Join us to hear about the OpenStack Foundation Launch & Real-World Deployments

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3 Oxford Ave · TBA, MA

How to find us

Sampson and Paul rooms, Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA. Please check-in at the front desk

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Sponsored by Dell and the OpenStack Foundation

Please check-in at the front desk to confirm the room for the meetup.


This day, Sept 19th, 2012, also happens to be the day OpenStack is virtually celebrating the Foundation launch party around the world. Let us join in the celebration. OpenStack Foundation is co-sponsoring food and drinks!

On this occasion, we are privileged to have Rob Hirschfeld join us via Skype from Austin and share his thoughts on the future of OpenStack and how the foundation will help shape it. Rob is on the OpenStack Foundation board of directors, having been elected with the highest votes in the individual Directors election.

For those in the OpenStack community, Rob needs no introduction. He has been a strong proponent of OpenStack and a hands-on practitioner for the past 18 months. He is also the founding architect of the Dell crowbar software which is now being used in the industry for deployment of OpenStack and Hadoop clusters.

Here's a bit more about Rob directly from his blog (

As an early advocate for SaaS and Cloud computing (, I cut my teeth on solving some interesting problems with hypervisors and the software life cycle. I started my career as a Microsoft apologist leading to successful early .NET adoption. Since then I’ve had the good fortune to work with a strong teams that head shaped me into an Agile enthusiast and open source embracer.

I currently work for Dell, Inc ( as a Senior Cloud Solutions Architect ( In that role, I help Dell set strategy for cloud computing, bring interesting cloud solutions to market, and talk with customers about their cloud deployments.

Experiences from the Field: Real-world OpenStack Deployments

In addition to the above, we also have another great presentation about OpenStack experiences from the trenches by Randy Perryman who has been working on customer deployments for the past year.

It takes experience to run an OpenStack cloud and we’ve been helping users select, optimize, and tune OpenStack clouds for 18 months! Randy will share his experiences deploying in the field. This is a practical field review of what configurations are working in the trenches. He will provide advice and recommendations based on world-wide implementations at hosters, large enterprises, governments and universities.

SPEAKER: Randy Perryman

Randy Perryman: Began work in the Computer Industry, by running the showroom and working on the tech bench for White Mountain Computer, a clone shop in New Hampshire Quickly coming up to speed in handling customer needs, accessing repair requests, sizing and installing systems and handling upgrades/repairs. He moved to Data Kinesis, Inc.(DKI) as the IT Manager. After the acquisition by Adaptec, Inc. of DKI, he continued on as the IT Manager for the facility in Nashua, NH, eventually he picked up responsibility for all facilities east of the Mississippi. 2001 saw him joining EqualLogic (;nowysiwyg=0) , Inc. as their IT Manager. He helped build up the infrastructure, which help lead to the acquisition by Dell, Inc. in 2008. Since the acquisition he has worked for the IT department as a local network support technician and as part the integration teams for other acquisitions and troubleshooting their issues. In 2010 he joined the Cloud Solutions group, and has taken responsibility for drafting the Reference Architecture the group produces for Openstack. To the group brings his ability to understand the needs of the entire System as a whole, not just how a single unit works. This includes the networking setup/configurations, server configurations, operating systems, software applications and other parts such as traditional facility responsibilities