Work at the OpenStack Summit in Portland this week is helping bridge the gap between what’s been promised and what’s becoming possible. Nowhere is the gap between these two wider than with autoscaling. Everyone expects the cloud to be able to automatically scale right out of the gate, but the truth is that it requires a lot of work and sometimes only happens with the help of a third-party service provider.
Next week, dozens of cloud evangelists and tech aficionados from Rackspace will touch down at the Portland Convention Center in Oregon for a series of game-changing talks and panels on all things OpenStack. This year’s summit is expected to lure a record crowd seeking insight on how to build and deploy OpenStack software, as well as how to continue to grow the energetic OpenStack community. Attendees can also learn more about OpenStack through content, workshops and design sessions.
Hustling to release a full suite of open cloud products built on OpenStack last year reduced our overall involvement in the OpenStack community. It also created some implementation specifics that were out of sync with common practices in other OpenStack implementations.
A book in a week? Yes, a book in a week. It can be done! It’s called a book sprint, and it’s intense. As the documentation coordinator for OpenStack, I knew we’d find the right book to write with this technique. In February, it all came together thanks to generous funding from the OpenStack Foundation for $10,000 to fly the team into our Austin Rackspace location.