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This Sunday! Build a Cloud Day Chicago

We’re going to be holding a Build a Cloud Day (BACD) ahead of CloudConnect in Chicago this coming Sunday. It will run from 10 a.m. until 5-ish, and we’ve got a lot of speakers that are worth coming out for. The event is being held at the Morningstar offices. If you’d like to attend, sign up on so we have an idea how many people will be attending. Look forward to seeing you there!

Full Agenda

10:00 - 10:30 Welcome: Joe Brockmeier, Open Source Cloud Computing Evangelist, Citrix

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

10:30 - 11:30 Deploying an IaaS Cloud with Apache CloudStack - David Nalley, Apache CloudStack

Apache CloudStack is arguably one of the most mature, frequently deployed IaaS platforms - having been used in multi-national public clouds, and private clouds scaling to tens of thousands of physical compute nodes, we’ll look at considerations for deploying CloudStack and how to gain the most efficiency from your deployment.

11:30 - 12:30 Scaling Storage with Ceph - Ross Turk, InkTank

Ceph is an open source distributed object store, network block device, and file system designed for reliability, performance, and scalability. It runs on commodity hardware, has no single point of failure, and is supported by the Linux kernel. This talk will describe the Ceph architecture, share its design principles, and discuss how it can be part of a cost-effective, reliable cloud stack.

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 Deploying Private PaaS with ActiveState Stackato - Diane Mueller, Director Cloud Evangelism, ActiveState

This presentation covers building and deploying a Private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) on CloudStack. Diane Mueller, ActiveState’s Cloud Evangelist shows how to deploy ActiveState’s Stackato, an enterprise-ready multi-lingual Private PaaS that runs on any cloud and supports deploying and managing web & mobile applications in any language including Java, .Net, Python, Perl, PHP Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Scala and Erlang - to name a few. Using the CloudStack UI, Diane demonstrates how to configure and deploy the PaaS and then shows how easy it is to push a live application in under an hour.

2:30 - 3:30 DevOps: Your Competitive Advantage in the Cloud - John M. Willis, EnStratus

As IT goes through a tectonic shift from cost center to profit center, the importance of IT operations is also being redefined. If you are primarily worried about uptime and server-to-admin ratios, you are already behind the times. Today’s top performing operations professionals are obsessed with how they can enable the business to innovate quicker, react quicker to market and competitive demands, and scale up for the win. With a heathy doses of DevOps, Lean thinking, infrastructure as code, and open source tools like RunDeck, Puppet and Chef, these top performers are turning their operations from a necessary cost center into a strategic weapon.

3:30 - 4:30 Practice Your Cloud-Fu with Scalr - Sebastian Stadil, Scalr

Multi-cloud this! Orchestrate that! In this amazing presentation of Cloud-Fu, Sebastian Stadil, founder of the open source cloud management software Scalr, will demonstrate basic to advanced katas for building applications on the cloud that are resilient to pesky failures.

4:30 - 4:45 Wrap-Up - Joe Brockmeier


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Joe Brockmeier, known to many as "Zonker," is a member of the CloudStack evangelism team at Citrix. Prior to joining Citrix, Joe worked with Novell as the openSUSE community manager, and as Editor-in-Chief of Linux Magazine. He's also worked as a freelance technology journalist, and has written for LWN, NetworkWorld, ReadWriteWeb, and many other publications.
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Guest Saturday, 19 July 2014


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.