[openstack-dev] [lbaas][octavia] suggestion for today's meeting agenda: How to make the Amphora-agent support additional Linux flavors

Ihar Hrachyshka ihrachys at redhat.com
Wed Jun 29 16:25:44 UTC 2016

> On 29 Jun 2016, at 18:10, Doug Wiegley <dougwig at parksidesoftware.com> wrote:
> Interesting discussion, but the first question I’d ask is ‘why’ ?
> Unlike openstack server software, the amphora are meant to be black box appliance images, so why do we want to run different distros on them? Is there a deployment scenario you’re concerned with, or other use case?

Because vendors want to keep control for the contents of the image. For one, Company X may not be particularly happy about shipping and supporting Ubuntu based images through its channels. And without it, there is no end-to-end support story for load balancers that the company could sell to its customers. The company may also want to specialize the image contents in some way, f.e. inject additional vendor specific security mechanisms, or ship a new better version of haproxy. 

I believe it’s self evident, but for completeness: Company X engineers would not support Ubuntu bits because 1. they don’t have expertise in Ubuntu. 2. it would give a really twisted message to customers.


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