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OpenStack Taking Its Place in the Software-Defined Economy

We are now living in the software-defined economy.

I blogged about this back in May, after talking about it in a keynote at OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. Since then, the meme has sort of caught on.

Here’s the idea:

No matter what size your organization is, it must move faster. Supply chain and IP advantages are fleeting and costly; organizations are realizing that continuous software innovation is critical in terms of building and preserving competitive advantage.

Companies are trying to figure out how to leverage their developers to make this happen. OpenStack is the infrastructure platform more and more of these companies are choosing to give their developers the tools they need to bring agility to a completely new paradigm of software development.

Keynoting About It

I’m going to talk more about OpenStack’s role in the software-defined economy at OpenStack Silicon Valley, a community event taking place at the Computer History Museum on September 16. Specifically, I’ll look at the role that infrastructure agility plays in the software-defined economy. You can register here, and if you’re attending VMworld, Oracle OpenWorld or the Paris Summit, you can get in free.

Software supported by agile infrastructure makes rapid innovation a reality, and the OpenStack community is making agile infrastructure a reality for a growing number of companies. The stakes are high: Richard Foster conducted an analysis in which he says, among other things:

  • On average, an S&P 500 company is being replaced about once every two weeks, either because of market cap decline or acquisition.
  • The churn rate of companies has been accelerating over time.
  • Corporations in the S&P 500 in 1958 lasted in the index for 61 years, on average.
  • By 1980, the average tenure had shrunk to about 25 years. Today, it stands at just 18 years based on seven year rolling averages.

But here’s the punch line:

At the current churn rate, 75% of the S&P 500 will be replaced by 2027.

This lies at the heart of why every company either is a technology company or is becoming one. Users of OpenStack are putting software at the center of their strategies to do just that.

Join me at OpenStack Silicon Valley to talk about how we position the project for continued success as the infrastructure of choice to drive the software-defined economy.

 

OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris

We’re doing it again, bigger: the OpenStack Foundation is delivering a training program to accelerate the speed at which new OpenStack developers are successful at integrating their own roadmap into that of the OpenStack project.  If you’re a new OpenStack contributor or plan on becoming one soon, you should sign up for the next OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris, November 1-2. Participation is strongly advised also for first time participants to OpenStack Design Summit. We’re doing it again before the Paris Summit, as we did in Atlanta, only bigger.

With over 2000 developers from 80 different companies worldwide, OpenStack is one of the largest collaborative software-development projects. Because of its size, it is characterized by a huge diversity in social norms and technical conventions. These can significantly slow down the speed at which changes by newcomers are integrated in the OpenStack project.

OpenStack Foundation partnered with Upstream University to train new OpenStack developers and documentation writers to ensure their bug fix or feature is accepted in the OpenStack project in a minimum amount of time. Students are required to work on real-life bug fixes or new features during two days of real-life classes and online mentoring, until the work is accepted by OpenStack. The live two-day class teaches developers to navigate the intricacies of the project’s technical tools and social interactions. In followup sessions, the students benefit from individual online sessions to help them resolve any remaining problems they might have. Get all the details on the wiki.

Enrolment for the training session in Paris is open: register and reserve your seat for OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris, November 1-2.

Call for Speakers now OPEN – November Summit in Paris

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The Call for Speakers is OPEN for the November OpenStack Summit in Paris! 

Submit your talks here: https://www.openstack.org/summit/openstack-paris-summit-2014/call-for-speakers/.

There are a few new speaking tracks in the Summit lineup this year so please review the below list before you submit a talk.

Don’t wait! The Call for Speakers will close on July 28 at 11:59pm CDT.

The Summit will take place in Paris at Le Palais des Congrès, November 3-7. The main conference and expo will run Monday – Wednesday and the design summit will run Tuesday – Friday.

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

Continue to visit openstack.org/summit for information including:
• Event format
• Registration
• Hotel room blocks
• Visa invitation letters
• Venue maps
Speaking Tracks for the OpenStack Summit in Paris:

• Enterprise IT Strategies
Enterprise IT leaders building their cloud business case are facing unique requirements to manage legacy applications, new software development and shadow IT within industry regulations and business constraints. In this track, we’ll discuss how OpenStack is meeting enterprise IT technical requirements and cover topics relevant to planning your cloud strategy, including culture change, cost management, vendor strategy and recruiting.

• Telco Strategies
Telecommunications companies are one of the largest areas of growth for OpenStack around the world. In this track, we’ll feature content relevant to these users, addressing the evolution of the network and emerging NFV architecture, the global IaaS market and role of telcos, industry regulation and data sovereignty, and industry cooperation around interoperability and federation.

• How to Contribute
The How to Contribute track is for new community members and companies interested in contributing to the open source code, with a focus on OpenStack community processes, tools, culture and best practices.

• Planning Your OpenStack Project
If you are new to OpenStack or just getting started planning your cloud strategy, this track will cover the basics for you to evaluate the technology, understand the different ways to consume OpenStack, review popular use cases and determine your path forward.

• Products, Tools & Services
OpenStack’s vibrant ecosystem and the different ways to consume it are among it’s greatest strengths. In this track, you’ll hear about the latest products, tools and services from the OpenStack ecosystem.

• User Stories
Sharing knowledge is a core value for the OpenStack community. In the user stories track, you’ll hear directly from enterprises, service providers and application developers who are using OpenStack to address their business problems. Learn best practices, challenges and recommendations directly from your industry peers.

• Community Building
OpenStack is a large, diverse community with more than 75 user groups around the world. In the community building track, user group leaders will share their experiences growing and maturing their local groups, community leaders will discuss new tools and metrics, and we’ll shine a spotlight on end user and contributing organizations who have experienced a significant internal culture change as participants of the OpenStack community.

• Related OSS Projects
There is a rich ecosystem of open source projects that sit on top of, plug into or support the OpenStack cloud software. In this track, we’ll demonstrate the capabilities and preview the roadmaps for open source projects relevant to OpenStack. This presentation track is separate from the open source project working sessions, which allow the contributors to those projects to gather and discuss features and requirements relevant to their integration with OpenStack. A separate application for those working sessions will be announced.

• Operations
The Operations track is 100% focused on what it takes to run a production OpenStack cloud. Every presenter has put endless coffee-fueled hours into making services scale robustly, never go down, and automating, automating, automating. The track will cover efficient use of existing tools, managing upgrades and staying up-to-date with one of the world’s fastest-moving code bases and “Architecture show and tell,” where established clouds will lead a discussion around their architecture. If you’re already running a cloud, you should also join us in the Ops Summit for some serious working sessions (no basic intros here) on making the OpenStack software and ops tools for it better.

• Cloud Security
The Security track will feature technical presentations, design and implementation disussions relevant to cloud security and OpenStack.

• Compute
Computing is a broad topic, but this track will offer technical presentations, use cases, and design and implementation specific to the OpenStack Compute project. Topics will include new features, integration with tools and technologies and configuration as well as hypervisors, HA, schedulers, bare metal computing and databases.

• Cloud Storage
The Storage track will feature technical presentations, use cases, design and implementation discussions relevant to cloud storage and OpenStack.

• Cloud Networking
The Networking track will feature technical presentations, use cases, design and implementation discussions relevant to cloud networking, specifically topics like SDN, scale, IPv6, policies, HA and performance.

• Public & hybrid clouds
The public and hybrid clouds track will cover issues and considerations unique to organizations who are making use of public or hybrid cloud infrastrucutre, or are considering this approach.

• Hands-On Labs (90 minutes)
Hands-on Labs offers a window into OpenStack training for operators and application developers. Sessions are typically 90 minutes and set classroom style for interaction. Bring your laptop and walk away with OpenStack skills.

• Targeting Apps for OpenStack Clouds
A large community of application developers and ecosystem of development tools is growing around OpenStack. This track will be for users who are building and deploying applications on OpenStack clouds, and cover topics like automating and managing application deployment, application software configuration, SDKs, tools, PaaS and big data.

Atlanta Summit, Day 4: New Skills, Bigger Goals

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In a room full of users, 4 trainers and and army of volunteers walked through, step by step, how to create, manage and delete an instance, as well as networking, user management, and how to use different storage services available in OpenStack.

“We want to get you playing around with Horizon. We aren’t making any assumptions. We want to start you from 0.”

Twenty minutes after the workshop began, the presenters asked, how many of you have an instance up and running? The entire room raised their hands and presenters applauded them.

Over the course of the ninety minute session, the trainers took the participants through exercises below to learn how to use the command line clients and the Horizon dashboard to set up identity, compute, creating containers, uploading and downloading objects, networking, block storage, image store.

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Getting Started with OpenStack

Two sessions on the fourth day of the summit provided a space for new users install OpenStack on their own, to spin up their own instances. In the session, “OpenStack from Zero to Nova: An Activity-Driven Workshop,” each participant was given their own self-contained all-in-one OpenStack cloud environment.

In another hands-on session, “Getting Started with OpenStack,” participants walked through each of the OpenStack components and were given suggestions and resources for learning OpenStack. In the session, participants set up a multi-node OpenStack cloud, on their laptops.

You Sir, Sir Vey

One of the most anticipated sessions of each summit is the discussion around the user survey results.

Reactions to the user survey:

@cote Looking through recent OpenStack user survey (http://slidesha.re/1mvlNv6 ). It’d be awesome to see this level of detail for other cloud platforms

@dmavrakis Telecoms accounts for 6% of OpenStack installations slideshare.net/ryan-lane/open… Perhaps sample was IT biased though.

@drzeydy My favorite part of #OpenStackSummit: OpenStack Atlanta User Survey

Don’t Miss

OpenStack Summit Keynote & Session Video Footage: Video content through has been uploaded to the OpenStack YouTube channel. Check out the footage here.

From Around The Web

How OpenStack Is Aiming to Win the Enterprise
VIDEO: Allan Clark, chairman of the board at the OpenStack Foundation, discusses new initiatives from the open-source cloud platform.

How to Use OpenStack in Your Small Business
The OpenStack cloud platform works well for companies that aim to deploy software or infrastructure as a service but remain wary of doing so using using public cloud services.

Embracing the user at OpenStack Summit Atlanta
There’s something different about OpenStack Summit Atlanta. Maybe it’s the attendance, the new arrivals, the latest projects, the announcements, the talks, or the community coming together.

Atlanta Summit, Day 3: Learning from the Community

The theme of the OpenStack Summit today is centered on learning, education, and development. Attendees are flocking to the “how to” panels — from “Scaling Out OpenStack Clouds in the Enterprise” to the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to DevOps Tools on OpenStack.” Sessions focused on OpenStack use cases are garnering a good deal of attention as well, including stories from users at Georgia Tech University, Time Warner Cable, Van Budd Lines, RGB Networks, Seagate and more.

It’s manifestly obvious that the OpenStack community is hungry to learn from the successes and failures of others in order to better adopt, deploy, or manage an OpenStack cloud. There are common problems across a number of OpenStack users — including storing very large amounts of data, controlling costs, and scaling quickly and reliably — that the community is coming together to solve.

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The business use of OpenStack was a topic of discussion as well. In a panel with Matt Haines from Time Warner Cable, Andy Salo from RGB Networks, and Doug Soltesz from Budd Van Lines, questions were brought up around how to convince decisions makers to choose OpenStack, how to calculate TCO when running Openstack, and why support will always be a critical element of any OpenStack strategy for enterprises.

When an audience member asked about how to look at OpenStack from an ROI point of view, Soltesz explained that for some enterprises, it’s difficult to argue for something as critical as disaster recovery from a revenue standpoint. “We’re a trucking company,” Soltesz said. “If I spend $100,000 on a solution, I just took one truck off the road, and that truck is a revenue generator.”But for him, and for many others trying to convince their CEOs and Boards to adopt OpenStack, the cost involved is one of many factors in adopting OpenStack. Fundamentally, “it’s gotta work,” he said.

Don’t Miss:

  • Summit selfies. They’re a thing. Check out the Twitter feed here and tag your own selfies with the #SummitSelfie hashtag.
  • Tonight’s Women of OpenStack Happy Hour!
  • The User Survey. Come by the Superuser area on level two, become a member of the OpenStack Foundation, and take the User Survey. Your participation truly makes a difference.
  • There’s new content going up on Superuser every day this week.

From Around the Web: 

Atlanta Summit, Day 2: Speed and Innovation

We’re well into day two of the OpenStack Summit here in Atlanta, with a wonderful keynote presentation this morning lead by Chief Operating Officer, Mark Collier.

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He looked at innovation through a historical lens, detailing the ways in which OpenStack can help companies move faster.

“It has a lot to do with this massive transformation that is going on throughout the entire economy,” Collier explained. “There is a revolution going on inside of global corporations. Every company has to move faster. Every company is now competing with a startup.”

Drawing further upon that point, he pulled some interesting statistics to illustrate the importance of speed and agility. According to Collier, “75% of the S&P 500 will be replaced by 2027”.

AT&T, Sony, and DigitalFilm Tree were all featured Superusers that spoke to the value OpenStack has provided them. Toby Ford, AVP of IT Strategic Realization at AT&T, described the competitive advantage OpenStack is able to offer.

“AT&T has to move faster to compete, and OpenStack is helping to do that because we can expand to include workloads like Network Function Virtualization,” said Ford. “I’m confident in the model, people & in the adoption that’s happened. Expand the paradigm & think about OpenStack more broadly.”

Following an impressive video around the MLB ‘14 The Show release for Playstation 4, Sony’s own Platform Architect, Joel Johnston, described the usability of OpenStack on the back end. From a performance perspective, by bringing OpenStack in-house, the engineering staff at Sony can be sure that a real-time element exists.

In a comical “Between 2 Ferns” parody, DigitalFilm Tree CTO Guillaume Aubuchon explained OpenStack’s true prominence within their business. As he described, “OpenStack is the cornerstone to almost every television show that DigitalFilm Tree does”. He also harped on the importance of spreading OpenStack’s message, stating that “…the next step for OpenStack is education. We need to educate a broader range of people.”

From the Field:

  • Check out the photo booth at the Superuser experience in the hallway on Level 2 to take home a memory from the Summit. There are a ton of fun props, and we’ll feature you in the OpenStack Marketplace in the Expo Hall.

  • The OpenStack Design Summit kicked off today! Users and developers can enter on Level 3, and you can view the full schedule of events here: http://junodesignsummit.sched.org/

  • Don’t forget to check out our recently launched Superuser publication — we’re adding fresh content daily. Read more at http://superuser.openstack.org/.

  • We identified the winner of last night’s Booth Crawl. Congratulations, Matt Weeks! Be sure to check out this evening’s events schedule to be a part of the fun.

Around the web:

We hope to see you all at tonight’s festivities!

Atlanta Summit, Day 1: Introducing Superusers, the Marketplace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Marketplace & Superuser Publication 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Around the Web

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

OpenStack Superuser

Today, we’re announcing the beginning of something new and exciting for OpenStack.

Superuser is a new online publication dedicated to the experiences of individuals who are running OpenStack clouds of all sizes, across all industries.

Topics will range from very actionable how-tos, case studies and architecture profiles to tackling less-tangible, strategic initiatives such as culture change, dev/ops, cost and vendor management.

Why are we launching a new publication?

One of the biggest benefits of the OpenStack community is the opportunity for knowledge sharing and collaborative problem solving among peers. There is a growing community of systems administrators, engineers and cloud architects and who are now running OpenStack in production and are eager to share their stories, compare notes, and have frank conversations about the problems they’re encountering and how to solve them.

Because the community is so large, distributed and fast-moving, it’s easy to duplicate efforts, and valuable information doesn’t always make it from one user group meetup conversation to the next design summit session. Based on feedback from the user community, we think there’s an opportunity for the Foundation to help aggregate content and create a destination specifically for OpenStack operators.

Our goals are to:

1) engage and help create a forum for the operator community

2) aggregate the vast amount of content being created and shared in various locations

3) promote and recruit participation for our community resources like documentation, the operations and security guides, training, and ask.openstack.org.

How will the publication be delivered?

Superuser will be an online publication that lives at superuser.openstack.org.

We aim to produce approximately three unique pieces of content per week — including news stories, topical feature stories, case studies, video interviews, and Q&As with operators — supported by a breadth of curated content that will be syndicated from the blogs/channels and our user community, ecosystem and analyst community.

How can you get involved?

We’re seeking the involvement of community members like you to help us shape the editorial direction, identify leads, make connections and contribute content. Your job will be to help us listen, and to make sure we’re giving a platform to the right voices.

Send us an idea for a story, a link to something the community should know, provide feedback to editor@openstack.org.

Subscribe to our newsletter, where we’ll periodically send you a digest of the latest Superuser happenings.

We’ve enlisted the help of volunteers in the community who have experience running OpenStack clouds to serve as members of our Editorial Advisory Board.

If you’re interested in helping shape the content, please subscribe to our editorial team mailing list[link]. This is where we will discuss story ideas, review editorial calendars, and solicit feedback from our editorial advisors and the user community.

The road ahead

“This publication was built to chronicle the work of superusers, and their many accomplishments personally, professionally, and organizationally. Our goal is to amplify their impact. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll bring superusers together to share their stories, and in so doing help shape this new economy in a way that benefits us all.”

Check out Jonathan’s inaugural Superuser post, where he talks more about why Superuser was started, and what’s in store for the community and the publication.

And above all, we’re proud to introduce Superuser!

Countdown to the May 2014 OpenStack Summit

The May 2014 OpenStack Summit in Atlanta Kicks Off in 3 Days!

Continue to check OpenStack.org/Summit for updated information.

Summit Schedule
The main conference will run Monday through Thursday, and the Design Summit (developer working sessions) will run Tuesday through Friday. Arrive early on Monday to make sure you don’t miss any of the keynote action!

Registration Check-In Information

Skip the lines & pick up your badge early – registration begins on Sunday, May 11th at 3pm on Level 4 of the Georgia World Congress Center. Registration check-in will also be available throughout the week during the following times:

  • Sunday, May 11, 3pm – 7pm
  • Monday, May 12, 7am – 8pm
  • Tuesday, May 13, 7am – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 14,  7:15am – 6pm
Not yet Registered? It’s not too Late!
  • Online Registration is now CLOSED but you can still register to attend the Summit onsite in Atlanta during the above listed registration hours.
New Summit Mobile App!
Plan ahead & streamline your Summit experience by downloading the official mobile app! Within the app, you can:
  • View the main conference & design summit schedules
  • Navigate maps of the GWCC, including breakout sessions and the expo hall
  • Chat with other Summit attendees
  • Participate in our expo hall booth crawl gamification & more!
  • Apple users download here & Android users download here
Local Train Transportation from Airport (MARTA)
MARTA’s airport station is attached to the airport, right off baggage claim. One-way fares are only $2.50 and within 20 minutes, you can be downtown.

  • Arriving passengers should follow the Ground Transportation signs to MARTA. The entrance to MARTA’s Airport Station is located inside the western end of the airport’s main terminal. Faregates are just a few feet from the baggage claim areas, just follow the signs.
  • To travel to the Omni Hotel and the GWCC: Take the train north to the Five Points Station. Take a westbound train 1 stop to CNN/GWCC Station. Take the escalator or elevator up and walk through the CNN building to hotel entrance.
  • To travel to the Westin: Take the train north to the Peachtree Center Station. Follow the signs to the Harris Street exit. Once exiting the fare gate, follow the signs pointing to Peachtree Street West. This exit will put you on the same side of the street as the hotel.
  • To travel to the Hyatt: Take the train north to the Peachtree Center Station. Follow the signs to the Harris Street exit. After exiting the fare gate, follow the signs to the Peachtree Street East. At street level, turn right to walk along Peachtree Street and walk a block to reach the Hyatt.
Summit Venue & Walking Directions
The Summit will take place at the GWCC. You can find a helpful map to navigate the venue here.
  • It is a short walking distance from the Omni, Westin and Hyatt hotels in downtown Atlanta.
  • From the Omni: Head southeast on Marietta St and turn right on Andrew Young International Blvd. The GWCC will be on your right (Estimated walking time: 5 minutes)
  • From the Westin: Head west on Andrew Young International Blvd. Walk half a mile and the GWCC will be on your right (Estimated walking time: 10 minutes)
  • From the Hyatt: Head south on Peachtree St and turn right on Andrew Young International Blvd. Walk half a mile and the GWCC will be on your right (Estimated walking time: 15 minutes)
Play to Win in the New OpenStack Booth Crawl QR Code Challenge!
New this year, we are hosting a challenge during the Booth Crawl Happy Hour on Monday, May 12. The grand prize winner will receive a Full Access Pass to the next OpenStack Summit in Paris (Nov 3-8, 2014) and a complimentary hotel room in Paris for 4 nights during the Summit.

OpenStack Photo Booth
Come capture your OpenStack Summit moment at our new photo booth in the hallway on Level 2. Write a message, snap a photo, take a piece of the Summit, share it with your Twitter and Facebook communities and print a copy to display in the OpenStack Marketplace Expo Hall.

Blogger Lounge
Are You a Blogger?  New this year we’ve created a Blogger Lounge – a quiet space for bloggers and media to write and share posts covering the Summit.  Look for it on Level 2 (Room B208).

Evening Events
Round out your Summit Experience & Have Fun at the Official Evening Events!
Stay Connected
Follow @OpenStack on Twitter for more updates, and join the conversation by using #OpenStack

 

OpenStack Summit Code of Conduct
The OpenStack Foundation is dedicated to providing an inclusive and safe Summit experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of Summit participants in any form.  Summit exhibitors in the expo hall, evening party hosts and organizers of related Summit activities should be aware they are also subject to the code of conduct. Please make sure you review the Code of Conduct, which provides contact information for Foundation staff should you have any questions or need to report an issue.

Participate in the OpenStack User Survey by April 11!

We’re kicking off the third round of the OpenStack User Survey this month! You may remember before last November’s Summit in Hong Kong, we helped the User Committee run a survey to aggregate OpenStack deployments and share the results.

Hong Kong Survey Results

The survey received nearly twice as many answers as the previous round (822 compared to 414) and 387 deployments compared to 187.

The first User Survey in Spring 2013 provided great insight to the types of deployments and technology decisions made by the OpenStack community. We were able to catalogue 230 unique deployments – you can see the results presented by the User Committee at the last Spring Summit. Another huge benefit was the ability to uncover new users willing to talk about their OpenStack deployments, which can be found here: http://www.openstack.org/user-stories.

If you are an OpenStack user or have customers with OpenStack deployments, please take a few minutes to respond to our User Survey and pass it along to your network. The goals of the survey are to better define the OpenStack user community and requirements, facilitate engagement and communication among the user community, and uncover new use cases or OpenStack users who might be willing to tell their stories publicly.

Below you’ll find a link and instructions to complete the User Survey by April 11, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. If you already completed the survey last year, there’s no need to start from scratch. You simply need to log back in to update your Deployment Profile, as well as take the opportunity to provide any additional input.

http://www.openstack.org/user-survey

All the information provided is confidential and will only be presented in aggregate unless the user consents to making it public. Aggregate responses will be shared with the OpenStack Board, Technical Committee and community at large to help shape the roadmap and share useful information regarding operational decisions.

You can also help us by promoting the survey so we can secure as much participation as possible, for example by retweeting the OpenStack handle: @OpenStack

Remember, you can hear directly from users and see the aggregate survey findings by attending the next OpenStack Summit, May 12-16, in Atlanta.

Thank you for your support!

 

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