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Last night, the CloudStack Bay Area SF Users Group held a meetup in Palo Alto, CA at SAP Labs. Thank you to Alexander Graebe and SAP Labs for hosting our group yesterday evening!

John Kinsella kicked off the night with an introduction of speakers and ended the evening with a quick reminder about the CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe held in Budapest, Hungary on November 19-22nd, 2014. The schedule is now available and the early bird registration deadline ends August 15th! Register now. ApacheCon Europe will be co-located with the CloudStack Collaboration Conference from November 17-21st, 2014.

Our guest speaker, Nitin Mehta, presented Replacing realhostip.com with your custom domain since Citrix will be ending RHIP on September 30th, 2014. Nitin helped CloudStackers understand the prerequisites, procedure and troubleshooting steps for customizing their cloud with their own domain. Currently Secondary Storage virtual machine (SSVM) and Console Proxy virtual machine (CPVM) use realhostip.com as default SSL domain for functionalities such as viewing virtual machine console, copying templates across zones, download template/iso/volume and these functionalities will be impacted with the shutdown of realhostip.com. Slides are available here. The video will be posted in about two weeks.

John Kinsella gave the talk, Don't Break the Glass! In Case of Emergency. The video can be found here.

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Great Session Lineup Awaits Attendees in New York City!

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It’s time to make your travel plans to New York City for the September 15 arrival of the Xen Project User Summit!

The Lighthouse Executive Conference Center will play host to the only full day user-centric Xen Project event on this year’s calendar.

Attendees will find an excellent selection of talks waiting for them at this year’s event.

Is Your Head in the Clouds?

We have a number of terrific cloud-related talks on the schedule!

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Only last week, the Xen Project team was at OSCON where we launched Mirage OS 2.0 (event report to follow soon, but in the meantime check out the following sessions Nymote and Mirage, Floss Weekly on Mirage OS and Community War Stories) and now our Developer Summit is just round the corner. As we have seen tremendous community growth in the last 12 months (>30%) and the most feature reach Xen Project Hypervisor release coming up soon, I thought I'd share what you can expect.

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What to expect?

Xen Project Developer Summits are packed with highly technical content where the core developers of the Xen Project community come together to discuss the evolution of the Xen Project. The conference is a mixture of talks and interactive sessions in un-conference format (which we call BoFs). Newcomers and those who are interested in the progress and future of the Xen Project, it's sub projects (Hypervisor on ARM and x86, Upstreams and Downstreams, Embedded and Automotive variants, Cloud Operating Systems such as Mirage OS) usually will get tremendous value from attending the event. Besides roadmap, feature updates and developer topics, this year features a few themes:

  • Network Function Virtualization
  • Security
  • Performance and Scalability
  • Cloud Operating Systems
  • Topics that are important for automotive/embedded/mobile use-cases, such as Real-time virtualization, certification and ARM support

Why not check out the agenda or watch last year's sessions to get a sense of what is coming. Note that BoF's and discussion groups will be published next week.

How to get the most out of the Summit?

Our developer events are designed to help you make connections and to participate. A good way to network are our evening social event and to network during the breaks. Another great way to get the most out of the summit is to submit a BoF/discussion groups about a topic you care about or to participate in a BoF/discussion group. BoF submissions are open until August 11 and the BoF schedule will be published the week before the event. Most of our talks will have an extensive and interactive Q&A portion, which is another way to engage.

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Open@Citrix sponsored the 3rd annual poker party at OSCON on Tuesday, July 22nd at OSCON. Poker tables were hosted by various open source projects. Thank you to ManageIQ, Fedora, Ceph, Bitnami, OpenShift, Apache CloudStack, Xen Project, OpenDaylight, SaltStack, Chef, Ansible, Atomic, oVirt, OrangeFS, CentOS and Apache Libcloud. It was a night filled with live music, beer, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and prizes. Congrats to the lucky top 3 chip winners who took home Samsung Chromebooks 2!

Pictures from the 3rd Annual Open Cloud Poker Party: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk18HqbC

Open Cloud Lounge

The Open Cloud Lounge was a comfy spot for OSCON attendees to hangout at. There were OpenDaylight, Apache CloudStack and Xen Project beanbags. Community members from the Xen Project and Apache CloudStack project handed out swag and cupcakes.

Pictures of the Open Cloud Lounge: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk19xKvq

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Gstack, a GCE compatible interface to CloudStack

Google Compute Engine (GCE) is the Google public cloud. In december 2013, Google announced the General Availability (GA) of GCE. With AWS and Microsoft Azure, it is one of the three leading public clouds in the market. Apache CloudStack now has a brand new GCE compatible interface (Gstack) that lets users use the GCE clients (i.e gcloud and gcutil) to access their CloudStack cloud. This has been made possible through the Google Summer of Code program.

Last summer Ian Duffy, a student from Dublin City University participated in GSoC through the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and worked on a LDAP plugin to CloudStack. He did such a great job that he finished early and was made an Apache CloudStack committer. Since he was done with his original GSoC project I encouraged him to take on a new one :), he brought in a friend for the ride: Darren Brogan. Both of them worked for fun on the GCE interface to CloudStack and learned Python doing so.

They remained engaged with the CloudStack community and has a third year project worked on an Amazon EC2 interface to CloudStack using what they learned from the GCE interface. They got an A :). Since they loved it so much, Darren applied to the GSoC program and proposed to go back to Gstack, improve it, extend the unittests and make it compatible with the GCE v1 API.

Technically, Gstack is a Python Flask application that provides a REST API compatible with the GCE API and forwards the requests to the corresponding CloudStack API. The source is available on GitHub and the binary is downloadable via PyPi. Let's show you how to use it.

Installation and Configuration of Gstack

You can grab the Gstack binary package from Pypi using pip in one single command.

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Open@Citrix

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

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