Cloud Experts, Book Signings, Free Beer: Rackspace at OpenStack Summit Sydney

For the first time in its history, the OpenStack Summit is heading Down Under, but as always, Rackspace experts will be there. Scroll down to learn where to find them.

Rackspace has been involved in every OpenStack Summit since hosting the inaugural event in Austin more than seven years ago, and as a sponsor this year, we look forward this Nov. 6-8 to meeting with the OpenStack community, end users and prospective customers in Sydney.

One theme at this year’s Summit will be the emerging trend of combining OpenStack’s modular architecture with other leading open source technologies like Docker, Mesos and Kubernetes. This modularity allows you to pick the functionality you need for your stack and take advantage of technologies like containers.

Quinton Anderson, head of systems engineering at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, will deliver the first day’s keynote by describing how CBA uses OpenStack and other leading open source technologies to create a CI/CD environment throughout the organization.

At the OpenStack Summit Boston earlier this year, one of the main themes was “private cloud as a service” and remotely managed private cloud. At that conference, Patrick Weeks described GE’s journey to the cloud and explained why it chose to consume private cloud as a service from Rackspace.

And just as Rackspace was a pioneer in offering OpenStack private cloud as a service, we’re equally bullish on delivering other leading open source technologies as a service, providing our customers with a future-proof platform.

Our experience and expertise operating OpenStack clouds is why 451 Research called Rackspace “the world’s leading OpenStack service provider.”

Come visit us at booth A10 to see why Forrester Research named us a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Hosted Private Cloud Services, North America, Q2 2017. We’ll have Rackspace OpenStack experts available to chat, and James Denton will be on hand to sign his copies of his book.

The free beer during the Marketplace Mixer Monday evening? That’s just a bonus. See you soon!

Rackspace speakers

 Monday, Nov. 6

 Fanatical Partnerships in OpenStack

Kenny Johnston, director of Product for Rackspace Private Cloud; Sergio Gonzalez, private cloud operations manager at Rackspace, and Benjamin Schmaus of Red Hat

Successful deployment and operation of OpenStack can be daunting, and while any organization can choose to go-it alone, the most successful choose to partner. In this session, we’ll describe how Rackspace and Red Hat work together to help solve customer challenges (and our own), with anecdotes that show how our passion to be successful creates positive outcomes for our customers.

4:20 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre – Level 2 – Parkside 2

OpenStack: A Day in the Life of an Admin

Ell Marquez, Linux admin and technical trainer; Phil Hopkins, Rackspace principal engineer and trainer and Tyler DeRosa-Grund, technical trainer III

You have been hired as a Linux administrator — now what? Rackspace Training Summit Workshops provide attendees with easily accessible environments, dynamic slide content and truly effective instruction. In this hands-on workshop, OpenStack admins get an easy-to-follow walk-through of many of the tasks an OpenStack admin might be expected to perform, using the Horizon interface.

4:20 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre – Level 4 – C4.4

Tuesday, Nov. 7

How Does Neutron Do That? A Hands-On Workshop with Neutron Networking

Ell Marquez, Linux admin and technical trainer; Phil Hopkins, Rackspace principal engineer and trainer and Tyler DeRosa-Grund, technical trainer III

Neutron creates virtual networks and devices, but understanding it can be difficult. In this hands-on workshop, participants will take an easily accessible journey through Neutron and how it relates to real-world networking basics. Each participant will gain hands-on Neutron experience by examining it in a live OpenStack environment. By the end of this hands-on workshop, participants will not only know how to create networks, subnets, routers, floating IPs and security groups, but truly understand the magic taking place behind the scenes that make all of it a reality. No prior OpenStack experience necessary.

5:50 p.m. – 6:10 p.m., Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Level 4 – C4.1

OpenStack Ansible, Project Update

Jean-Philippe Evrard, OpenStack cloud builder and Kevin Carter, software developer

Join the Project Team Leader of OpenStack-Ansible and core contributors for a project update reflecting current developments in the Queens cycle and discussion of future development activity.

Get an in-depth look at the top features and enhancements OpenStack-Ansible plans to deliver in the Queens release. Then look beyond Queens to Rocky and “S” releases to learn more about major development themes such as scalability, manageability, resiliency, simplicity and user experience the team intends to tackle in the long term.

Developers interested in contributing to this project are strongly encouraged to attend, as are users and product managers who want to know more about this project’s latest features, their value to users and the development team’s roadmap.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

I’m Going to Be an OpenStack Master! A Hands-On Workshop, Preparing for the COA

Ell Marquez, Linux admin and technical trainer; Phil Hopkins, Rackspace principal engineer and trainer and Tyler DeRosa-Grund, technical trainer III

Many companies that have started adopting OpenStack are in desperate need of people who can run their cloud. This workshop is designed to give OpenStack users an overview of the skills needed to pass the OpenStack Certified Administrator Exam. Attendees will get experience in both the Horizon Dashboard and the CLI.

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Level 4 C-4.4

Requirements: Project Update

The Requirements project update will cover the this project’s progress toward our goals this cycle: to publish per branch constraints files to and to allow per-project requirements to be used.

Matthew Thode, Rackspace Private Cloud developer

3:05 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Rackspace Booth A10 Book Signings

James Denton, Principal Architect and author, “OpenStack Networking Essentials”

James has more than 15 years of experience in system administration and networking and has been deploying, operating, and maintaining OpenStack clouds since late 2012. His book offers thorough training on building and managing networks in OpenStack using Neutron.By the end of the book, you will be able to build basic network architectures using Neutron networks and routers in no time.

You’ll learn to:

  • install the latest Liberty release of OpenStack using RDO in VirtualBox
  • discover the basics of the Neutron API, including networks, subnets, and ports
  • interact with Neutron using the CLI and Horizon dashboard
  • create networks and subnets that provide connectivity to instances
  • implement software routers that connect networks and provide network address translation
  • secure instances using Neutron’s security group functionality

James will be at the Rackspace booth signing copies of his book:

Monday, Nov. 6, 3:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Christian Foster is the Senior Director of Marketing for the OpenStack Cloud business. A Racker since 2013, he has more than 17 years of experience in marketing and strategy roles including eCommerce, brand management, product marketing, operations, demand generation, executive communications, media relations, and corporate strategy. Christian holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Baylor University and is a native of Austin, Texas. When he is not on the golf course or working out, Christian and his wife Megan can be found spending time with their 11-year-old daughter, seven-year-old son, and a King Charles Spaniel named Ellie.


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