be gained by directly interacting with the API from within your application.
New Fuga developments for Q1-2016

New Fuga developments for Q1-2016

2016 has just started, but we can already tell you that we have many exciting things planned for its first three months. For example: OpenStack Liberty We’re working hard on the implementation of the latest OpenStack release (Liberty) to our production environment. We’d hoped to have the upgrade in place by now, but ran into unforeseen problems when testing the upgrade on our staging environments. This version has hundreds of new features and improvements, which you can find at the OpenStack website.
Vulnerability affecting OpenSSH

Vulnerability affecting OpenSSH

Yesterday, the OpenSSH project reported a client side vulnerability affecting OpenSSH versions 5.4 to 7.1. The vulnerability could cause an SSH client to leak key information, potentially exposing users to man-in-the-middle attacks. The vulnerability could allow a malicious SSH server to make the OpenSSH client leak memory contents, including data such as private keys. The vulnerability exists only after a client has successfully authenticated with a malicious SSH server. The vulnerability only exists in the client, not the server software itself.
Fuga hardware maintenance 16/17 December

Fuga hardware maintenance 16/17 December

During the night of 16 on 17 December, we will perform maintenance to the Fuga platform to upgrade the hardware configurations of the compute nodes. This maintenance window starts at 00:01 CET and will end around 04:00 CET. We will add additional memory to the servers in small, carefully selected batches. We will bring each server and all instances on it down, add memory to the server, and reboot. We expect the downtime for servers and instances to be about 15 minutes each.
Fuga News: Improvements ahead - Fuga Cloud

Fuga News: Improvements ahead - Fuga Cloud

Costs overview Within the next 2 or 3 weeks, it’s possible to have a look into the costs generated by your instances and storage. We consider it important for our customers to be able to see how much they are spending. This will prevent bill shock and should prevent unpleasant surprises. Preparing the Fuga platform for Liberty Two nights ago we performed major OpenStack maintenance on the Fuga platform. All OpenStack components gained updates, many of which are preparations for the upgrade to OpenStack Liberty.