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World’s Largest Open Source Cloud Computing Summit to be Hosted in Sydney

OpenStack Summit convenes thousands of delegates from more than 50 nations to map the future of open source cloud computing  

AUSTIN, Texas, August 21, 2017 — Sydney, Australia, will host thousands of cloud computing experts from more than 50 nations for the OpenStack Summit, November 6-8, at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center. This will be the first time the must-attend open infrastructure event has been held in Australia where users like American Airlines, China Railway, Saudi Telecom, Commonwealth Bank, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Sprint and Tencent/WeChat will talk about multi-cloud strategies, cost savings and increasing agility with OpenStack.  

The biannual OpenStack Summit—held previously in major cities like Paris, Tokyo, Vancouver, San Francisco and Barcelona—will draw thousands of developers, operators, cloud architects, business unit leaders and CIOs from the world’s centers of IT innovation.  

Headline sponsors of the Summit include Sydney-based Aptira, global networking leader Cisco, and WeChat provider Tencent, as well as premier sponsors Huawei, IBM, Intel, Mirantis, Red Hat and VMware.  

Speakers will report on strong OpenStack adoption among financial services, telecoms and research organizations including:  AT&T, Monash University, The Garvan Institute, DragonFly Data Science, Paddy Power Betfair, Verizon, Workday, University of Melbourne, PayPal, Catalyst IT, GoDaddy and Overstock.com.  

Discounted Registration
Discounted Early Bird Registration is available until September 8. Sponsorship packages are available until September 27. 

“Enterprises and service providers in Australia were among the earliest adopters of OpenStack, so it’s exciting to bring the Summit and thousands of community members globally to Sydney,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “The rapid growth of OpenStack—in excess of 40 percent year over year—means there’s lots to talk about at the Summit in terms of compelling new use cases, instructive new user stories and proven best practices for both developers and cloud operators.”  

Summit Themes for Sydney
Themes at the Sydney OpenStack Summit include current topics for enterprises like how to build effective multi-cloud strategies. Attendees from carriers and service providers will learn more about how OpenStack is leading in edge computing. Other themes include innovation in open and composable infrastructure, collaboration with adjacent open source communities, digital transformation and infrastructure control. The CFO perspective on business growth and infrastructure cost reduction will feature prominently in many sessions.  

OpenStack Summits help IT leaders plan their cloud strategies while sharing real-world experiences operating or consuming OpenStack clouds. During the three-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear keynote presentations featuring innovative use cases and live technology demonstrations. They can choose from hundreds of sessions and hands-on workshops for every experience level and organizational role. The Summit offers networking opportunities during the Monday evening Marketplace booth crawl happy hour and the Tuesday afternoon Melbourne Cup viewing party. Learn more about OpenStack Summits and users at the official OpenStack publication, Superuser.  

Cloud Application Hackathon to Kick off the Week
The weekend prior to the Summit, a cloud application hackathon will be hosted by the Sydney OpenStack User Group to kick off the event. “Hacking Up the Stack” will be held November 3-5, at the Doltone House in the Australian Technology Park. OpenStack application hackathons are intended to educate developers on how to build and migrate applications to distributed cloud environments, as well as showcase the diverse use cases for OpenStack. Recent application hackathons have been held in Mexico and Taiwan. More information coming soon: http://hackathon.openstack.org.au/  

Media and Analyst Registration
Members of the media and analysts covering cloud computing can contact Jennifer Fowler ([email protected]) for information about event registration.  

About OpenStack®
OpenStack is the most widely deployed software for public and private clouds, with more than 5 million compute cores in production. It has become a standard for private clouds and is also available via dozens of public cloud providers globally. At its core, OpenStack is an open source integration engine that provides APIs to orchestrate bare metal, virtual machine and container resources on a single network. The same OpenStack code powers a global network of public and private clouds backed by the largest ecosystem of technology providers, to enable cost savings, control and portability.   OpenStack is a global community of 80,000 members supported by the OpenStack Foundation, which facilitates the development of many innovative projects in the open infrastructure space. The community delivers two software releases each year, which are Apache 2 licensed and productized by a large ecosystem of technology vendors in our Marketplace. For more information and to join the community, visit www.OpenStack.org.  

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