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Last week, the CloudStack Silicon Valley User Group held its 12th meetup in Mountain View, CA at Nuage Networks. Thank you to Sanjeev Singh and Nuage Networks for hosting our group!

We kicked off the night with an introduction of our speakers and a quick reminder about the CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe 2015. The schedule is now live – check it out now!

Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers for the evening were Suresh Bottapatti, Tim Mackey, Chiradeep Vittal and Youcef Laribi.

Suresh Bottapatti is the VP of Engineering at Nuage Networks. He has over 19 years experience in software development, building great teams and delivering high quality software. As the first engineer at Nuage Networks, Suresh played a key role in shaping the architecture of the Nuage Virtualized Services Platform (VSP).

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CloudStack Events in Europe this Summer

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The summer is going to be full with CloudStack events and talks in Europe.

Choose your event, let's meet, brainstorm and build a great community

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Meeting the Hometown LUG

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Linux User Groups (LUGs) were a really important part of Linux’s success in the early days when there was little corporate support for Linux, and things were a lot more primitive. Have problems getting that new video card to work? Ask the folks at the LUG, odds are somebody’s already figured it out. Run into a problem getting the latest Red Hat release to work with your SCSI card? Ask the LUG.

LUGs aren’t quite as crucial to the Linux experience these days – but you’ll still find some healthy and active LUGs where you can meet other Linux users and learn a lot. (Even if you’ve been using Linux for more than 10 years, you’ll probably learn something new at every meeting.)

Which is a long-winded way of me saying, I’m awfully happy I was asked to speak at the St. Louis LUG last night, and had a great time. I’m definitely planning to return for a meeting where I can take a turn being in the audience and have time to go out with the group for pizza and beer.

The CloudStack presentation seemed to go over quite well, and it was fun presenting to a smaller but very engaged group of folks. (I think the group was a bit shy of 20 people.) People asked some really good questions, and I had time to do a short demo and show off some of CloudStack’s features and the UI.

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Speaking in St. Louis This Thursday!

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You know what I like more than giving a talk about CloudStack? Being able to give a talk about CloudStack in my own backyard.

OK, not literally in my own backyard. I’m actually going to be speaking this Thursday at the St. Louis Linux User Group (STLLUG). The presentation is (more or less) the same talk I used last week at the NYLUG event in New York City, ”Deploying Apache CloudStack from API to UI.” But, you know, with a more Midwestern flair.

If you’re in or around St. Louis this Thursday, be sure to head over to the STLLUG meeting. It starts at 6:30, and directions are available on the Website. The location is close to Lambert airport (IT Enterprises), so it should be pretty easy to get to. Looking forward to a hometown LUG meeting!

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Why SunGard Picked CloudStack

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We went to Philadelphia recently for the Platform, Infrastructure and Networking Group (PING) Meetup at the SunGard office. Aside from being a great opportunity to meet some of the Philadelphia clouderati (and have an authentic cheesesteak sandwich…), it was a chance to hear about SunGard’s work with CloudStack from a principle engineer of cloud services, Chip Childers.

SunGard’s cloud work didn’t start with CloudStack. In 2010, when the company was initially examining its options, the company decided to roll its own cloud orchestration layer. Why? At the time, Childers said that the options weren’t what SunGard was looking for – so they decied it’d be easier to start from scratch than adopt existing options.

The homebrew solution from SunGard went live in 2011, and SunGard’s homebrew was handling multiple regions and growing capacity. Its team started focusing on higher-level solutions. At the same time, SunGard noticed that the open source cloud offerings had been maturing quickly.

SunGard decided to have a “bake-off” between three of the open source IaaS platforms: CloudStack, OpenNebula, and OpenStack. The criteria? Ease of installation/setup, a code review, and licensing and governance of the projects.

Timing is Everything

Childers says that SunGard liked that CloudStack “just worked,” and found its code quality and feature quality to be high. The problem? SunGard had reservations about the GPLv3 and that the project was governed by a single corporate entity without a clear governance structure going forward. Without those red flags, CloudStack would be a clear choice.

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