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Monday, May 12


Q&A Panel with Media and Analyst Covering OpenStack

The analysts and media who cover OpenStack will offer direct, unvarnished feedback in this moderated panel. Come and join the conversation, covering questions like: 

- Why do we keep talking about the "benevolent dictator vs technical meritocracy" question? Why do some     think that OpenStack needs its own Linus Torvalds? 

- The rumor mill tells us that vendors have a growing number of large deployments in production. But those   customers have their vendors under strict NDA. Are we doing a disservice to the larger IT community by     not alluding to those as-yet-unannounced OpenStack deployments?

- What are the top pet peeves media and analysts have when talking to vendors and users in the              ecosystem? What do you wish we'd stop saying, and why?

- Why are vendors and enterprises drawn to OpenStack, and what is preventing greater adoption?  This    promises to be an engaging and frothy session.

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Gretchen Curtis

Co-Founder / Chief Marketing Officer, Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.


Lauren Nelson

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stephen o'grady

Principal Analyst, RedMonk
Stephen O'Grady ​is a Principal Analyst and Co-Founder of RedMonk. Based in Portland, Maine, his job is to help companies understand developers better and to help developers. He focuses on infrastructure software such as programming languages, operating systems and databases, as... Read More →
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Al Sadowski

Research Director, 451 Research

Monday May 12, 2014 11:15am - 12:00pm
Room B313


You Sir, Sir Vey
The User Survey [1] provides users an opportunity to influence the community and software direction. Up until now the User Survey has been targeted at operators responsible for deploying and maintaining OpenStack powered clouds, with good reason. If you can't deploy OpenStack, you have nowhere to start. Now that there has been many successful deployments of OpenStack, both public and private, it's time for the beginning of a shift in focus of OpenStack's audience.
A new section of questions and answers in the survey are focused on the true users of OpenStack. Application developers, those developers who create applications that will run on OpenStack powered clouds, and application operators, those operators who deploy applications running on OpenStack powered clouds. We need to better understand what tools they are using, their requirements, and what's missing from our ecosystem.
[1] https://www.openstack.org/user-survey/

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Everett Toews

Platform Engineer, Deloitte NZ
I'm working to make the cloud easy to use through a combination of development, operations, testing, continuous integration/deployment, and documentation. I'm interested in composing distributed systems using APIs, SDKs, CLIs, and containers. I like to teach what I learn along the... Read More →

Monday May 12, 2014 5:30pm - 6:10pm
Room B314
Tuesday, May 13


Community Comparison: How Does the Kernel Stack up Against OpenStack
Within Open Source projects, it is often useful to get a level set" on community practises (what works and what doesn't). The purpose of this talk will be to compare and contrast the Current OpenStack community processes with those of the Linux Kernel (being one of the oldest and best established Open Source projects with one of the biggest contributor bases). The object isn't a winner takes all competition but an in depth comparison of the two project on a set of metrics to see which may be better, what may be learned (and perhaps how they could both improved). It is important to understand as well, that there are often no "right" answers. Sometimes the dynamics of a community become a matter of taste within that community and a process that works perfectly for one community may fail dismally for another.

Some of the main measures of health of an Open Source project are
  1. Ease of attraction of newcomers
  2. Utility of the project processes to drive by coders (people who are only interested in getting one bug fixed or feature accepted and then they disappear again)
  3. Core contributor variation with time (who are the core contributors, how steady are they and what's the amateur/professional mix)
However, there are also other interesting issues, like what are the barriers to contribution, like how easy is the Contributor Licence Agreement to actually agree to (here the Kernel wins because the Developer Certificate of origin is streamlined and carried within the patch itself) and how welcoming is the community (here OpenStack wins, because the Linux Kernel mailing list is notoriously hostile); how does the acceptance process contribute to the quality of the code (OpenStack has a formalised gerrit based review process and the Kernel just has mailing list based discussion of patches).

The presentation will attempt to synthesise the community and process comparisons and shed some light on what is currently working well, and what may benefit from modification (and how might it be modified).

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James Bottomley

CTO, Virtualization, Odin
James Bottomley is CTO of Virtualisation at Odin where he works onVirtualization including container technology for Linux and Windows. He isalso Linux Kernel maintainer of the SCSI subsystem. He has been a Director onthe Board of the Linux Foundation and Chair of its Technical AdvisoryBoard... Read More →

Tuesday May 13, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Room B314


How Community Can Make OpenStack Customer Centric

One great benefit of implementing OpenStack is the ability – at least in principle – to influence the project’s pace, priorities and roadmap. Having a seat at the table helps insure that OpenStack evolves in response to the real operational needs and economics of your business. At least, that’s the theory. In practice, this works best for a relatively small fraction of potential customers: mostly those with deep resources, and/or those whose commitment to OpenStack is clear-cut and strategically imperative, or who work for a technology supplier. But what about customers that just want to operate the cloud? What about, in other words, real customers?

Today, the mass of such organizations is not directly involved in OpenStack development. Their IT and software development leads are not being welcomed. Their opinions and needs are not being solicited. Their valuable feedback is not being heard. What’s worst is this: they know it. Without concrete, visible steps to change how we build it, they will not come.

As a major OpenStack vendor, Mirantis has developed a set of best practices for welcoming and working with end-user customers, extending to them more of the benefits of OpenStack community participation and conversely, obtaining from them guidance and actionable market intelligence. By discussing these best-practices, we hope to:

• Help the OpenStack community reach out more consistently, and with better results, to real end-user customers.
• Develop beneficial (but also non-burdensome) roles in the community, enabling and shaping participation by a range of parties whose main motive is to use, rather than build the product.
• Explore structural tweaks that will enable better exchange of information between ‘style: end-user’ participants and members of the community who participate in more fundamental ways.

With a better, common understanding of the needs of primary end-user customers for OpenStack and related products, we can broaden adoption and improve OpenStack’s technology base, from increased participation for all and access to more and better ideas from the ‘real world’.


Alex Freedland

Chairman and Co-Founder, Mirantis, Mirantis
Alex is the co-founder of Mirantis, the guy who came up with the company name Mirantis and now serves as the company s Chairman and Chief Community Officer. He is also a member of the Board of the OpenStack Foundation Alex is passionate about OpenStack s quest to become the platform... Read More →

Tuesday May 13, 2014 2:50pm - 3:30pm
Room B314


Building a Contribution Culture @Cloudwatt
As a European Sovereign Public Cloud Provider, it is required for Cloudwatt to develop its in-house mastery & expertise of the underlying FLOSS components it is deploying, OpenStack & Ceph being the key ones.

In order to achieve that, Cloudwatt has staffed dedicated contribution teams. The catch is that, in a world where existing senior cotributors living in the Paris area are not found easily, and even more a year and a half ago than today, Cloudwatt had no choice but to grow them in-house, with the help of its partner eNovance.

Growing from zero employees to 100 in the past 18 month Cloudwatt shaped his software engineering team for Free Software contribution from day one. The Upstream University course is part of the training program proposed to every engineer. It is only one of the many challenges to build a team able to reconcile the agenda of the company with the roadmap of the OpenStack project.

We’ll describe why we went this way, where we are today, challenges we faced, and the various benefits we got from this journey as a company.

If you’re a developer, you’ll get ammunition to convince your boss to let you contribute. If you’re in a IT leadership role, you’ll get a few reason on why you should let your people do it, and how you could do that.

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Regis Allegre

VP Software Engineering, Cloudwatt
Régis is in charge of Cloudwatt’s Software Engineering group, role that he took in September 2013. Before joining Cloudwatt, Régis Allegre was CTO of Digital Supply Chain provider Digiplug, responsible for shaping and implementing the company’s technology strategy across the... Read More →
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Loïc Dachary

Developer, SecureDrop
Loïc Dachary has been involved with the Free Software Movement since 1987, when he started distributing GNU tapes to the general public. In 2017 he became a core developer for SecureDrop to help journalists communicate with their sources securily and anonymously. In the past de... Read More →

Tuesday May 13, 2014 3:40pm - 4:20pm
Room B314


How Do You Agile Your Global Team to Contribute to OpenStack

These days everybody knows how to scale a distributed system all over the globe without any single point of failure and communicating between each others in a clustered way.

If you think about it, distributed servers are not so much different than distributed teams, they need to get along together and be synchronized.

But is it really? Human are humans after all and are not servers.

In this session we will go over how eNovance started growing up his development team in a distributed way following the agile’s values and principles. This session will explain how to schedule and iterate keeping the pace of Openstack releases. We will also cover how we organize our scrums, sprint planning, review, retrospective facing different time zones with our distributed teams.

How do you agile your global team to contribute to OpenStack is the talk for everyone who wants to scale agile in multiple distributed teams contributing upstream to Openstack and other open source projects.

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Frederic Lepied

Engineering Manager, Red Hat
Frederic Lepied is managing the OpenStack Software Engineering team attached to Red Hat Cloud Innovation Practice.
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Alexis Monville

Red Hat
Alexis Monville is building high impact sustainable organizations. Alexis brings more than 20 years of operations and management experience. Over the years, Alexis worked in diverse sectors, from the automotive industry, the epic Web start, IT consulting, public sector, software development... Read More →

Tuesday May 13, 2014 4:40pm - 5:20pm
Room B314


Your OpenStack DevOps Team: Encouraging Innovation with Open Source Development
The cadence of the software development life cycle and operational sustainment within the context of OpenStack development is different than most other models, whether proprietary or open source. This talk features a panel of development and operations leaders who manage teams that contribute to and consume OpenStack within their company. Moderated by Rainya Mosher, a Software Development Manager within Rackspace's Public Cloud Infrastructure segment, the panel will discuss the unique opportunities and challenges present when your teams consist of members of the OpenStack Community. We'll share lessons learned and provide insight that will help other teams find their way through the balance of product delivery within an open source community and encourage innovation for all.

Outline of (Possible) Panel Topics Balance
  • review days / internal development cycles
  • upstream contributions / production bug fixes
  • doing it the right way / doing it right now
  • milestone commitments / product delivery dates
  • community expectations / executive expectations
  • innovation / firefighting
  • development / sustainment
The (Possible) Panel Speakers Several software development and operations leaders are confirmed to participate in this discussion.
  • Rainya Mosher, Rackspace Dev Manager, Deployment Systems
  • Gabe Westmaas, Rackspace Director of Engineering, Cloud Infrastructure
  • Toan Nguyen, Rackspace Dev Manager, Cloud Servers (nova)
  • Uma Goring, Rackspace Dev Manager, Cloud Networks (neutron)
  • Matt Van Winkle, Rackspace Ops Manager, Cloud Servers
  • Mike Wilson, Bluehost Sr. Systems Architect


Jesse Keating

OpenStack Engineer, Blue Box
Jesse Keating is has been a part of the Linux community for over 13 years, as a user, contributor, instructor, author, and evangelist. As a believer in Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, currently Jesse is in a DevOps role at Rackspace, working on the Public Cloud.
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Rainya "Rai" Mosher

Sr Manager, Digital Platform Delivery, T-Mobile
A vector of enthusiasm grounded in reality, Rainya "Rai" Mosher is an engineering manager at T-Mobile focusing on platform development to enable digital delivery and dynamic environment creation for application teams. Prior to joining T-Mobile, Rai work at Rackspace Hosting and Cisco... Read More →
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Monty Taylor

Red Hat

Topher White

Operations Manager, HP Cloud Services
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Mike Wilson

Systems Architect at Mirantis, Mirantis
Mike Wilson comes from a background of large scale multi-datacenter computing and has been doing big OpenStack since the Folsom release. His experience includes upstream development as well as being the principal architect and lead in setting up one of the largest OpenStack deployments... Read More →

Tuesday May 13, 2014 5:30pm - 6:10pm
Room B314
Wednesday, May 14


Building an OpenStack Community in your Neighborhood
Colorado is one of the hubs" of OpenStack development, though it is not as natural as it is in Austin, San Antonio, or the greater Bay area. We are fairly distributed and we've had to do a little work to create a presence.

By using personal connections, IRC, and Meetups, we've built a community and so can you. This session will talk about what "community" means in a region where there is no natural centerpoint. OpenStack expertise and interest is sprinkled broadly throughout the Denver Metro, Boulder, and Northern Colorado area and we do some things to make it feel like a tighter community. We'll share those ideas with you.

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David Medberry

Lead Engineer, OpenStack DevOps, Charter Comm
Open source advocate for 15+ years.OpenStack developer, deployer since 2011...OpenStack Community leader for 4+ years.Formerly doing cloud and open source for Canonical (Ubuntu) and HP, currently doing OpenStack at Charter Communications.Known to launch flying discs at anyone attending... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
Room B102


Coordination and Leadership Challenges in Producing OpenStack
Follow the OpenStack Release manager as he goes through the unique coordination and leadership challenges that producing OpenStack creates.
How are OpenStack projects actually produced ? What organization, tools and tricks do we use to ensure we all work together ? What are the open innovation challenges we encountered and how did we solve them ? How does technical leadership work in a set of projects with such a large developers pool ? What are the classic pitfalls we needed to avoid and the culture and processes we created to work around them ?

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Thierry Carrez

VP of Engineering, OpenStack Foundation
Thierry Carrez is the Vice-President of Engineering at the OpenStack Foundation, in charge of the long-term health of the open source projects under the Foundation. A long-time elected member of the OpenStack Technical Committee, he has been a Release Manager for the OpenStack project... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 9:50am - 10:30am
Room B102


Contributing Back As an Operator
Description OpenStack needs more operators contributing back. Learn about the challenges, and what you can do to address them so your company not only consumes OpenStack, but contributes back.
Abstract Business Topics
* Talking to your executive team about OpenSource
* Identifying your “unfair advantage” OpenSourcing what supports it
* Legal Challenges
* Contracts and IP
* Patents
* Marketing benefits of contributing

Technical Topics
* Setting up your CI system
* Authorizing contributions programatically
* Resources to accelerate contribution

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Colin McNamara

Principal, Network Software Development, Oracle
Colin McNamara is a seasoned leader with 18 years experience with network, systems and application technologies. I am a firm believer in the evolving role that community, educational and corporate Open Source contribution have to play in todays technology marketplace. Through his... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
Room B102


Product Development in the Open
In OpenStack, all our coding is done out in the open. You can read the source code and follow the peer reviews the code went through before it was merged in. Often times, however, the original intent behind a blueprint or feature request gets murky, leaving code reviewers focused on the trees instead of the forest. In this talk, join Brian Rosmaita, Cloud Images Product Manager at Rackspace, as he advocates for full features documented with use cases, prototype press releases, and preliminary FAQ lists to help articulate the vision for features. Brian will share his experiences in working in the Glance project, and offer practical advice on how developers and product managers can work together to improve the overall experience of turning OpenStack ideas into products.

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Brian Rosmaita

Senior Software Developer, Rackspace
Brian Rosmaita is a Senior Software Developer at Rackspace.  He's been an active technical contributor to OpenStack since the Folsom release and was a software developer on the Rackspace first generation cloud.  During a stint as a product manager, he was instrumental in launching... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 11:50am - 12:30pm
Room B102


From Infrastructure Administrator To Cloud Architect
Cloud Computing is one of the fastest growing segments in the Tech industry with a plethora of job openings being posted for Cloud Architects in general and OpenStack Engineers in particular. If you are currently a server, network, or storage admin, how do make the change to Cloud Computing? If you are already a virtualization admin, how do you take the next step to becoming a Cloud Architect? We will talk about the opportunities currently available in both the vendor and end-user space and where we are seeing the biggest needs and strongest growth in the Cloud and OpenStack markets. We will also explore, with the help of speakers who have made the transition, what experiences, skill sets, and knowledge domains are required to be a Cloud Architect for a vendor or an end-user.

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Niki Acosta

Cloud Evangelista
Niki Acosta is a Cloud Evangelista for Rackspace. A Racker since 2008, she has held numerous roles throughout the organization covering public and private cloud-based products and services in the Rackspace portfolio. As an active OpenStack participant, tweeter, and blogger, she has... Read More →
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Aaron Delp

Technical Solutions Director, SolidFire, SolidFire
Aaron Delp is the Director of Technology Solutions for SolidFIre specializing in the creation of OpenStack, CloudStack, and VMware based cloud solutions. Prior to SolidFire, Aaron was the Sr. Director of Technical Marketing for the Citrix Cloud Platforms Group where he led the generation... Read More →
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Jason Grimm

Open Cloud Architect, Rackspace
I'm a 40 year old husband and father of 7. I'm a native of downtown Atlanta, GA but have made the move from townie to farmer this year and now live about an hour north of the city on a sustainable farm. I'm an avid reader, wannabe film critic, and indie music enthusiast; collector... Read More →
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Kenneth Hui

Technology Evangelist, Rackspace
Kenneth Hui is a Technology Evangelist with Rackspace. His passion is to help IT deliver value to their customers through collaboration, automation, and cloud computing. Ken blogs about cloud computing, OpenStack, and VMware at http://cloudarchitectmusings.com and at http://www.rackspace.com./blog/author/kenneth-hui... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 1:50pm - 2:30pm
Room B102


User Experience in the OpenStack Community

How has the OpenStack User Experience (UX) group contributed to the OpenStack Community over the past year? In this session, you'll get to hear how the UX group is helping to shape features and improve the overall user experience in OpenStack and verifying that designs are meeting target end users needs. We will give highlights of our progress in the following areas:

- Understanding the OpenStack users

- Requirements gathering

- Interaction design

- Design support during development

- Usability testing and feeding results back into new requirements

We will also discuss the recent efforts, which builds on Dave Neary’s previous work, to develop a set of personas to help the development community align with their users'’ needs and tasks.  We'll review the methodology used to develop the personas, insights from the user interviews, and the personas created from the effort.  Finally, we will provide recommendations and examples for how the community can effectively use the personas during their own planning, design, development, and testing efforts to improve the overall user experience.

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Jacki Bauer

User Experience Designer, Rackspace
Jacki Bauer is a Senior User Experience Designer with more than 8 years of experience translating user needs into compelling online experiences. She has an MS in Human Computer Interaction from Indiana University. Before moving to Austin to work at Rackspace, she spent 6 years in... Read More →
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Liz Blanchard

Interaction Designer, Red Hat
Liz is a Senior Interaction Designer working on the User Experience Design team at Red Hat. Liz has 7 years of experience as a usability professional working on all things User Experience. She focuses on the Usability side of things at times in creating personas, going on site visits... Read More →
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Pieter Kruithof

User Experience Designer and User Researcher, HP
Piet is an accomplished User Experience (UX) Designer and User Researcher with over fourteen years of focused contributions to both software and hardware development. He is currently a UX Design and Research Lead with HP’s Cloud OS team which develops IT infrastructure management... Read More →
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Ju Lim

Member of the Technical Staff, Red Hat
Ju Lim is a Member of the Technical Staff at Red Hat and has been working on improving the user experience of OpenStack and the Red Hat products and solutions. She typically works on defining new products, developing early product concepts and driving them to get implemented and... Read More →

Wednesday May 14, 2014 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Room B314