On Wednesday July 13th, 2011 the first EMEA OpenStack Day will be held in London, UK. The details of the event can be found on http://emeaopenstackday.eventbrite.com/. Citrix Systems will join the mini-conference with four members of the project Olympus:

  • Donal Lafferty
  • John Garbutt
  • Salvatore Orlando

Myself included.

In a nutshell, the event is about letting people involved in the community, learning about the project, and understand how to make use of this great technology. So far the first three Design Summits and the first user conference have been held in the States, and to the best of my knowledge, this is the first official event outside North America (first time in Europe). This is great, because this will let the OpenStack community grow even faster and wider than it already has! The one-day event will feature an overview of the technology for all audiences the first half of the day, followed by a technical deep-dive session in the afternoon. In particular, let me highlight two of the panel discussions I will be involved in:

10:15 – 11:00 am: OpenStack Distributions

Jonathan Bryce, Rackspace Cloud Founder, OpenStack Project Policy Board

Arturo Suarez, COO & Business Development, StackOps

Mark Baker, Server Product Manager, Canonical

  • What are the different distributions emerging around OpenStack?
  • Discussion of why users would choose a distribution over source packages
  • Examination of the role distributions play in developing open source communities

12:00 – 12:45 pm: OpenStack Ecosystem Panel

Moderator: Mark Collier, VP Marketing & Business Development, Rackspace Cloud Builders

Sam Johnston, Equinix

Dan Choquette, Dell

Bailey Caldwell, RightScale

  • What types of organizations are backing OpenStack and why?
  • How are technology companies using OpenStack to build new products and innovate in the cloud computing industry?
  • What technologies are emerging from the OpenStack ecosystem?

The day will also see the attendance of some of the key players of the OpenStack community as well as some founders of the project. The venue is sold out; however, if you happen to be around, I would strongly suggest you to try and get in! If you can’t, don’t worry…RackSpace UK are arranging a London OpenStack User Group; there are going to be hackatons/install fests etc., so the fun is not going to stop!  And hey, the next OpenStack Conference is only a few months away, with Boston on the stackers’ radar!