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Yesterday evening, the CloudStack Silicon Valley Users Group held a meetup in Palo Alto, CA at SAP Labs. Thank you to Alex Graebe and SAP Labs for hosting our group!

John Kinsella kicked off the night with an introduction of our speakers, Mike Tutkowski and Andrew Kirch, and a quick reminder about ApacheCon North America 2015. The call for proposals is open until February 1st, 2015 so submit your proposal today! 

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Our guest speakers for the evening were Mike Tutkowski, a member of the CloudStack PMC, and Andrew Kirch, Community Manager at Zenoss. Mike Tutkowski develops software for the Apache CloudStack project to help drive improvements in its storage component and to integrate SolidFire more deeply into the product. Andrew Kirch 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.

Mike started off the meetup by going over the basics of primary storage in CloudStack and discussing the challenges of guaranteeing storage performance in a cloud. Then he reviewed the CloudStack enhancements in detail, outlined the management benefits they provide and discussed common go-to-market approaches. The presentation slides for Guaranteeing Storage Performance in CloudStack by Mike Tutkowski can be found here.

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Recently, I attended a conference session where the presenter said of his mature project, "We are focused mostly on performance these days, not much on new stuff."  To most people, I'm sure this statement was unremarkable.  However, as one who is associated with a project which is over a decade old and powers many of the largest clouds in the world, I found the statement both sobering and horrifying.

It is sobering to think that lack of  innovation within a project speaks of the impending end of the effort; a race has been run, a finish line crossed, and a horse put out to pasture.  It's the inevitable death of all things when there is no more room for real ingenuity or growth.  All that remains is to wait for the inevitable replacement to stand up and become the new go-to solution in the area.

But it is also horrifying to think that a project would choose to so casually embrace this fate.  I understand that once you set out to do something and you succeed, it is easy to say, "Well, I guess we're done with the new and interesting stuff."  But if you come to that conclusion too quickly, you probably suffer from a gigantic vision problem.

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RICON 2014 Build a Cloud Day - Videos are Available

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On October 27th, 2014 the Open@Citrix team hosted a Build a Cloud Day at RICON 2014. Thank you to the speakers who presented that day!

For those of you who haven't attended a Build a Cloud Day, here's what Build a Cloud Day is all about. Build a Cloud Days are free to attend and held around the world. Build a Cloud days are designed to expose attendees to the concepts and best practices around deploying cloud computing infrastructure. Attendees learn how to deploy a cloud computing environment using Apache CloudStack and other cloud infrastructure tools including those from XenServer, Docker, RiakCS, Ceph, Chef, Zenoss, Puppet and many others that automate server and network configuration for building highly available cloud computing environments.

Mark Hinkle kicked off the day with an introduction and a presentation on A Crash Course to Open Source Cloud Computing.

Crash Course on Open Source Cloud Computing by Mark Hinkle (Slides | Video)

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Couldn't make it to this year's Xen Project User Summit in New York City?  No problem!  Most of the videos are now available for viewing at XenProject.org.  These aren't highlight reels or a handful of talks from a few selected people; these are the meat-and-potatos talks from our event.  Most sessions are available right now; the final few should be posted in the next few days.

Take a look at some of the great talks already available...

Xen Project Advances:

Status of Xen Project, by Lars Kurth of Citrix

- Hear about the latest from the project.

Understanding and Using Xen4CentOS, by Johnny Hughes of CentOS

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CloudStack simulator on Docker

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Docker is a lot of fun, one of its strength is in the portability of applications. This gave me the idea to package the CloudStack management server as a docker image.

CloudStack has a simulator that can fake a data center infrastructure. It can be used to test some of the basic functionalities. We use it to run our integration tests, like the smoke tests on TravisCI. The simulator allows us to configure an advanced or basic networking zone with fake hypervisors.

So I bootstrapped the CloudStack management server, configured the Mysql database with an advanced zone and created a docker image with Packer. The resulting image is on DockerHub, and I realized after the fact that four other great minds already did something similar :)

On a machine running docker:

docker pull runseb/cloudstack
docker run -t -i -p 8080:8080 runseb/cloudstack:0.1.4 /bin/bash
# service mysql restart
# cd /opt/cloudstack
# mvn -pl client jetty:run -Dsimulator

Then open your browser on http://<IP_of_docker_host>:8080/client and enjoy !

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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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