Finding Me and Platform9 At The OpenStack Summit

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We are less than a week away from the next OpenStack Summit and I am excited to be at my first summit as a Platform9 employee. I am looking forward to catching up with old friends, meeting new friends, and having the opportunity to engage with the OpenStack community. If you are interested in talking, here is a list of venues where you will be able to find my and other folks from Platform9:

Platform9 Booth – We will have a booth at the expo hall where members of the community can come and speak with our engineers and watch demos of our solution. I plan to be there when I am not engaged in some of the other activities I’ve mentioned below. Besides some cool swag, also come by booth T74 for some great conversation about OpenStack and what’s new in Cloud technologies.

Superuser TV – This is a new initiative by the OpenStack Foundation which will be kicked off in Tokyo. The Foundation will be conducting interviews and discussions with members of the OpenStack community and streaming them over the web. These videos will cover a host of relevant topics and yours truly has the privilege of helping to plan Superuser TV and to be one of the interviewers. Stayed tuned to watch and hear some great conversations.

Technical Breakout Sessions – Tokyo will also be the first Summit in which Platform9 will have speaking sessions and I will be a presenter at all the sessions. Join us as we partner with various members of the OpenStack community to discuss some wide-ranging but timely topics.

Title: Is OpenStack’s Future Still In The Cloud?
Description: OpenStack is more and more the darling of the Enterprise world.  Over the past few years that’s changed the development priorities of the community.  With increasing adoption of OpenStack by enterprise customers coupled with the consolidation of OpenStack startups, OpenStack is a changing landscape. In this free-flowing discussion 3 very experienced stackers will discuss the future of OpenStack and what it means for deployers and users.
Speakers: Jesse Proudman (Blue Box), Kenneth Hui (Platform9), Matthew Joyce (Formerly NASA OpenStack team)
Time: Tuesday, October 27th, 3:40 PM

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Title: Making OpenStack Work In An Existing Environment – Challenges And Solutions
Description: One of the biggest barriers  for enterprises interested in deploying OpenStack today is the inability to leverage existing assets – including infrastructure, workloads and their inter-relationships. However, OpenStack can be taught to learn – and leverage – existing enterprise infrastructure, and incorporate it seamlessly into a live private cloud. This enables users to get up and running with a fully functional private cloud, already plumbed with their existing assets. In this talk, we will describe how we, at Platform9, moved our existing dev-test workloads, and infrastructure to an OpenStack-based private cloud, running on vSphere, using a set of such changes for Nova, as well as Glance
Speakers:  Amrish Kapoor (Platform9), Kenneth Hui (Platform9), Pushkar Acharya (Platform9)
Time: Wednesday, October 28th, 11:15 AM

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Title: Getting Started With OpenStack
Description: OpenStack continues to grow exponentially as the de facto standard for open source Cloud platforms. But how can someone quickly get started with learning this exciting new technology? This workshop will walk participants through an overview of the OpenStack components and offer practical suggestions and resources for learning OpenStack. To demonstrate one way to get started, we will assist workshop attendees to set up a multi-node OpenStack cloud, on their laptops, using the RDO distribution.
Speakers:  Dan Radez (Red Hat), Kenneth Hui (Platform9)
Time: Wednesday, October 28th, 4:40 PM

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Title: Ambassador Community Report
Description: OpenStack Ambassadors connect the user groups to the Foundation. They help initialize the groups and guide them to grow. Ambassadors can give feedback about all the OpenStack community. Meet with the ambassadors on this session where they will introduce the improvements of the last half year and share their feelings and experience about the community.
Speakers:  Kenneth Hui (Platform9) and other official OpenStack Ambassadors
Time: Thursday, October 29th, 9:00 AM

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Title: Persisting Data In Your Cloud With Cinder Block Storage
Description:The Block Storage project (Cinder) is often overlooked but can be critical in an OpenStack deployment. In this presentation, we will walk through not merely the basics of Cinder, but show how Cinder is being deployed today and provide some use case examples and demos!
Speakers:  Arun Sriraman (Platform9), John Griffith (SolidFire), Kenneth Hui (Platform9)
Time: Thursday, October 29th, 1:50 PM

I expect this to be the best Summit yet and I am looking forward to talking with folks about what they are doing with OpenStack. Please look for me and let’s chat!

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