OpenStack “Austin” Release is Out

We made it — at least to the starting gate!  We’re pleased to announce the ‘Austin’ code release of OpenStack Compute and Object Storage.  This first release is a result of the hard work of the development community and the active support of more than 35 corporate partners over the last three months.  While Object Storage is ready for production, this first release of Compute is intended primarily for testing and limited deployment.

We know many of you are eager to try the OpenStack release.  You can download it at http://www.openstack.org/projects/compute/ and OpenStack Object Storage at http://www.openstack.org/projects/storage/. You can find living and breathing documentation on the wiki at http://wiki.openstack.org/Documentation. You can get support through the new mailing lists at http://wiki.openstack.org/MailingLists and the #openstack channel on IRC. We’re ready to assist adopters and contributors both, so please join us.

The OpenStack community will determine the roadmap for the next two releases, starting with the ‘Bexar’ release scheduled for January, at the next public Design Summit, November 9-12, in San Antonio, Texas. We encourage you to register today:  http://www.openstack.org/register.

As part of the growth and transformation of OpenStack.org, we’re working on improvements to enhance community participation, technology education, and developer participation. I encourage you to visit our updated web site at http://OpenStack.org. Plus, our community wiki is thriving at http://wiki.openstack.org. Your participation and feedback to the OpenStack community are essential components in our success.

Thanks for your support, commitment and hard work!  If you have suggestions for improvement, ping me or the team.  We want to know what you think and how we can improve at all times.

Keep stacking!

Jim Curry
Chief Stacker

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (Oct 16 – 22)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – October 22, 2010

This weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please email [email protected].

Mark Collier at OpenStack Central

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (10/15 – 10/21)

  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 64 tweets ; 95 re-tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 164 Tracked Bugs; 36 New Bugs; 6 In-process Bugs;   3 Critical Bugs;  22 High Importance Bugs;   83 Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 73 Blueprints; 10 Essential, 2 High, 16 Medium, 5 Low, 40 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  7,665 Visits, 17,345 Pageviews, 64.98% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages :  Home 44.74% ; /projects 10.35% ; /projects/compute 14.91% ; /projects/storage 10.05%; /community 8.35%

OPENSTACK IN THE NEWS

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OpenStack Design Summit Business Track Coming into Focus

Registration for the Nov 9 – 12, 2010 continues to move along nicely as more and more  technologists, business leaders, and developers from companies such as Accenture, Bechtel, BMC Software, Canonical, Cloudkick, Cloudscaling, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Disney, Korea Telecom, NASA, NTT, PWC, Rackspace, and Samsung to name just a few are already registered. I strongly encourage you to consider attending this event and register soon as we do have a 300 attendee quota based on facility maximums. Registration is at http://openstack.org/register.

The Business Track is taking shape nicely and I want to provide an early preview to further peak your interest in this event.

DAY ONE

– General Session: Hear from Jim Curry, Chief Stacker of OpenStack and Rick Clark, Chief Architect
of OpenStack on the status of OpenStack and its associated technologies. NASA and Accenture are also
scheduled to present during the General Session.

– Afternoon Session: Hear from David Lemphers of PWC on the business of deploying cloud solutions as
well as guest speakers from other leading cloud vendors enagaging with OpenStack. The OpenStack marketing team will also present the latest on the Trademark Policy and discuss the OpenStack brand and how the community can work together to gain further momentum for the brand.

DAY TWO
– Morning Session: Planning and OpenStack deployment is the focus of the morning sessions. Various
speakers and discussion groups are being assembled to fulfil the agenda and ensure attendees are
educated properly in the requirments of deploying the various OpenStack technologies.

– Afternoon Session: Integrating OpenStack with existing IT solutions is the focus of the afternoon
sessions. It is critical that the OpenStack solution play in not only the open source sandbox but
also Enterprise solutions for maximum customer flexibility and enablement. Again, this track is
being planned at this time.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jim Curry, Chief Stacker OpenStack
  • Rick Clark, Chief Architect OpenStack
  • Soo Choi, Anso Labs
  • Joe Tobolski, Infrastructure Lab Lead, Director of Development, Accenture Technology Labs
  • David Lemphers, Director Cloud Computing, PricewaterhouseCoopers

If you are interested in speaking at this Design Summit or have something unique to offer the community around the proposed Business Track plan please contact [email protected]. The community is always interested in hearing from as many members as possible.

See everyone in a few weeks in San Antonio.openstack.org

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (Oct 8 – 15)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – October 15, 2010

This weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please email [email protected].

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

  • InterOp: Is the Cloud Security Risk Overstated? Panel; Oct 20, 2010 in New York City; http://www.interop.com/newyork/conference/overview.php; See Bret Piatt
  • Cloud Expo West; Nov 1-4, 2010 in Santa Clara; See Jim Curry (Chief Stacker)
  • Cloud Computing Bootcamp at Cloud Expo West ; Nov 1-4, 2010 in Silicon Valley ; See Bret Piatt
  • Cloud Computing Expo Japan ; Nov 10 – 12 at Makuhari Messe; See  OpenStack at Midokura booth (http://aki.cloud-japan.jp/en/)
  • Defrag 2010 Conference; Nov 16 – 18, 2010 in Denver, CO; See Stephen Spector
  • Design Summit: Nov 9-12, 2010 in San Antonio, TX

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (10/8 – 10/14)

  • Twitter Stats for Week: 49 tweets ; 52 re-tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week:  149 Tracked Bugs; 31 New Bugs; 10 In-process Bugs;  2 Critical Bugs; 17 High Importance Bugs;  71 Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 66 Blueprints; 12 Essential, 2 High, 13 Medium,  2 Low,  37 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  4,925 Visits, 10,769 Pageviews, 55.63% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages :  Home 46.27% ; /projects 12.05% ; /projects/compute 13.17% ; /projects/storage 10.14%; /community 8.10%

OPENSTACK IN THE NEWS

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Join OpenStack Now and Help Influence the Future of Cloud Computing

The OpenStack momentum continues to grow quickly and now is the perfect time for you to join us at the start of this open source movement in cloud computing. We are very close to a significant release in just a few weeks and are actively recruiting testers and developers to find and fix bugs as well as assist in future product features and design. Of course, there can never be enough people willing to help document the project as we are hosting a Document Sprint at Design Summit next month in an effort to accelerate developer and user documentation. Speaking of users, we are now ready for you to start trying out the products and supplying feedback and new ideas.

To help you get started and find your way in the OpenStack community I am listing some great places to start based on your needs from the project. Another place to start is the ever growing “Getting Started with OpenStack” documentation site at http://wiki.openstack.org/Documentation.

DEVELOPERS

TESTER

  • Sign up for a Launchpad account and install BZR to obtain a copy of the code including unit tests. Follow the development process to add additional unit tests for general community execution and/or visit the bug tracking section of Launchpad for find or create bugs
  • For more details, go to http://wiki.openstack.org/HowToContribute and read “If you’re a tester (and breaker), get started this way”
  • OpenStack Installation Instructions at http://wiki.openstack.org/InstallInstructions

WRITERS

  • Sign up for a Launchpad account and install BZR to obtain a copy of the code; contributions to .rst files in /docs/source/ director
  • Click EDIT on the growing number of pages in the OpenStack Wiki
  • Attend 2-day Doc Sprint at Design Summit for a focused team writing session
  • For more info, go to http://wiki.openstack.org/HowToContribute and read “If you’re into doc, we’d love to see you”

USERS

We also encourage anyone interested in participating or learning about OpenStack to attend our 4 day Design Summit Nov 9 – 12 in San Antonio, TX. The first two days will have business and developer tracks with the last two days comprising an InstallFest, Doc Sprint, and Developer Coding Experience. Learn more and register at http://www.openstack.org/register.

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (Oct 1 – Oct 7)

This weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please email Stephen Spector.

Simon Crosby, CTO Citrix Systems at Citrix Synergy in Berlin 2010

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

  • Speaking at an event on #openstack, let me know for addition to this list
  • Design Summit : Nov 9-12, 2010 in San Antonio, TX

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (10/1 – 10/7)

  • Twitter Stats for Week:  54 tweets ; 57 re-tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 26 New Bugs; 140 Open Bugs; 5 In-process Bugs; 1 Critical Bug; 12 High Importance Bugs; 2 Bugs with Patches
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 55 Blueprints; 3 Essential, 3 High, 11 Medium, 2 Low, 36 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  6,340 Visits, 13,884 Pageviews, 62.33 New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages :  Home 47.20% ; /projects 11.65% ; /projects/compute 11.92% ; /projects/storage 10.62%; /community 7.09%

OPENSTACK IN THE NEWS

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Design Summit Registration Open

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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Architecture Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Oct 15th

Stackers,

When we published the Governance Doc recently, I mentioned that we had some deadlines coming up fast.  Namely, the deadline for nominating someone for a seat on the Architecture Board.  To give the community some additional time, we’ve extended the nomination deadline to October 15th, 2010.

Additionally, this pushes out all of the other dates by 2 weeks:

  • Date we’ll publish the candidates is now:  October 20th, 2010
  • Date of the vote is now:  November 1st, 2010

The official doc is now updated to reflect the new dates.

Please send your nominations to Jonathan Bryce: [email protected]

In other news, we have passed feature freeze for the “Austin” release of OpenStack Compute, and are rapidly approaching the release date of October 21st.  After that, we look forward to seeing everyone at the next Design Summit on November 9th-12th, 2010 in San Antonio Texas.

Mark Collier

@sparkycollier

OpenStack Communication System Update

With more and more people becoming interested in OpenStack on a daily basis, it becomes critical that we establish a proper (as they say in the UK) communication system to ensure all participants have a voice within the community and can easily find the information they are looking for. To further improve this system, I am announcing several new mailing lists which are all open to any community member interested in various parts of the OpenStack project.

Please look over these lists and subscribe to the various lists that best meet your needs. We have chosen to use Mailman for these lists as this is a common tool found in most open source projects. I will also be posting a new web page this week which contains the full list of OpenStack Mailman mailing lists along with Archive links. I will also be working with MarkMail to ensure that all OpenStack mailing lists are included in their amazing open source mailing list search tool at http://markmail.org/ [More on that soon].

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

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Community Manager Introduction

It is with great fanfare and fireworks that I introduce myself as the new community manager of the OpenStack project. I firmly believe that the cloud computing paradigm is on the cusp of a significant industry tidal wave and OpenStack is the ground breaking open source technology that will lead the revolution. I look forward to doing my part in assisting the community in a plethora of ways to ensure the success of all participants.

Over the past three years I worked as the community manger for the open source Xen.org community and have taken a leading role in helping to promote all open source technologies in events around the world and as an open source blogger for Network World. I intend to continue my promotion and support of open source technologies as a vocal community manager on behalf of OpenStack.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with any question or ideas you have for OpenStack as I am the go to person for all things OpenStack if you are unsure who to contact or how to get something done. I expect great things from this open source project and look forward to your help in driving OpenStack into an industry leading cloud platform. Over the next few weeks, I will be traveling between Austin and Vero Beach, Florida moving my family and will do my best to respond to the various community issues that arise. I anticipate being firmly in place in Austin by the start of October so please understand any delays in my response to you.

Once again, I look forward to the success of OpenStack and will do my best to ensure that anyone wishing to participate has the tools and support they need. Looking forward to the Stack Revolution.

You can reach me at [email protected] or follow me on Twitter @opnstk_com_mgr. My office phone in Austin, TX is (210) 312-1162.

Finally, please remember to attend the OpenStack Design Summit on Nov 9 – 12, 2010 in San Antonio, TX. More information at http://openstack.org/blog/2010/09/the-second-openstack-design-conference/. OpenStack is also looking for innovative, creative, highly technical community leaders to help drive the project, jobs at http://openstack.org/jobs.

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