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Trevor Roberts Jr.

About Trevor Roberts Jr.

Trevor Roberts, Jr. is the Senior Technical Marketing Manager for OpenStack at VMware and the lead author of the VMware Press title, “DevOps for VMware Administrators". He enjoys speaking to customers and partners about the benefits of using OpenStack with VMware technologies. In his spare time, Trevor shares his insights on data center technologies via the VMware Blogs and on Twitter (@VMTrooper). His contributions to the IT community have garnered recognition by his designation as a VMware vExpert, Cisco Data Center Champion, and EMC Elect.

OpenStack Summit Barcelona 2016 Session Voting Open Until August 8!

Vote for OpenStack VMworld Sessions!The OpenStack Summit session proposals are available online for attendees to vote on. You can access this site to search for VMware-related sessions and to cast your vote.

NOTE: At this time, the Summit team has disabled direct linking to sessions. If that changes, I’ll be sure to update the list below with the direct URLs.

The following list comprises the sessions and speakers who plan on speaking at the Barcelona Summit on behalf of VMware, organized by category. If one or more of the topics catch your interest, your votes would be appreciated:

Evaluating OpenStack

OpenStack for VMware Administrators
Speaker: Trevor Roberts Jr

Case Studies

Amadeus’s journey building a Software Defined Data Center with VMware VIO and NSX
Speakers: Sai Chaitanya, Arthur Knopper

Case Study of an OpenStack Deployment in China
Speaker: Gavin Lu

Architectural Decisions

The Many Personas of Interoperability: Why Operators, Vendors, End Users, & OpenStack Devs Care
Speakers: Mark Voelker

IT Strategy

Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 1.5, Pets, Cattle: How to tame the menagerie with OpenStack
Speakers: Santhosh Sundararaman, Giridhar Jayavelu


Tesora and VMware present – A Complete Guide to Running Your Own DBaaS using OpenStack Trove
Speaker: Arvind Soni, Doug Shelley

How To & Best Practices

Skipping OpenStack Releases: (You Don’t) Gotta Catch ‘Em All
Speakers: Mark Voelker, Sidharth Surana, Karol Stepniewski

Analyzing OpenStack Performance : A case study from large scale OpenStack testing.
Speaker: Arvind Soni

Addressing Open Issues in Container Orchestration using OpenStack
Speakers: Santhosh Sundararaman, Giridhar Jayavelu

Infrastructure Updates with OpenStack on vSphere
Speaker: Trevor Roberts Jr

Project Updates

Native HTML5 consoles for VMware
Speaker: Radoslav Gerganov

Cluster Run: Resource Pool Operations Made Easy
Speakers: Xinhui Li, Qiming Teng, Mark Voelker

Upstream Development

Lessons from the Developer Cloud – OpenStack Innovation Center Success Stories
Speakers: Antonio Ojea, Arvind Soni, Justin Shepard, Travis Broughton


Next generation security and service chaining with NSX and Fortinet
Speakers: Marcos Hernandez, Elie Bitton

Tenant Networks vs. Provider Networks in the Private Cloud Context
Speaker: Marcos Hernandez

OVN – Moving into Production
Speakers: Russell Bryant, Ben Pfaff, Justin Pettit

Telecom / NFV Operations

NFV Considerations for OpenStack on VMware Infrastructure
Speakers: Giridhar Jayavelu

VMWare Integrated Openstack with Gigaspaces Cloudify Orchestration for NFV – technical deep dive
Speakers: Vanessa Little

Design Case Study – VoLTE core solution with Cloudify and Athonet on VMware Integrated Openstack
Speakers: Vanessa Little

VNF Service Modeling and Chaining on VMware Integrated OpenStack using TOSCA/YANG
Speakers: Ran Ziv

Design Case Study – IMS Core deployment with Metaswitch and Cloudify on VMware Integrated Openstack
Speakers: Vanessa Little

How to help your networking peers roll out NFV solutions and be a hero while at it.
Speaker: Jambi Ganbar, Arvind Soni

Hands-on Workshops

Hands on Lab: Operating & Upgrading OpenStack
Speakers: Santhosh Sundararaman

Developer Tools

Speeding up Developer Productivity with OpenStack and Open Source Tools
Speakers: Trevor Roberts Jr, Scott Lowe

Products & Services

VMware NSX and Mirantis OpenStack integration
Speakers: Igo Zinovik, Dimitri Desmidt, Andrian Noga

HPE Helion Openstack and VMware NSX Networking
Speakers: Gary Kotton, Ed Bak

See you in Barcelona!

Upgrade Issues? Not with VIO!

An OpenStack cloud upgrade can be a challenging task for administrators as they manage numerous considerations:

  • How do I upgrade each service’s components while mitigating user impact?
  • Can I skip one or more OpenStack releases during my upgrade, or must I upgrade to every single release between my current implementation and the latest community release?
  • Which control plane services are implemented in the OpenStack deployment and need to be upgraded?
  • How does each OpenStack service’s high availability configuration alter my upgrade process?
  • What is my change control window and will any required service outages remain within required service level agreements (SLA)?

At each OpenStack Summit, there are multiple sessions that discuss these topics, and the Austin Summit was no exception with VMware participating in an upgrade experts’ panel. Continue reading

OpenStack Cloud Design on VMware

OpenStack private clouds are still a new concept for some VMware Administrators. Periodically, our team gets questions regarding why VMware is participating in the OpenStack Foundation or how mature the cloud framework really is.

Steve Tegeler is the DIrector of NSBU Systems Engineers with responsibility for OpenStack customers. He recently presented on these very topics to help VMware users understand the value of OpenStack as well as understand how success can be achieved with OpenStack deployments on VMware infrastructure.

You can see the recordings of his talks in the videos that follow.

Why OpenStack Cloud?


VMware Integrated OpenStack Architecture and Stability


Want to learn more about VMware Integrated OpenStack? Check out the VMware Integrated OpenStack product page and our free Hands-On Lab!

Vote for OpenStack Sessions for VMworld 2016

Vote for OpenStack VMworld Sessions!On May 3, 2016, the VMworld team opened up the vote system for the 2016 Call for Papers submissions. This is your chance to let the team know which sessions you would like to see at the US and Europe shows.

The VMware Integrated OpenStack Team has many exciting updates that we would like to present to you including which OpenStack release will next be incorporated into our distribution. All of our session submissions can be found by clicking here. Remember that voting closes on Tuesday, May 24 at 11:59PM PDT.

You can look forward to hearing from Product Managers, System Engineers, Professional Services Engineers, and, most importantly, customers to learn how VMware Integrated OpenStack can help your private cloud initiatives succeed.

Thank you for your votes, and we look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas and in Barcelona!

OpenStack Summit Austin 2016 Session Videos

The VMware Integrated OpenStack team enjoyed their time in Austin speaking with customers, partners, contributors, and analysts at the Summit. It was great to be in the city that started it all to experience the momentum with which the community continues to drive the project forward!

If you were not able to attend, the talks are live on the Foundation’s YouTube channel. The list below comprises the sessions that our team members and customers spoke at.

Want to learn more about VMware Integrated OpenStack? Check out the VMware Product Walkthrough and the VMware Integrated OpenStack product page.



No Dynamic Routing in OpenStack? No Problem!

Today’s blog post discusses how VMware NSX can enable dynamic routing for VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) deployments. This article was written by Marcos Hernandez, one of the OpenStack specialists in VMware’s Networking & Security Business Unit (NSBU).

One of the main concerns that we hear from customers when explaining the native capabilities of OpenStack Neutron is its lack of dynamic routing support. This is especially serious when we consider that many Enterprises implementing OpenStack are not delegating IP subnetting to their tenants, but instead prefer to remain in control of the IP allocation, mainly due to the fact that their applications will often sit on routable IP address space. This is one of the assertions that both Wells Fargo and VMware will be presenting at the OpenStack Summit in Austin. There is also a comprehensive superuser article on the topic: Provider Networks vs Tenant Networks.

We can typically get away with just using static routing, but if a customer really wanted to use dynamic routing, Neutron does not currently offer native capabilities to do so. Continue reading

Webinar: OpenStack and VMware Are Better Together

This week’s webinar covered how VMware Integrated OpenStack can help our customers succeed with their OpenStack deployments. Pete Cruz, the VMware Integrated OpenStack Product Marketing Manager, and I covered important information about OpenStack and VMware interoperability, and you can catch the replay here: OpenStack vs. VMware: A False Choice. Its VMware AND OpenStack.

OpenStack and VMware Benefits from webinar


We discussed how IT organizations, who are interested in OpenStack, can benefit from leveraging the VMware infrastructure technologies they already have in-house. This can help customers get their OpenStack clouds up-and-running quicker than if they were starting from scratch with different infrastructure components. Common administrative tasks such as capacity expansion, software updates, and OpenStack upgrades can also be simplified.

Learn more about VMware Integrated OpenStack on our product page. Sign-up for our newsletter to receive information about the next major version of the product when it releases. Last, if you have questions about the product, you can interact with our Engineers and with our other customers on VMware’s OpenStack community page.

OpenStack Summit Austin – Customer Session Preview – HedgeServ

HedgeServ is a customer of VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO). They will be speaking at one of our OpenStack Summit sessions on Monday, April 25 at 5:30PM (click here for session details). The following customer testimonial provides a preview of the content they will be presenting at the Summit.

HedgeServ is a service-driven global fund administrator that offers a broad portfolio of SaaS products and services to the alternative investment industry. HedgeServ sets the industry benchmark for client satisfaction by focusing on service and a continuous investment in technology.  Our culture is underpinned by the most experienced client service teams in the industry and an unmatched track record of delivering accurate information to managers and investors.  We support all alternative investment strategies and fund structures from a single, real-time technology platform.

OpenStack provides us a unique platform to both increase our agility and present a scalable, unified, API-driven software defined datacenter.  This allows us to scale uniformly in both the private, and, where applicable, public clouds.  Developing a true hybrid cloud infrastructure that allows for more continuous delivery.  OpenStack is tricky and problems abound with its implementation, more so if you need to design it for VM reliability and stability.

Continue reading

VMware @ OpenStack Summit Austin 2016

OpenStack Summit Austin Logo

The OpenStack Summit is returning to the city where it began: Austin! The VMware Integrated OpenStack team will be on hand to share customer testimonials as well as information about the work we’ve done in our distribution and drivers since the Tokyo Summit.

We look forward to seeing you in Austin at the VMware booth!

Here is a list of the summit sessions where you can hear more from our customers and team members:

Monday, April 25

Tuesday, April 26

Thursday, April 28

See you at the Summit!