Virtual Build a Cloud Day (Session 1)

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    Feb 28 2012 at 10:00 AM - Feb 28 2012 at 04:00 PM
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    This session will cover the infrastructure needed to build an open source cloud computing environment.
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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.

To register for this webinar you must sign-up via the GoToMeeting Registration. (All times are EST).

Day 1 of Build a Cloud Day will focus on the infrastructure that compromises an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud computing environment. The speakers will outline options for virtualization, storage and orchestration that provide the foundation for an open source cloud compute environment.

The schedule for day one will be as follows:

Welcome and Introduction to Open Source Cloud Computing
Mark Hinkle, Director Cloud Computing Community, Citrix

Very few trends in IT have generated as much buzz as cloud computing. This talk will cut through the hype and quickly clarify the ontology for cloud computing. The bulk of the conversation will focus on the open source software that can be used to build compute clouds (infrastructure-as-a-service) and the complimentary open source management tools that can be combined to automate the management of cloud computing environments. The discussion will appeal to anyone who has a good grasp of traditional data center infrastructure but is struggling with the benefits and migration path to a cloud computing environment. Systems administrators and IT generalists will leave the discussion with a general overview of the options at their disposal to effectively build and manage their own cloud computing environments using free and open source software.

Speaker Bio

Mark Hinkle is a passionate open source advocate who currently serves as the Director of Cloud Computing Community at Citrix Systems Inc. He is responsible for their open source cloud computing efforts with the CloudStack and Xen open source projects. Previously he was the VP of Community for open source ISVs (acquired by Citrix in July 2011) and Zenoss. He has co-founded both the Desktop Linux Consortium and the Open Management Consortium which were organizations with the mission to raise awareness of enterprise-ready open source solutions based on the Linux desktop and in systems management. He has also been a frequent speaker on open source at industry conferences and a journalist serving as the former editor-in-chief of LinuxWorld Magazine. He’s also the author of the book Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration (Thomson, 2006). More information can be found at his blog.

Introduction to the Xen Cloud Platform
Todd Deshane,

XCP combines the Xen hypervisor with enhanced security, storage, and network virtualization technologies to offer a rich set of virtual infrastructure cloud services. These XCP cloud services can beleveraged by cloud providers to enable isolation and multi-tenancy capabilities in their environments. XCP also provides the user requirements of security, availability, performance, and isolation for private and public cloud deployments.

Speaker Bio

Todd Deshane is a technology evangelist for He began his involvement with Xen in 2003 as a graduate student at Clarkson University. Todd has published several research papers in virtualization and is a co-author of the book "Running Xen". He has also taught tutorial sessions on Xen and presented research at conferences. Todd's current role at Citrix includes testing and documenting XCP integration with cloud orchestration stacks. His interests include virtualization, computer security, open source software, information technology, and human-computer interaction.

Unified, Scale-out Storage for the Cloud with Gluster FS
John Mark Walker, RedHat/Gluster

GlusterFS is an open source scale-out NAS solution. The software is a powerful and flexible solution that simplifies the task of managing unstructured file data whether you have a few terabytes of storage or multiple petabytes. It’s no secret that unstructured data is growing like crazy, Gluster provides a solutions that scales capacity and performance as you need it and is an ideal fit for an IT environment that is increasingly virtualized and moving to the cloud.

There are two key ways that GlusterFS is beneficial for cloud builders:

1. Storage layer for VMs. If you're deploying Xen or KVM VMs on a private cloud, storing them on GlusterFS gives you the ability to migrate to different hypervisors, suspend and resume quickly - even on another hypervisor, scale out far beyond what other filesystems will allow, and utilize N-way replication for DR and HA

2. Unified storage layer for applications. With GlusterFS 3.3, you will be able to access your application data stores from an object (S3, Swift-style) interface, as well as a traditional POSIX-compatible NAS interface. This unified approach gives developers and admins the ability to access the same data store using a variety of different methods.

In this session, attendees will learn steps for deployment and some common use cases.

Speaker Bio

John Mark is an experienced veteran of all things open source and a self-described agitprop, agitator and advocate for those who volunteer countless, unpaid hours for a particular project or community. He first fell down the slippery slope of open source as a web developer at VA Linux Systems and eventually switched to the community team, beginning a career that has now lasted over ten years. Along the way, John Mark made stops at young, up-and-coming startups, such as Groundwork, Hyperic and then Gluster (later acquired by Red Hat). In between, there was a brief interlude at IDG World Expo, where he was the conference director for LinuxWorld, GridWorld and OSBC. His advice for companies who want to "do community" is to trust your community and give them the space to "just try s***." John Mark loves to perform community karaoke, and is available for weddings, funerals and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Deploying Infrastructure-as-a-Service with CloudStack
David Nalley, CloudStack Community Manager

Cloudstack is an open source Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) software platform available under the GPLv3 license, which enables users to build, manage and deploy compute cloud environments. The community edition is based on the latest, leading edge features and bits that the team of engineers are working on and is supported by our open source community.

Using CloudStack a free and open source cloud computing software to build a private cloud. During the training attendees will be instructed on how to install Cloudstack to manage virtual infrastructure in a private cloud computing configuration. At the conclusion of the Build a Private Cloud section users will have the knowledge needed to create a simple private cloud computing environment.

Speaker Bio

David a experienced systems administrator and community manager for the open source CloudStack project. David a long time open source evangelist also contributes to a number of other free software projects, including the Fedora Project and the Sugar Labs 4th grade math project. As a Red Hat appointed board member of  the Fedora Project David maintains a few dozen software packages and is a sponsor for new packagers in Fedora. David is a frequent author for development, sysadmin, and Linux magazines and is frequent speaker  at IT and F/LOSS conferences.


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.