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OpenStack NW User Group Meetup

Some of the core contributors, developers and implementers of OpenStack are flying over to Portland to bring you the latest and greatest in Cloud storage. And generous sponsors are buying us dinner and beer. This meetup is quickly growing to be one of the most interesting events in the Northwest for those wanting to stay on top of advancement in the future of computing.


Meetup Agenda


6:00 - 6:30 - Check in, pizza, beer and networking


6:30 - 7:00 – Introduction, OpenStack and your career - Al Kari (DetaCloud)

Accelerate your career and increase your value to your current or potential employers. Learn about shortcuts to quickly acquire some of the hottest skills in Cloud computing.


7:00 - 7:45 - OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) - Mike Perez (DreamHost)

Today there are many different storage solutions to choose from. It can be overwhelming from a cloud provider's perspective to offer many options for their users, let alone provide a consistent set of tools with each vendor offering their own interface.
The OpenStack Block Storage project Cinder provides an API to talk to many different vendor solutions, in which other applications or OpenStack programs can talk to.
We'll first examine the difference between block and object storage. That'll lead us into having an introduction to Cinder, and an opportunity to review the architecture, vendor driver plugin model, current features, and upcoming features for the IceHouse release.



7:45 - 8:15 - OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) - Richard Raseley (for SwiftStack)

This presentation will provide an overview of the OpenStack object storage platform "Swift", its history, contributors, example use cases, and features

8:15 - 8:45 - EMC and OpenStack - Jeremy Keen - (EMC)

As a Corporate Sponsor of OpenStack, EMC has contributed Cinder drivers for VNX, VMAX, and most recently ViPR.  EMC ViPR is a lightweight, software-only solution that transforms your existing storage environment into a simple, extensible and open platform, that can deliver fully automated storage services and realize the full potential of the Software-Defined Data Center.  ViPR includes an open source Cinder driver as well as an object storage engine with Swift and Amazon S3 APIs.  We will dive into the integration of ViPR and OpenStack and learn about methods for delivering IT-as-a-Service while avoiding storage vendor lock-in.

8:45 - 9:00OPEN MIKE (YOU)

Working on an interesting project, or have an idea to share with the group? Maybe you have a question or an announcement to make. Here’s your chance.

About the speakers:

Al Kari - After 6 years of leading Cloud Computing services at Dell, Al Co-Founded DetaCloud to advocate for building the future of Open Cloud. He is a standing member in the Cloud Advisory Council, the Linux Professional Institute and the OpenStack Foundation

Mike Perez is a Core developer of the OpenStack Block Storage project Cinder and Senior Software Engineer at DreamHost. His primary responsibilities are contributing Cinder, and managing the storage needs of DreamHost's public cloud DreamCompute. He has written v2 of Cinder's API, and is currently working on v3

Richard Raseley is an Infrastructure and Tooling Engineer at Puppet Labs and a standing member of the OpenStack Foundation. Prior to joining Puppet, Richard worked as a Systems Engineer with Concur Technologies, where h deploy a near petabyte-scale distributed object store based upon OpenStack Swift

Jeremy Keen over the last 3 years at EMC as a Systems Engineer, Jeremy has designed hybrid and private cloud solutions for businesses in the Pacific Northwest.  He now specializes in software-defined-storage at EMC including the recently launched ViPR an open, extensible software-only solution that includes deep integration with OpenStack Cinder and Swift.

Special thanks to our sponsors Jama Software for providing the facilities, beverages and beer, and to ProFocus for the pizza and door prizes.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent meeting, it was great meeting some of you. Look forward to the next one. If I can get internal approval, I would like to present some of the Neutron SDN stuff we are doing.

    January 10, 2014

    • Nicki R.

      I would really like to see that! I am working on SDE projects now for IBM and am interested in understanding more about Neutron for SDN.

      January 10, 2014

  • Frank R.

    Great meeting, loved the idea of getting a presentation from John from (literally) the other side of the globe. All the presenters were excellent and the beer and pizza hit the spot. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks Jama.

    January 10, 2014

  • Jeremy K.

    Core developers of Swift and Cinder presented. Nice work getting those guys to participate!

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • John B.

    Excellent meeting, thanks Al for leading the group. OpenStack is on a roll and it is great to be part of it.

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Ryan Von B.

    Thank you for a very informative evening. I appreciate the space, food, and beverages. See you next time!

    January 9, 2014

  • Jeremy K.

    Awesome to meet the rock stars behind swift and cinder. Thanks!

    January 9, 2014

  • Paul K. W.

    OpenStack Northwest Thank you for hosting a very well informative event about Cloud Storage.

    January 9, 2014

  • Aaron T.

    Thanks for the informative talks and free refreshments! Looking forward to the next event :)

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great stuff, nice talks

    January 8, 2014

  • Amr

    Thank you for having us , and your hospitality , it was fun , looking forward to join next meetups , and joining the brain storming team :) .

    1 · January 8, 2014

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