OpenStack Days India 2016

Held in India from July 8-9, OpenStack Days India is set to be the region’s largest, and India’s best, conference focusing on Open Source cloud technology. Gathering users, vendors and solution providers OpenStack Days India is an industry event to showcase the latest technologies and share real-world experiences of the next wave of IT virtualisation.

Hosted by Aptira and the OpenStack Foundation, the conference has a range of sessions on the broader cloud and Software Defined Infrastructure ecosystem including OpenStack, containers, PaaS and automation. The conference also features keynote presentations from industry leading figures, workshops and a networking event for a less formal opportunity to engage with the community.

We are currently looking for speakers and sponsors for OpenStack Days India. If you’d like to be involved, please complete the forms below. Note that sponsorships close on the 5th of June, and speaker submissions are due by the 10th of June:


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Venue: J.N. Tata Auditorium, National Science Symposium Complex

Date: July 8 – 9 2016

Openstack Days India 2016 will be held at the J.N. Tata Auditorium, National Science Symposium Complex. IISc is about 35kms from the airport. One could take either a prepaid taxi (currently, costs Rs. 750, and the counter is available near the exit of the Airport Building), or a city taxi (costs about Rs. 500, and a queue for the same is just outside the airport building). The Institute is known as “Tata Institute” to the locals and is just past Mekhri circle and on the way to Yeshwantpur (one must take a right turn at Mekhri circle). Shuttle bus service, operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), runs from the airport to various areas in Bangalore city every 15 minutes, which costs around 140 rupees to Mekhri circle. Prepaid taxi facility is available at Airport. Some of the basic taxi services available. For more informaiton, please visit

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Who else will be there?


  • IT Executives / CIOs / Infrastructure Architects
  • Public & Private Cloud Operators / Sys-admins
  • OpenStack Ecosystem / Service Providers
  • Cloud Application Developers
  • OpenStack Contributors / Community


Jonathan Bryce

OpenStack Foundation

Kavit Munshi


Hyde Sugiyama

Red Hat Inc

Sean McGinnis


Malhar Anaokar

Red Hat India

Bharat Kumar


Arif Khan


Bharathi Athinarayanan

AT&T Communications Services India Pvt Ltd

Madhuri Kumari


Kanagaraj Manickam


Anil Degwekar


Sathish Sampath


Pradeep Kumar Surisetty

Red Hat

Vikhyat Umrao

Red Hat

Anil Bidari

Cloud Enabled

Gautam Prasad

Divya K Konoor IBM

Chhavi Agarwal


Sudipta Biswas


Hemant K Shaw


Ajay Gulati


Samir Das




OpenStack India Days will be held over two days:

Day 1 will consist of workshops, and will be held in Room A.

Day 2 will consist of business style talks in the Main Room, as well as tech talks and workshops in Room A.

  • Day 1 – Workshops (Room A)
  • Day 2 – Main Track (Main Room)
  • Day 2 – Tech Track (Room A)

Day 1: Workshops

9.00am-10.00am: Registration

10.00am-10.45am: Main Keynote

Abstract: Jonathan Bryce will cover the latest news and talk about emerging trends in cloud adoption. Hear about recent users, enterprise workload, container integration and developments in the global community.

Audience: All

Speaker: Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation

Speaker Bio: Jonathan Bryce, who has spent his career building the cloud, is Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation. Previously he was a founder of The Rackspace Cloud. He started his career working as a web developer for Rackspace, and during his tenure, he and co-worker Todd Morey had a vision to build a sophisticated web hosting environment where users and businesses alike could turn to design, develop and deploy their ideal web site – all without being responsible for procuring the technology, installing it or making sure it is built to be always available. This vision became The Rackspace Cloud. Since then he has been a major driver of OpenStack, the open source cloud software initiative.

10.45am-12:00pm: OpenStack Workshop

12.00pm-1.00pm: Lunch

01.00pm-03.00pm: OpenStack Neutron Workshop

3.00pm-3.30pm: Tea Break

3.30pm-5.00pm: Developer Workshop

Day 2: Main Track

9.30am-10.30am: Registration

10.45am-11.15am: Openstack architecture and open hybrid cloud models

Abstract: Discover how OpenStack and Red Hat can give businesses the ability to build a diverse range of solutions, as well as innovate the next generation of IT architecture.

Audience: TBD

Speaker: Malhar Anaokar, Red Hat India

Speaker Bio: Malhar Anaokar has 20+ years of experience in the Indian and Asia Pacific markets. Malhar previously worked at Digital Equipment Corp, Sun Microsystems and Cisco. He has had interactions with some of the largest enterprises in the region and has participated in large deployments across a wide range of technologies. At Red Hat, Malhar is Principal Architect with the charter to help large customers take the next steps on their technology journey. Malhar is a very active and sought after speaker for engagements at many technology, industry, and customer forums. Malhar has a degree in Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Poona, India.

11.15pm-11.45pm: CoprHD and OpenStack

Abstract:  These are exciting times in the Software Defined Storage space. Open source projects abound and are working collaboratively to community-driven innovation to the world of Storage infrastructure and also provide seamless integration to the cloud. Do join us to understand about Storage as a Service and CoprHD, and how CoprHD complements OpenStack.

Some of the topics we’ll be covering include software defined storage controllers and API platforms, storage management with OpenStack, open source storage platforms, and the new heterogeneous open source software stack for storage.

Come and learn how to build an open source storage platform!

Audience:  Intermediate

Speaker:  Anil Degwekar, Satish Sampath

Speaker Bio: 
Anil Degwekar is a Senior Consultant Software Engineer in EMC’s Advanced Software Division. Anil has architected several key components of CoprHD including the VASA support, CLI, OpenStack interfaces and support for various file, block and object platforms. He joined EMC in 2009 and has 27 years’ experience in the IT industry. His technical interests include cloud computing, storage, graphics and parallel processing. Anil holds B. Tech. and M. Tech. degrees in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay.

Satish Bio- Sathish Sampath is a Product Manager from EMC for CoprHD, an Open Source Product and is based out of Massachusetts, USA. With an industry experience of about 15 years, he has worked in multiple domains and has contributed to various products in the Open Source space. His focus now is to build a strong community for the Software Defined Storage Controller product, CoprHD.

11.45pm-12.15pm: OPNFV Keynote

Abstract: TBD

Audience: Beginner

Speaker: Arif Khan, OPNFV

Speaker Bio: Arif Mohammed Khan was heading Ericsson Cloud product development unit in Ericsson . Now he has founded a company in Sweden in NFV and Open-stack area . He has been instrumental in driving innovation and entrepreneurial sprit inside corporate as well as in community . Strong Telecom background compliment his Openstack and cloud knowledge. He is quite active in Openstack , SDN and NFV community .

12.15am-1.15pm: Lunch

1.15pm-1.45pm: GUTS: OpenStack Migration Service

Abstract:  GUTS: A Workload migration engine designed to automatically move existing workloads and virtual machines from various previous generation virtualisation platforms on to OpenStack.

Audience: Beginner

Speaker: Bharat Kumar

Speaker Bio: TBD

1.45pm-2.15pm: Design For Reliability and Performance in an Openstack Private Cloud

Abstract: Most enterprises love the ease of use of a public cloud and want to build a similar cloud in house for better control, performance and lower cost. Openstack is a key enabler for building such private clouds, however one needs to design their cloud with high reliability and performance.

In this talk, join engineers from ZeroStack Inc. as we take a deep-dive into how to build a highly available cloud using Openstack. Based on our experience with building and deploying a highly-reliable, scale on demand Openstack based private cloud solution, we provide a case study with design insights, lessons learned and best practices.

In the first part of this talk, we describe and demonstrate how various services that constitute an Openstack controller can be created and managed in a highly available way to provide Reliable Openstack:
Stateless services: Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Glance, Keystone, Heat
Stateful services: MySQL, Message queues

In the second part of the talk, we will focus on best practices for high performance. We will present several ways in which storage and network performance can be improved. Finally, we will discuss how policy based placement can be used to further enhance application performance and improve application reliability.

Audience: Intermediate

Speaker: Ajay Gulati, Samir Das

Speaker Bio: 
Ajay leads ZeroStack’s innovative team and product architecture. Prior to starting Zerostack, Ajay was a senior architect and R&D lead at VMware where he designed flagship products including Storage I/O control, Storage DRS and DRS. He has also presented talks at several Openstack Summits, VMworld and academic conferences like OSDI, FAST, Sigmetrics, on virtualization, resource management and isolation in a cloud environment. He has been recognized as a prolific inventor by his peers and has more than a dozen patents to his name. Ajay has consulted with multiple startups including Nimble Storage and Velocloud Networks. Ajay has a Ph.D. from Rice University and B.S. from IIT Kharagpur.

Samir Das is a senior engineer at Zerostack. Samir has 14+ years of experience in Linux kernel, IO virtualization using KVM/QEMU, Network Fast Path Acceleration, device driver and various open sources tools. Prior to joining Zerostack, Samir has worked at both startups and big companies as a technical lead and solutions architect, including working on an Openstack based Cloud at Reliance Jio Infocomm. Samir has a B.Tech. from IIT Roorkee.

2.15am-2.45am: Telco Strategies

Abstract: he Internet of Things (IoT) is hot topic today and is fundamentally reshaping business and technological requirements within the business landscape.

OpenStack based NFV platform for IoT applications needs to accept huge number of connections simultaneously and should be highly reliable and secure with highly scalable.

We have Innovative solutions that intelligently monitor and control remote sensors and devices are revolutionizing enterprise computing. Next-generation intelligent systems in NFV & Cloud infrastructure are collecting, analyzing, and enabling organizations to act upon massive volumes of raw business data generated by vast numbers of endpoints, to improve business intelligence and automate business processes.

This session talks key IoT design issues and technical challenges and explains how our intelligent systems solutions can help you address the stringent scalability, reliability, and security requirements of IoT. Our distributed architectural framework and standards-based solutions in OpenStack based NFV infrastructure can help you transform big data generated by the IoT into meaningful and actionable information that increases productivity and delivers business results.

Audience: Intermediate

Speaker: Hyde Sugiyama, Red Hat

Speaker Bio: 

Hyde Sugiyama is Senior Principal Technologist at Red Hat APAC Office of Technology.

Hyde has been with Red Hat for three years, working on SDN/NFV/ICT solutions development and joint GTM with NFV partners. He has 28+ years experience in the Information and Communications Technology industry.

Prior to Red Hat, he worked at Juniper Networks as a Director of R&D Support driving JUNOS SDK software development ecosystems and IP Optical collaboration development in Japan and APAC for 10 years. Also he worked at Service Providers including Sprint and UUNET in both team leadership and individual contributor.

2.45pm-3.15pm: An Introduction to OpenStack Cinder

Abstract: This presentation will walk through the entire workflow of contributing to OpenStack. Examples will be given of:

  • reviewing open bugs and assigning yourself as the owner
  • walking through making code modifications and testing your changes
  • working through the review process by making updates or abandoning your change
  • monitoring the gate to see the status of the patch submission
  • an overview of what the code review process looks like as a community member and as a core member
  • what happens after a patch is approved

The attendee should walk away from this session feeling comfortable getting involved with contributing to an OpenStack project.

Audience: Beginner

Speaker: Sean McGinnis, Dell

Speaker Bio: Sean McGinnis is a software architect and project lead with the Dell Storage group. He focuses on enabling integration of Dell Storage capabilities with external systems to streamline the ease of use and availability of the various Dell storage offerings to meet application needs. Sean is the current Project Team Lead of the Cinder project.

3.15pm-3.30pm: Tea Break

3.30pm-4.00pm: SDNized world with OpenStack

Abstract: The presentation will cover topics on:

  • SDN and how OpenStack is helping SDN
  • AT&T vision of OpenStack
  • How it’s community is building up
  • How at&t is planning to contribute for the growth of OpenStack

Audience: Intermediate

Speaker: Bharathi Athinarayanan, AT&T Communications Services India Pvt Ltd

Speaker Bio: 

  • Being the one and only international TEDx speaker of at&t, I am an avid SDNizer who is having the credit of a SDN course from Princeton University, via coursera (one of the best and very intensive course on SDN I must say)
  • First person in whole of at&t to complete the extensive SDN curriculum of at&t along with several cloud related courses to my credit
  • GOLD level SDN mentor for the Employee resource group of at&t
  • Active member of forums such as OpenStack, OpenComputing, ONF

4.00pm-4.30pm: Panel Discussion

Abstract: TBD

Audience: All

Speakers: TBD

Speaker Bio: TBD

4.30pm-5.00pm: State of Containers in Openstack

Abstract: Containers are hot. Everyone loves them. What is not to like from fast launch, high packing density, and a viable solution that runs on a wide range of platform? OpenStack enables organizations to select and use the right tool for the job. OpenStack is undergoing a continuous evolution toward full-edged container support. In this session we will talk about the current state of Containers within the Openstack ecosystem.

1. Nova-docker

2. Magnum

3. Heat

4. Zun

Audience: Beginner

Speaker: Madhuri Kumari, Intel

Speaker Bio: Madhuri is a Cloud Software Engineer at Intel Technology India Pvtt. Ltd. She is core in Openstack Container Infrastructure Management Service, Magnum and Openstack Container Management Service, Zun.

5.00am-5.30pm: Introduction to OpenStack NFV Orchestrator

Abstract: Introduction about the OpenStack NFV Orchestrator ‘Tacker’ and demo will be given as part of the session on VIM on-boarding, VNFD catalog registration and VNF creation.

Audience: Beginner

Speaker: Kanagaraj Manickam, Huawei

Speaker Bio: OpenStack Heat Core Reviewer


Day 2: Tech Track

10.45am-11.15am: OpenStack Tempest and REST API Testing

Abstract: Now a days open source technology adoption is the new mantra for enterprise customers. Many of the enterprise industry biggies are adopting and contributing to open source technologies. OpenStack/DevStack is one of these technologies which is becoming very popular on faster pace.

Based on this trend, we have taken-up study on DevStack and Tempest configuration, challenges and thorough analysis of Tempest test results across different OS and H/W platforms for a comparative study. Finally we will be providing the overall summary of test results. Will explain on a real time case study for one of the leading Chip manufacturer based out of USA.

Audience: Intermediate

Speaker: Shashidhar Soppin

Speaker Bio:  I have 15+ years of experience in IT industry & has specialized expertise in Virtualization, Cloud Computing & OpenStack areas. I am part of EPSP (Enterprise Platform & Software Products) team of PES-Wipro. My areas of expertise are in assessing client requirements & mapping them to business solutions.

11.15am-11.45am: Performance Benchmarking of Clouds: Evaluating Openstack

Abstract: Exponential growth in cloud computing has created an unprecendented emand for standard benchmarking tools to evaluate performance of various cloud offerings. During this session we will focus on the various tools that have been developed to measure the Cloud and how they are being used for Openstack Cloud implementations. We would be covering some of the upstream & industry standard benchmarks & also some upstream communities around OpenStack Benchmarks which includes SPEC, OSG cloud, Rally, Shaker, CBTool ..etc.

We would be sharing some of the performance results and best practices for setting up multiple instances of a Dell and Red Hat joint Cloud Solution, powered by Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, and provide performance tuning tips gathered from running the SPEC IaaS 2016 benchmark.

Join us to learn why, now more than ever, enterprises need actual, representative ways to measure, analyze, and characterize the performance of cloud solutions.

Audience: Intermediate

Speaker: Pradeep Kumar Surisetty, Red Hat

Speaker Bio: Pradeep K Surisetty works for Performance Engineering, Redhat. He works on Performance evaluation of KVM, Redhat Satelitte and Openstack. And also OSG cloud member in SPEC OSG

11.45am-12.15am: Openstack Storage Buddy Ceph

Abstract: My presentation would cover Openstack and Ceph integration. Starting from, why Ceph is mostly became default storage backend for Openstack users. Then it would cover What is Ceph ?, Ceph Architecture, Ceph components :Monitors, OSDs , CRUSH Map, Ceph Placement Groups (PGs) and Ceph Pools.
Finally it will cover Ceph RBD which is major component of Ceph which is integrated with Openstack including specification of cinder, glance and nova with Ceph RBD.

Audience: Beginner

Speaker: Vikhyat Umrao, Red Hat

Speaker Bio: I work with Red Hat as Sr. SME for Ceph. In my daily job I mainly focus for support and development of Ceph it could be Red Hat Ceph Storage or upstream Ceph and this covers Integration of Ceph with Openstack.

12.15pm-1.15pm: Lunch

1.15pm-1.45pm: OpenStack Neutron Behind the Scenes


Software Defined networking – An overview
OpenStack Neutron Overview
OpenVswitch – Overview
Neutron-VXLAN-GRE-OVS : behind the scenes
Packet flow to external network
Packet flow from VM to VM
Live demo -on neutron -ovs ports creation and packetflow

Audience: Beginner/Intermediate

Speaker: Anil Bidari, Cloud Enabled

Speaker Bio: Founder and CEO , Cloud Enabled

• The First brain on the planet who developed OpenStack IaaS Expert level training and certification program which cover OpenStack multi node installation and integration with VMware vcentre, Hyper-v 2012, KVM and OpenStack High Availability ( )

• One of 20 Global experts identified by OpenStack Foundation to help OpenStack foundation to design Certified OpenStack administrator

• He has done vendor evaluation of OpenStack IaaS Public Cloud Data centre design and architecture for ,”Nxtra Data Ltd”( Cloud Company of Bharti Airtel)

• He is a co-chair Cloud Management working Group of Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India ( CCICI ),setup by IEEE

• He has been guest speaker at OSI days in OpenStack Mini Conference

• His articles on Openstack

• View his demos on Openstack

• He has been Keynote Speaker at Industry Conference (

• Speaker at Yahoo

• He has delivered AWS certified developer and Solution Architect-Associate level programs

• He has hands on deployment knowledge AWS o EC2, EBS, Autoscaling,S3, cloud formation,RDS,DynamoDB, Route-53,AWS api ,AWS python SDK, SNS,SQS,SWF, workspaces,Beanstalk, AWS redshift, AWS Elastic Map reduce

• He is authoring a book to be launched soon entitled as “Cloud Computing – A Landscape”.

1.45pm-2.15pm: OpenStack Watcher: scalable resource optimization service

Abstract: TBD

Audience: Beginner/Intermediate

Speaker: Gautam Prasad, Divya K Konoor IBM

Speaker Bio: Gautam Prasad has 11 years of experience, out of which 6 years in telecom(EMS/NMS), 2 years in Systems Management software and 3 years in cloud. He has worked for different technologies(Web, Server/Client, Java EE) and languages like Java, Python, Shell scripting, Javascript, Adobe Flex and BlazeDS etc. In his current role, he has been working on OpenStack Ceilometer and other projects for last 3 years.

Divya K Konoor has 12+ years of experience in the IT industry with around 8 years in Cloud Technologies and Systems Management. She is an IBM Advisory Software Engineer. She has been working on IBM Power Virtualization Console product (PowerVC) the last few years in different roles (Release/Technical lead), She works on OpenStack Cloud Platform and is an active contributor to different OpenStack projects (nova , keystone , ceilometer, pycadf , swift etc) . Her interest areas include security, auditing, monitoring and serviceability.

2.15pm-2.45pm: Deploying Openstack using Ansible

Abstract: TBD

Audience: Beginner

Speaker: Chhavi Agarwal, IBM

Speaker Bio: 1+ experience working as a Senior Developer in IBM India Software Labs. Worked extensively on Openstack nova and cinder components for supporting PowerVM Openstack drivers and multiple Storage backend drivers. Currently working on Openstack Ansible and tooling support.

2.45pm-3.15pm: Demystifying NFV on Openstack

Abstract: TBD

Audience: Intermediate

Speaker: Arif Khan, Voereir

Speaker Bio: TBD

3.15pm-3.30pm: Tea Break

3.30pm-4.00pm: Look beyond the hypervisor - hardware is just not commodity!

Abstract: TBD

Audience: Beginner/Intermediate

Speaker: Sudipta Biswas and Hemant K Shaw, IBM

Speaker Bio: 

Sudipta works in the Linux Technology Center, IBM india and is involved in multiple OpenStack project has contributed to OpenStack Nova, Neutron and Glance. He has special interest in cloud optimization/workload scheduling.

Hemant works in the Linux Technology Center, IBM and is an avid programmer in C. He works on the Linux Kernel and related tooling needed to expose hardware/platform metrics to upper layers of the cloud stack.

4.00pm-4.30pm: OpenStack Neutron Workshop

4.30pm-5.00pm: OpenStack Neutron Workshop

5.00pm-5.30pm: OpenStack Neutron Workshop