Tomorrow (3/1), numerous sites are gathering around a World Wide Essex Hack Day on 3/1. If you want to participate or even host a hack venue, get on the list and IRC channel (details).
My team at Dell is organizing a community a follow-upOpenStack Essex Install Day next week (3/8) in both Austin and Boston. Just like the Hack Day, the install fest will focus on Essex release code with both online and local presence. Unlike the Hack Day, our focus will be on deployments. For the Dell team, that means working on the Essex deployment for Crowbar. We’re still working on a schedule and partner list so stay tuned. I’m trying to webcast Crowbar & OpenStack training sessions during the install day.
In typing up my notes from the sessions, I ended up with so much information that it made more sense to break them into independent blog posts. Wow – that’s a lot of value from a free meetup!eetup was ideal for us. While we showed up in force, so did many other Stackers including people from HP, Nicira, Suse, Havard, Voxel, RedHat, ESPN and many more! The turnout for the event was great and I’m taking notes that Austin may need to upgrade our pizza and Boston may need to upgrade their cookies (just sayin’).
The Quantum session by David Lapsley from Nicira talked about the architecture and applications of Quantum. I think that Quantum is an exciting incubated project for OpenStack; however, it is important to remember that Essex stands alone without it. I believe this fact gets forgotten in enthusiasm over Quantum’s shiny potential.
The OpenStack session by Rob Hirschfeld from Dell (me!) talked about the importance of governance for OpenStack and how the Foundation will play a key role in transitioning it from Rackspace to a neutral party. There are many feel-good community benefits that the Foundation brings; however, the collaborators’ ROI is driver for creating a strong foundation. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging that fact and using it to create a more sustainable OpenStack.
First, we’ll have our Crowbar demo rack showcasing LIVE MULTI-NODE DIABLO DEPLOYMENTS and some IMPORTANT FEATURE AND COMMUNITY ADDITIONS. No spoilers here – you’ll have to come by. Of course, it’s in the git hub too, but we’ve put a bow on it.
Second, there’s a DEPLOYMENT BLUE PRINT discussion about getting better interlocks between OpenStack development and deployment. We really need to reduce the pain and lag between adding great features and using those features.
Next, we’ve got a limited audience CONCEPT SNEAK PEEK for something from our labs that we think is very interesting and we’d like to get input about. Unfortunately, we’re very limited with space & time for this whisper session so you’ll need to contact OpenStack@Dell.com to request an invitation.
Finally, at the Conference, you can see OUR TEAM IN ACTION:
Thurs 11:30 – Dell Keynote by John Igoe
Thurs 3:30 – Private Cloud Panel w/ Rob Hirschfeld