I know it was just over a month ago and I apologize for being dreadfully late to blog it, but I just thought I’d post up a few pics of LCA2013 and links to the videos of the talks.
Good day, everyone!
Warmest greetings from Vietnam OpenStack Community.
We had a great meetup last night! This is all that we can say :-).
Hosted by Hanoi University of Industry (HAUI), the Library Hall, where the meetup held, was full of people from different organizations, ICT companies and universities. We especially welcomed Mr. Nguyen Hong Quang, Chairmain of Vietnam Free and Open Source Software Association (VFOSSA), other members of VFOSSA, people from ICT companies such as NetNam, iWay, EcoIT, DTT… and HAUI students. To our surprise, there are almost 100 people has attended this event.
The meetup was a bit formal in the beginning when VFOSSA and OpenStack were introduced. The students seemed a bit nervous (although we could still see the exciting expression on their face) as OpenStack is completely a new term to them. But the Library Hall was heating up slowly when the discussion started; beers and breads are brought up to the table to keep the day-end brains running :-). People were eating and speaking elatedly. The atmosphere was more and more relaxing then.
During the event, the attendants had a chance to listen to Mr. Nguyen Hoang’s OpenStack Summit notes sent back from the States. Mr. Hoang is a senior architect with 30 years of expertise in providing solution to software and big system architecture in America. He attended the OpenStack Fall Summit (held in San Diego, USA last mid October) and the notes were about his experiences to share with others. We could see that the words from the heart of such an experienced expert greatly inspired all the attendants that night.
Warmly welcomed at the meeting was the presence of Dr. Nguyen Tuan Hoa, a senior consultant on IT solution with 38 years of experience in the IT field. He was a member of the famous team who built the first computer of Vietnam (and one of the very first few of the world) – the VT83 in 1983. He especially shared his lifetime experience to the people available at the meetup, especially to the students. As I recall he said that “This is a big opportunity for Vietnam. We shouldn’t miss this just like we have missed few other big opportunities. This is the “now or never” time for Vietnamese ICT community to get on board the “OpenStack ship” so that we are not left behind this global endeavour”.
Sincere thanks goes to Hanoi University of Industry for the great hospitalities provided.
And special thanks to our speakers:
- Mr. Nguyen Hong Quang, Chairman of Vietnam Free and Open Source Software Association (VFOSSA) for his introduction on VFOSSA and how VFOSSA will support OpenStack’s activities.
- Mr. Nguyen The Trung, Managing Director of DTT for his presentation on OpenStack, its opportunities for Vietnam and the development of Vietnam OpenStack Community in the long run.
As the result of our first meetup, more than 20 people have volunteered to join the Start-up team. We are now looking forward to re-structuring this team and getting things moving for OpenStack. One of our main objective is to start translating OpenStack manuals. For this, we really need help from OpenStack community. Any ideas, suggestions are welcomed and appreciated for an OpenStack starter like us.
Our next likely meetup to be held in Danang city next month. We will inform you all on our upcoming activities.
I will be back soon with updates with you guys on the OpenStack movement in Vietnam.
Vietnam OpenStack Community coordinator – Hang Tran
This past Tuesday night saw the Australian OpenStack User Group produce a tri-city simultaneous user group meeting covering Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Hooked together by GoToMeeting provided by Dan Pendlebury at Citrix, the evening saw OpenStack, pizza and beer served up at Intersect’s offices in Sydney, Haylix’s offices in Melbourne and Red Hat’s offices in Brisbane.
We believe this may have been the first multi city meetup where 3 way video linked the sites together, and we also had some attendees join us remotely.
- Sina Sadeghi, Lead Cloud Engineer from Aptira, who reviewed the recent Folsom Summit and presented his insightful views on the path to Grizzly.
We then crossed to Melbourne and heard from:
- Michael Richardson, Managing Director of Haylix, presented a preview of their soon to be released Nova compute cloud.
- Dragan Dimitrovici, CEO of Xenon, talked about how Xenon worked with NeCTAR and the University of Melbourne to deploy Xenon servers successfully in their OpenStack cloud.
Lastly we transferred the main video feed to Brisbane to hear from:
- Bruce Reeler from Red Hat talked about the documentation project for Red Hat’s Folsom preview release.
- And to wrap up Edan Scrivan and Jason Andrade from The University of Queensland showed us pics and talked about the hardware and how they were deploying their NeCTAR node.
The evening wasn’t without some minor hitches that we’ll work out for next time, but all in all it was deemed a success and a great way to get OpenStack out to more people more efficiently.
My sincere thanks to our presenters, and to our sponsors
- Michael Richardson and Haylix for the Melbourne venue and beer
- Dragan Dimitrovi and Xenon for the Melbourne pizzas
- Tim Hildred and Red Hat for the Brisbane venue, beers and pizza
- Shane Youl and Intersect for the Sydney venue
- Sangeeta Devi and Westcon for the Sydney beer
- Aptira for the Sydney food
Most importantly, I’d like to give a very special and long overdue thank you to Katrina Clauscen who has been behind the planning of nearly every AOSUG event we’ve had in every capital city in Australia since we began over a year ago.
Our next event is an OpenStack miniconf to be held at Linux Conf AU (LCA) on January 29 and to date we have more than 140 people who have registered their interest to attend. LCA is a world renowned conference with a wealth of great technical content and this is the first appearance of OpenStack at LCA.
We are looking for presentations on:
- The core projects of the OpenStack project
- Getting started using OpenStack
- Uses in scientific computing and the enterprise
- What it means to be part of OpenStack
- Automation in the virtual datacenter
- The past, present and future of OpenStack
Please go to http://bit.ly/Waue30 to submit your proposal. The CFP has just been extended to Sunday December 2.
Thank to Syed for initiating the group and providing the venue and local organisation, and thanks to Kavit, Aptira‘s Head of Indian Operations for co-organising and sponsoring food and beverages.
Hobart August 17 – OpenStack Chef and Puppet Code Dojo, the day before PyConAU!
PyCon Australia is the national conference for users of the Python Programming Language and is being held this year on August 18 and 19. This third PyConAU conference is being held in the beautiful city of Hobart in Tasmania. There’s a fantastic weekend lined up, including two days of fun and informative sessions on every aspect of the Python ecosystem. There’s also exciting social events planned, including the CodeWars programming tournament, the Women in Python breakfast and a conference dinner cruise and reception at Peppermint Bay.
PyConAU Registration is here.
On the preceding Friday the 17th we’re holding an OpenStack Code Dojo featuring Chef and Puppet. Special Guests for morning talks (live via satellite, well sorta, I’ve just always wanted to say that), will be Matt Ray from Opscode and Dan Bode from Puppetlabs. This will be followed by an afternoon code dojo specifically geared around creating, managing and versioning virtual machines. Food and drinks will be provided, my thanks to David Flanders, the PyConAU team and NeCTAR for their help organising this. Aptira will be throwing on the beverages for an after party of sorts! To participate in the day please go to the aosug.openstack.org.au site and RSVP.
Adelaide August 28 – Meetup
In conjunction with SAGE-AU and many thanks to Robert Mibus for the invitation, we’re inviting South Australian OzStackers to join the regular Adelaide chapter of SAGE-AU’s monthly meeting in Adelaide on August 28. Numbers for this event are limited so if you’re an SA OzStacker please jump onto http://aosug.openstack.org.au and RSVP to reserve your spot.
September events are planned for Melbourne and Sydney, and Brisbane in October.
Anyway that’s all from me for now, hope you all have a great Friday.
We have some Australian OpenStack User Group (AOSUG) events organised around the country in the coming months.
Brisbane June 26 – Meetup
We’re holding a meetup on June 26th, at a venue yet to be determined. I’m looking for assistance in picking a venue in Brisbane, a pub will be fine but preferably one where we can meet and chat without getting blasted by music etc, and where they have food, and most importantly, where we can throw on a bar tab! Please get in contact with us at AOSUG if you want to help select a location, help organize the event or sponsor in any way. Details and RSVP
Sydney June 28 – AOSUG Meetup and Aptira EOFY bash
On June 28, we’re going back to the Harbour View Hotel in the Rocks in Sydney for a combined User Group meet and Aptira End Of Financial Year bash. Those that came to our first AOSUG Sydney meet back in December last year will remember the Harbour View fondly I’m sure. It had great drinks, great food and it kicked off our Aussie meets in spectacular fashion! The meet will be a social gathering, just an informal get together for us to meet and chat and drink and eat. Details and RSVP
Perth July 16 – Meetup
We’re planning to hold a meetup in Perth July 16, at a venue yet to be determined. Once again I’m looking for assistance in picking a venue, like Brisbane, a pub will be fine but preferably one where we can meet and chat without getting drowned out by music/noise. Once again, please get in contact with us at AOSUG if you want to help organize the event or sponsor in any way. Details and RSVP
Melbourne July 17 – Meetup
At the Melbourne meetup earlier this month, consensus was to set a regular date for meetup ongoing. The third Tuesday of every second month is proposed and after the last event at the awesome Gryphon Gallery at the University of Melbourne (again many thanks to NeCTAR for arranging such a beautiful venue!), we’re hoping to continue to hold events there. If it works out, the next event will be a social beer and pizza night. The proposal is to alternate the meet agendas between doing a tech/presentation event one month, then a social event at the next meet, and so on, and interleave these with a similar pattern in the alternating months in Sydney.
Adelaide August 28 – Meetup (note date change was 22 now 28!)
This just in today – In conjunction with SAGE-AU and many thanks to Robert Mibus for the invitation, we’re inviting South Australian OzStackers to join the regular Adelaide chapter of SAGE-AU’s monthly meeting in Adelaide on August 28. I’m planning to ask one of the OpenStack project tech leads or the like to participate by way of beaming them in via WebEx or other (as we’ve done in Sydney and Melbourne recently) to present a talk on their involvement with OpenStack. Numbers for this event are limited so if you’re an SA OzStacker please jump onto http://aosug.openstack.org.au and RSVP to reserve your spot.
OpenStack APEC Conference (OSAC) – August 10-11, Beijing and Shanghai
Hosted by the China OpenStack User Group (COUG) and the Chinese Software Developer Network (CSDN), a massive event is being organised to be held simultaneously in Beijing and Shanghai. This event is shaping up to be the biggest OpenStack event ever, with 1000+ guests expected for Beijing, and 600+ guests expected for Shanghai, with live streaming to link the 2 conference sites. I am very excited about this event, I’ll be attending and if anyone else from Australia is thinking of going please get in touch with me! Links to the event web site will be posted once it goes up in the coming days.
Canberra OpenStack User Group
For those who might be in Canberra or know of OpenStack aware people in the ACT, Kristoffer Sheather has started a Canberra user group. You can join up at http://www.meetup.com/Canberra-OpenStack-Users-Group/. With Linux.conf.au being held in Canberra in January and the call for presentations opening June 1, this will be a great opportunity for the Canberra group to represent OpenStack.
Anyway that’s all from me for now, hope you all have a great Friday. At Aptira we have a “no-changes” policy on all infrastructure on Fridays so we can be sure to make Friday arvo drinks and have an easy weekend.
Last Tuesday night (17/5) in Melbourne I attended the 2nd meetup of the Melbourne contingent of the Australian OpenStack User Group. It was a fantastic night with great speakers and a great group of people who are passionate about OpenStack.
There was a mix of people with various OpenStack experience, from the NeCTAR team who have made contributions to the source, to IT staff from various companies trying to get a handle on the new technology that everyone is talking about.
The evening started with Tristan Goode (Aptira) welcoming the group to the meetup, then sharing his impressions of the recent OpenStack conference in San Francisco, which he believes was the best conference he has been to in over 20 years in the IT industry.
Tom Fifield (NeCTAR) gave an energetic talk about the OpenStack project. It’s the fastest moving open source project he has ever seen, and he is glad to see the openness of the project being protected by the founding of a non-profit organisation that will hold all the IP and trademarks of the project. An open attitude to the project will lead to a better product in the end. OpenStack is real and its ready for use now, the current Essex release will have long term support on Ubuntu.
Angus Salkeld (Red Hat) gave a demo of project Heat. Heat provides a mechanism to provision up PaaS configurations, via template. It supports versioning of templates and the full PaaS installation. His WordPress demo brought up a MySQL instance and an apache instance, in approx. 5 minutes.
The final speaker of the night was John Dickinson (Rackspace), discussing the Swift component of OpenStack. He provided some history to the project, where Rackspace were at when they decided to embark on what is now Swift, a massively scalable object storage, allowing you to store unstructured data without bounds. He also described the design of the system, providing details on the core components of Swift, the object server, the proxy server, consistency server and rings.
One of the principles of the design was to reduce the impact on the operational staff, running with minimal manual intervention. Impressive considering it aims to store data reliably on unreliable hardware.
John is also very passionate about open source, he sees OpenStack as a way to overcome data sovereignty issues which are a growing concern with Australia and other parts of the world. It is amazing that people of this calibre are willing to make themselves available to a relatively small user group.
The meetup is an unbelievable opportunity to meet not just other people who use the technology, but the people who build it and contribute to it. Everyone is so enthusiastic about where OpenStack is right now and where it plans to be in the future. If you’re using OpenStack now you really need to come along to the next meetup, if you’re just playing around with OpenStack you definitely need to be at the next meetup, if you just want to find out more about OpenStack then there is no better place to be than the next meetup.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Chief Software Architect
The first formal meetup of the Indian OpenStack User Group was held in Bangalore last weekend on the 5th of May. The event was attended by 25 enthusiastic InStackers.
We were hoping to see a few more people but there were a couple of other tech events on the same day. The venue for the meetup was the terrace of the Jacaranda Block on Brigade Millennium Rd. The venue was provided by Ahimanikya Satapathy from Fresco Informatics. On the agenda were talks by Govind Tatachari, Deepak Garg from Citrix and Kavit Munshi from Aptira.
Govind did a presentation on Cloud and IaaS and emerging technologies. The presentation was informative and the users started a discussion about what the cloud was and where to employ it. This set up the ground for the next presentation by Deepak.
Deepak discussed the architecture of OpenStack with particular attention to Nova. The users showed a lot of interest and asked a lot of questions with regards to understanding the underlying architecture of OpenStack.
Kavit discussed OpenStack Swift’s architecture and the various options available to monitor a Swift installation. The talk was very open with most of the time spent with user questions and scenarios they raised. The users also discussed the possibility of doing a live demo or setup of OpenStack at the next meet up. The meetup lasted around 3 hours.
(thanks to Kavit for this blog post)
Last Monday saw the latest meetup of the Australian OpenStack User Group in Sydney. Following on from our inaugural social meetups in December and January that were all about discovery of OpenStack, we moved to a more technical focus with presentations and real world demos.
We had 4 presenters for the evening:
John Dickinson - OpenStack Swift Project Technical Lead – “A Swift overview, what it is, how it’s used.” An admirable effort from John to speak to us via WebEx at his local time of 2.20am in the morning. With many of the attendees working on Swift deployments John’s time was valuable and his words very well received.
Han Li – University of New South Wales – “Installing OpenStack and UNSW’s experiences with migrating Eucalyptus to OpenStack.” Han’s presentation was informative and entertaining and I could see our group acknowledging throughout his presentation that they had experienced some of the same issues Han had. His presentation is available here.
Phil Rogers – Aptira – “Connecting clients to Swift.” Phil wound up the evening with presenting how we might keep family and friends at bay by demonstrating several Swift client applications that can back up or move their data up into the cloud, in anticipation of the inconvenient and inevitable “my PC has crashed and I’ve lost all my x” phone call.
Thanks to Andrew White from Cisco for organizing WebEx for us. We would certainly like to make this a permanent part of all presentation meetups. Many thanks to the organizing team – Phil, Justin, Evan, Andy, Caroline, Matthew, Corrine and Katrina. We had great feedback on the meetup and taking all that feedback into account we will continue to improve the meetups in every way we can.
Many attendees thought the event was from 6pm to 8pm due to the calendar appointment sent out by meetup.com, and not 6pm till 10pm as we had planned. It turns out that you cannot specify a duration for a meetup at meetup.com and ALL meetup calendar appointments have a duration of 2 hours, something IMHO MeetUp need to fix immediately.
Last Friday February 24 at the Harbour View Hotel in Sydney the Australian OpenStack User Group had a special meetup with James Williams, CIO of NASA AMES Research Centre. For those not in the know James and AMES had a key role in the establishment of Nebula and OpenStack.
Last week we heard James was in the country for a conference and was passing through Sydney, so an invitation to meet the User Group was extended and James graciously accepted at very short notice. James’ enthusiastic evangelism for OpenStack was very inspiring and everyone attending managed to get a chat in. On behalf of the Australian OpenStack User Group and the evening’s sponsor Aptira, thanks to James for fitting us into his hectic schedule.
More pictures are available over at TechWorld.