[openstack-dev] Congress: an open policy framework

Peter Balland pballand at nicira.com
Tue Nov 5 07:33:25 UTC 2013

I hope that you guys made it safely to Hong Kong.
We have secured an unconference session on Wednesday at 4:40 - 5:20
(SkyCity Meeting Room 2).  There will be a panel of customers and vendors,
and we are already gathering some really good feedback.
We will also be able to run a demo of what we have running.
Looking forward to the discussion.

- Peter

On Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM, Tim Hinrichs <thinrichs at vmware.com> wrote:

> Hi OpenStackers,
> We've been working on an open policy framework for OpenStack that we're
> calling Congress.  We've been talking with OpenStack users and several of
> our partners to understand the kinds of rules and regulations they envision
> enforcing with a policy-based management framework.  Across the board they
> are interested in policies that span networking, compute, storage, etc.
> The idea behind Congress is to have a single policy engine that integrates
> any collection of external authentication and data stores and allows cloud
> administrators to write policies over those data stores in a rich,
> declarative language.  The policy engine can either enforce the policy
> proactively (i.e. preventing policy violations before they occur) or
> reactively (identifying violations after they occur and taking corrective
> action) or a combination (proactively when possible and reactively when
> not).  The policy engine can also interact with the administrator,
> explaining the causes of violations, computing potential remediation plans,
> and simulating action executions to understand what violations those
> actions might cause.
> While the project is still in the early stages, we have identified a
> grammar for the policy language, implemented a policy engine, and written a
> proof of concept integration for ActiveDirectory.  We would love to get
> participation and feedback.
> Code (in the midst of moving to stackforge):
> https://github.com/pballand/congress
> Wiki:
> https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Congress
> We'll be in Hong Kong, so if you would like to meet up to discuss please
> e-mail Peter <pballand at vmware.com> and Pierre <pettori at vmware.com>.
> -- The Congress Team
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