OpenStack in Korea

It’s been a very busy week for OpenStack in Koera and I wanted to highlight the events with some more details and pictures.

Monday Feb 21 – OpenStack at KT

Stephen Spector (OpenStack Community Manager) and John Willis from OpsCode presented to the Cloud Service Business Unit at KT on OpenStack, DevOps, and Chef. Unfortunately, the flag was cut off in the picture but OpenStack has made its mark on KT with a sizable banner hanging in their cloud computing offices.

Tuesday Feb 22 – OpenStack at Korea University

Professor Chuck Yoo invited KT and OpenStack for a special cloud computing presentation to the Graduate School Computer Science department. KT supported the OpenStack introduction presentation from Stephen Spector with detailed technical overviews of both OpenStack Compute and Object Storage. The students at Korea University asked excellent questions about the existing architecture and design; I anticipate seeing future research for OpenStack coming from Korea University in the near term.

Wednesday Feb 23 – OpenStack User Group Launch Seminar

The official OpenStack Korea User Group launch was attended by 120+ at the Coex Conference Center in Seoul. Speakers included Stephen Spector, John Willis (OpsCode), Paul Guth (Cloudscaling.com), Jaesuk Ahn (KT), Jinkyung Hwang (KT), Kyungyoon Kim (Clunet), Donghoon Kim (KT), Jaeuk Kang (FeelingK), Bundo Kang (Ubuntu Korean Community), and Byung-gon Kim (Java Community). The event detailed OpenStack, its role in the open source community, and ways for the Korean technical community to become active members with OpenStack. The event also coincided with the launch of the new Korean OpenStack User Group website at http://www.openstack.or.kr/.

KT has done an excellent job of evangelizing OpenStack within Korea and the sizable audience will lead to increased OpenStack efforts in Korea. Korea is on its way to being a leader in the development and promotion of OpenStack within our global community.

Tweet of the event from Jaesuk Ahn:

@songerie: I mean it. It’s packed. :) http://yfrog.com/gy6y6nj #openstack korea community opening seminar.

Thursday Feb 24 – OpenStack at National IT Industry Promotion Agency

KT once again took the lead in promoting OpenStack at a government open source conference http://www.oss.kr/oss_etc1/2501 by presenting an overview of the project and how the government can engage with our open source community. As this talk was done in Korean (and I am more than a little rusty), I passed the baton to Jaesuk Ahn from KT who is an outstanding community leader in OpenStack and is driving our project to both business and government agencies throughout South Korea.

Final thoughts on my week in Korea:

  • OpenStack is a serious competitor for cloud computing in Korea and there is a high degree of interest to learn more about our project across both business and government agencies
  • KT, Jaesuk Ahn and his team are fantastic ambassadors for our open source community in Korea and their dedication to the success of OpenStack is evident in both their actions and passion for OpenStack. I leave Korea confident that our community has a great team in place to spread the OpenStack message in Korea
  • I anticipate one or two more events for OpenStack in Korea this year and hope to see more OpenStack community members add Korea to their 2011 travel plans as OpenStack is happening here
  • I encourage anyone wanting to learn how to promote OpenStack in their country to contact Jaesuk and his KT team; they have much to teach the rest of us in their ability to drive the open source message

Finally, thank you to both Jaesuk Ahn from KT, his team (cloud team at project expert group, KT) – especially Yunbum Huh who did all the “behind the scenes work”, as well as Professor Chuck Yoo for being outstanding hosts this week. With their support, we were able to promote OpenStack to the business, academic, and government communities in four days. Not bad for a weeks work.


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