Stacki, Ansible, & OpenStack Meetup at Flex

September 28, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments



On Thursday September 15th, Flex CEC Engineering and StackIQ hosted a Stacki, Ansible, and OpenStack meetup at the FLex America Center EBC. Over 50 enthusiastic attendees showed up from companies such as Cisco, Apple, and Red Hat.

StackIQ’s VP of Engineering and co-founder Greg Bruno started the Meetup by going over the merits of using Stacki to build and operate data center infrastructure; covering the various use cases of Stacki and presenting a live demo of various features such as port bonding. Greg also went over the new features in Stacki Pro such as provisioning systems with UEFI, the monitoring GUI, and OS support for Ubuntu.


The Flex CEC Engineering team then began their presentation. Rob Neff presented the CEC server and rack integration business, current engagements and partnerships, and our rack engineering workflow.

Hugh Ma then gave an overview of the FlexBench Rack Scale automation framework. He went into details on how CEC utilizes Stacki to prep Ciii servers with a Linux operating system, deploy OpenStack with Ansible, and then how Ansible also executes the benchmarking suites, storing and visualizing the results with the popular Elastic ELK stack.

Finally, Michael O’Rourke showed performance data he’d gathered using FlexBench Rack Scale which compared the price vs performance metrics of a CEC engineering built private cloud vs popular public clouds run by Amazon, Google, and Digital Ocean. He demonstrated that at 30% usage, a private cloud offers better price-performance value over a public cloud.

It was a very successful meetup with lots of questions after each talk, and crowds around the speakers after all of the presentations. The speakers were asked about the business model, the automation framework, how Flex uses Stacki, and what other data can be added to the public vs private conversation to give a more holistic view.

We hope to build on this to bring further exposure to Flex’s rack scale engineering capabilities. In the words of one of the attendees, “this is one of the best uses of open source tools I’ve ever seen”.