OpenStack Summit Atlanta: Where To Find Rackspace Specialists

OpenStack Summit Atlanta kicks off on Monday. Thousands of stackers will head to the ATL to hear more about OpenStack during keynote sessions, workshops, a design summit and much more. Rackspace will be out in full force hosting a number of speaking sessions, a keynote presentation from Troy Toman and a bunch of other awesome events.

You can keep up with all of what’s happening on Twitter with the hashtag #rackstackatl.

Here’s a full list of what we’re up to at OpenStack Summit Atlanta (May 12 through May 16):

Keynote Presentation

Monday, May 12
9:50 a.m.
Just Rebels? Or A Rebel Alliance? (Featuring Rackspace Cloud Architect Troy Toman @troytoman)
OpenStack’s remarkable progress, traction with users and vibrant community changed the course of computing. But that’s not enough to keep this thing going in the face of intensified competition and mounting complexity. Now we have to get big. That means extending what the cloud can be, embracing interoperability and engaging more diverse contributors. It means coming together to define what users need and making it strong enough to scale.

Speaking Sessions

Monday, May 12
11:15 a.m.
Multi-Tenant Bare Metal Provisioning with Ironic (Featuring Rackspace Software Development Manager Russell Haering @russell_h)

12:05 p.m.
So You Want to Be an OpenStack Contributor? (Featuring Rackspace Software Development Manager Rainya Mosher @rainyamosher, Rackspace Software Developer Iccha Sethi @IcchaSethi, Rackspace Principal Architect Egle Sigler @eglute and Rackspace Cloud Technology Instructor Angela Streeter @angelastreeter)

Continuous Integration Testing for Your Database Migrations (Featuring Rackspace Software Developer Joshua Hesketh)

2:50 p.m.
Laying Cinder Block (Volumes): Use Cases and Reference Architectures (Featuring Rackspace Technology Evangelist Kenneth Hui @hui_kenneth, SolidFire OpenStack Block Storage PTL John Griffith and Open Innovations Lab Principal Architect James Ruddy)

4:40 p.m.
Troubleshooting Neutron Virtual Networks (Featuring Rackspace Cloud Technology Instructor Phil Hopkins)

5:30 p.m.
Bridging The Gap: OpenStack For VMware Administrators (Featuring Rackspace Technology Evangelist Kenneth Hui @hui_kenneth and VMware Engineering Architect Scott Lowe)

You Sir, Sir Vey (Featuring Rackspace Developer Advocate Everett Toews @everett_toews)
Vagrant Up Your Rackspace Private Cloud (Featuring Rackspace Sales Engineer James Thorne @jameswthorne)

OpenStack – QA Security Code Analysis (Featuring Rackspace Director of Software Security Engineering Jim Freeman @Drolaw)

Tuesday, May 13
12:05 p.m.
OpenStack Python and the Holy Grail: A New Proposal for Image Portability (Featuring Rackspace Software Developer John Garbutt @johnthetubaguy and Rackspace Cloud Images Product Manager Brian Rosmaita @br14nr)

2:50 p.m.
Working with Security Groups (Featuring Rackspace Principal Solutions Architect Jacob Walcik)

Automating Service Orchestration with Docker and CoreOS (Featuring Rackspace Cloud Solutions Architect John Yi @jyidiego)

4:40 p.m.
Orchestration for Public Cloud: The Experience of Running Heat at Rackspace (Featuring Rackspace Senior Software Development Manager Keith Bray and Rackspace Senior Software Developer Randall Burt)

Focusing on Developer Experience and Announcing (Featuring Rackspace Developer Advocates Jesse Noller @jessenoller and Everett Toews @everett_toews)

5:30 p.m.
Your OpenStack DevOps Team: Encouraging Innovation with Open Source Development (Featuring Rackspace Development Manager Uma Goring, Rackspace Software Development Manager Rainya Mosher @rainyamosher, Rackspace Software Development Manager Toan Nguyen, Rackspace Cloud Engineering Manager Matt Van Winkle @mvanwink and Mirantis Senior Architect Mike Wilson)

Wednesday, May 14
9 a.m.
Saved By the Bell: Alerting, Logging, and Monitoring OpenStack with Open Source Tools (Featuring Rackspace Cloud Architect Jason Grimm, Rackspace Sales Engineer James Thorne @jameswthorne and Rackspace Enterprise Architect Vinson Rogers)

11 a.m.
Chef for OpenStack Deployment Workshop (Featuring Rackspace Principal Architect Justin Shepherd and Chef Director of Cloud Integrations Matt Ray)

11:50 a.m.
Product Development in the Open (Featuring Rackspace Cloud Images Product Manager Brian Rosmaita @br14nr)

Using ZeroVM and Swift to Build a Compute Enabled Storage Platform (Featuring Rackspace Software Development Director Camuel Gilyadov @camuelg and Rackspace Director of Next Generation Markets Blake Yeager @Blake_Yeager)

Scaling Out OpenStack Clouds in the Enterprise (Featuring Rackspace Technology Evangelist Kenneth Hui @hui_kenneth, Red Hat CTO Office Jan Mark Holzer, Piston Cloud Computing Head of Product Caroline McCrory, Blue Box CEO and Founder Jesse Proudman, HDS CTO of Intelligent Platforms Manju Ramanathpura and Mirantis CEO and Co-Founder Boris Renski)

1:50 p.m.
From Infrastructure Administrator To Cloud Architect (Featuring Rackspace Cloud Evangelista Niki Acosta @nikiacosta, Rackspace Cloud Architect Jason Grimm, Rackspace Technology Evangelist Kenneth Hui @hui_kenneth and SolidFire Cloud Solutions Architect Aaron Delp)

3:30 p.m.
User Experience in the OpenStack Community (Featuring Rackspace User Experience Designer Jacki Bauer, Red Hat Senior Interaction Designer Liz Blanchard, HP User Experience Designer and User Researcher Pieter Kruithof and Red Hat Technical Staff Member Ju Lim)

Preparing to Deploy a Private Cloud (Featuring Rackspace Principal Solutions Architect Jacob Walcik)

4:30 p.m.
Making Test-Driven Development [Somewhat] Bearable on OpenStack (Featuring Rackspace Operations Engineer Hart Hoover @hhoover)

5:20 p.m.
Learning to Scale OpenStack: An Update from the Rackspace Public Cloud (Featuring Rackspace Linux Systems Engineer Jesse Keating @iamjkeating and Rackspace Software Development Manager Rainya Mosher @rainyamosher)

Automation, Orchestration, Confusion? Taking the Discussion Up the Stack (Featuring Rackspace Cloud Solution Architect John Yi @jyidiego, Mirantis Platform Architect Georgy Okrokvertskhov, hastexo CEO and Principal Consultant Florian Haas, Red Hat Senior Software Engineer Steve Baker and GigaSpaces CTO Nati Shalom)

Thursday, May 15
9 a.m.
Getting Started with OpenStack (Featuring Rackspace Technology Evangelist Kenneth Hui @hui_kenneth and Red Hat Senior Software Engineer Dan Radez)

Public Cloud on OpenStack: The Challenge of Knowing What to Push to Production and How to Keep it Running (Featuring Rackspace Cloud Engineering Manager Matt Van Winkle @mvanwink, eNovance Products Vice President Nick Barcet, DreamHost Cloud Vice President Jonathan LaCour and HP Cloud Services Operations Manager Topher White)

9:50 a.m.
Federated Identity & Federated Service Provider Support for OpenStack Clouds (Featuring Rackspace Identity Product Manager Joe Savak @joesavak, Rackspace Principal Architect Jorge Williams, IBM Software Developer Steve Martinelli and IBM Distinguished Engineer Brad Topol)

11 a.m.
Hands-On Heat Tutorial / Turning Up The Heat (Featuring Cloud Architect Jason Grimm, SUSE Linux Technical Specialist Rick Ashford and SUSE Linux Technical Specialist Cameron Seader)

Introduction to OpenStack Trove: A Multi-database Deployment with MongoDB and MySQL (Featuring Rackspace Principal Engineer and Trove PTL Michael Basnight and Tesora Vice President of Product Development and Trove Developer Doug Shelley)

1:30 p.m.
Using Continuous Integration with an Open Source Code Base for Large-Scale Infrastructure Deployments (Featuring Rackspace Software Developer Brian Lamar and Rackspace Software Development Manager Rainya Mosher @rainyamosher)

Designate: Interactive Workshop – Install and Operate (Featuring Rackspace Software Developer Emmanuel Ankutse, Rackspace Software Developer Vinod Mangalpally, Rackspace Software Development Manager Joe McBride @mejoe, Rackspace Software Developer Betsy Luzader, HP Cloud Services Senior Software Engineer Graham Hayes, HP Cloud DNS Technical Lead Kiall Mac Innes, Red hat Principal Software Engineer Rich Megginson and EBay Inc. Cloud Engineer Ron Rickard)

3:10 p.m.
Repose – The OpenStack API Filter (Featuring Rackspace Product Manager Felix Sargent @Antagonist)

Neutron at Scale (Featuring Rackspace Software Developer Justin Hammond, Rackspace Systems Engineer Andy Hill @andyhky and Rackspace Systems Engineer Chad Norgan @chadnorgan)

4:10 p.m.
OpenStack from Zero to Nova: An Activity-Driven Workshop (Featuring Rackspace Software Developer Dana Bauer @geography76, Rackspace Software Developer Iccha Sethi @IcchaSethi, Rackspace Principal Architect Egle Sigler @eglute and Rackspace Cloud Technology Instructor Angela Streeter @angelastreeter)

Demo Theater

Tuesday, May 13
RackConnect 3: The Evolution of Rackspace’s Hybrid Network
In the expo hall, we’ll host a Demo Theater during which Rackers Erik Carlin and Chris Kuehl will be demonstrate Rackspace’s hybrid cloud capabilities using the public cloud and RackConnect 3.0.


Rackspace is a sponsor of the #vBrownBag technical talks. At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, Rackspace Linux Systems Engineer Jesse Keating will discuss orchestrating provisioning and manipulation of Rackspace Cloud resources using Ansible.

Developer Discount

As part of our continued dedication and support of the developer community and open source, we’re offering OpenStack Summit attendees something special: Sign up for a new Rackspace Cloud account and receive up to $50 in credit per month for six months on your cloud account. This is our way of saying thank you. Visit here for more information. Now go build something awesome!

At Our Booth

There are a number of activities going on at the Rackspace booth throughout OpenStack Summit Atlanta. We’ll host a Rackspace Cloud Code Challenge during which each attendee who participates and completes the task gets a Scottevest pullover. We’ll also have a lounge area for attendees to sit and complete the challenge. The booth will feature looping video with a list of speakers. We’ll also have copies of the OpenStack Command Guide cheat-sheet on how to get started with OpenStack. And a caricature artist will be on hand.

Rackspace is also participating in the booth crawl on Monday, May 12 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We’ll be serving beer, wine and small bites to eat.

Other Goodness 

And if all that above wasn’t enough, we got some other awesomeness going on throughout OpenStack Summit Atlanta.

We can’t wait to see you all at OpenStack Summit Atlanta next week!

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