[openstack-dev] Is the pendulum swinging on PaaS layers?

Clint Byrum clint at fewbar.com
Fri May 19 18:04:15 UTC 2017

Excerpts from Clark Boylan's message of 2017-05-19 10:03:23 -0700:
> On Fri, May 19, 2017, at 05:59 AM, Duncan Thomas wrote:
> > On 19 May 2017 at 12:24, Sean Dague <sean at dague.net> wrote:
> > 
> > > I do get the concerns of extra logic in Nova, but the decision to break
> > > up the working compute with network and storage problem space across 3
> > > services and APIs doesn't mean we shouldn't still make it easy to
> > > express some pretty basic and common intents.
> > 
> > Given that we've similar needs for retries and race avoidance in and
> > between glance, nova, cinder and neutron, and a need or orchestrate
> > between at least these three (arguably other infrastructure projects
> > too, I'm not trying to get into specifics), maybe the answer is to put
> > that logic in a new service, that talks to those four, and provides a
> > nice simple API, while allowing the cinder, nova etc APIs to remove
> > things like internal retries?
> The big issue with trying to solve the problem this way is that various
> clouds won't deploy this service then your users are stuck with the
> "base" APIs anyway or deploying this service themselves. This is mostly
> ok until you realize that we rarely build services to run "on" cloud
> rather than "in" cloud so I as the user can't sanely deploy a new
> service this way, and even if I can I'm stuck deploying it for the 6
> clouds and 15 regions (numbers not exact) because even more rarely do we
> write software that is multicloud/region aware.
> We need to be very careful if this is the path we take because it often
> doesn't actually make the user experience better.

I think an argument can be made that if the community were to rally
around something like Enamel and Oaktree, that it would be deployed

As Zane pointed out elsewhere in the thread, Heat does some of this
for you, and has seen a lot of adoption, but nowhere near the level
of Neutron and Cinder. However, I believe Heat is missing from some
clouds because it is stateful, and thus, requires a large investment to
deploy. Oaktree is specifically _not_ stateful, and not dependent on admin
access to function, so I could see rallying around something that _can_
be deployed by users, but would be much more popular for deployers to
add in as users ask for it.

So whatever gets chosen as the popular porcelein API, it sounds to me
like it's worth getting serious about it.

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