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First OpenStack User Group Meetup in Delhi NCR, India!

OpenStack Delhi NCR User Group chapter started this past weekend and Syed Armani has blogged about it at

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.


Australian OpenStack User Group events this month

A couple of upcoming Australian OpenStack User Group (AOSUG) events I want to tell everyone about…

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 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 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.

Australian OpenStack User Group

OpenStack Events at OSCON & Discounted Passes

We have quite a few activities planned for OSCON to celebrate OpenStack’s second birthday.  Kicking off with the first OpenStack Day, Tuesday July 17, there will be lots of OpenStack speakers, events and community members in attendance.

Please note, in order to attend OpenStack Day, your OSCON pass must include Tuesday. *OpenStack community members may save 20% on any OSCON pass using the discount code: OPENSTACK.*

In addition to OpenStack Day, we will have a big presence in the Expo Hall with the first OpenStack Pavilion (booth #426) sponsored by Calxeda, CSS Corp, DreamHost, Mirantis, Morphlabs, NetApp, Piston Cloud, Rackspace and Ubuntu supported by Canonical.

On Wednesday, July 18, there will be a meetup from 7-9 pm directly across from the convention center at Spirit of 77 to discuss the OpenStack Foundation.  Immediately after the meetup, from 9-11 pm, we will officially celebrate OpenStack’s 2nd birthday!  We’ll have food, drinks, cake, games and limited edition OpenStack t-shirts. Please RSVP to attend the meetup and after party, as space is limited.

If you are interested in sponsoring the OpenStack booth, evening event and t-shirts at OSCON, there are still opportunities available, but the absolute deadline is Monday, July 2. Please Contact [email protected] to participate!

Schedule of Events
Monday, July 16
- Getting Started with OpenStack Workshop, 1:30 – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, July 17
- OpenStack Day, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, July 18
- OpenStack Pavilion @ OSCON Expo Hall
- OpenStack Meetup & Party, 7:00 – 11:00 pm, Spirit of 77

Thursday, July 19
*OpenStack Pavilion @ OSCON Expo Hall

OpenStack in action 2! – Production ready / Paris, 31 May 2012

Last Thursday, we held the «OpenStack in action 2 ! – Production ready» event in Paris. For this second edition, we were very happy to welcome more than 150 people who came from France, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria, and even…Japan ! This shows how OpenStack is getting bigger and more concrete every day.

Following an «almost traditional» opening by Thierry Carrez, Release Manager for OpenStack, Loic Dachary, eNovance Chief Research officer, presented a very intuitive OpenStack live demo. The idea was to make an online game go worldwide through a deployment demo. The game is very cool to play by the way, you can give it a try here: MIOP game.

Nick Barcet, representing Ubuntu/Canonical, who is also a regular guest, talked about MAAS and Juju to deploy an Ubuntu Cloud infrastructure. Nick also announced our recent partnership : eNovance is now the official Canonical partner to deliver OpenStack based solutions in France!

Here at eNovance, this 2nd edition of «OpenStack in action!» will remain a very important date for us since we launched the same day eNocloud – the 1st European OpenStack cloud, which was in beta for the last 9 months. Raphaël Ferreira, eNovance’s CEO explained how eNocloud was built, step by step, and related the use cases of our most famous beta-testers: Soasta, Fasterize and the CNES.

After a short coffee break, Taco Scargo, from Dell talked about Crowbar and announced the release of Copper – an experimental yet very promising ARM server.

He was followed by Rick Clark who highlighted the most challenging problems OpenStack currently faces. His perspective as a co-founder of the project and his successful deployment of OpenStack for the US Department of Defense for CISCO gave the audience an exclusive peak at one of the largest use case in the world. His unbiased and provocative style made for a chaotic and humorous talk.

Florian Haas, CEO of Hastexo, closed the conference and really captured his audience whis his talk on High Availability in OpenStack. He explained how the Folsom release that will be published in october 2012 will benefit from the various HA strategies demonstrated.

We wanted to address our special thanks to Canonical and Dell for helping us make the event possible: we look forward to the 3rd edition of «OpenStack in action!» that will be held this autumn.

Recap: OpenStack Meetup Apr 26

About a month ago, LA had its third OpenStack™ Meetup, “This Calls for Essex-y Party”.  The atmosphere was electric and the air was thick with love – love for OpenStack and burritos.

It could have been that many of us were still flying high from the OpenStack Summit/Conference that occurred the week before.  It could have been that we were excited for the Essex release that dropped in early April.  Or perhaps it was our anticipation for the future of OpenStack – code-named Folsom.  Whatever the reason, we were all on cloud nine.

With our bellies full of big fat burritos and a couple of Mexican beers, we kicked off the fiesta with a presentation from Sean Roberts, who is in charge of Infrastructure Strategy atYahoo!.  DreamHost’s Cloud Architect, Carl Perry, anchored the Meetup with the second presentation.  For your eyeball and earball pleasure, I’ve included the videos below with a brief description of what was covered.




Sean presented on the recently released Essex version of OpenStack, and talked about the future of Folsom. He also touched upon the newly formed OpenStack Foundation.  (I experimented with a wireless mic and failed at capturing almost half of the Q/A. Lesson learned.)

Carl discussed how to deploy OpenStack as the basis for a public IaaS product. He shared his tips and tricks to overcome the common challenges including networking, storage, monitoring, and automation. Stick around to the end for a great in-depth technical Q&A.

DreamHost was generous enough to facilitate, host and sponsor last month’s OpenStack LA event.  It was well attended with over 50 Stackers present.  Tonight, we look forward to our fourth OpenStack Meetup that will be hosted by AT&T, and co-sponsored by AT&T and Inktank.  “The Return of the Ceph Lords” will feature the legendary Josh Durgin, and the inimitable Christopher MacGown.

Written by: Brent Scotten

Upcoming OpenStack Events in Australia

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 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 With 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.

Australian OpenStack User Group

OpenStack Events Update

OpenStack will be represented at several industry conferences this summer, and community members across the world are hosting regional OpenStack days.  Below are some highlights from the event schedule,  including how you can sponsor or participate.

Global OpenStack Days
OpenStack Israel 2012 | May 30 | Tel Aviv, Israel
More than 250 people are registered for the inaugural OpenStack event in Israel with speakers from Alcatel-Lucent, Dome9, GigaSpaces, IBM, Rackspace, Radware and StackOps.

OpenStack in Action! 2 | May 31 |  Paris, France
Following the successful OpenStack in Action event last September, the production-ready themed day has speakers from Dell, Canonical, Cisco, eNovance, Hastexo and Rackspace.

Global Essex Deploy Day | May 31 |  Various Locations
The OpenStack Deploy hack-a-thon focuses on automation for deploying OpenStack Essex with Dell Crowbar and Opscode Chef. The day-long, global event is still seeking local hosts and sponsors if you are interested in participating.

OpenStack Meeting Brazil | June 20 | Sao Paulo, Brazil
The first OpenStack event taking place in Brazil will feature speakers from and StackOps, who will discuss their experiences deploying OpenStack.

You can find more upcoming events at, or add your own by sending the title/date/location/link to [email protected]

Industry Conferences & Sponsorship Opportunities
OSCON | July 16-20 | Portland, OR
OpenStack launched at OSCON 2010, and for the first time OSCON will host an OpenStack-focused day, Tuesday, July 17. Like last year, the OpenStack community will have a big presence at the event, and you can get involved as a co-sponsor. We will have a 20×20 OpenStack pavilion in the expo hall available to 8 exhibitors, and will also be hosting an evening event and producing giveaways. And if you are already sponsoring OSCON, you can still get involved without committing to the pavilion.  The prospectus and agreement are available if you are interested in sponsoring (due June 11), otherwise we look forward to seeing you at the event!

Linux Foundation CloudOpen | August 29-31 | San Diego, CA
The first CloudOpen conference will be co-located with LinuxCon, and we are exploring a sponsorship and possible expo hall pavilion similar to OSCON. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact [email protected], and we will post more details as soon as they are confirmed. Please note speaking submissions are due June 1.

Gartner Symposium & ITxpo | October 21-15 | Orlando, FL
Several companies have expressed interest in sponsoring OpenStack activities at Gartner IT Expo. If you are interested or have ideas, please contact [email protected]. It might be an event we look at more closely in 2013.

Next OpenStack Design Summit & Conference
We’re already looking forward to the next OpenStack Design Summit & Conference, scheduled for the week of October 15, 2012.  We’ll schedule an online meeting in the next few weeks to gather feedback as we start making plans.

OpenStack Melbourne Australia Meetup May 15

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.
Evan Watson
Chief Software Architect

Indian User Group first meet up

Indian OpenStack User GroupThe 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.

It was great to see the enthusiasm of all the participants and we look forward to our next meeting.
Photos of the event are here. There is also a Linked In group here.

(thanks to Kavit for this blog post)




Recap: OpenStack LA Meetup Mar 29

Z! Entertainment Television presents… “Live from the Taupe Carpet”


Brian Schmeecrest here, coming to you live from the OpenStack LA premiere.  I’ll take you behind the scenes of this momentous event, give you the scoop on the presenters, highlight who said what, and get the lowdown on the worst dressed from the Fashion Polizei.

First up, let’s give the folks at home some background on this event.  It’s been billed as the very first OpenStack user group gathering in Los Angeles.  The Meetup was well attended by over 60 Stackers, many of who had traveled great distances across Southern California to be there.  Sultan Chicken catered the Greek food and Buzz Wine & Beer supplied the Firestone DBA and Racer 5 IPA.

The men of the hour were Vish Ishaya and Jay Pipes.  Vish works for Rackspace Cloud Builders and is also the Nova Project Technical Lead for OpenStack Compute.   Jay is the Director of Engineering for HP’s Open Source Cloud Services team.  He also sits on the OpenStack Project Policy Board.

Vish presented first on OpenStack’s Compute history, talked about how devs could get their feet wet via, walked the audience through a demo of OpenStack, updated everyone on the upcoming Essex release, and hinted at what he’d like to see in the future Folsom release.

OH:  It’s difficult to quantify the level of contributions to the OpenStack project.  The primary takeaway is that there is a whole lot of “immeasurable awesomeness” flowing into OpenStack.


After making a long trip from Ohio, Jay Pipes told the LA audience the story of and how it came to be.  He started with several uses of TryStack, how over 800 users have tried it, hardware specs and architecture, TryStack’s deployment and the resulting lessons learned.

After the presentations, the Stackers casually lingered while chatting jovially and sipping on their beers.  The air in the room was filled with OpenStack excitement and the smell of succulent kebabs.  It was truly a night to remember.

I’m going to close our show by opening a sealed envelope that was given to me by none other than Herr Bogensberger from the Fashion Polizei.  Herr Bogensberger is the utmost authority on high fashion.  From what he told me, it was a major faux pas.  The perp stood out like Lady Gaga playing bingo at the Sleepy Willow Retirement Home.

Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to hear who took the crown for the worst dressed?

*drum roll*

And his name … will be revealed right after this inaptly timed commercial break!




Written by: Brent Scotten

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