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Kevin Jackson, a UK-based Rackspace Senior Cloud Architect , and Cody Bunch, a US-based Rackspace Principal Architect, joined forces earlier this year to work on the second edition of the OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook. This is an update to the first edition Jackson wrote based on the Essex release of OpenStack. I caught up with both authors to ask a few questions on how this collaboration came about.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is purely for educational purposes only. Rackspace Private Cloud does not officially support Galera.
At MySQL Connect 2013, I spoke about and demoed High Availability (HA) of MySQL for OpenStack. It was very well received. I’ve heard from many customers who view HA as too complex and do not want to touch it with a 10-foot network cable because there are a number of interrelated concepts and it becomes a pain to implement and test them all. On the other hand, the consequences of not implementing High Availability could be disastrous to a business.
One of the beautiful things about an open technology is that it imbues “open” into everything it does and engages its community at every step.
I have been a long-time attendee of OpenStack Summit (since the days when it was split into a Developer Summit on Monday through Wednesday and a Business Summit and Conference on Thursday and Friday). Now the entire event is called the “OpenStack Summit” and developers, operators and business executives converge in one place to talk all things OpenStack. So far, Every six months the conference has grown – the most recent brought nearly 3,000 attendees together in Portland to talk about the future release of OpenStack, Havana, and to share their experiences with OpenStack to date. With this type of growth, it was only natural for the OpenStack Foundation to ensure there were multiple tracks so attendees can align themselves to the sessions and topics they care about most. Some of the tracks this year included:
Technology is often a lopsided business. Studies show that just 12 percent of the professionals in engineering are women.
At OpenStack Summit Portland, the team that authored OpenStack Operations Guide during a five-day book sprint earlier this year held a panel discussion to answer questions and receive feedback from the community.
When Open Compute Foundation’s COO Cole Crawford gave a presentation at the OpenStack Summit in San Diego six months ago, he asked how many people in the audience had heard of his project. Only three hands went up. Fast forward, six months later, in Portland, he asked the same question and most people raised their hands. Like OpenStack itself, Open Compute is gaining interest.
It’s not often one hears an intelligence agency talk shop, at least not in front of several thousand people at a public technology conference.
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