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HA for OpenStack and OpenStack 101!

***PLEASE NOTE: We will meet in "the Commons" which is on the 10th & 11th floor of the NERD center. Take elevator to the 11th floor and walk down the stairs to the Commons area***

Hey folks - we have been able to re-schedule our January topic "HA for OpenStack - Connecting the dots" with RackSpace is  our sponsor for the Feb session. And, as an added special bonus this month we are also excited to have Beth Cohen delivering her very popular OpenStack 101 Redux presentation. (if you are new to OpenStack, this is a great session for you)

Thanks to Rackspace for sponsoring this month's #OSBOS meetup, here are the details....  

HA for OpenStack - Connecting the dots.

The primary requirements for OpenStack based clouds (public, private or hybrid) is that they must be massively scalable and highly available. There are a number of interrelated concepts which make the understanding and implementation of HA complex. The potential for not implementing HA correctly would be disastrous. 

In our lead session, brought to us by Rackspace, we have a discussion on the interrelated concepts as a basis for implementing HA. The session will have several demos and walk through some examples of HA for  MySQL, Rabbit MQ and the OpenStack APIs primarily using Keepalived, VRRP and HAProxy which will  reinforce the concepts and show how to connect the dots. Although, we will use OpenStack as an example, the concepts will be applicable on a more general basis.

This session will be led by Raghavan "Rags" Srinivas (@ragss) who works as a OpenStack advocate and solutions architect at Rackspace where he finds himself constantly challenged from low level networking to high level application issues. His general focus area is in distributed systems, with a specialization in Cloud Computing and Big Data. He worked on Hadoop, HBase and NoSQL during its early stages. He has spoken on a variety of technical topics at conferences around the world, conducted and organized Hands-on Labs and taught graduate classes in the evening.

2nd Session: OpenStack 101 Redux

Do you think that Nova, Cinder, Heat, Ceilometer, and Neutron are all references to global warming and looming apocalypse?  For all those who come to the OpenStack Meetups and wonder what all the fuss is about, this quick introduction will answer your many questions.  It includes a short history of the largest Open Source project in history and will touch on
the basic OpenStack components, so you will be prepared the next time someone mentions Keystone, Nova and Swift in the same sentence.

This session will be facilited by Beth Cohen. Beth works for Verizon developing cool Cloud based products that  she can't talk about without a strict NDA. She is a technical leader with over 25 years of experience architecting leading-edge system infrastructures and managing complex projects in the telecom, manufacturing, financial services, government, and technology industries. She has been involved in building some of the world's largest OpenStack architectures and has way too much fun at OpenStack Summits!


• A lite dinner and soft drinks will be provided ~ 6:30pm courtesy of Rackspace , and we will kick off the sessions ~ 7:00pm.

• We have speaking slots available for April, May and onward. If your organization is interested in sponsoring an upcoming meetup, reply to us via this site.

• DON'T FORGET - for security reasons, the NERD center requires atendees to show a government issued photo ID in order to gain access into the building. 

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  • Rags S.

    Great discussions. Realize that the meetup has tremendous talent. Thanks Kamesh/Brent for the organization.

    I uploaded the file as:

    Please vote for similar sessions at the OpenStack summit.

    Please reach out via LinkedIn as well.


    February 20, 2014

    • David P.

      I cannot access the slide deck, even when logged in, my associate and I get permission denied when trying to access the pdf. Please assist.

      April 2, 2014

    • Randy P.

      Pulled a copy for Dave.

      April 2, 2014

  • Beth C.

    To follow my articles @bfcohen

    February 21, 2014

  • Arturo

    Great presentations, great people.

    February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks. The presentations were clear and informative.

    February 20, 2014

  • Beth C.

    Great session -- if I might say so myself. I will post the slides as soon as I figure out how!

    1 · February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for the presentation and your views on SDN after the session

      February 20, 2014

  • Kamesh P.

    Here's the link to the OpenStack 101 presentation:

    February 20, 2014

  • Mark P.

    Beth and Rags thank you for your presentations last night. Always good to hear new ideas and to challenge each other.

    February 20, 2014

  • Michael F.

    Great job with the presentations. Thank you for putting this together.

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Frank S.

    excellent presentation, could you share/post a PDF here please?

    February 19, 2014

  • Kamesh P.

    It was great to see you all tonight. Best turn out ever, close to 100 in attendance. Please rate the meetup and leave some reviews. I will be posting links to the presentations soon!

    February 19, 2014

  • Brent D.

    Reminder - for security reasons, you must display a government issued photo ID in order to gain access to the NERD center building..... Have a great event!

    February 19, 2014

  • Kamesh P.

    Folks: It can be a bit tricky driving to the NERD center especially with the construction going on at the Longfellow bridge and Memorial drive. Check out this nifty little post to help you out. This is still the best way to get to the NERD with the construction: Also your best bet for Parking is in the NERD center parking garage. For $10 flat rate after 4 pm, you know you have a bargain especially if you ever had the pleasure of getting a Cambridge parking ticket or had the pleasure of finding good parking on the streets. And if you have never been to the 11th floor commons area, come prepared for an breathtaking view of the Boston skyline. Keep you cameras ready!

    See you tonight!

    February 19, 2014

  • Brent D.

    Note re parking @ the NERD center, recommendation is to park in the underground lot under the building, it is a $10 flat rate after 6pm.

    February 19, 2014

  • Jane M.

    I can't make it tonight, sorry! Please let me know if the slides will be posted. Thanks

    February 19, 2014

  • Kamesh P.

    We will meet in "the Commons" which is on the 10th & 11th floor of the NERD center. Take elevator to the 11th floor and walk down the stairs to the Commons area. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

    1 · February 17, 2014

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