OpenStack 101 - what is it and why do I need it ?

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Matt Jarvis is a Consulting Architect at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, working on large scale OpenStack deployments worldwide. Matt has been building products and services around open source software for most of the last 20 years, from embedded devices through to enterprise class distributed systems. Most recently, he has been focused on open cloud technologies including OpenStack and Ceph, and was the founding CTO for the first UK based OpenStack public cloud provider. Matt is also an active member of the global OpenStack community - he has been an Active Technical Contributor to the project for the last two cycles, was appointed Track Chair at the last two OpenStack Summits, and received an Outstanding Contribution award at the Openstack Summit Austin. Matt also sits on various working groups for the OpenStack Foundation.

OpenStack 101 - what is it and why do I need it ?

In this talk, I'll provide an overview of the OpenStack architecture and what each of its components provide. I'll also talk about where the project has come from and what the long terms goals are, and if we've got time then we can delve into some of the challenges around operating highly scalable third generation computing platforms. The aim will be to have as interactive a session as possible.