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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Security track will feature technical presentations, design and implementation disussions relevant to cloud security and OpenStack.
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.
The Storage track will feature technical presentations, use cases, design and implementation discussions relevant to cloud storage and OpenStack.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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One of the most anticipated sessions of each summit is the discussion around the user survey results.
Reactions to the user survey:
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.
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.
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.
- 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:
- Eric Lindquist, “OpenStack Sure to Maintain Rapid Pace of Upgrades”
- Jordan Novet, “Behold this new cloud in an orange box and text out OpenStack on it”
- Rachel Schramm, “How one filmmaker users OpenStack to be a “superlative technologist #openstacksummit“
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.
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:
- Sean Michael Kerner, “Properly Securing OpenStack Cloud Core Focus at Summit”
- Eric Lundquist, “OpenStack Summit Shines Spotlight on Enterprise Customers”
- Maria Deutscher, “OpenStack Summit 2014 marked by series of ecosystem product milestones”
- Hollie Luxford, “OpenStack Summit Roundup: Red Hat, Internap, Mirantis and Brocade”
- Jason Verge, “Internap Launches OpenStack-powered Public Cloud”
We hope to see you all at tonight’s festivities!
- Steven Vaughn-Nicols, “OpenStack Summit opens with an open-source gospel reading“
- Kristen Nicole, “Will Docker or HP steal the show at OpenStack Summit? Watch LIVE“
- Rohit Agarwalla, “OpenStack and Cisco – IceHouse release and Juno Summit“
- Patrick Moorhead, “Intel’s Four OpenStack Pillars For Private Clouds“
- Barb Darrow, “OpenStack Marketplace aims to end confusion around open-source cloud options“
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 email@example.com.
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!
The May 2014 OpenStack Summit in Atlanta Kicks Off in 3 Days!
Continue to check OpenStack.org/Summit for updated information.
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!
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
- Online Registration is now CLOSED but you can still register to attend the Summit onsite in Atlanta during the above listed registration hours.
- 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.
- 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)
- Check out the eligibility requirements and how you can enter to win. Game on!
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.
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).
Round out your Summit Experience & Have Fun at the Official Evening Events!
- Check out the lineup & space is limited, so RSVP early!
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.
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.
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.
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!
The official Summit agenda is now live: http://openstacksummitmay2014atlanta.sched.org
Adjustments, edits, additions to the schedule may be made between now and the Summit. Continue to visit the site for updates.
Upcoming deadline reminders:
March 28* is the last day to save 50% off the full price and register for the Summit at the discounted Early Bird rate. Don’t miss out – prices will increase on March 29.
Register here: https://openstacksummitmay2014.eventbrite.co.uk
March 31* is the deadline to sign contracts to sponsor the Summit. We still have a few Event and Startup sponsorship levels available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
April 14* is the deadline to redeem all sponsor and speaker registration codes. If you are a sponsor or a confirmed speaker – please check your email inbox or junk folder for the code. When registering on Eventbrite you will need to enter your code before you select the ticket.
* The time for each deadline listed above is 11:55pm CST.
Please contact email@example.com with any Summit related questions.
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 Atlanta, May 10-11. Participation is strongly advised also for first time participants to OpenStack Design Summit.
With over 1000 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 them 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 Atlanta is now open: register and reserve your free seat for OpenStack Upstream Training in Atlanta, May 10-11.