On August 10 -11, the first two-day OpenStack Asia-Pacific Conference (OSAC) was held in Beijing and Shanghai concurrently. This conference is jointly organized by CSDN (Chinese Software Develop the Net), the world’s largest Chinese IT technology community and the OpenStack user group (COSUG).
This conference is the highest-level OpenStack meeting held in the Asia-Pacific region so far, attracting more than 1000 people in Beijing venue and nearly 700 people in Shanghai venue, which come from more than 180 companies. OpenStack enthusiasts and community representatives from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia and U.S. have also witnessed the grand conference.
Representatives of some OpenStack big players, such as Billy Cox from Intel, Kyle MacDonald from Canonical, Steven Hallett from eBay X.commerce, Boris Renski from Mirantis, Hui Cheng from Sina etc., delivered a very compelling and attracting speech, making all audience listen carefully.
Many audience asked lots of good questions at the conference. Speakers were never reluctant to give them thorough answers.
Among the speakers, Hui Cheng, manager of COSUG and technical leader gave an opening address talking about the status of COSUG(link), as well as a keynote speech OpenStack Opportunities and Challenges(link).In the opening address, he mentioned that after deduction of overlap user registration, it’s a conservative estimation that COSUG has 2,500 user members in China, which maybe the biggest user group out of U.S., he also believed that China would be the second largest Openstack market in the world.
The first day was ended by by a panel on The Current Status and Trends of OpenStack. The panelists are the OpenStack community representatives from different countries and regions of APAC, they are, from the second to right, the panel host from CSDN and representatives from Taiwan, mainland China, Japan, South Korea, two guys from Australia, and Boris on behalf of OpenStack Foundation.
Outside of the meeting, OSAC sponsors’ boothes had attracted lots of attention, companies and potential customers were communicating and connected through specific OpenStack related products.
Sessions on the second day were attracting and appealing as well. When the sessions finished, some administrators from COSUG, industrial leaders and OpenStack specialists got together to share experience and ideas on OpenStack community, network virtualization and business opportunities around OpenStack.
In the evening, Rackspace sponsored a free beer party. COSUG managers and some OpenStack related companies joined this party. Mike Metral, the solution architect from Rackspace, gave a introduction about the newly launched Rackpsace next generation cloud, and we also discussed some technical detail under OpenStack projects.
The event sponsor list is Rackspace, Intel, Canonical, Dell, HiSoft, NEC, VMware, 99Cloud, Cloudena, Midokura and Sina, thanks to them, who made the event available to us. I also want to thank CSDN and COSUG volunteers, they have devoted much energy and time during the whole preparation and organization process of such a big event.
All slides has uploaded to Slideshare tagged with 2012osac: http://www.slideshare.net/HuiCheng2/tag/2012osac
More photos can be seen at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/85376316@N02/sets/72157631160199442/