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OpenStack Atlanta Summit Presentation Voting

Wednesday evening we launched the online tool that allows you to rate the presentation proposals summited for the OpenStack Summit coming up May 12-16 in Atlanta.

This is our second year with online voting for summit presentations, and we wanted to let you know about a bug we’ve just corrected that you might have experienced during the first two days of voting. Alert community members discovered that in some cases, older presentations from our prior summit could be displayed once a vote was cast. (The system randomly selects the next presentation to display, and in this particular case it was not limiting the results to only the upcoming summit.) That’s now been corrected and we apologize for the bug that caused it.

Ultimately, the chairs for each track make the final presentation selections, using the ratings gathered from the community as input. To allow a bit more time for you to cast your votes, we’ve extended the voting deadline until midnight central, March 3rd.

If you are a presenter or voter with any questions or feedback, please let us know: [email protected]

Open Mic Spotlight: Wang Pan

WangpanThis post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful. Each week, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun. 

Wang Pan is a Senior Software Engineer for the private cloud at, working primarily on Nova (including cpu qos, libvirt driver for kvm, cloud monitor similar to ceilometer, EBS similar to cinder, etc.). You can follow him on Twitter at @Aspirer2004.

1. What is your go-to beverage or snack while coding?

Boiled water is the best beverage when coding.

2. What behavior has helped get you the furthest as a developer?

Copy and paste the experts’ codes as much as possible.

3. What do you think is the coolest thing that’s happened with OpenStack over the past three years?

Supported qemu-guest-agent in Nova, because that is my code. :) Thanks to all reviewers!

4. Be honest – are you more likely to know your project collaborators by their IRC nic or their actual name?

I prefer their actual name.

5. How many OpenStack t-shirts do you own, and which is your favorite?

I own only two, and I need more to pick a favorite.

Open Mic Spotlight: Zhang Hua

ZhangHuaThis post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful. Each week, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun. 

Zhang Hua joined the OpenStack community in 2012 as a contributor from IBM. He loves coding and digging into the details of various computer technologies. You can follow him on Twitter at @zhhuabj and read his blog here

1. Define what “open source” means to you.

I like the open source spirit. I love working in a culture where the engineers can decide how to design and implement great products. I also enjoy the opportunity to learn from world-class engineers.

2. How did you first get involved in OpenStack? 

I joined the OpenStack community in February of 2012. I am the first contributor from IBM China’s Systems and Technology Lab, and was one of the early guys from IBM global. I love Linux technology, and my manager thought I would be an appropriate engineer to join OpenStack at that time. Looking back over the past two years, I feel very lucky to be nominated by IBM to join the Openstack journey. I read more than 24 books about networks and linux during this time, and became an expert. I also better understand the spirit of open source: top engineers develop the best platforms based on technology truths.

3. If you couldn’t be a developer, what would your dream job be?

If I couldn’t be a developer, I would become a researcher. I believe that disruptive theory is more important than practice in terms of technology improvement and society development. I would pursue investigation, prototyping and disruption to improve depth in some promising domains.

4. Why did you decide to go into computer engineering?

My undergraduate major is in Electronic Information Engineering. Although I didn’t understand computers well at that time, I was always envious of others who could set up their personal website using HTML technology — although now, it seems so simple. This sparked the interest that drove me to choose Computer Engineering for graduate school in 2004.

5. How did you learn to code ? Are you self-taught or did you learn in college? On-the-job?

I’ve always felt that I was a little different from most people. For example, I don’t like to read blogs or study word phrases, but instead adapt systematic studying by reading a lot of books. I don’t prefer e-books, but enjoy reading paperback books. I always begin to code after I have figured everything out systematically. I always know exactly what I’m doing when I code.

OpenStack User Survey: October 2013

The OpenStack User Committee and Foundation staff conducted a survey of OpenStack cloud operators and end users, and are sharing the results with the community this week during the OpenStack Summit Hong Kong. The goal of the survey is to give users a strong voice in the community to share their technical requirements, feedback and best practices with the developers building OpenStack, as well as other cloud operators.

The survey generated 822 responses and catalogued 387 OpenStack cloud deployments across 56 countries.  A few key highlights:
  • More than half of the clouds were already running Grizzly or Havana 
  • The top five countries with deployments were U.S., India, China, France, and Canada
  • The top 3 business drivers were Cost Savings, Operational Efficiency, Open Platform
You can find more detail in the full report by the User Committee.


OpenStack Celebrates Three Years!

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OpenStack is no one person or company or idea or line of code. It derives its strength from the collective community. No matter when you joined or what role you play, you have the ability to shape the future of OpenStack and computing.

In three short years since the community was established, OpenStack has truly become the center of cloud innovation, attracting hundreds of talented developers, brand-name users, and support from major industry leaders. This calls for a big toast to you, the OpenStack community!

We invite you all to join the party and celebrate 3 awesome years of stacking:

  • Check out OpenStack’s Birthday Page featuring the latest stats, infographic and a web badge to download
  • Visit the OpenStack booth at OSCON, July 22-26, in Portland, OR and attend the birthday party, Wednesday, July 24
  • Attend your local birthday party, more than 40 are taking place around the world this week!
  • Learn about the contributors who make OpenStack successful through the #OpenStack #OpenMic series
  • Join the conversation on Twitter today using the hashtag #OpenStack3Bday

We’d also like to share some great perspectives from community leaders about the significance of three years for OpenStack, and where the community is headed:

Happy 3rd birthday to the OpenStack Community!

Introducing the Open Mic Series

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We’re excited to introduce the OpenStack Open Mic series, where we’ll be spotlighting technical contributors across our global community during the month of July to celebrate OpenStack’s 3rd birthday.

Each weekday this month, an OpenStack contributor — development, CI, docs, translation — will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, their careers and even fun personal facts.

Our goal is to celebrate the people who have helped make OpenStack successful during our birthday month, and to help community members get to know each other.  It should be a lot of fun.

If you are an OpenStack contributor and would like to participate, please check out the instructions and questions, otherwise follow along to learn more about our community!

Participate in the first OpenStack User Survey!

If you are an OpenStack user or have customers with OpenStack deployments, please take 10 minutes to respond to our first User Survey or pass it along to your network. Our community has grown at an amazing rate in 2.5 years, and it’s time to better define our user base and requirements, so we can respond and advocate accordingly.

Below you’ll find a link and instructions to complete the User Survey by April 1, 2013. It takes 10 minutes. Doing so will help us better serve the OpenStack user community, facilitate communication and engagement among our users as well as uncover new OpenStack users that might be willing to tell their stories publicly.


All of the information you provide is confidential to the Foundation and will be aggregated anonymously unless you clearly indicate we can publish your organization’s logo and profile on the OpenStack User Stories page.

Make sure to tune in to the User Committee when they present the aggregate findings of this important survey at the OpenStack Summit, April 15-18, in Portland, OR. For those unable to attend, we’ll share the presentation and have a video of the session to view after the event.

Please help us promote the survey, and thank you again for your support!

EMEA OpenStack Day: Call For Speakers & Prospectus For Sponsors

EMEA OpenStack Day is happening Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in London. You can find out more details about the event on the OpenStack Day EventBrite page.

Would you like to speak at the EMEA OpenStack Day—Part 2?

We are now accepting nominations for speaker presentations. The deadline for speaker submissions is November 9, 2012. A selection committee will review the submissions and notify those selected by November 23rd. You can present your presentation topic and speaker bio to [email protected].

Would you like to sponsor EMEA OpenStack Day?

The sponsor prospectus is now available online. There are five available event sponsor packages.

OpenStack Summit Beach Clean Up

Last week at the OpenStack Summit, we organized the first OpenStack community service day, a beach cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation. We had nearly forty OpenStack community members volunteer their time Friday morning to help pick up trash from South Mission Beach, San Diego, as well as collect data for local environmental campaigns. We also learned about the types of litter making the biggest impact on our beaches–namely plastics and cigarette butts–and how we can reduce our consumption.

Our volunteers gathered a total of 43 pounds of debris from the beach: 35 pounds of trash and 8 pounds of recyclables. We collected more than 1,720 items, including:

  • Plastic Bags: 68
  • Plastic Bottles: 26
  • Plastic Bottle Caps: 86
  • Plastic Lids, Cups, Straws: 59
  • Plastic Utensils: 17
  • Plastic Food Wrappers: 295
  • Cigarette Butts: 221
  • Cigarette Lighters: 8
  • Fishing Gear: 28
  • Styrofoam: 127
  • Balloons: 12
  • Other Plastics: 222
  • Aluminum Cans: 34
  • Metal: 44
  • Glass Bottles: 7
  • Other Glass: 37
  • Paper: 201
  • Cloth: 75
  • Other: 153
  • Most Unusual Items: Nail clippers, PVC pipe, Glow stick, Medical Marijuana Bag
Thank you to DreamHost and SUSE for sponsoring the event, Dee Rosales and Marissa Rosen for organizing it, Simon Anderson for the great idea, and to all of the volunteers who came out!  We look forward to hosting another service day at the next Summit, so please be thinking of organizations or causes you’d like to support.

OpenStack Summit: Vote for Speakers

We’ve gotten a lot of great speaking submissions, and would like your help shaping the agenda for the next OpenStack Summit, October 15-18, in San Diego.  We’ve made the submissions public for your input, and you have until Thursday, September 13, to vote up your favorites. Please note you need to be an Individual Member of the OpenStack Foundation in order to access the voting system.

While the Design Summit and more technical content will run Monday – Thursday, the main days and keynote presentations will be Tuesday and Wednesday. We’re hoping to have the agenda locked the week of September 17, but in the meantime you can see a preview of the schedule.

We’re also hosting our first OpenStack Service Day on Friday, October 19. Please join us for a beach clean up with the Surfrider Foundation. We’ll be providing transportation and lunch, and will wrap up activities by 1 pm so you can fly out that afternoon.  If you’re interested in attending, we can accommodate 100 people, so please sign up.

We’ve extended early bird registration through September 30, but hotel rooms are going fast.  Our blocks at the Hyatt and Embassy Suites across the street are nearly sold out.  We’re looking into other options nearby to recommend, but please book a room quickly.

There are only 36 days until we kick off the next OpenStack Summit, and we look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

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