Build a Cloud Day SCALE12x

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Build a Cloud Day SCALE12x

Build a Cloud Day will be dedicated to teaching users how to build and manage a cloud computing environment using free and open source software. The program is designed to expose attendees to the concepts and best practices around deploying cloud computing infrastructure.

Attendees should expect to learn how to deploy a cloud computing environment using CloudStack and other cloud infrastructure tools that automate server and network configuration for building highly available cloud computing environments.

Event Details

The program is designed to expose attendees to the concepts and best practices around deploying cloud computing infrastructure. Attendees should expect to learn how to deploy a cloud computing environment using CloudStack and other cloud infrastructure tools.


9:00 - 9:15 Welcome: Mark R. Hinkle, Senior Director, Open Source Solutions, Citrix

Will kick off the event with a review of the program and discussion on cloud computing.

9:15 -10:00 – Fundamentals of Ceph by Greg Farnum, Software Engineer, Ceph 

Ceph is an open source distributed object store, network block device, and file system designed for reliability, performance, and scalability.  With an advanced placement algorithm, active storage nodes, and peer-to-peer gossip protocols, Ceph scales from terabytes to exabytes with no single point of failure. Instead of using scale-up storage appliances, Ceph is a software solution that works on commodity hardware that can be tailored to the needs of the deployer. Powerful features like instantaneous snapshotting and copy-on-write clones, along with self-management and automatic healing, make Ceph friendly to administrators and users in addition to the provider’s wallet.

Through native integrations with OpenStack and Apache CloudStack, Ceph provides a complete object and block storage solution for cloud data.

Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the Ceph architecture, its current status, and plans for future development. Attendees will also learn how Ceph integrates with major cloud platforms to provide storage for public and private cloud deployments.

Greg Farnum is a long-standing member of the core Ceph development team, having joined the project as the third full-time engineer after graduating from Harvey Mudd College in 2009. He has served in many roles as Ceph grows, is one of the original Inktank engineers, and acts as a roving contributor when not wearing the hat of filesystem team technical lead. Greg is passionate about solving problems in distributed computing.

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 – Puppet and CloudStack by David Nalley

11:15 - 12:15 – Hypervisor Selection and Decisions in CloudStack by Tim Mackey, XenServer Community Manager

CloudStack embraces a philosophy of choice when it comes to the virtualization layer. Implementers have the option of basing their cloud on XenServer, vSphere, KVM, Oracle VM, LXC or soon even Hyper-V, and even incorporating more than one. While the choices are great, it can and does impact how your cloud is designed and managed. In this session we'll cover some of the trade-offs architects make to accommodate a preferred hypervisor.

12:15 - 1:30 - Lunch Break (On your own)

1:30 - 2:30 -  Managing infrastructure with Application Policy by Mike Cohen, Director of Product Management at Cisco

Through its launch of Application Centric Infrastructure, Cisco introduced the concept of using declarative, application-centric policy to management datacenter infrastructure.  This talk will discuss how these policies are constructed, their advantages, and also explain how they are being realized in the open source community through OpenStack and Open Daylight. 

Mike Cohen joined Cisco as Director of Product Management through its acquisition of Insieme Networks.  He was previously Director of Product Management at Big Switch Networks, and he also held product and engineering roles at Google and VMware.  Mike holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

2:30 - 3:30 - Automating CloudStack configuration and deployment using SaltStack by Thomas Hatch, SaltStack CTO and Founder

With scale comes complexity. CloudStack and SaltStack are no strangers to either. SaltStack provides scalable and secure orchestration to automate as many elements of CloudStack configuration and deployment job as possible. In this tutorial, Tom will walk through the use of various SaltStack components to simplify CloudStack management. He will dive into Salt formulas and state files for CloudStack configuration and show how the Salt remote execution capabilities provide a full management stack for CloudStack environments. Tom will also share various lesser-known Salt tips, tricks and best practices gained through real-world implementations and practical experience.

Tom is the creator and principal architect of SaltStack. His years of experience as principle cloud architect for Beyond Oblivion, software engineer for Applied Signal Technology, and systems admin for provided real-world insight into requirements of the modern data center not met by existing tools. Tom’s knowledge and hands-on experience with dozens of new and old infrastructure management technologies helped to established the vision for Salt. Today, Tom is one of the most active contributors in the open-source community and Salt has been recognized for its innovation by organizations like Gartner, InfoWorld, GigaOm and dozens of others.

3:30 - 3:45 Break

3:45 - 4:15  Intro to Zenoss by Andrew Kirch, Zenoss Community Manager at Zenoss

An introduction to the Zenoss 4 UI, and the Zenoss Community.

Andrew D Kirch is the Community Manager at Zenoss, a software development company specializing in Unified Monitoring with 130 employees, headquartered in Austin Texas.  The company offers an open source network

and systems monitoring product called Zenoss Core, and a commercial product called Zenoss Service Dynamics.  The company has over 35,000 users in over 180 countries. Customers include major organizations such as Chic-fil-a, Huntington Bank, Netflix, SunGard, Accenture, NASA, FIS Global, and many more.

As Community Manager, Andrew works directly with product users every day. He has over 10 years of experience as a Systems/Network Administrator, with specialization including SNMP and network monitoring. Prior to working at Zenoss he was principal at a unified communications VAR focused in the Midwest.  In his spare time he puts computer crackers in prison.

 4:15- 5:15  Chef: The Swiss Army Knife of Cloud Infrastructure by Matt Ray, Director of Cloud Integrations at Chef

Chef is an open source configuration management and automation framework used to configure, deploy and manage infrastructure of every type. Deploying to the cloud has made it easy to run large numbers of servers and Chef makes it even easier to deploy to nearly every public and private cloud platform as well as virtualized and physical servers. This talk will provide a quick introduction to Chef and is intended for sysadmins and developers familiar with the concepts behind managing applications and infrastructure in the cloud, without diving too deeply into technical specifics.

Matt Ray is the Director of Cloud Integrations for for the open source systems integration platform and company Chef. He is active in the Chef, Ruby and OpenStack communities and was the Community Manager for Zenoss Core. He has worked in a wide variety of industries and has a Software Engineering Masters from the University of Texas at Austin.


He has been a contributor in the open source community for well over a decade and was one of the founders of the Texas Linux Fest. He resides in Austin, blogs at and is @mattray on Twitter, IRC and GitHub.


Build a Cloud Day is free to attend. To register, just click on "Attend" button and you will be added to the RSVP list. 

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Citrix supports the open source community via developer support and evangelism. We have a number of developers and evangelists that participate actively in the open source community in Apache Cloudstack, OpenStack, OpenDaylight, Xen Project and XenServer. We also conduct educational activities via the Build A Cloud events held all over the world.