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Vietnam OpenStack Meetup 3

After several months of urging and waiting, the “fans” in Hochiminh city have been satisfied when they had a chance to meet, exchange and share on OpenStack – the open source platform that has recently gained the world’s increasing attention, even “huge bets” by  big players such as IBM, Paypal.

With the participation of nearly 100 members, including senior IT experts, OpenStack technicians, representatives from associations, ICT enterprises (DTT, NetNam, Lac Tien JSC, iNet Solution, VNG Corp., MHB Bank, VNPT EPAY, Fibo, DEK…), and teachers and students of technology universities (Nguyen Tat Thanh university, Hung Vuong university), OpenStack Meetup 3 was successfully organized at Nguyen Tat Thanh University on 30th March 2013. The workshop, lasting for more than 3 hours, was really an exchange forum for new knowledge community, new technology and new vitality. Especially present at this workshop were Dr. Hoa Nguyen, a senior consultant of Hochiminh city Department of Information and Community and Mr. Hien Cao, former VP of Bank of America and a senior IT consultant in finance and banking.

At 9:15am, OpenStack Meetup 3, also the first in HCM city, started with a presentation by a community activist, Mr. Tuan Nguyen from Strategic Unit of DTT Technology Group. Mr. Tuan Nguyen updated the Southern members on VietOpenStack’s establishment and development and, particularly, the opportunities and challenges faced by VietOpenStack community in the time to come.


Mr. Tuan Nguyen, Strategic Unit of DTT Technology Group, updated on VietOpenStack

The workshop continued with an introduction and technical overview on OpenStack, presented by Mr. Thang Man, Lac Tien JSC. This session provided new comers with a knowledge base to approach and learn OpenStack.


Mr. Thang Man, Lac Tien JSC, introduced on OpenStack.

The meetup then went in-depth with technical presentations by Mr Tien Nguyen, Lead of OpenStack team, DTT Technology group. Mr. Tien Nguyen presented 3 topics: developers’ and cloud operators’ approaches to OpenStack, assessing OpenStack in comparison with other platforms, and experience and resources sharing for OpenStack starters.


Mr. Tien Nguyen, Lead of OpenStack team, DTT Technology Group, presented at the Meetup 3 with 3 topics.

NetNam volunteered to do a demo session with guides to installation of OpenStack and practical experience sharing. Thank you Mr. Do Hoang Nguyen Pham for this great demo.


Mr. Do Hoang Nguyen Pham, NetNam, demo OpenStack

These in-depth technical presentations have actually equipped members of VietOpenStack with new knowledge, new modern technology that would be, as Dr. Tuan Hoa Nguyen and Prof. Anh Vu Le, vice dean of department of information technology of Nguyen Tat Thanh university co-shared, essential knowledge and keys for Vietnamese youth, especially IT students, to participate proactively, openly and equally into the playground of the world’s young and next generations.

In addition to learning OpenStack technical side, the participants also had a chance to listen to Mr. Hien Cao, former VP of Bank of America and a senior IT consultant in finance and banking, presenting on the topic “Open source cloud technology in Banking”. What an interesting, practical and business-inspirational topic has he given to the technical men of VietOpenStack community! Big thanks to his great presentation!


Mr. Hien Cao, former VP of Bank of America and a senior IT consultant in finance and banking, presented on “Open source cloud technology in Banking”

Meetup 3 at Nguyen Tat Thanh university marked a new maturity stage of VietOpenStack community. On behalf of the community, we would like to thank the organizers, VFOSSA, DTT Technology Group, NetNam, Lac Tien JSC… and especially, Nguyen Tat Thanh University and its volunteer students for providing great hospitalities, contributing to the success of the event. Thank you, speakers and everyone for your participation and contribution.

All materials will be available here:

VietOpenStack contact details:

Mailing list:     [email protected]


Coordinator:    Ms. Hang Tran ([email protected])

Meetup 4 is expected to be held in Da Nang city on 26th April 2013 on the occasion of National Workshop on Development and Application of Open source Software with with the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) and Da Nang People’s Committee being co-sponsors. We hope to continue to receive support from all VietOpenStack members for a community to be developed and sustainable.

Some other photos on Meetup 3:


Prepare for the event




Whole scene of Meetup 3


Dr. Tuan Hoa Nguyen, a senior consultant of Hochiminh city DIC, sharing experiences on new knowledge approach to young people


Prof. Anh Vu Le, Vice Dean of Department of Information and Communication, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, thanked experts and speakers for their great presentations that provides new technology knowledge to the students


Workshop organizers and speakers

Report: March month OpenStack meetup,Bangalore, India

In March a meetup was organized in Bangalore, India.

The meetup was attended by over 90 people from varied backgrounds: start-ups, students, researchers, developers, etc.

Venkata Jagana delivered the welcome and the Keynote session. He covered the breadth of Openstack, its unique development model and also introduced the “IBM SmartCloud framework” to show how IBM is leveraging Openstack. He ended the session with thoughts on how the community can help in the development of OpenStack.

Rushi Agrawal did a presentation on the Cinder protocol enhancement support for file-based storage. I would love to see this feature landing inside Cinder soon. :)


In his session, “Openstack Security”, Sreekanth Iyer covered the keystone workflow & current security implementation. He drove the discussion around the current drawbacks in the security model and proposed a way forward to make the existing security model more robust.


Akshay MS & Suhas Mohan did a presentation about Hadoop on Openstack. Akshay and Suhas are students at PESIT College. They are working on Hadoop on OpenStack as a project for “Center for Cloud computing and Big data”, dept of CSE, PESIT. They answered numerous questions from the audience.



Slides are available here:

Photos of the event are available here:

Thanks to IBM India for hosting and sponsoring the meetup and for the Pizzas. Thanks to Prem Karat & team for their co-ordinated efforts for realizing the meetup.

Also video of this meetup will be uploaded soon on our OpenStack Youtube channel, thanks to NetApp folks for helping us on this.

OpenStack track in Cologne, Germany

Mark your calendars for the OpenStack track at the PythonCamp 2013  in Cologne on Saturday, 04-May-2013!

The schedule is still being finalized but possible topics include

  • OpenStack introduction and updates from the summit
  • Introduction to HEAT

Also, if you would like to speak at this event please email us at os-track-cgn at lbox dot cc


OpenStack at 2013 – Videos posted and some pics

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.

Here’s the full list of talks from LCA2013:
… and all the OpenStack ones (that I can find in that list), from both the miniconf and the main track.
This is a significant tally of content given there was exactly 1 OpenStack talk at LCA2012! (go Monty!)My thanks to the many attendees and especially the speakers, many of whom travelled a long way to Canberra for the event. Thanks to the Foundation and especially Kathy Cacciatore for the main conf sponsorship that also allowed us to give out the best t-shirts ever from Thanks also to Susan Derrick at HP, Florian Haas at Hastexo, Tim Serong at SUSE and Katrina Clauscen at Aptira for sponsoring the “Cloud Hour” happy hour.With amazing keynotes from the likes of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Radia Perlman and Bunnie Huang and a wealth of incredibly diverse and deep technical content, if you’ve not been to LCA before, go next year! We will be back with what will be sure to be an even bigger OpenStack miniconf.


2nd Swiss OpenStack User Group

Following on from our 1st meeting, the Swiss OpenStack user group gathered on 19th February at the SWITCH offices in Zurich.

With more people volunteering to give talks than we had time for, the user group had voted their selections for the packed agenda. The main 3 talks covered 30 minutes each and 10 minute (or so) slots for lightning talks.

Over 60 people attended and the room was full with standing room only. Photos of the event are available here. Recording of the sessions is available at

OpenStack HA – Florian Haas, Hastexo


Florian started us off with a rapid overview of approaches for high availability in OpenStack. While the talk was ‘insanely short’, he explained the different types of components in OpenStack deployment and how to make these redundant. The talk is the base for the open that is proposed for the summit in Portland during April so those attending can vote to hear it there.

High availability implementations of MySQL, AMQP and API services were presented based on the Pacemaker suite which while it is not the most user friendly of packages, has become the defacto standard for these implementations. The good news is that the OpenStack implementations can be performed by copy/paste of reference configurations or using Puppet/Chef manifests.

High availability of guests has been a topic for intense discussion at past summits. The cloud providers based on scale out application architectures do not need these features but the providers running enterprise workloads would like functionality such as ‘restart this VM on a different hypervisor if the hypervisor goes down’. While there were some tricks in Folsom which could be used, in Grizzly there is now a ‘node evacuate’ function which performs this operation when the hypervisor is down. Some scripting is still required though as this is not automatic and the choice needs to be made between using nova migrate (if the hypervisor is running) and nova evacuate (if it is down). More work expected in the Havana release…

A couple of features may make the cut before the feature freeze for Grizzly next week. VM ensembles ensures guests providing redundancy are put on different hypervisors to avoid single points of failure.  Libvirt watchdog support will restart VMs if they are blocked.

Ceilometer – Lucas Graf, Toni Zehnder – ICCLab


When OpenStack was started, there was no billing functionality included. Ceilometer has been developed over the past year to perform metering (who is using what) and is being gradually extended to cover monitoring (what is working and how hard is it working).

With the Grizzly release, ceilometer will be incubated and integrated into the Horizon dashboard. A number of projects such as healthnmon and synaps are aligning their architectures to benefit from ceilometer and avoid gathering this data more than once. In the Havana release, monitoring will be included including a hardware collector developed by ICCLab to cover IPMI and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring.

It was particularly impressive to see the two presenters who have only been working on OpenStack for 4 months contributing to the community and mastering the topics, despite that the beer and pizza arrived during their talk (thanks to ICCLab and Rackspace)

Heat – Muharem Hrnjadovic – Rackspace


Muharem presented Heat, the orchestration component in OpenStack which is currently in inclubation in the Grizzly release. This provides a template system for creating applications similar to Amazon CloudFormations where you describe the different components of the application, define which parts can be scaled up or down and deploy to an OpenStack cloud.

Although Heat has only been developed during the past year, Muharem demonstrated its stability by running a live demo, creating a wordpress site smoothly.

OpenStack on OpenStack – Paul Voccio – Rackspace


Rackspace needed an easy way to spin up new OpenStack instances for development, test and production. To do this, they run OpenStack instances on top of OpenStack! Cutting an initial golden image, using load balancers to retire old instances and bring online new ones, they’re using approaches pioneered in web application development and applying them to infrastructure.

Snabb Switch – Luke Gorrie

Luke gave a talk without slides covering the motivations behind developing Snabb Switch ( Snabb Switch provides an ethernet switch in user space, built on Open Source and implemented outside of the kernel which leads to improved performance and ease of implementation (much of it is written in Lua). The switch itself can therefore be easily extended in a similar way to writing macros for editors.

Cloud Foundry – Christof Marti


The current status of the Cloud Foundry PaaS was presented covering frameworks such as Rails, Spring and Java along with services such as MySQL and MQ. The applications can be deployed on multiple cloud providers. Recently, OpenStack   was added to these by Piston Labs.

Christof did manage the impressive task of explaining the architecture of cloud foundry in the dark as the automatic lighting and power controls for the conference room turned off in the middle of his talk. When the power returned, Marti took us through the different deployment models for 1 to 5,000 VMs.

Wrap Up

We’re reserving the domain for the Swiss user group for further communications and plan for the next meeting in around two months. For those who want to discuss before then, the mailing list at is available.

Other upcoming events include a talk on OpenShift on March 13, /ch/open are organising swiss open cloud meeting on June 11th and a Swiss cloud special interest group is being formed.

It was great to see the enthusiasm continue amongst the attendees and many thanks to SWITCH for hosting, Rackspace for the pizza and ICCLab for the beer.

For those interested in joining the OpenStack User Group channels.





General information about the group Community 2nd Meetup – 19th February 2013

In the first meetup we talked about what’s going on with China OpenStack User Group(COSUG), and shared the latest experience for Quantum with community members. This time we will tell you how to master OpenStack in 2 hours for the beginners. There were about 200 registers, and about 100 people attended this event through on-site and online live.

Trystack series

This is the first public lecture series of First, we gave a Brief introduction about OpenStack, and talked about why OpenStack is so popular in China.

trystack series

Then a introductory way was provided to the beginners, using devstack scripts. Later in this lecture, I explained how to use with some Tips & Tricks.

After a short introduction about, we enter into Hands-on Lab unit. There were some demo and show-off on trystack website to help the newbie to master OpenStack.

At last but not least, thanks to our contributors and partners/sponsors!  The next activity are looking forward to your participation. The slides for trystack meetup are all on slideshare, please pay close attention to @COSUG and @trystack for more information. If you have any questions and feedback, please contact us [email protected] 2013 first meetup

Last week we organized the first meetup (Intermediate) in 2013 for in China. The meetup was attended by about 100 people with developers and operators that want to understand how to make OpenStack production ready for their organization.

The topic was about OpenStack What’s going on in China. During the event, the attendants had a chance to listen to some introduction about international community, according to the speacker’s experiences at OSCON2012 and OpenStack Summit in San Diegon last year. And then it introduces the current work in, such as work together with VMWare China team on CloudFoundry region with Folsom, the latest to experience Quantum. was announced in San Diego during the OpenStack Summit. Not only provide virtual machine for the users, but a non-profit community projects for the stackers to experience the lastest OpenStack features.It is the community who should, in the main, determine how to use the resources, and how to feedback to the community. So basis on a lot of COSUG activities last year, it feels appropriate, as the year draws to a close, a time when we look both back and forward at the start of a new year. meetup

The slides for this meetup are on slideshare and you may be interested in reading more on this interview with Dell. The team is on Google Groups, Slideshare, Weibo:  @COSUG (China OpenStack User Group ) and @trystack. Contributions and feedback are welcom: Join the fun !

Report: January month OpenStack meetup,Bangalore, India

In January we organized a meetup in Bangalore, India.

The meetup was attended by over 75 people with different background start-up/students/researchers/MNC/Developers.

We started the meetup with general introductory session followed by few minutes session on OpenStack project and components.

Divakar Padiyar gave presentation on Cloud inventory, monitoring and alerting using HealthNMon

Nithya, Sarad and Suresh presented Introduction to Tempest along with nice demo.

Dinkar Sitaram and his students/faculty gave a presentation on Federated Keystone.

Chandan Dutta gave a presentation on OpenStack Quantum.

Anantha Padmanabhan gave presentation on VMware compute driver along with demo.

Slides are available

Photos of the event are available

Thanks to HP India for hosting/sponsoring the meetup/lunch  and  Bharat Ram, Srinivasa Acharya &  Himanshu Dwivedi for coordinating us on this.


Summary and Review of the 2012 Openstack China Tour

In August 2012, the OpenStack Asia Pacific Technology Conference was successfully held in Beijing, Shanghai and the city, setting off public’s interest in OpenStack. On this basis, China OpenStack User Group(COSUG)  continues to work together with CSDN to further promote OpenStack in China, thus, a series of activities of the 8-city speech tour came into being.

The OpenStack Tour, which lasted three months, successfully ended in Wuhan on December 22.  This tour, which was organized by OpenStack user group (COSUG) and CSDN company, covered 8 big cities in China (Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tianjin, Wuhan) Over 700 people participated in the on-site lectures and more than 30 people gave speeches. The event includes fantastic keynotes, which attracted more than 700 people to participate on site. The event provided a good exchange and communication platform for domestic developers and users of OpenStack, expanded the influence of the OpenStack community, and enhanced the OpenStack domestic level.

For the convenience of those who want to know more about this series of activities and OpenStack, we hereby write down the review and summary of the OpenStack China Tour activities. Hope you can further exchanges and communications between each other, therefore promote the development of OpenStack in China.

Content Guide:

1. 2012 Openstack China Tour Stop Cities

2. Enrollment and the Number of Participants

3. Lecturers

4. Review of Exciting Contents at the 8 Stops and Speech Downloading

5. Summary of Activities and Sharing of Operations Experience

1.      2012 Openstack China Tour Stop Cities

Initiated by Hui Cheng, the lead manager of China OpenStack community, and co-organized by   OpenStack User Group (COSUG) and CSDN, the 2012 OpenStack China Tour activities began on September 16, 2012, and ended on December 22, 2012, respectively covering Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tianjin and Wuhan.

2.       Enrollment and the Number of Participants

 The recruitment of participants took full advantage of CSDN, who has a huge amount of developer members. The participants of each activity are really interested in this technology. Venues were sponsored by the guests involved in the activities. Among the eight venues, only Shenzhen was under AA system, and the others were lent for free by local volunteers. The total enrollment of the 8 events is1060 and the actual number of participants is 710.

3.      Lectures

The theme of which is around OpenStack, this series of activities convened companies and institutions principally engaged. The lecturers were front-line OpenStack engineers, OpenStack code contributors, developers, experienced users, etc. The total number of lecturers is 31, 7 at Beijing stop, 6 at Shenzhen stop, 6 at Chengdu stop, 4 at Xi’an stop, 7 at Shanghai stop, 7 at Nanjing stop, 5 at Tianjin stop and 5 at Wuhan stop. As the initiator of the 2012 OpenStack Tour, Hui Cheng attended the events held in six cities. Rongze Zhu, Storage Engineer of Sina Cloud Computing, also gave speeches at multiple stops.

Introduction to lectures and their topics

 Introduction to lectures and their topics

4.      Review of Exciting Contents at the 8 Stops

1)      Beijing Stop

OpenStack China Tour (Beijing Stop) was held in workplace of Shanda Innovations. Core contribution engineers from Intel, Sina, IBM, Gamewave etc. made presentations. Over 150 engineers attended this activity on-site. And more than half a hundred of engineers watched the whole meeting live through WebEx.

As the most influential OpenStack senior engineer and early evangelist in China, Hui Cheng gave a deep insight about the open ecosystem of OpenStack, and why OpenStack becomes so successful. Hui shared the latest OpenStack events happened both at home and abroad.

“Sina, Intel, IBM, Baidu, Netease, HiSoft, China Standard Software, Gamewave Ltd., Shanghai Jiaotong University has become the first wave of OpenStack players in China” said Hui Cheng, “They have already deployed OpenStack to their production or testing environment, and some of them is also the active corporate contributor in OpenStack projects. For example, Sina has already contributed more than 100 patches in the OpenStack Folsom release, and definitely will have more in Grizzly.”

In addition, Hui Cheng said, “Sina will join hands with some companies, such as Intel, IBM, and other major Chinese corporate contributors, to unite the R & D resources, and jointly develop for some project blueprint, thereby to enlarge the contribution from China.


Topic 1: OpenStack and OpenStack Foundation

Topic 2: Brief Introduction to OpenStack Virtualization Technology

Topic 3: Introduction to Quantum, its structure and practice

Topic 4: OpenStack block Device Storage Services

Topic 5: Deploy OpenStack with Chef

Topic 6: Explanation of Keystone

Topic 7: Thinking of Cloud Computing

Detailed Report on Beijing Stop

Speech materials of Beijing Stop Downloading:

 Video Downloading:

2)      Shenzhen Stop

The Shenzhen Stop Activity was held in 3Wcoffee. It was the first time that OpenStack came to Southern China. This event attracted over 80 on-site attendees. Most of them were Cloud specialists, IT engineers, as well as OpenStack users from Canton, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hangzhou etc.


Topic 1: Development Practice of Building Public Cloud Platform Based on OpenStack

Topic 2: OpenStack in Hong Kong

Topic 3: Swift Architecture and Practice

Topic 4: OpenStack Block Device Storage Services Cinder

Topic 5: Juju – Make Your Life Easier in the Cloud

Issue 6: OpenStack – The Best Private Cloud Infrastructure for Enterprises

Detailed Report on Shenzhen Stop Activity:

Speech Materials of Shenzhen Stop Downloading:

Video Downloading:

3)      Chengdu Stop

The Chengdu stop event was held at e Coffee in Tianfu Software Park in Chengdu. Hui Cheng, community manager of China OpenStack User Group (COSUG), led engineers from Redhat, Ubuntu, Sina and IBM to this event. All of them made wonderful presentations, which attracted about 100 stackers to participate in this activity.


Topic 1: StackLab: An Open OpenStack Lab

Topic2: Introduction for libvirt architecture and APIs

Topic 3: Juju – Make Your Life Easier in the Cloud

Topic4: Adoption OpenStorage with Openstack

Topic 5: Swift Architecture and Practice

Topic 6: Introduction to Quantum, its structure and practice

Detailed Report on Chengdu Stop Activity:

Speech Materials of Chengdu Stop Downloading:

4)      Xi’an Stop

The Xi’an stop event was held at Qing Feng Plaza, Software Park in Xi’an. Engineers from RedHat, Sina and Stackform attended this event. All of them made wonderful presentations, which attracted about 110 stackers to participate in this activity.


Topic 1: Practice of OpenStack Public Cloud

Topic 2: The OpenSource OpenStack+OpenShift

Topic 3: OpenStack Block Device Storage Services Cinder

Topic 4: Incubation Cloud Management Platform Based on OpenStack

Detailed Report on Xi’an Stop Activity:

5)      Shanghai Stop

The Shanghai Stop event was held in an innovation workshop. Engineers from Sina, Intel,, and Dell gave wonderful speeches. Around 40 OpenStack enthusiasts attended this event on-site.


Topic 1: Practice of OpenStack Public Cloud

Topic 2: Practice of OpenStack Public Cloud

Topic 3: Swift Infrastructure and its Key Technologies

Topic 4: Cinder Project Status and New Feature for Grizzly

Topic 5: Swift Performance Measurement and Tuning

Topic 6: Internal process of Quantum

Topic 7: Nova and Virtual Machine Management

Detailed Report on Shanghai Stop Activity:

Speech Materials of Shanghai Stop Downloading:

6)      Nanjing Stop

The Nanjing Stop event was held in Gulou Campus of Nanjing University. As one of the founders of China OpenStack User Group (COSUG), Yujie Du gave a speech at the event. Cloud computing architect from 360buy, Manager of NEC Development Department, OpenStack community developers, Ubuntu developers and technical pre-research engineer from ZTE the Openstack gave wonderful speeches. The number of on-site audience was more than 70.


Topic 1: Introduction to OpenStack Foundation and the Community

Topic 2: Realization of 360buy ELB

Topic 3: Applicatios Based on OpenStack and Openflow/SDN

Topic 4: Internal Process of Quantum

Topic 5: OpenStack+OpenShift

Topic 6: Juju – Make Your Life Easier in the Cloud

Topic 7: OpenStack Operational Needs and Practice in Telecommunications Industry

Detailed Report on Nanjing Stop Activity:

Speech Materials Downloading:

7)      Tianjin Stop

The Tianjin Stop event was held in the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Zone. Representatives from the four major open source platforms (OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, OpenNebula) got together and explored the future development of OpenStack.


Topic 1: Commercial Thinking on OpenStack

Topic 2: Experience Sharing of Developing Public Cloud Solutions Based on OpenStack

Topic 3: The development of CloudStack and its China Community

Topic 4: Experience Sharing of Developing and Infrastructure Analysis of OpenNebula

Topic 5: Introduction to Eucalyptus Components

Topic 6: Panel

In the panel forum, Hui Cheng (OpenStack user group (COSUG) Administrator), Xuehui Li (CloudStack Committer), Qingye Jiang (Eucalyptus Account Director), China cloud Junwei Liu (computing researcher of Academy of Telecommunications Research) launched a discussion. Each of them introduced their most successful open-source platform deployments.

Detailed Report on Tianjin Stop Activity:

Speech Materials Dowloading:

8)      Wuhan Stop

The Wuhan Stop event was held in Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Experts from Sina, Zhongda Huanyu, and OS-Easy gave speeches on the following topics.

Topic 1: The Road of Cloud Computing Adoption—OpenStack Open Source Cloud Platform

Topic 2: Deploy and Manage OpenStack on Crowbar

Topic 3: Practice of Build Server virtualization Based on OpenStack

 Topic 4: Integration Practice of OpenStack and Hadoop

Detailed Report on Wuhan Stop Activity:

  1. Summary of Activities and Sharing of Operations Experience

The activities of the the “OpenStack line” is a community collaboration Technical Tour of exploration. In the case of commercial sponsorship, community activities are often faced with three questions: Lecturer, venue and participants. The event lecturers are volunteers, travel expenses own burden, activities to attract so much lecturer to join, thanks to OpenStack have accumulated under the core members of the user group in China more than a year operations. Eight venues of the city, only Shenzhen is using the AA system, others are lent free of charge by local volunteers. Recruitment of participants take full advantage of the CSDN advantage of the huge amount of developers Member, participants of each event are really this crowd interested in technology.

The event has accumulated a lot of experience.

How to push offline activities to online. Offline activities have pros and cons. Interactivity is the advantage. Face-to-face communication is the most efficient. In the beginning of promoting technologies such communication is really needed. The disadvantage is that such communications are costy.  In order to make offline activities as fruitful and influential as possible, collecting materials accessible online is need as much as possible, such as speech scripts, photos, video, and reports.

On-site activities. Organizers were multitaskers, who were responsible for registering, contacting lectures, hosting meetings, reminding, taking photo, several roles to manage the conference attendance, Lecturer Contact presided over the meeting, reporting, etc. It would be better if some people are willing to take some tasks, if they don’t want, the tasks should be in order. Contacting lectures and controlling time are the most important, followed by collecting materials. Here is a tip. Here is a tip. You’d better collect speech materials as soon as the conference ends. Otherwise, you have to ask lectures email you their speech materials. If this is the case, you have to wait for a long time. So the priority after the activity is to post the materials collected online.

Meeting Application Control. To organize an offline activity, two extremes should be avoided. If few people, the scene looks empty. If too many people, it would be crowded. Attendees would feel uncomfortable. At the stage of releasing and promoting the activity,     organizers should know how to make full use of the accessible resources. Promote from the core to the periphery. When the number of applicants reaches the expected goal, you do not have to re-accumulate marketing resources. In accordance with the experience of organizing community activities, to have 50% applicants attend the activity is reasonable.

Location. Previous community activities helped bring some free venue, which can be reused .For the venue provider, supporting community activities is a good way to improve the company’s reputation. And if the activities are responding the company’s business, this is like requesting experts to deliver free trainings for employees. Software Parks and software base in some cities can also be sponsors. But in practice, free venues were gotten by using personal relationships, such as friendship, colleagueship, former colleagueship, and so on.

If you can’t find a suitable venue by using some existing resources, you can seek help in mail group. Such as sending requests in COSUG mail group. But be sure to write clearly all your needs in one email. Otherwise, your frequent emails would disturb others. Internet search  is also a good way. For instace, by googling keywords, “**community”, “community activities” to find related persons in charge. Generally, these people are active online. You can be linked to these people through various activities pages and microblogging. These people usually have some resources at the local, and are very kind.

After visiting so many venues looking down, we find they all have advantages and disadvantages. Offices in companies have good conditions, but they are usually not air-conditioned on weekends, sometimes, you may run into blackout. In addition, security measures are strict and you have to registration at the door. Cafes possess comfortable environment, but they charge and the space is limited. Big university classrooms are wonderful. But for foreign participants who are unfamiliar with the campus, they have to waste some seeking the specific classroom which is usually not identifed on a map. Software parks and software bases are extremely good, but you’d have to hold the activity there during the working day. Because on weekends, there are people in such work places far away from the downtown.

Like lectures, alternative venues are also needed. Lots of lectures and audience will gather at one specific place at the same time. If the activity is cancelled due to venue problems, many people will be sad and disappointed, what’s worse, once this kind of unreliability spreads out , it would be more difficult to gather people next time.

Concern about participants. Because community activities are frequently held on weekends, Participants are more enthusiastic than other people will be more enthusiasm. They are the resource of volunteers. Hosts and organizers should communicate with these potential volunteers at the scene. Reunions after the activity are a good way.

Volunteers. Lots of volunteers are needed community activities. Some organizers think the recruitment of volunteers is very simple, just listing tasks, and waiting for claim. However, some organizers don’t think this is easy. This is a matter of opinion. Actually, many volunteers claim voluntary work by themselves. So clearly write down organizers’ email addresses or phone number on the propaganda or in email. This allows those who are interested to easily find you. Another method is to collect. List stuffs and tasks that need volunteers’ assistance in email or microblog. Then people would apply. Most volunteers are students, some are those who are very active in community.

Chinese Version of this post: CSDN)

Vietnam OpenStack Community 2nd Meeting

Following the success of the first Vietnam OpenStack Community (VietOpenStack) meetup, the second meeting has been held at Marcel Dassault amphitheater, Francophone Institute for Informatics (IFI-VNU) on 4th January, 2013. There were approx. 50 people attending this event. We warmly welcomed:

  • Representatives from IT Business Management level: Mr. Nguyen Huc Quoc – Director of e-government center, Department of Information and Technology, Ministry of Information and Technology, Mr. Nguyen Hong Quang – Chairman of Vietnam Free and Open Source Software Association (VFOSSA), Mr. Nguyen The Trung – Managing Director of DTT Technology Group (DTT), Mr. Do Hoang Khanh – Former CTO of Citibank Global, a senior expert on IT of DTT, Mr. Tran Luong Son – Director of Vietsoftware, Mr. Le Phuoc Thanh – Managing Director of VidaGis…
  • Representatives from ICT companies: Vietsoftware, Netnam, iWay, VidaGis, Viami Software, DTT …
  • Members of VietOpenStack start-up team: Translation sub-team, Technical sub-team…
  • Teachers and students from technology university: Francophone Institute for Informatics (VNU-IFI), Hanoi University of Industry (HaIU), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST)…

The 2nd VietOpenStack meetup took place in a friendly, enthusiastic and full-of-energy atmosphere and the “Open” spirit was clearly shown in every presentation and discussion of the participants. Starting the show, Mr. Nguyen The Trung, Managing Director of DTT introduced the agenda of VietOpenStack Meetup 2 and special guests.

Mr. Nguyen The Trung, Managing Director of DTT, introduced VietOpenStack Meetup 2 agenda.

Main contents of 2nd Meeting include:

  1. OpenStack Demo
  2. Translation of OpenStack Documents
  3. OpenStack experience sharing of an IT expert
  4. Q&A and future plan

 1.  OpenStack Demo

Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai from Netnam introduced his company as one of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) company providing internet and network services. He then conducted a demonstration on OpenStack installing model.

Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai from Netnam demonstrated OpenStack installing model

2. Discussion on OpenStack Translation

Ms. Le Phuong Nga, member of OpenStack Translation team from DTT, started her presentation by introducing all members of the OpenStack translation and reviewing teams. She then briefed on recent team activities and translation progress in which Vietnam has completed 9% of the translation work. She also raised some translated related issues while her team doing the translation to the community, such as difficulty in getting the translated work reviewed by the reviewing team.

Ms. Lê Phương Nga, member of OpenStack Translation team from DTT, with her presentation on OpenStack translation.

3. OpenStack experience from a senior IT expert

Mr. Do Hoang Khanh, former CTO of CitiBank Global and a 30 year experience IT consultant of DTT Technology Group, is a person who is passionate about open source movement. He also attended the OpenStack Summit last October in San Diego. He shared with the participants his personal experiences and knowledge on OpenStack. What a touching presentation he has given for this meetup event!

Mr. Do Hoang Khanh, former CTO of CitiBank Global and a senior IT consultant of DTT Technology Group, sharing his experience on OpenStack.

4. Q&A and future plan

Although there were some questions and answers during the whole meeting, group discussion really started when beers and snacks, sponsored by DTT, were served to the attendants. People drank and shared more openly on OpenStack and opportunities it could bring to ICT companies in Vietnam. Everyone was eager for the next meetup, which is tentatively to be held in Ho Chi Minh city. And yes, discussion for Meeting 3 is on the mailing list now. It will be announced very soon :-)

We especially thank Mr. Nguyen Hong Quang, Chairman of VFOSSA and his team for being so supportive in organizing the meetup place. Great hospitalities has made to the success of VietOpenStack Meeting 2.

It’s time for meetup dinner

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