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Announcing OpenStack Asia/Pacific Conference 2012

June 13th, 2012 — 7:02pm

We talked about during the community sessions at past OpenStack Design Summit, we’re now ready to announce it officially: the Asia/Pacific community is hosting a large OpenStack conference. Mark your calendar: August 10th and 11th, with a main venue in Bejing and a remote participation in Shanghai, hosted by the Chinese OpenStack User Group (COSUG) and CSDN, supervised by CSIP.

OpenStack developers and companies building products based on OpenStack from Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation will meet to present their solutions and to plan ways of working together on promoting OpenStack in local enterprises and industries.

There is still space available to sponsor the event: thousands of users from the region are expected. Interested companies can browse the sponsorship prospectus and pick the best options for their budget.

Speakers are welcome to submit their speaking proposal, also in English.

If you want to help with the organization of the event you can still join the OpenStack APEC community group. You can also follow: @CSDN and @CSDN Cloud Computing for updates in Chinese.

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OpenStack Essex Deploy Day Summary

June 5th, 2012 — 3:54pm

On May 31st, more than 200 people from around the world  gathered to learn about how to automate OpenStack deployments with Dell Crowbar and Opscode Chef. This day-long, world-wide event brought  together developers, operators, users, ecosystem vendors and the open source cloud curious.  The event was coordinated as meet-ups by the Dell OpenStack/Crowbar team (my team) in four physical locations, where more than 70 enthusiasts gathered for the event:

In addition, nearly 125 participants joined online on the live webcast and various online channels.

We have validated our deployment against the Essex release and our objective with this Essex Deploy Day event was to test deployments of Open Stack in a variety of environments.  Accordingly, we reached out to the OpenStack and Crowbar communities for training, testing, deployment, and collaborative development of the OpenStack Essex release.  The response was amazing!

The Deploy day offered two parallel tracks for OpenStack newcomers and experts.

The Introductory Track: In this  track, we focused on basics of OpenStack, Crowbar, and DevOps and discussed their value and benefits. In five three-hour sessions that spanned  three time zones covering the East/West coast and the Asia pacific regions, we demonstrated  LIVE (the recorded sessions are available here: http://bit.ly/crowbarOSED) ) how to automatically deploy OpenStack .

Here are the slides used for this track:


Additionally, this track featured presentations and demos from ecosystem partners including enStratus, InkTank, Suse, MorphLabs, and OpsCode who discussed how they are leveraging Essex and bringing unique value-add to the OpenStack community and customers.

The Experts Track: The expert track was intended for people that already had some familiarity with Crowbar, Chef, and DevOps, and wanted to take a deep dive into new features of OpenStack Essex and Crowbar and how Crowbar works under the hood. The expert track had a separate screencast, and featured live and online collaboration with Crowbar developers and engineers.

The expert track explored  several advanced topics such as upgrading OpenStack  and developing barclamps etc.

Success By the Numbers

The overwhelming response and the large number of attendees makes this the most successful deploy day by far.  The breadth of companies and individuals that participated makes this a truly collaborative and international event  and is an  impressive indication of the excitement that is building around OpenStack. Here is look at broad participation metrics:

  • 200 people participated from 9 different countries
  • 70 people attended in-person in the four locations: NY, Boston, Austin, Sunnyvale
  • 250 downloads of the software from zehicle.crowbar.com and the build server
  • 20+ companies represented world-wide
  • Great participation from ecosystem vendors including enStratus, MorphLabs, Suse, InkTank, OpsCode

Here is a just a small sample of some of the companies that participated

Dell (sponsor), Opscode, Mirantis, Morphlabs, Enstratus, Yahoo, AT&T, HPOpenTV, cloudTP, Fidelity, Lucent-Alcatel, IBM Labs, Critical Media,  AppFirst

We wish to thank everyone who participated in making this event a huge success!


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I hear the Essex Train a-coming

March 31st, 2012 — 5:39am

With Essex train in the wilds of testing, and the Essex release intended date less than 10 days away, we are pretty excited about everyone descending on San Francisco — practically our home town — for the Design Summit and Conference.

Here at Mirantis, the company famous across OpenStack community for distributing vodka bottles at OpenStack meetups, we are gearing up in a big way for the summit and conference. If you haven’t seen the agenda, here’s what we’ve got teed up:

(1) We’ll start the frenzy with Just-in-time-Training: we have a few seats left at our 2-day OpenStack Boot Camp, crammed into the weekend of April 14-15, right before the summit and conference. REGISTER HERE and come to the event fully prepared to torment speakers and presenters with insidious technical questions about OpenStack technology and its future.

(2) Our team will participate in / moderate a few exciting sessions during the conference: OpenStack and Block Storage, OpenStack and High Performance Computing, Expanding the Community. Please be sure to pay us a visit.

(3) …and just to show how happy we are to have you here, we invite everyone at the conference to join Mirantis Summit Kick-Off Party. This is how we party at Mirantis! Vodka bottles and fun times in the best traditions of all our events are guaranteed. Be sure not to miss.

Looking forward to receiving everyone at the 2012 OpenStack Design Summit and Conference.

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More details about seminar “Open and safe in the cloud” in Ljubljana, Slovenia

December 20th, 2011 — 4:01pm

On December 14th company CHS d.o.o. hosted seminar on Open and Secure Cloud Computing, which was held in Tehnološki park in Ljubljana. This unique occasion assembled 49 attendants from academic and government representatives to small businesses and additional 17 students. Participants were eager to get to know leading IT trends in building own cloud environments with emphasis on open-source IaaS solution OpenStack. Crowd of participants started to gather from 9.30. a.m. and we began shortly after.

We were very honored to host our distinguished guest and OpenStack Community Manager, Stefano Maffulli, who gave an opening lecture about OpenStack. The lecture was a great hit and excited participents gave mister Maffulli numerous questions on the topic. Next up was Robert Dukarić, a member of first Slovenian Center for Cloud Computing, who presented Open Source IaaS solutions and gave a practical demonstration of OpenStack framework. Andrej Pančur, member of Laboratory for Computer Communications at the Ljubljana Faculty of Computer and Information Science talked in depth about security in the cloud and about new paradigm called “Security as a Service”, following Primož Cigoj, representative of Laboratory for Open Systems and Networks (E5) at Institut “Jožef Štefan“, who gave an overview of security in OpenStack.

After the first part of the seminar we had a break and the opportunity for participants to continue conversation regarding OpenStack experience aroused by itself. The vivid and pleasant talk was done while enjoying coffee and delicious croissants and after the short break the seminar continued.

Dalibor Baškovč was next, talking about KC Class and eurocloud.si. Ivan Tomašič and Aleksandra Rashkovska, colleges from the Institute Jožef Štefan, from department of Communication Systems, gave an insight of storing data in OpenStack. Next was once again Andrej Pančur, who talked together with his college Andrej Krevl about affordable and available tools for building high-performance data storage systems, based on ZFS and Nexenta solutions. Last up was Aleš Justin of RedHat, who gave his experience with developing clouds with application server Jboss.

Event came to an end but there was one more surprise for the participants who seemed to have really great time talking with lecturers at the end of seminar. In the spirit of upcoming holidays we offered warm buffet for everyone and the unofficial part of the seminar continued by the delicious wine. Experiences were shared and we concluded the event with the promise of future meetings to come, where gained knowledge from the seminar will be continued.

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Brief report from Ljubljana, Seminar “Open and safe in the cloud”

December 20th, 2011 — 9:15am

On December 14th I completed my talk about OpenStack in Slovenia, in front of 66 people (49 registered, 17 more showed up last minute) from Slovenian small businesses, government agencies and academia. Incredible vibe, very competent crowd about cloud computing and IaaS in general.

The agenda of the day (full agenda, in Slovenian)

  • OpenStack – how and where — Stefano Maffulli, OpenStack Community Manager
  • Overview of Open Source “IaaS” solutions and practical demonstration OpenStack framework – Robert Dukarić, MD. Matjaz B. Juric, Laboratory for Information Systems Integration, Faculty of Computing and Informatics Institute (FRI), www.fri.uni-lj.si
  • Security in the cloud — Dr.. Mojca Ciglarič, Assistant Professor and Head of the Laboratory for Computer Communications at the Ljubljana Faculty of Computer and Information Science. Is a member of “Cloud Security” Alliance and  research director of the Slovenian section of the association. www.fri.uni-lj.si
  • Security in OpenStack — Primož Cigoj, dipl. ing. Laboratory for Open Systems and Networks (E5), Institut “Jozef Stefan” www.e5.ijs.si
  • KC Class and eurocloud.si / eurocloud.org – Dalibor Baškovč, www.KC-Class.eu
  • Storing data in OpenStack – mag. Ivan Tomašič, Electrotechnical Faculty in Zagreb and Rashkovska Alexander, BSc. ing. Inv., PSI International Postgraduate School, Department of Communication Systems (E6), Institut “Jozef Stefan” www-e6.ijs.si
  • How to use tools, build affordable high-performance data storage system – Dr. Matjaz Krevl Pančur and Andrew, BSc. ing. Inv., Laboratory for Computer Communications, Faculty of Computing and Informatics Institute (FRI), www.fri.uni-lj.si
  • Development of the clouds in RedHat – Ales Justin JBoss by RedHat

Most of the event was in Slovenian, so I cannot comment too much on it. I found extremely interesting the presentation from the Slovenian representative of Eurocloud.org, a pan-European organization whose mission is to create awareness of Cloud Computing within the industry and public administrations. It reminded me how much of the demand for IT in Europe is created by regulations, at the local and European level.

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Preparing For Essex Unconference And Lightning Talks

September 26th, 2011 — 2:14pm


The Essex Design Summit is less than a week away and we want to use every moment to make the most out of it. Having the whole OpenStack community in the same timezone, sharing the same rooms is a precious event. Therefore we’re having the room Salon C reserved all three days dedicated to the Unconference,  a freely-scheduled, first-come first-serve set of 25-min slots, separated by 5-min context switches (it’s possible to grab 2 consecutive slots to do a 55min session).

The Essex Unconference runs: Monday 9:30-10:25, 11:00-12:25, 14:00-15:55, 16:30-17:55 and Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:00-10:25, 11:00-12:25, 14:00-15:55, 16:30-17:55.

We’ll have a big paperboard and post-it ready to allow all community members there to propose discussion topics, schedule and tools to keep notes.

Every day after lunch breaks we’ll have Lightning talks, fast-paced 5-min slots between 13:30 and 13:55. Any subject is ok, as long as it fits in exactly 5 minutes. Make sure to practice your speech or performance as there won’t be any mercy if you go overtime.

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OpenStack Day in London Recap

July 18th, 2011 — 10:41am

On Wednesday we held an OpenStack Day in London — the first for our community in Europe.  It’s very obvious we should have done this much sooner.  We never know how many people to expect at these events, and had planned for 125 or so.  In the end, about 350 people attended.  The catering held up well to the surge in attendees, but the wifi didn’t fare so well.  We will adjust going forward.  Here are some of my observations from the day:

1.  Not only was a substantial portion of the audience very familiar with OpenStack, many had already deployed it.  I met individuals and companies from around Europe who have already deployed OpenStack clouds.  Because we don’t track software installations, we have little idea how many of the 35,000+ downloads from Launchpad are actually running.  However, identifying yourself in the community is very critical as it allows us to help tell your story, helps other users get information, and in general helps move OpenStack forward.  So if you have deployed OpenStack, please let us know by contacting Stephen Spector ([email protected]).  We are putting togther case studies and if you participate we will get you some free OpenStack schwag!

2.  Many of the attendees had traveled from other parts of Europe to attend including the France, Hungary, Norway, Finland and Spain.  We are working hard to establish user groups around the world so that anyone wanting to learn about OpenStack or chat about the project with peers will have the chance to do so.  If you are interested in running one, please also contact Stephen.

3.  The ecosystem is rapidly maturing with existing members increasing their investments, new ones continuing to join, and new businesses getting funded around OpenStack.  In particular, the discussion about OpenStack distributions from companies such as Citrix, Canonical and StackOps indicates how companies are investing in this technology as the right cloud solution for their customers.  Citrix highlighted how their acquisition of Cloud.com was a doubling down of their commitment to the project.  All of this activity bodes well for the creation of a broad range of OpenStack solutions for customers.

4.  We have some smart developers, system administrators and operators working on this project.  Vish Ishaya, Jonathan Bryce, Josh McKenty and Chmouel Boudjnah all gave excellent overviews of the technology.  The audience questions and hallway conversation also indicated that our flock of community members is well above average.

An installfest was held over pints right after the event.  We filled up the one room we booked and had to take a second.  There was some good community bonding going on for hours.  Lots of discussion was also had about a future event in Europe, so we have become looking at Paris for September.  Stay tuned for more details.

I want to thank Canonical, Equinix, Dell, Citrix, Rightscale and Rackspace for their sponsorship of the event.  If you have feedback for us, don’t hesitate to drop me a line at [email protected] or @jimcurry on Twitter.

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Design Summit Registration Open

October 7th, 2010 — 1:31pm

OpenStack is pleased to open registration for the Design Summit San Antonio 2010 from November 9 – 12, 2010. Due to facility limitations we are only accepting 300 registrations for this event so please register soon to avoid complications. Local hotels, evening events, and current agenda information is listed on the registration site so please feel free to return to the site if the information you are looking for is not yet available. We anticipate having the complete business track agenda ready next week and the developer track later this month as the OpenStack developers are building that track within Launchpad.

We look forward to this OpenStack event as the community continues to expand in terms of membership, contribution, and ideas. Your participation is the key in OpenStack’s success.

Registration Site: http://www.openstack.org/register

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