DNS, VNF, Security & SDN in OpenStack (#29)

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Impact Hub

419 7th St NW, 3rd Floor · Washington, DC

How to find us

Chinatown, Washington, DC a block south of the Verizon Center

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Thank you PLUMgrid (http://plumgrid.com) for your sponsorship


6:30 - 7:00 - Meet, greet, eat & drink

7:00 - 7:10 - Introductions and Announcements

7:10 - 9:30 - Topics, Q&A and breaks

Two Topics:

• DNS as an Autoscaling VNF

• Agility & Security Using OpenStack & SDN

1) DNS as an Autoscaling VNF

John Belamaric, Principal Architect at Infoblox

Abstract: DNS is often overlooked, but is a critical piece of the network infrastructure. If your DNS service is overwhelmed and fails to respond, you and your customers are losing business.

In this talk, we show how to build an end-to-end autoscaling DNS vitualized network function. Through custom Heat resources and Ceilometer meters, we enable the automatic spin-up of additional secondary DNS servers when the load exceeds queries-per-second thresholds.


John Belamaric (https://twitter.com/johnbelamaric) is one of the key architects for Infoblox cloud products, with a special focus on OpenStack integration and development. He has over 20 years of software design and development experience across a broad array of industries including network management, telecommunications, automotive, and insurance.

Prior to his role on cloud products, he served for five years as the lead architect for Infoblox NetMRI network management and automation software, and as a developer on the product for several years prior to that. This experience showed him first hand how difficult automation of the wide variety of disparate networking devices can be. He is enthusiastic about the power and flexibility inherent in SDN and cloud technologies.

He is a contributor to Neutron and Designate, and co-author of the Wrox Professional guide OpenStack Cloud Application Development. He is also a core member of the networking-infoblox Neutron sub-project, and led the effort to add the Neutron Pluggable IPAM framework in Liberty.

2) Agility and Security Using OpenStack and Software Defined Networking

Rick Kundiger, ‎Founder & CEO at Awnix, Inc.

Mike Meskill, Founder & CTO at Awnix, Inc.

Fernando Sanchez, ‎Principal Systems Engineer at PLUMgrid, Inc.

Abstract: During this talk, Rick and Fernando will be covering some important benefits of OpenStack with SDN. They will discuss and demonstrate OpenStack and SDN with a particular focus on how the combination of these two technologies enables data centers in companies or government organizations by providing a solution to meet these needs.

*Sneak Peak* Using OpenStack with SDN you can:

• Provision entire “data centers” within minutes, complete with all of their storage, compute, networking, and security needs

• These “data centers” can be copied, moved, removed, and recreated with ease

• Workloads can be divided up into various tenants for added security

• Virtual routers, firewalls, and networks can be deployed at the speed of script, and without having to buy additional, and expensive, physical infrastructure

• Services can be automatically and rapidly scaled out to meet growing demand, or to defend against attack

• “Data center” network and security design and configuration can be changed “on the fly” to counter efforts by bad actors

• You can more easily create, modify, or update network and security configurations to meet compliance requirements


Rick Kundiger (https://twitter.com/rakundig) is CEO and founder of Awnix. He is a Navy veteran and a former federal data center architect with 15 years of experience managing, designing, and building complex IT systems and services for the USDA and the Dept. of Defense, both within the United States and throughout the world. Rick began designing and implementing virtual environments in 2004 using VMware and begin working on OpenStack and Software Defined Networking (SDN) in 2012. In November of 2014 Rick and Awnix's other founder, Mike Meskill (CTO), left the USDA to form their own company--Awnix Inc.. Awnix is a pure OpenStack with SDN company and specializes in products and services related to the deployment, integration, and support of their Engineered Systems for OpenStack with SDN.

Mike Meskill is CTO and founder of Awnix and spearheading the technology direction of Awnix with OpenStack and SDN. Previously, he was Network Architect at the USDA's National Information Technology Center (NITC). During his eight years at the NITC, Mike held various positions, including Linux System Admin, VMware Admin, and VMware Team Lead. His accomplishments at NITC included designing and implementing the NITC's flagship virtual hosting environment, automating disaster recovery, and significant reductions in the cost of hosting for various federal government customers. Mike worked with an amazing team on Atmosphere, an OpenStack based cloud offering that's positioned to spark a private cloud revolution in the federal hosting space. When Mike's not evangelizing Open Source and software-defined everything at work, he can usually be found playing video games with his wife Rebecca or in the garage tuning his Evo 9.

Fernando Sanchez is a Principal SE at PLUMgrid where he works in implementing software networking infrastructures in his customer's clouds. Fernando has 15 years experience in designing, implementing and operating large-scale networks of virtually all kinds of customers ranging from tier-1 telcos to massive datacenters and enterprises. Fernando became an engineer in his natal Spain and since then has gained certifications from virtually every vendor he's worked with, including Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Force10 or Vyatta.