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Round Two: Austin OpenStack Meetup This Week!

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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OK, ladies and gents… the first OpenStack meetup was great – let’s do it again!

This Thursday, OpenStack fans around Austin (and San Antonio, and Dallas 🙂 ) will get together at the Tech Ranch to talk all things OpenStack.

This time around, we’ll focus on deployment as it was a hot topic at our last meetup – we’d like to ask all attendees to come prepared with their questions, experiences, stories, best practices, etc to share.  

We’ll also open the floor to other OpenStack topics that would be discussed – technical and business discussions – no commercials please! 🙂

We’ll also talk about organizing future OpenStack meet ups.

Here’s all you need to know:

This month, we’re fortunate to have Rackspace sponsor our refreshments at the meetup, so thanks to them! 

(If your company is interested in helping sponsor a future meetup, find me at this week’s meetup, and we’ll talk about the details.)

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The Tech Ranch in Austin
The Tech Ranch in Austin

OpenStack meetups in Austin and Boston!

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

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Just a quick heads up on some OpenStack meet ups coming your way…

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Boston

Austin OpenStack Meetup #1

A shot from our FIRST OpenStack meetup in Austin last month...

This Tuesday, Nov 29, Dell (the company I work for), along with Fidelity, will be sponsoring an OpenStack meetup in BOSTON at 6pm at the Lexington Depot. 

Hear from folks actively deploying (or getting close to) on OpenStack clouds.

Partly presentation and mostly discussion (and obviously pizza).  🙂

Sessions should cover the core new features in Diablo: Keystone and Dashboard, as well as deployment strategies (and will touch on Dell’s own Crowbar). Each topic will have a presentation followed by open Q & A. 

Time is also reserved for an unconference so come armed with some topics

Meet and eat at 6, then get to cloud stuff at 6:30, and plan to end around 9pm.

Learn more / register at http://www.meetup.com/Openstack-Boston/ – if you attend, be sure to grab some pics and tweet w #OSBOS

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Austin

Last month, my team at Dell hosted the first ever OpenStack meetup in Austin with a great showing of the cloud community in the city.  We’re now at over 100 members on the MeetUp, and we want to keep the goodness going. 

We’ll be back at the Tech Ranch on Thu, December 8 to have our second Austin OpenStack meetup where the topic (based on last time’s feedback) will be deployment, and a myriad of other topics.

This time around Rackspace will be joining us and sponsoring the food and refreshments for the night.

You can join the group and get details on the Austin meet up at http://www.meetup.com/Openstack-Austin/

Same deal – when you come, take a few pics and tweet with #OSATX.

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What city’s next?

A number of the attendees of the last Austin meetup actually traveled in from a number of nearby cities, so if you’re so inclined, start an OpenStack meetup in your area!

Feel free to drop me a line or catch me at the next meet up if you’re interested in learning how we got started.

See you at the next meet up!

Until next time,

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

More info on what Dell is doing with OpenStack at www.Dell.com/OpenStack or email me at OpenStack@Dell.com

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TOP TEN: Why You Should Be At Tonight’s Austin OpenStack Meetup

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

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OK, ladies and gentlemen – the top ten reasons for why you should head out to the Tech Ranch tonight for our first Austin OpenStack meetup.
  

OpenStack Meet Up Tonight (Thu, 10/27) 6:30pm at Tech Ranch Austin

OpenStack Meet Up Tonight (Thu, 10/27) 6:30pm at Tech Ranch Austin

10.   There will be free food.

9.  You’ll meet other Stackers and cloud fans in the Austin area.

8.  You’ll get a first hand view of OpenStack, Diablo, and Crowbar

7.  You’ll get to hobnob with OpenStack rockstars from Dell, Rackspace, Opscode, and other OpenStack supporters.  (There are also rumors that Dell’s elusive and wildly handsome director of marketing will be in attendance.)

6.   There will be free food.

5.   You’ll learn about Crowbar from the people that actually wrote the software.

4.   Remember the week-long OpenStack technical trainings that have been happening world-wide over the last month or so?  This week, it’s in Austin, so we’ll have a number of out of town guests to meet up with.

3.   JBG will provide timely World Series score updates.

2.   Live demos.  That’s always a crowd favorite.

1.   OpenStack is one of the coolest new technology movements out there – this is a great way to dive into OpenStack

(Oh, and there will be FREE FOOD.)

  
If you’re planning to head out, be sure to RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Austin/events/37908242/

You can learn more about Dell’s doing with OpenStack by emailing me at OpenStack@Dell.com or visiting  www.Dell.com/OpenStack

See you tonight!

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

Attention All Austin Stackers: OpenStack Meet Up This Thursday, 10/27!

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment
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A quick heads up for all cloud pros, enthusiasts, and interested parties in the Austin area…

Or those visting Austin this week…

Or those willing to travel to the Austin area this week…

Or those with reliable molecular teleportation technology…

Dell is sponsoring an OpenStack meetup at Tech Ranch Austin this Thursday night at 6:30pm!

OpenStack Meetup - Thu, 10/27  6:30pm

OpenStack Meetup - Thu, 10/27 6:30pm

It happens to coincide with the same week that Rackspace Cloud Builders is hosting their weeklong OpenStack training at Dell HQ, so we’ll hopefully get a number of our friends who are in town for that session.

I expect we’ll touch on OpenStack, Diablo, Crowbar, and a few demos, along w some ops and business discussions. 

You’ll have a number of the Dell OpenStack experts out at the event as well – Rob Hirschfeld, Greg Althaus, and more.

Here’s the link with all the details – http://www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Austin/events/37908242/

(And for those on the fence, we’ll pick up the tab on pizza and cokes.)

Come on out!  We’ll see you there!

Until next time,

JOSEPH
@jbgeorge

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