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I am pleased to announce the next Xen Project Hackathon. The Hackathon will be hosted by Rackspace in their London offices, May 29 and 30. I wanted to thank Paul Voccio and Gus Maskowitz from Rackspace for hosting the Hackathon. I also wanted to thank Rackspace for hosting the Xen Project wiki, mailing lists, blog and other services. This is in line with Rackspace’s vision of openness and helping people:

At Rackspace we build and live openness as much as possible and go out of our way to support and nurture open source where we can. We help people achieve success by solving their hybrid hosting and cloud problems. In that same line we are proud to help the Xen Project run a successful Hackathon in London 2014. Rackspace

What to expect at a Xen Project Hackathon?

The aim of the Hackathon is to give developers the opportunity to meet face to face, to discuss development, coordinate, write code and collaborate with other developers. Of course the event will allow everyone to meet in person and build relationships: to facilitate this, we will have a social event on the evening of the 29th. We will cover many hot topics such as the latest Xen Project Hypervisor 4.4 features, planning for the next Xen Project Hypervisor release, Cloud Integration, Cloud Operating Systems, Mirage OS, Xen Project in emerging segments such as embedded, mobile, automotive and NFV. But at the end of the day, the community will chose the topics that are covered.

To ensure that the event runs efficiently, we are following the following process: Each day is divided into several segments. We will have a number of work areas that are labelled with numbers (or other unique identifiers). Each morning starts with a plenary and scheduling session. Every attendee who cares about a topic can announce a topic, which we will map against a work area and time-slot. This makes it easy for other attendees to participate in projects and discussions they care about. Of course we also encourage attendees to highlight projects they plan to share before the event by adding them to our wiki.

We will wrap up each day with another short plenary session: the aim of this session is to summarize what was done, show brief demos and make improvements to the process.

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Hands-on CloudStack Session with David Nalley!

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First off – a huge thank you goes out to NetApp and Kim White for hosting the CloudStack SF Bay Area Users Group on March 19th! It was a wonderful venue and they were so generous to provide pizza, refreshments, beer and cupcakes to keep the CloudStackers going through the evening.

John Kinsella kicked off the night with a quick introduction and reminder about the CloudStack Collaboration Conference held in Denver, CO April 9-11th, 2014. A few of our very own CloudStackers have submitted talk proposals for the CloudStack Collaboration Conference. Their talks have gotten accepted and they will be speaking at the conference! Congratulations to Amogh Vasekar and Marco Massenzio! There's still time to register for the conference so don't delay! If you're already planning to attend, check out their presentations:

Moving up the Stack with Stacktician by Amogh Vasekar, Software Engineer at Citrix 

Towards an Automated Testing Environment by Amogh Vasekar, Software Engineer at Citrix

Challenges in Developing a True SaaS Cloud Mobility Platform by Marco Massenzio at RiverMeadow

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Apache CloudStack Networking & Monitoring Meetup

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Last night, the CloudStack SF Bay Area Users Group held their first meetup for 2014 at SAPLabs in Palo Alto, CA. John Kinsella, our MC of the night, kicked off the meetup with the agenda and announced information about the CloudStack Collaboration Conference North America in Denver, Colorado on April 9th-11th. Will you be there? John, Animesh and I will certainly be!

Sheng Yang did a great job on his presentation, "CloudStack Networking Overview" going over CloudStack's network infrastructure, including the features that are supported, the services that are provided and by giving attendees a look into the virtual router. You can view his presentation slides here.

Next, Mike Turnlund, Director of Business Development at CA Technologies gave a presentation on "Contextual Monitoring for CloudStack." He reviewed how proper tooling can make the difference in running an excellent service versus a problem plagued environment. You can view the presentation slides here.

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It was great seeing all of the regular CloudStackers once again! To those who were new to the group – welcome again! There were many suggestions from attendees on doing another hands-on session and we are all ears on that idea. The organizers and myself will begin working on the agenda for the next hands-on session at the CloudStack meetup in March. We're always listening and open to any feedback!

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Videos from Build a Cloud Day at LISA '13

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Build a Cloud Day was co-located with LISA '13 (Large Installation Systems Administration) this year in Washington D.C. The program was designed to expose attendees to the concepts and best practices around deploying cloud computing infrastructure. Attendees learned how to deploy a cloud computing environment using CloudStack and other cloud infrastructure tools including those from Xen, Puppet Labs, SolidFire, GlusterFS and RiakCS.

The recordings of each presentation are now available for viewing.

Better, Faster, Cheaper Infrastructure with Apache CloudStack and Riak CS by John Burwell, Consulting Engineer at Basho Technologies

Software is eating infrastructure. By pulling reliability and scalability responsibilities up the stack from hardware into software, object stores such as Basho's Riak CS and cloud orchestration platforms such as Apache CloudStack increase the utilization of compute and storage resources by dynamically shifting workloads based on demand. Together, those platforms can saturate compute and storage of 1000s of hosts with strong operational visibility and end-user self-service.

This talk will cover the following topics to explore private cloud design principles and best practices:

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fosdem14We are pleased to announce that the Xen Project will co-host a two-day Virtualisation and IaaS DevRoom at FOSDEM'14, alongside Redhat and the Openstack Foundation.

Call for Papers: Closes December 1st

The Call for Papers for the DevRoom will be open until December 1st. The scope for this devroom is open source, openly-developed projects in the areas of virtualisation and IaaS type clouds, ranging from low level to data center, up to cloud management platforms and cloud resource orchestration. Sessions proposals should always target a developer audience and proposals for collaborative sessions that would be appealing to developers from multiple projects will be preferred. FOSDEM is about collaboration and unique in that it brings developers from many different projects and technologies together. We (the DevRoom organizers) are particularly interested in the following themes:

  • Innvovation in low level virtualisation
  • New features in classic and container-based virtualisation technologies
  • New use cases for virtualisation, such as virtualisation in mobile, automotive and embedded in general
  • Other resource virtualisation technologies: networking, storage, … and their integration into other projects
  • Deep technical dives into specific IaaS or virtualisation management project's features
  • Relationship between IaaS projects and specific dependencies (not just virtualisation)
  • Integration and development leveraging solutions from multiple projects

More information about the CfP and how to submit a proposal here.

FOSDEM

The Xen Project has had a strong presence at FOSDEM in the last two years and FOSDEM is always a lot of fun and very productive. It is entirely volunteer organized and free to attend, which makes the event different from many other open source events. Why not check out our event report from last year and submit a talk proposal for our DevRoom.

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Open@Citrix

Citrix supports the open source community via developer support and evangeslism. We have a number of developers and evangelists that participate actively in the open source community in Apache Cloudstack, 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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