OpenStack Summit Portland: Up Your Game With Rackspace

UPDATED April 18, 2013

Rackspace changed the technology game when we co-founded OpenStack in July 2010. Come “Up Your Game” to the next level with us at OpenStack Summit in Portland, which runs from Monday, April 15 to Thursday, April 18.

This page will be updated throughout the Summit with new info and details. Stay tuned. And be sure to follow the action on Twitter with the hashtag #rackstack2013.

Here’s what we’ve got going on at OpenStack Summit Portland:

OpenStack: The Next 10 Years [Video]

We’re just three years into the OpenStack revolution. Where will it go in the next 10? In this video, we explore that question with representatives from Rackspace, Sony and Dell.

Solving The OpenStack Talent Gap

We’re in trouble. We’re facing an unprecedented shortage of IT talent in cloud, and in this case, specifically within OpenStack. Here, we highlight ways the community can solve the OpenStack talent gap.

Rackspace, HubSpot Keynote [Video]

Check out the full video of Rackspace and HubSpot taking the keynote stage at OpenStack Summit Portland.

Day Two Recap

The second day of OpenStack Summit Portland put the spotlight on the users. It was also another big day for news. Here’s a recap of the second day of the Summit.

Users Take The Spotlight

The second day of OpenStack Summit Portland was all about the users, as several high profile OpenStack users shared their stories.

The Year Of The User

Users are now building businesses and doing great things on OpenStack. At OpenStack Summit Portland this week, we’re seeing that 2013 is clearly the year of the user.

HubSpot And The Open Hybrid Cloud

Rackspace customer and OpenStack contributor HubSpot highlights how it uses Rackspace’s open hybrid cloud powered by OpenStack.

The Heat Is On For Autoscaling

One challenge at OpenStack Summit Portland was for the various contributing partners to come to an agreement about how to integrate autoscaling into OpenStack. Should autoscaling stay part of the Heat project, which encompasses all of orchestration, or spin off as a separate project?

OpenStack Powering The Cloud’s Future [Video]

In this video, we hear from Rackspace, Dell, Scalr and the OpenStack Foundation about the importance of OpenStack, the growth of OpenStack Summit and how the OpenStack project is powering the future of cloud computing.

Day One Recap

Day one of OpenStack Summit Portland is in the books. Here’s a recap of some of the big news to come out of the first day of the Summit, including news from Rackspace, NetApp, Red Hat and more.

Twitter Photo Party Contest

New this year at the OpenStack Summit, we’re having a Twitter Photo Party! Simply Tweet a photo or Instagram shot of yourself wearing one of the Rackspace t-shirts from our booth. Be sure to include @Rackspace in your Tweet and the hashtag #rackstack2013  for a chance to win a pair of QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones. All entries must be submitted between  April 15, 2013 and April 18, 2013. Tweet away – we love seeing our fans in Rackspace gear. *See contest rules below.

Rackspace Presentations And Panels

Rackspace will have a huge presence at the Summit. More than 30 Fanatical Rackers will give demonstrations and tech talks and sit on panels throughout the week; and Jim Curry, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Private Cloud at Rackspace, will deliver a keynote presentation with special guest HubSpot on Tuesday morning. Check out the full lineup here.

Free Swag At The Rackspace Booth

We’re also giving away tons of FREE swag at the Rackspace booth (booth A5), including t-shirts. Swing on by.

Contribute Code To OpenStack, Get Free Hosting

If you’ve contributed code to the OpenStack project, we want to offer you free hosting. Go over to during the Summit, or stop by the Rackspace booth (booth A5) for more info. You made the code free; we’ll make your cloud free – up to $500 per month for two years. You can verify contributions at

Free Certification Exams

Want to beef up your resume and show the world that you’re on top of your OpenStack game? Want to do it for free? At OpenStack Summit Portland we’ll offer free Rackspace Certified Technician for OpenStack exams – a $200 value. We’ll host the exam each night of the OpenStack Summit (Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18) in the Director’s Suite on the third floor of the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. The exam will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and an OpenStack Summit Portland badge must be presented prior to taking the test. Space is limited, so arrive early to guarantee a spot.

Become A Racker

Rackspace will have members of its Talent Acquisition team onsite throughout the Summit. If you think you’ve got what it takes to become a Racker, come talk to us. We’re hiring!

OpenStack Summit Victory Party

On Wednesday night, Rackspace and RightScale will take over Castaway for a private party open to all OpenStack attendees. You can RSVP here for a VIP guest ticket, which includes transportation to and from the convention center, food, specialty cocktails and an Avatar artist.



NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void outside the 50 U.S. and D.C., and where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. at least age of majority at time of entry. Begins at 12:00 p.m. PT on April 15, 2013; ends at 11:59 p.m.  PT on April 18, 2013. T-shirt giveaway is available while supplies last. One (1) Sweepstakes Prize: QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones; ARV of prize: $ 349.95.  Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. For complete eligibility details and full rules, visit  Sponsor: Rackspace US, Inc.  Copyright © 2013. Rackspace US, Inc.  All rights reserved. 

Leezia Dhalla was the Speakers Bureau Program Manager at Rackspace until 2015, where she was responsible for coordinating external speaking engagements and developing corporate messaging for senior leadership, software developers and key subject matter experts. graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science.



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