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The Rackspace Training for OpenStack team had so much fun visiting major colleges and universities last year and giving students hands-on experience with OpenStack, that we’re back at it again in 2014.
It feels like yesterday that Frank Frankovsky, vice president of Hardware Design at Facebook and chairman of the Open Compute Project (OCP), sent me a Facebook message  - how fitting – about a budding open hardware project that he was working on. At Rackspace, we immediately jumped at the chance to be among the first companies to join the community, as we believed Open Compute was poised to flip the hardware model much like we did with cloud software when we founded OpenStack.
One of the things that we value at Rackspace is being “open,” which means that we prioritize sharing and collaborating over self-focused work. Being open creates value by aligning us with those whom we serve. It brings us all into closer and more productive partnership with each other, and enables us to deliver the Fanatical Support that is our trademark.
The mood in San Jose vacillated between quiet and congratulatory as participants in the fifth Open Compute Summit shared both their plans and their successes in front of a crowd of 3,800 registered attendees, up 90 percent from the 2,000 who registered last year.
EDITOR’S NOTE: OpenStack Orchestration (Heat) is currently available as a technology preview feature  and is unsupported with the Rackspace Private Cloud.
The Open Compute Project (OCP) this week established North America’s first Open Compute Certification and Solution Laboratory at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
Yesterday was day two of the ZeroVM Design Summit. Day one mostly focused on the architecture and capabilities of ZeroVM itself; while day two examined integration with other technologies, particularly OpenStack Swift (the technology behind Rackspace Cloud Files).
A couple months ago we acquired the team behind ZeroVM, the lightweight open source application hypervisor. At that time we promised that more was coming soon – and now we have started to say what some of the plans are for this new technology.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ken Hui will be joining John Griffith, OpenStack Program Technical Lead for the Cinder Project and Solutions Architect at SolidFire for a webinar Tuesday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. CDT to talk about OpenStack Block Storage Design Considerations including an interactive panel discussion at the end. Please join John and I by registering at: https://t.co/CRSEOkM5sD.
The eighth release of OpenStack, Havana, is out now. And I recently attended OpenStack Summit Hong Kong, where planning for the next release, Icehouse, kicked into full gear.
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