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Gluster Community Adds New Members Citrix, Harvard FASRC and Expands Governing Board
Citrix, Harvard University FASRC and long-time contributors join the Gluster Community Board to drive the direction of open software-defined storage

February 5, 2014 – The Gluster Community, the leading community for open software-defined storage, announced today two new organizations have signed letters of intent to join: Citrix, Inc. and Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Science Research Computing (FASRC) group. This marks the third major expansion of the Gluster Community in governance and projects since mid-2013. Downloads of GlusterFS per month have tripled since the beginning of 2013, and traffic to gluster.org has increased by over 50% over the previous year. There are now 45 projects on the Gluster Forge and over 200 developers, with integrations either completed or in the works for OpenStack Swift, CloudStack, OpenStack Cinder, Ganeti, Archipelago, Xen, QEMU/KVM, Ganesha, the Java platform, and SAMBA, with more to come in 2014.

Citrix and FASRC will be represented by Mark Hinkle, Senior Director of Open Source Solutions, and James Cuff, Assistant Dean for Research Computing, respectively, joining two individual contributors: Anond Avati, Lead GlusterFS Architect, and Theron Conrey, a contributing speaker, blogger and leading advocate for converged infrastructure. Rounding out the Gluster Community Board are Xavier Hernandez (DataLab); Marc Holmes (Hortonworks), Vin Sharma (Intel), Jim Zemlin (The Linux Foundation), Keisuke Takahashi (NTTPC), Lance Albertson (The Open Source Lab at Oregon State University), John Mark Walker (Red Hat), Louis Zuckerman, Joe Julian, and David Nalley.

Citrix

Citrix has become a major innovator in the cloud and virtualization markets. They will drive ongoing efforts to integrate GlusterFS with CloudStack (https://forge.gluster.org/cloudstack-gluster) and the Xen hypervisor. Citrix is also sponsoring Gluster Community events, including a Gluster Cloud Night at their facility in Santa Clara, California on March 18.

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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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There's a lot of talk about Cloud these days, but not all Clouds are created equal.

 Regardless of what type of Cloud your are discussing (IaaS, PaaS, etc.), there are certain guiding principles for a Cloud:

1. A Cloud dispenses resources when you need them and absorbs them back again when you are finished with them.

2. Because of principle #1, a Cloud allows your IT department to respond quickly to internal demand, allowing the overarching organization to respond to market forces in an agile fashion.

3. At the end of the day, the arrival of the Cloud has clear and positive implications for the entire organization.

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I started to write this post after CloudStack Collaboration Conference EU (CCCEU) a few weeks ago but I was so exhausted I simply passed out. The conference was so good that while my mind was willing my body slept for 16 hours to recover. Despite the delay I think that it was an event of significant note.  

CCCEU was a gathering of almost 400 people from over 30 countries to discuss Apache CloudStack. It’s very seldom that I would describe time spent talking about software to be euphoric but I can’t think of a better word.  I found it particularly notable how effective a small group of volunteers can be as they came together in support of a cause they believe in.  While this event had all the trappings of a regular software industry event beautiful venue (the Beurs van Berlage the spark for modern Dutch architecture a very fitting venue for what I believe is the spark for private cloud platforms), numerous talks by industry luminaries, exhibits, live entertainment and free drinks. Though there was something ineffable about the atmosphere. It was very collaborative and despite many people competing for attention, resources and vendors with overlapping solutions, I didn’t detect a bit of animosity among the participants.  This video does a good job showing the spirit of the event. 

 

Community of Code and the Apache Way

What got me hooked on open source in the first place was its esprit de corps; which I saw manifested at  at CCCEU. The feeling was palpable. Open source is unique in it provides raw materials at a negligible cost for people to do amazing things and the mechanism for sharing ideas is equally accessible. Imagine if you would Ford and Chevrolet having access to free raw materials and parts for building their cars and a customer mandate to collaborate on driving standardization between their vehicles. It’s unfathomable. Though that kind of collaboration takes shape every day in the world of open source software a theme I touched in during my keynote, The Why of CloudStack.

Some of the other amazing keynotes (being posted to You Tube) came from CFengine founder and configuration management pioneer Mark Burgess who talked about Uncertain Cloud Infrastructures in a keynote and his skepticism of deterministic management models (see this presentation from Devops Days to get the gist). Dell’s resident DevOps expert John Willis talked the convergence of virtualized networks and trends in DevOps in another keynote espousing the growing agile operations principles (on a side note his ignite talk Deming to Devops was also killer). In his opening remarks Chip Childers, VP of Apache CloudStack, showed off some pretty impressive traction on the humble but vibrant project, 21,000 commits, hundreds of developers producing over 2.5 million lines of code in a very short amount of time. Childers also showed off hundreds of clouds in production (as no one buys CloudStack we he only had anecdotes about the most vocal users) including Autodesk, BT, Gilt.com, TomTom, AutoTrader, SunGard, and many, many more.

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Are you looking to run your own cloud computing environment and want to interface with other users? Are you trying to cut through the hype and find out how to really run a cloud? Are you looking for a great personal conference that is run by users not marketing dollars? Then you should be in Amsterdam next week at the CloudStack Collaboration Conference. It's a user run confererence designed to bring the users, developers and other supporters of Apache CloudStack to collaborate on the development and best practices for running cloud computing. 

Just One Word - Plastic DevOps

As the cloud computing has accelerated the time to deployment for infrastructure the need to keep up with our capibilities is leading to a culture change, DevOps. The methodologies and practices used to fully utilize cloud computing are being championed by the elite operators of Cloud Computing infrastructure. The CloudStack Collaboration Conference has a full program to help provide some of the best thinking on devops and cloud all in one place. 

Patrick Debois the man who coined the term DevOps and conducts DevOps Days worldwide will be the opening keynote at CloudStack Collaboration conference. 

Dell's Chief DevOps Evangelist and the co-host of the popular DevOps Cafe podcast will be talking about how the principles of DevOps combined with the emerging trend in Software Defined Networking(SDN) are driving the cloud. 

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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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