Midweek Recap: Building OpenStack Interoperability in Vancouver [VIDEO]

Five years ago, a small group of 75 developers flocked to Austin, Texas, for the first-ever OpenStack Summit. What began as a low-key gathering has since morphed into an internationally recognized event with a global following.

This week, more than 5,000 users, developers and administrators of the open source software have convened at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Canada to discuss all things OpenStack, from Neutron and CERN to containers and Swift.

Here’s a taste of what’s going on:

Two of the biggest announcements coming out of the first two days of the summit focused on OpenStack interoperability and federation.

On Monday, OpenStack rolled out a new “OpenStack Powered” designation, which is a certification for enterprises that pass certain interoperability testing requirements.

The second major announcement is that a group of 31 cloud vendors — including Rackspace, Cisco, IBM and Mirantis — have voiced commitment to support the new federated identity feature available in the latest OpenStack Kilo release.

Combined, these milestones reflect a move toward unparalleled interoperability between OpenStack clouds worldwide.

As co-founders of OpenStack, it’s been a thrill for us at Rackspace to watch the open source community grow into a global network of users and administrators. We are committed to breaking down the barriers to OpenStack adoption, and we invite you to join us at our booth in the OpenStack Summit marketplace to exchange ideas with our specialists.

Swing by the Rackspace booth in the expo hall during afternoon breaks today and Thursday for a free copy of Racker James Denton’s book, Learning OpenStack Networking (Neutron). James will be on hand to sign the books, which are in limited supply and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees can also register for a chance to win a GoPro camera and a pair of Bose headphones until Thursday, May 21, by completing a quick survey.

Not in Vancouver to catch the action? You can still check out a live stream of the morning keynotes on the OpenStack website.

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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