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Yesterday evening, the CloudStack Silicon Valley Users Group held a meetup in Palo Alto, CA at SAP Labs. Thank you to Alex Graebe and SAP Labs for hosting our group!

John Kinsella kicked off the night with an introduction of our speakers, Mike Tutkowski and Andrew Kirch, and a quick reminder about ApacheCon North America 2015. The call for proposals is open until February 1st, 2015 so submit your proposal today! 

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Our guest speakers for the evening were Mike Tutkowski, a member of the CloudStack PMC, and Andrew Kirch, Community Manager at Zenoss. Mike Tutkowski develops software for the Apache CloudStack project to help drive improvements in its storage component and to integrate SolidFire more deeply into the product. Andrew Kirch works directly with product users every day. He has over 10 years of experience as a Systems/Network Administrator, with specialization including SNMP and network monitoring.

Mike started off the meetup by going over the basics of primary storage in CloudStack and discussing the challenges of guaranteeing storage performance in a cloud. Then he reviewed the CloudStack enhancements in detail, outlined the management benefits they provide and discussed common go-to-market approaches. The presentation slides for Guaranteeing Storage Performance in CloudStack by Mike Tutkowski can be found here.

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RICON 2014 Build a Cloud Day - Videos are Available

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On October 27th, 2014 the Open@Citrix team hosted a Build a Cloud Day at RICON 2014. Thank you to the speakers who presented that day!

For those of you who haven't attended a Build a Cloud Day, here's what Build a Cloud Day is all about. Build a Cloud Days are free to attend and held around the world. Build a Cloud days are designed to expose attendees to the concepts and best practices around deploying cloud computing infrastructure. Attendees learn how to deploy a cloud computing environment using Apache CloudStack and other cloud infrastructure tools including those from XenServer, Docker, RiakCS, Ceph, Chef, Zenoss, Puppet and many others that automate server and network configuration for building highly available cloud computing environments.

Mark Hinkle kicked off the day with an introduction and a presentation on A Crash Course to Open Source Cloud Computing.

Crash Course on Open Source Cloud Computing by Mark Hinkle (Slides | Video)

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Last week, the CloudStack Silicon Valley Users Group held a meetup in Sunnyvale, CA at NetApp. Thank you to Kim White, Ray Mar and NetApp for hosting our group on Thursday evening!

John Kinsella kicked off the night with an introduction of our speaker, Geoff Higginbottom, and a quick reminder about the CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe held in Budapest, Hungary on November 19-21st, 2014. The schedule is now available. Register now! ApacheCon Europe will be co-located with the CloudStack Collaboration Conference from November 17-21st, 2014.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Geoff Higginbottom, CTO of ShapeBlue Ltd and a leading CloudStack implementation specialist. Geoff has designed numerous Apache CloudStack and Citrix CloudPlatform Cloud Infrastructures, for both Public and Private Cloud use cases. Geoff regularly speaks at the CloudStack European User Group and designed and delivers a very successful CloudStack 2 Day Bootcamp course (which has been delivered around the globe). We were very lucky that Geoff happened to be in the US helping a CloudStack User get their cloud up and running last week. He took time to speak at the CloudStack Silicon Valley User group giving insights on designing CloudStack clouds and answering numerous questions from the attendees!

Geoff started off the meetup with an introduction to CloudStack and gave a live demonstration of the technology.

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Last night, the CloudStack Bay Area SF Users Group held a meetup in Palo Alto, CA at SAP Labs. Thank you to Alexander Graebe and SAP Labs for hosting our group yesterday evening!

John Kinsella kicked off the night with an introduction of speakers and ended the evening with a quick reminder about the CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe held in Budapest, Hungary on November 19-22nd, 2014. The schedule is now available and the early bird registration deadline ends August 15th! Register now. ApacheCon Europe will be co-located with the CloudStack Collaboration Conference from November 17-21st, 2014.

Our guest speaker, Nitin Mehta, presented Replacing realhostip.com with your custom domain since Citrix will be ending RHIP on September 30th, 2014. Nitin helped CloudStackers understand the prerequisites, procedure and troubleshooting steps for customizing their cloud with their own domain. Currently Secondary Storage virtual machine (SSVM) and Console Proxy virtual machine (CPVM) use realhostip.com as default SSL domain for functionalities such as viewing virtual machine console, copying templates across zones, download template/iso/volume and these functionalities will be impacted with the shutdown of realhostip.com. Slides are available here. The video will be posted in about two weeks.

John Kinsella gave the talk, Don't Break the Glass! In Case of Emergency. The video can be found here.

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Open@Citrix sponsored the 3rd annual poker party at OSCON on Tuesday, July 22nd at OSCON. Poker tables were hosted by various open source projects. Thank you to ManageIQ, Fedora, Ceph, Bitnami, OpenShift, Apache CloudStack, Xen Project, OpenDaylight, SaltStack, Chef, Ansible, Atomic, oVirt, OrangeFS, CentOS and Apache Libcloud. It was a night filled with live music, beer, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and prizes. Congrats to the lucky top 3 chip winners who took home Samsung Chromebooks 2!

Pictures from the 3rd Annual Open Cloud Poker Party: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk18HqbC

Open Cloud Lounge

The Open Cloud Lounge was a comfy spot for OSCON attendees to hangout at. There were OpenDaylight, Apache CloudStack and Xen Project beanbags. Community members from the Xen Project and Apache CloudStack project handed out swag and cupcakes.

Pictures of the Open Cloud Lounge: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk19xKvq

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Citrix supports the open source community via developer support and evangelism. We have a number of developers and evangelists that participate actively in the open source community in Apache Cloudstack, OpenStack, OpenDaylight, Xen Project and XenServer. We also conduct educational activities via the Build A Cloud events held all over the world.

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