Red Pill and Blue Pill: Virtual Machines and Virtual Environments

Virtualization has been a term that is bandied about regularly. What does it mean? More importantly, how can I get started experimenting with this for free?

This talk will first review many concepts of virtualization to build a solid foundation (virtual environments, virtual machines, para-virtualization, etc.). Then, we explore how python fits into this virtual world now and in the future.

We will walk the audience through building a free Amazon Web Service EC2 instance, explore Python/Boto, explore virtualenv, and explore other areas where python is to virtualize.

This topic is a very large topic so we will explore breadth first and then go deep on only a few subjects:

- For virtual environments: virtualenv

- For virtual machines: EC2 build

Speaker Bio:  Glen Jarvis is a big fan of Python and its community. He has been coding Python professionally as a back-end engineer for over four years and has in the industry for over ten. He believes passionately in Python education and building talented teams: "Talented programmers are attracted to teams with other talented programmers." He also works for a virtualization company that uses python for building Xen, KVM and other virtual environments.

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  • Katherine

    Is this recording similar to the talk given (obviously minus the audience participation mentioned earlier):

    1 · August 12

    • Glen J.

      Yes. In fact, it was my practice "dry run" for that MertUp.

      August 12

  • Prakash

    AWS using Boto was great and where can I find the slides of that? Hope Fabric will follow in foot steps of another great presentation...Cheers

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • George J J.

    Very informative presentation! Kudos to Glen Jarvis for pulling this together.

    1 · December 14, 2012

  • Glen J.

    Although I was the speaker, I just wanted to say the audience participation and attendance made this one of the most fun presentations that I've ever attended.

    1 · December 14, 2012

  • Bill S.

    Excellent introduction to the subject. Can't wait to download the materials. Watching the hands-on demo along with the attendant insights, tips, and Q&A was invaluable.

    December 13, 2012

  • terrdry's

    Informative talk. Thanks Glen

    December 13, 2012

  • Abhishek P.

    just making sure , the talk starts at 7.30 PM ? any rough agenda would help.


    December 13, 2012

    • Glen J.

      I posted a top level comment instead of a reply by mistake. However, it does answer your question.

      December 13, 2012

  • Glen J.

    The talk officially starts at 7:30. This is organized by the BayPIGgies group ( Here's the agenda they follow: 7:30 PM General hubbub, inventory end-of-meeting announcements, any
    first-minute announcements.
    7:35 PM to 7:40 PM Newbie Nugget (a tip for beginners)
    7:40 PM to 8:40 PM (or so) Red Pill Blue Pill Virtualization talk
    8:40 PM to 9:30 PM Mapping and Random Access

    Mapping is a rapid-fire audience announcement of issues, hiring,
    events, and other topics.

    Random Access follows people immediately to allow follow up on the
    announcements and other interests.

    1 · December 13, 2012

  • Steve P.

    Are there really only 25 spots available? I thought the facility can seat a lot more people, and given there are 108 currently on the wait list, it would be good to clarify our expectations of who will get in and who will get turned away. Thank you!

    December 4, 2012

    • Glen J.

      Steve, you're right. There are plenty of spots available. This was a left over artifact when this was scheduled at another location (and that location cancelled). The space limitation has been removed.

      December 4, 2012

  • Glen J.

    I'm amazed at the response that this generated. The original 25 person cap was on this previously created event when we were struggling to find an alternative space. However, this event is a BayPIGgies event in Semantic -- there is no space limit. They do, however, have only about 100 chairs or less for people to sit.

    Regardless, I removed the limit requirements -- I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

    December 4, 2012

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