This past Tuesday night saw the Australian OpenStack User Group produce a tri-city simultaneous user group meeting covering Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Hooked together by GoToMeeting provided by Dan Pendlebury at Citrix, the evening saw OpenStack, pizza and beer served up at Intersect’s offices in Sydney, Haylix’s offices in Melbourne and Red Hat’s offices in Brisbane.
We believe this may have been the first multi city meetup where 3 way video linked the sites together, and we also had some attendees join us remotely.
- Sina Sadeghi, Lead Cloud Engineer from Aptira, who reviewed the recent Folsom Summit and presented his insightful views on the path to Grizzly.
We then crossed to Melbourne and heard from:
- Michael Richardson, Managing Director of Haylix, presented a preview of their soon to be released Nova compute cloud.
- Dragan Dimitrovici, CEO of Xenon, talked about how Xenon worked with NeCTAR and the University of Melbourne to deploy Xenon servers successfully in their OpenStack cloud.
Lastly we transferred the main video feed to Brisbane to hear from:
- Bruce Reeler from Red Hat talked about the documentation project for Red Hat’s Folsom preview release.
- And to wrap up Edan Scrivan and Jason Andrade from The University of Queensland showed us pics and talked about the hardware and how they were deploying their NeCTAR node.
The evening wasn’t without some minor hitches that we’ll work out for next time, but all in all it was deemed a success and a great way to get OpenStack out to more people more efficiently.
My sincere thanks to our presenters, and to our sponsors
- Michael Richardson and Haylix for the Melbourne venue and beer
- Dragan Dimitrovi and Xenon for the Melbourne pizzas
- Tim Hildred and Red Hat for the Brisbane venue, beers and pizza
- Shane Youl and Intersect for the Sydney venue
- Sangeeta Devi and Westcon for the Sydney beer
- Aptira for the Sydney food
Most importantly, I’d like to give a very special and long overdue thank you to Katrina Clauscen who has been behind the planning of nearly every AOSUG event we’ve had in every capital city in Australia since we began over a year ago.
Our next event is an OpenStack miniconf to be held at Linux Conf AU (LCA) on January 29 and to date we have more than 140 people who have registered their interest to attend. LCA is a world renowned conference with a wealth of great technical content and this is the first appearance of OpenStack at LCA.
We are looking for presentations on:
- The core projects of the OpenStack project
- Getting started using OpenStack
- Uses in scientific computing and the enterprise
- What it means to be part of OpenStack
- Automation in the virtual datacenter
- The past, present and future of OpenStack
Please go to http://bit.ly/Waue30 to submit your proposal. The CFP has just been extended to Sunday December 2.