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 email@example.com.
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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.
OpenStack celebrates its 4th birthday July 19, and we’re celebrating with the entire OpenStack community during July! User maturity, software maturity and a focus on cloud software operations are rapidly emerging for OpenStack and none of it would be possible without the quickly growing OpenStack community. There are now more than 70 global user groups and 17,000 community members across 139 countries, spanning more than 370 organizations. This calls for a big toast to the OpenStack community members and our users.
Within our community, we are also celebrating our users in our online publication, Superuser. Check out birthday-themed features during July and keep an eye out for our infographic that will showcase user growth metrics and deployments.
We’ve invited all our user groups to celebrate with us. During the month of July, more than 50 OpenStack birthday parties will be thrown all over the world – celebrating the OpenStack community! We encourage everyone to find a birthday party in your area and join your fellow community members to toast each other on another great year! Don’t forget to share your pictures and memories using #OpenStack4Bday.
If you’re attending OSCON, the Foundation invites you to come celebrate the OpenStack community on Tuesday, July 22nd at Union/Pine to mingle with other community members and Foundation staff. Stay tuned – more details coming soon!
Find a local celebration in your area:
Summer is in full swing and there are some great industry events coming up on the calendar, as well as Call for Proposals deadlines!
The Global Events Calendar is the primary resource to know what events are approaching. It is fully editable, so you can update the following criteria:
- If your organization is attending, sponsoring or exhibiting (COLUMN G)
- Provide feedback or ideas on events (COLUMN H)
- Add vendor-independent industry events to the calendar (complete ALL criteria)
Here are the upcoming industry events planned for July:
OSCON: July 20 – 24, Portland OR
- No charge Expo Plus registration using OPENSTACKEHO. Or 25% discount on any other conference pass using OPENSTACK25. Pass these on!
- Open Cloud Day: July 21, featuring Chris Launey from The Walt Disney Company, OpenStack user, Thierry Carrez from the OpenStack Foundation, and Rob Hirschfeld, OpenStack Board Director. Open to all registrants, including Expo Plus.
- If you’re attending, be sure to attend the OpenStack birthday party Tuesday, July 22nd at Union/Pine. Details coming soon!
EuroPython: July 21 – 27, Berlin, Germany
PyCon AU: August 1 – 5, Brisbane Australia – There will be an OpenStack miniconf on Friday, August 1, a full day event with several community speakers
CloudOpen NA: August 20 – 22, Chicago - Looking for a well-known speaker and community volunteers
Here are the approaching CFP deadlines:
If you have any questions, or you would like to plan a regional OpenStack Day, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
It is time again for our PTL post-Summit webinar series. Come listen to the latest project updates from Icehouse to Juno. Each webinar includes 45 minutes of updates with 15 minutes of q&a.
These webinars were established to reduce the number of conflicts during the Summit and allow for broader participation. Our goal is to host a few webinars like this a week through early July. Please join us or listen to the replays on the OpenStack Foundation’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/OpenStackFoundation.
If you have any questions on these events, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With another successful OpenStack Summit in the books, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on three big areas of maturity that are rapidly emerging for the project: user maturity, software maturity and a focus on cloud operations.
Users Take Center Stage
First, it has become increasingly clear that the number of new users and the growth of existing ones marks a turning point for OpenStack. New users like Disney and Wells Fargo are stepping up to talk about how OpenStack figures into their agile infrastructure plans, advocating for the project and encouraging their vendors to come along for the ride.
At the same time, existing users like AT&T, Comcast and Bloomberg are expanding their footprints. Comcast’s is footprint now 5x larger than what they talked about in Portland just one year ago. Bloomberg is now in production. They’re all participating actively in the community, both as upstream contributors (Comcast was a top 20 contributor to the Icehouse release) and as operators.
On the other end of the spectrum, smaller organizations like Budd Van Lines, DigitalFilm Tree, BioIQ, and government agencies like the USDA have stepped onto the Summit stage to talk about their use of OpenStack and the workloads they’re running. Check out the playlist of user presentations on YouTube.
Users are important. Critical, in fact. To that point, some observers obsess over how many OpenStack users are visible. In 2012, they asked, “Where are the big companies?” Then, AT&T, Comcast and eBay raised their hands. Last year, they asked, “But, where are the enterprises?” Then, companies like Disney, Sony, Wells Fargo, Bloomberg and Fidelity raised their hands.
Now, the question they ask is, “But where are the companies of all sizes and industries, running OpenStack at scale, for all workloads, in production, with specifics and details?” And as more users start raising their hands, they’ll find something else to chirp about.
Where are the users? They were in Atlanta last week, and the people who were there saw them. The summit in Atlanta attracted more than 4,500 attendees from 55 countries:
- Two of the top three entertainment companies were there and spoke about using OpenStack (Disney and Time Warner).
- Five of the seven largest telcos were in Atlanta and the top three (AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast) talked about their deployments.
- About a third of the Fortune 100 was represented in Atlanta, as users, devs, operators, vendors or participants.
- 39% of commercial banks in the Fortune 500 were present in Atlanta, including the top three. Six of the top eight were present.
- More than two dozen users spoke at the Summit, in keynotes, solo presentations, panels, and vendor sessions.
When we talk about users, it’s not just about trotting out a list of names. It’s about what these users are doing with the software. Some, like Wells Fargo, are just getting started. Others, like AT&T, are well along the learning curve. But the bottom line is that we’re interested in how they are using OpenStack to grow, compete and do new things. These users are leaders in our community, and they’re making their voices heard.
We don’t just have users. We have advocates. They’re users, developers, operators and vendors. We have community members. They’re engaged. And they’re changing how IT is done.
A new tool we launched last week to share stories about how users are engaged and using OpenStack to transform their organizations is the Superuser publication. Superusers are not large companies or even large deployments, necessarily. Rather, they’re the individuals who are taking the lead in their organizations to stay competitive in an economy that moves more rapidly every day.
As we move toward the next Summit in Paris this fall, our community will continue to focus on what users care about: a community to continuously improve the software and share best operational practices, a publication to merchandise use cases, and a marketplace of products and services they can tap into when they’re ready.
Honing the Code in Response to the User
Even with all the momentum and engagement around users, there’s a factor driving OpenStack’s adoption that’s equal in value. It’s the focus that our community has embraced with regard to hardening the code and on operations excellence.
An obvious case in point here is OpenStack Networking (Neutron). Sony is an active user who made clear last week several specific steps that need to be taken to harden Neutron. They weren’t the only user/operator with specific points of improvement to include in the upcoming Juno release. As a result, look at the roadmap. User and operator feedback is now in the plan.
It’s a trend in the works since Hong Kong, when the plans were laid for such user and operator-focused features as rolling upgrades in Compute and federated identity management via the Identity Service.
Cloud Operators Engage With the Community
In Atlanta, we held our first operator working sessions during the day and a half Ops Meetup. More than 200 people who run OpenStack clouds showed up to share best practices and improve the practice of operating clouds built on OpenStack. Dozens of these operators have volunteered to organize working groups within the community to keep the feedback loop throughout the next development cycle.
This new level of engagement is key to improving the OpenStack experience. Operators understand what it takes to make a cloud perform and meet the service levels users expect. Operators see how users actually use the cloud, and they have a view of application performance that can help improve the infrastructure in ways that devs and end users might not intuitively grasp.
The Software-Defined Economy, Delivered by OpenStack
We are now living in the software-defined economy.
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.
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.
And the stakes couldn’t be higher. According to an analysis by Richard Foster, on average, an S&P 500 company is now being replaced about once every two weeks, either because of market cap decline or acquisition. And 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.
At the current churn rate, 75% of the S&P 500 will be replaced by 2027.
All this is 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.
Did you miss the Atlanta Summit? Did you attend the Summit and now have new stories to tell?
There are several OpenStack events taking place near you over the next few weeks. Come join us to share outcomes of the Juno Design Summit, hear about new use cases and have direct conversations with industry and technical leaders. Space is limited, so register soon!
- Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
- Franz Meyer, Red Hat
- Alan Kavanagh, Ericsson
- Monty Taylor, HP
- AND more!
- Raphaël Ferreira, eNovance
- Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
- Bryan Che, Red Hat
- Mark McClain, Yahoo
- Patrick Hamon, Dell
- AND more!
- Mariano Cunietti, Enter
- Chris Jackson, Rackspace
- Giuseppe Capaldo, HP Italia
- Michael Kienle, IT-Novum
- Vincenzo di Somma, Canonical
- Salvatore Orlando, VMware
- AND more!
- Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu
- Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
- Monty Taylor, HP
- Thierry Carrez, OpenStack Foundation
- Mark McLoughlin, Red Hat
OpenStack UK Day in London
After keynotes from Canonical, SolidFire and vArmour, afternoon sessions will explore user case studies, industry best practices, and technical talks from OpenStack tech leads.
When: Wednesday, June 4, starting at 8:30am
Where: 155 Bishopsgate
Tickets: £50.00 + VAT when you use this discount code: OS14EB
- Mark Collier, OpenStack Foundation
- Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu
- Monty Taylor, HP
- Mark McClain, Yahoo
- Chris Jackson, Rackspace
- Boris Devouge, HP
- AND more!
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
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.
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:
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.
Today the OpenStack Foundation is releasing the following statement:
“The OpenStack Foundation is aware of media reports that discuss the commercial activities of Red Hat and other OpenStack vendors. The Board has not met to discuss this issue, nor has the Board taken a formal position on the issue. Although certain Board members in their individual capacity have commented on the issue, they are not representing the views of the OpenStack Foundation, which would require Board action. The Board has not scheduled a meeting on the issue, but may discuss it at the next scheduled Board meeting. All questions should be directed to Jonathan Bryce, the Executive Director of the Foundation. “
As noted, you may direct questions to me: Jonathan@openstack.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.