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What Do You Want From a CloudStack Preso?

This weekend, I’m heading to Los Angeles for The Eleventh Annual Southern California Linux Expo and then to Portland, Ore. for ApacheCon NA 2013. Why? Well, other than the fact they’re fantastic events, I’m going to spread the word about Apache CloudStack, and have time to meet with other folks who work on CloudStack.

Part of that is giving presentations. I’m speaking on Sunday, February 24th at SCALE, and on Tuesday, February 26th at ApacheCon.

The talks are at an introductory level – not an “I don’t know what cloud is” level, but an “I’ve never deployed an IaaS before” level. (Or perhaps a “I deployed an IaaS and it wasn’t what I hoped it would be, what’s different about CloudStack?” level.)

My question is: What do you want to know about CloudStack? I’d like to make sure the presentations are hitting the points that people care about, and not spending time on things they don’t care about.

Things that are covered now:

  • History of the project (briefly)
  • Licensing & decision to move to Apache (briefly)
  • High-level overview of what CloudStack is (and isn’t)
  • List of major features
  • Hypervisor support
  • Discussion of CloudStack architecture (management server, zones, pods, clusters, hosts, primary/secondary storage, etc.)
  • CloudStack UI
  • CloudStack API & AWS API Support
  • Networking Features
  • High Availability
  • Accounting Features
  • CloudMonkey (CLI)
  • DevCloud
  • (If time and network allow) CloudStack demo

What’s in there that doesn’t belong? What’s not there that does belong? Would love suggestions from folks who either want to learn more about CloudStack, or folks who are using CloudStack and think “hey, that’s totally missing $important_feature that will bring the world to our doorstep!”

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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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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.