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OpenStack Community Celebrates Four Years!

User maturity, software maturity and a focus on cloud software operations are now established areas of focus for OpenStack and none of it would be possible without the consistent  growth of the OpenStack community. In the four years since the community was established, OpenStack now has 70+ active user groups and thousands of active members spread across 139 different countries!Throughout the month of July, we are celebrating our community milestones and progress over the past four years, as well as Superusers who support the OpenStack mission. This year, we also launched the Superuser publication to chronicle the work of users, and their many accomplishments individually and organizationally amplifying their impact among the community.

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We invite you all to join the party and celebrate 4 awesome years of OpenStack:

  • Check out the OpenStack 4th Birthday page featuring the latest stats, infographic and a web badge to download
  • Attend the birthday party in Portland, Oregon during OSCON, Tuesday, July 22
  • Attend your local birthday party, more than 50 are taking place around the world this month!
  • Visit the Superuser publication to learn about the contributors and user groups who make OpenStack successful
  • Join the conversation on Twitter today using the hashtag #OpenStack4Bday
Here are some community leaders’ perspectives reflecting on the past four years with OpenStack and their predictions for the future:

 

Wrapping up the Travel Support Program – Juno

The OpenStack Foundation brought 21 people to Atlanta for the Summit in May, thanks to the grants offered by the Travel Support Program, sponsored by VMware. The Travel Support Program is based on the promise of Open Design and its aim is to facilitate participation of key contributors to the OpenStack Design Summit. The program aims at covering costs for travel and accommodation for key contributors to the OpenStack project to join the community at the Summits.

We had 21 people accepted in the program from 8 countries and all around the world. Five people traveled from India, seven from Europe, three from Africa and the rest were from North America and South-East Asia. Of the selected recipients, two were unable to attend due to VISA timing issues, but we were excited to welcome the 21 attendees who were able to make the trip.

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The Foundation spent a total of $33,376 for flights and $7,751 for flights for a total cost for the Foundation of more than $40,000 USD including the costs of 10 access passes granted to non-ATCs (Active Technical Contributors).

The Travel Support Application for the November Summit in Paris is NOW OPEN! You can apply for the Travel Support Program, including costs for travel and accommodation.

The final deadline to submit applications is August 18th, so apply now!

OpenStack Turns 4 – It’s Time to Celebrate the Community!

OpenStack celebrates its 4th birthday July 19, and we’re celebrating with the entire OpenStack community during July!  User maturity, software maturity and a focus on cloud software operations are rapidly emerging for OpenStack and none of it would be possible without the quickly growing OpenStack community. There are now more than 70 global user groups and 17,000 community members across 139 countries, spanning more than 370 organizations. This calls for a big toast to the OpenStack community members and our users.

Within our community, we are also celebrating our users in our online publication, Superuser. Check out birthday-themed features during July and keep an eye out for our infographic that will showcase user growth metrics and deployments.

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We’ve invited all our user groups to celebrate with us. During the month of July, more than 50 OpenStack birthday parties will be thrown all over the world – celebrating the OpenStack community!  We encourage everyone to find a birthday party in your area and join your fellow community members to toast each other on another great year! Don’t forget to share your pictures and memories using #OpenStack4Bday.

If you’re attending OSCON, the Foundation invites you to come celebrate the OpenStack community on Tuesday, July 22nd at Union/Pine to mingle with other community members and Foundation staff. Stay tuned – more details coming soon!


Find a local celebration in your area:
Atlanta – July 17
Austin - July 10
Bangalore, India – July 13
Berlin, Germany – July 29
Beijing, China – July 19
Boston - July 10
Brazil – July 26
Brisbane – July 24
China  - July 19
Colorado – July 15
Connecticut – July 15
Ecuador – July 24
Egypt - July 19
Florida – July 11
Frankfurt, Germany – July 28
Greece – July 9
Hong Kong – July 4
Hungary – July 10
Indonesia – July 1
Iran – July 14
Ireland – July 18
Israel – July 3
Italy – July 10
Japan – July 10
Kentucky – July 17
Korea – July 16
London – July 15
Los Angeles – July 31
Minnesota – July 21
Mumbai, India – July 20
Munich, Germany – July 23
Nairobi – July 29
Netherlands – July 17
New York City – July 16
Paris, France – July 2
Philadelphia – July 17
Philippines – July 4
Portland – July 22
Russia – July 19
San Francisco - July 30
Seattle – July 24
Slovenia – July 10
Switzerland – July 17
Sydney – July 10
Taiwan – July 11
Thailand – July 21 – 23
Toulouse, France – July 9
Venezuela - July 19
Washington DC – July 9

 

 

Summer Speaking Sessions and Call for Papers

Summer is in full swing and there are some great industry events coming up on the calendar, as well as Call for Proposals deadlines!

The Global Events Calendar is the primary resource to know what events are approaching. It is fully editable, so you can update the following criteria:

  • If your organization is attending, sponsoring or exhibiting (COLUMN G)
  • Provide feedback or ideas on events (COLUMN H)
  • Add vendor-independent industry events to the calendar (complete ALL criteria)

Here are the upcoming industry events planned for July:

OSCON: July 20 – 24, Portland OR

  • No charge Expo Plus registration using OPENSTACKEHO.  Or 25% discount on any other conference pass using OPENSTACK25.  Pass these on!
  • Open Cloud Day: July 21, featuring Chris Launey from The Walt Disney Company, OpenStack user, Thierry Carrez from the OpenStack Foundation, and Rob Hirschfeld, OpenStack Board Director.  Open to all registrants, including Expo Plus.
  • If you’re attending, be sure to attend the OpenStack birthday party Tuesday, July 22nd at Union/Pine. Details coming soon!

EuroPython: July 21 – 27, Berlin, Germany
PyCon AU: August 1 – 5, Brisbane Australia – There will be an OpenStack miniconf on Friday, August 1, a full day event with several community speakers
CloudOpen NA: August 20 – 22, Chicago  - Looking for a well-known speaker and community volunteers

Here are the approaching CFP deadlines:

DEVIEW 2014: June 30
LinuxCon/CloudOpen Europe: July 11
Software Defined Enterprise World Forum: No deadline listed
FSOSS: No deadline listed

If you have any questions, or you would like to plan a regional OpenStack Day, please contact events@openstack.org

Upcoming OpenStack Day Events in May & June!

Did you miss the Atlanta Summit? Did you attend the Summit and now have new stories to tell?

There are several OpenStack events taking place near you over the next few weeks. Come join us to share outcomes of the Juno Design Summit, hear about new use cases and have direct conversations with industry and technical leaders. Space is limited, so register soon!

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OpenStack CEE Day in Budapest
Franz Meyer will kick off OpenStack CEE Day with Monday’s keynote, followed by several breakout sessions and workshop tracks offering hands on labs from OpenStack experts.
When: Monday, May 26, 8:30am – 5pm
Where: Urania National Movie Theatre
Tickets: €50.00
Featured Speakers:
  • Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
  • Franz Meyer, Red Hat
  • Alan Kavanagh, Ericsson
  • Monty Taylor, HP
  • AND more!

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Attendees will be provided with an overview of the OpenStack technology, project updates, challenges, best practices and see how the roadmap is tailored for its different audiences. Admission is free!
When: Wednesday, May 28, 8:30am – 7pm
Where: CAP 15
Featured Speakers:
  • Raphaël Ferreira, eNovance
  • Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
  • Bryan Che, Red Hat
  • Mark McClain, Yahoo
  • Patrick Hamon, Dell
  • AND more!

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A one-day event to share the latest trends, news, services, use cases regarding the main open cloud software community.The morning session is focused on the OpenStack latest news and case histories; the afternoon is dedicated to technical workshops and use cases.
When: Friday, May 30, 9am – 6pm
Where: Via Privata Stefanardo de Vimercate
Featured Speakers:
  • Mariano Cunietti, Enter
  • Chris Jackson, Rackspace
  • Giuseppe Capaldo, HP Italia
  • Michael Kienle, IT-Novum
  • Vincenzo di Somma, Canonical
  • Salvatore Orlando, VMware
  • AND more!

OpenStack Israel

OpenStack Israel in Tel Aviv-Yafo
Hear about OpenStack’s Icehouse Release from industry thought leaders and local OpenStack users. Following the conference, you can attend a 3-day training course on the current OpenStack Icehouse Release.
When: Monday, June 2, 8:30am – 5pm
Where: Arts Hall HaBama Herzliya
Featured Speakers:
  • Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu
  • Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
  • Monty Taylor, HP
  • Thierry Carrez, OpenStack Foundation
  • Mark McLoughlin, Red Hat

OS Day - London

OpenStack UK Day in London
After keynotes from Canonical, SolidFire and vArmour, afternoon sessions will explore user case studies, industry best practices, and technical talks from OpenStack tech leads.
When: Wednesday, June 4, starting at 8:30am
Where: 155 Bishopsgate
Tickets: £50.00 + VAT when you use this discount code: OS14EB
Featured Speakers:

  • Mark Collier, OpenStack Foundation
  • Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu
  • Monty Taylor, HP
  • Mark McClain, Yahoo
  • Chris Jackson, Rackspace
  • Boris Devouge, HP
  • AND more!

If you have any questions, please contact events@openstack.org.

Atlanta Summit, Day 1: Introducing Superusers, the Marketplace

The age of the Superuser began with the opening day of the Atlanta Design Summit. Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation delivered his keynote address to a standing-room-only conference room of developers, operators, users and more.

It was only 18 months ago in San Diego, where 1,200 members of the OpenStack community joined for the Design Summit. This week, 4,500 people will join for the Atlanta Summit.

Jonathan asked the standing room only crowd, “How many of us made their first contribution to Icehouse?” Dozens stood up to a round of applause. Jonathan, as well as the other speakers this morning, all recognized that there are many new faces, and more opinions. And that’s a big reason why OpenStack is so successful.

These new voices represent perspectives, energy, and potential to innovate that makes OpenStack unique and able to keep infrastructures agile.

“Every company now competes with a startup” Jonathan told the crowd. “More and more companies are using OpenStack to reduce their expenses, increase experimentation and increase innovation.”

But it isn’t just what people are doing with OpenStack. What’s more important is that they are changing their businesses. “Superusers are using their capabilities to bring about change, and more competitive in the software defined economy.”

Wells Fargo and Disney were featured Superusers in this morning’s keynote session. When asked why Wells Fargo uses OpenStack, Glenn Ferguson, head of private cloud enablement, focused on being part of a strong community.

“It is in my best interest to let the community know what we’re doing and what we’re interested in and what our use cases are. We’re running a serious business on this technology, and this is what we have to do to remain competitive and flexible in this environment.”

Chris Launey, Direct Cloud Services and Architect at Walt Disney Company, spoke passionately about why he uses OpenStack. “Like many others in this audience, I’m trying to lead a revolution to help empower people when they come to work in technology.”

“If you give somebody enough fast, they can get their make their own cheap. They can get their product to market quickly. You can make your own good by shrinking your own dev cycles.”

The Marketplace & Superuser Publication 

Also this morning, Jonathan introduced two new initiatives from the Foundation, aimed at extending the support for users and operators well past the bounds of the twice-yearly summit.

First, the Foundation announced the launch of a new OpenStack publication called “Superuser”, built by operators and users for operators and users.

The content will highlight organizational issues that users face when bringing OpenStack into their organizations. Featuring a mix of original journalism and user-generated content, the publication will emphasize a range of technical to business-level issues with feature stories, case studies, tips and videos for OpenStack cloud architects and administrators.

The Foundation is asking for your help, feedback and involvement: Check out: http://superuser.openstack.org/about to learn more.

Subscribe to the Superuser newsletter, or send ideas for content or posts to editor@openstack.org.

The second announcement was the launch of the OpenStack Marketplace. This new service for OpenStack users is “oriented around the path to adoption”, and designed to help users and operators to make informed decisions. It will be the go-to spot for information-gathering in the early stages of Openstack adoption and for evaluating various production options.

Learn more about the Marketplace and how you can join at openstack.org/marketplace or contact ecosystem@openstack.org.

 
Around the Web

In addition, there was a good deal of news and activity on the web coming out of today’s Summit. We’ve highlighted a few below, there will be more to come!

OpenStack 2014 T-Shirt Design Winner

The 2014 T-shirt design contest is a wrap! Thank you to everyone who shared their creativity and original designs with us this year.
We are excited to reveal our winner, Jaewin Ong of Singapore! This colorful design will debut on T-Shirts at PyCon in Montreal this week, and will be distributed at upcoming events worldwide.
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We wanted to learn more about the creative mind behind the design, so we asked Jaewin a few questions:
What was your inspiration for this design?
  • The inspiration was actually the OpenStack logo! Since the logo is already of significance, I thought it would be cool to manipulate it with bright colors and superimposing the outline with itself.
 How long have you been designing?
  • My first design was for a T-Shirt, incidentally, during my freshman year in university. The T-Shirts were printed and sold to raise funds for a committee I was involved in. And I started out with MS Paint! I’ve come a long way.
 Where are you currently working?
  • I’m currently a junior in university pursuing a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
 In what way are you involved in OpenStack?
  • I’m afraid to say that my involvement with OpenStack is minimal. Although, I had some experience with Python during my internship. Otherwise, I do find cloud computing to be rather complex and I admire people who do it.
 Do you publish any of your other work online?
  • I don’t publish my work because I’m doing this out of interest. I would be grateful when it comes to a point where I’m publishing my work for other purposes besides interest.
 Is there anything else you might like to share about yourself?
  • I constantly look for opportunities like this to improve myself. It might not be a big deal to some, but it’s a big deal to me!
Congratulations, Jaewin!
Want to see your design on a future OpenStack T-Shirt? Stay tuned on our blog as we announce upcoming design contests!

 

OpenStack Day Events April – May – June 2014

Several upcoming OpenStack Day events are taking place around the world. Please join us in spreading the word and register soon. We hope to see you there!
OpenStack Day Mexico in Mexico City – April 29
  • When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • Where: World Trade Center Mexico
  • Tickets: Tickets are MXN $200.00, covering all meals, workshops and conferences. Register quickly! 
OpenStack CEE Day in Budapest – May 26
OpenStack in Action 5! in Paris – May 28
  • Attendees will be provided with the raw materials to engage with the community, become a consumer of the technology and take part in its evolution
  • When: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
  • Where: CAP 15
  • Admission is free, so register to get an overview of the OpenStack technology, projects updates, challenges, best practices and roadmap for all audiences
#1 OpenStack Day in Milan – May 30
  • When: Friday, May 30, 2014
  • Where: Via Privata Stefanardo de Vimercate
OpenStack Israel in Tel Aviv-Yafo - June 2
Hear about OpenStack’s Icehouse Release from industry thought leaders and local OpenStack users. Following the conference, attend a 3-day training course on the current OpenStack Havana Release
  • When: Monday, June 2, 2014
  • Where: Arts Hall HaBama Herzliya
  • Tickets: We’re expecting +300 OpenStack users, prospective users, ecosystem members and developers to attend, so register quickly!
With an anticipated 500+ attendees from all sectors of London’s wide and diverse tech community, an exciting line-up of speakers and exhibitors, this will be the UK’s largest OpenStack related event this year!
  • When: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
  • Where: 155 Bishopsgate
  • Tickets: The early bird rate expires on May 14th, so register quickly before prices increase!
If you are interested in organizing an OpenStack Day event in your area, please contact events@openstack.org.

 

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