OpenStack Design Conference, New Hires & Code Releases

Since the OpenStack community was founded at OSCON late July, there has been a series of exciting new developments that we’d like to share with you.

The 2nd OpenStack Design Conference

It’s time for the next Design Conference, which will be held in downtown San Antonio, Texas.  Many new member companies and developers have joined the OpenStack community since launch, and this will be a great opportunity to meet all the new faces, as well as catch up with those that attended in July.

The agenda is currently being finalized but here is a taste of what it will be like:

November 9th-10th: The first 2 days will be filled with business and technical tracks with a lot of active discussion on goals and design decisions for the project.

November 11th-12th: The last 2 days will be used for hacking on the code and finalizing any design decisions for the next release that require prototyping / live testing.

Can’t come for the entire event? OpenStack VP of Community and Business Development Mark Collier recommends coming on the first day, November 9th.

More Details
Dates:  November 9th-12th
Location:  The Weston Centre in Downtown San Antonio, TX
Address:  112 E. Pecan St. San Antonio, TX 78205

OpenStack New Hires

OpenStack is set out to find talent to join their team. They have made two important hires since July.

Anne Gentle, OpenStack Content Stacker

If you’re a developer, you know that code documentation is crucial for a community to be successful at developing new tools and features – and the documentation has to be clean, concise and contain the information that matters. Anne’s experience serves as a perfect match to guide the OpenStack documentation roadmap. She is currently working on auditing and analysis of the documentation that exists today, which will be followed up by the creative and collaboration piece.  Her goal is to have documentation that “supports users first and foremost.” She wants to know what you think it should be. Follow her blog at and on Twitter at @annegentle. Click here to read more.

Stephen Spector, OpenStack Community Manager

If you’ve ever been part of a community, you know that you can’t have a community without a leader – someone that will bring the voice of the community to the forefront. Stephen is not new to online community management and the open source community. He has led the community for the past three years and has played a significant role in promoting open source technologies. Joining the OpenStack team is a logical step forward.  Follow Stephen on Twitter @opnstk_com_mgr. Click here to read more.

Today & Tomorrow

The OpenStack community has reached a series of milestones since July. Some of the important features in the code base today include:

  • Managing virtual machines
  • Network configuration for those VMs
  • A fully distributed, replicated storage system
  • Storing, retrieving, and replicating objects and files up to 5GB in size

You can also now manage the OpenStack environment via a web control panel, iPad, iPhone and Android device.

So what’s in store for tomorrow? OpenStack has plans to announce a big release on October 21st that will allow the community to deploy proofs of concept on hundreds of servers on a single cluster and begin developing on the platform. We know the release will include:

  • OpenStack API
  • Hypervisor & Image Support
  • Unifying Compute and Object Storage
  • Networking Model

To learn more about these features, click here to read Chief Stacker Jim Curry’s detailed update.  There is certainly more to come so look out for the announcement coming October 21st.

Want to keep up with OpenStack?

Follow on Twitter @openstack, join the IRC channel freenode #openstack, read the blog  Want to contribute? Click here.

Before leaving in 2016, Angela ran integrated marketing campaigns for Rackspace. She started in 2003 and did everything from Linux support, account management, sales, product marketing and marketing. She left Rackspace in 2005 to work for PEER 1 Hosting but returned in 2009 because she was interested in the cloud computing movement. Angela is a strong believer in the power of storytelling.



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