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Congrats again to last year's winners of the pure geeky gold prizes! We had three lucky winners who proudly took home Google Chromebook Pixels. Best of luck goes to those who play in the open cloud poker tournament this year! The winners this year will take home:

1st prize: Samsung Chromebook 2 (13-inch)

2nd prize: Samsung Chromebook 2 (11.6-inch)

3rd prize: Samsung Chromebook 2 (11.6-inch)

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If you weren't in Portland last week, you missed a fantastic OSCON. Perhaps the best part (aside from the weather, which - as a St. Louisan, I was deeply grateful for the respite) was the Citrix-sponsored poker party on Thursday night. A lot of people turned up to play a little poker, have a bit of pizza, and partake of some really good Portland beers. Not to mention, trying their hand at winning some of the prizes: 


  • Top prize, a System 76 Gazelle laptop, went to Abigail with more than 28,000 in chips. (Note, participants started the evening with 300 in chips, so... wow.)
  • We also had a prize for the participant who knocked out OSCON co-chair and poker enthusiast, Sarah Novotny. That goes to John Llewellyn, who took the bounty well before the evening was over.
  • The next two runners up, Karen Rustad and Brian Bilek, each receive an Android Galaxy Nexus phone.

Thanks again to everyone who attended - it was a blast! Special thanks to Fedora's Robyn Bergeron, who came up with the idea and for providing Fedora playing cards for the tables and attendees.

Be sure to check out the photos from the event. Big thanks to O'Reilly photographer Pinar Ozger who turned up to get some really good shots of the party. (I also have a few in the gallery, and it's really easy to tell which photos were taken by the professional photographer and which are mine...)

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It's OSCON time once again - and there's lots of CloudStack and related activities going on next week at OSCON you don't want to miss out on. 

On Tuesday, we have two tutorials of interest. In the morning, Lars Kurth is going to be doing a Xen tutorial from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you're using Xen with CloudStack, or thinking about it, you'll probably want to catch that.

Tuesday afternoon, we have a CloudStack tutorial from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both tutorials are in E141 in the Oregon Convention Center.

We're also participating in Apache's mini-BarCamp from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room E142 (so, just next door to the tutorials). 

The OSCON folks are also opening the Exhibit Hall from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and we'll have the CloudStack booth up and running - so come by and say hello! We'll be doing demos, answering questions, and handing out swag. The hall is open Wednesday and Thursday as well during the day, and during the "booth crawl" on Wednesday evening. 

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OSCON 2011

Cloud Computing continues to be built around open source, open standards and open hardware

Last  week I attended O'Reilly Publishing's OSCON, one of the biggest open source events in the world. OSCON is one of the few places where you can get training and information from the people who develop the software you use everyday (if you are an open source software user at least).  

Here are some of the things I did and saw that were interesting to the cloud computing user in me. 

  • One of the highlights of the conference for me was helping OpenStack celebrate their one year anniversary. Since announcing the project at last year's conference OpenStack has come a long way and CloudStack and Citrix are happy to be partnered with OpenStack project, we believe a lot of good things coming their way and we are anxious to improve our collaboration with them.
  • This year as expected of most IT conferences, the folks at O'Reilly added a cloud computing track to the program. Some of our favorite sessions were conducted by  Build an Open Source Cloud Day partners Puppet and Chef who gave talks on how to configure and automate cloud infrastructure. 
  • Also Dell released a new open source project code-named Crowbar that helps speed the deployment of OpenStack clouds. Rob Hirschfield has a nice write-up about the project and pointers to all the resources around the project (which coincidentally leverages Chef). 
  • One bit of cloud news that came out of the event was the launch of the Open Cloud Initiative, a effort to drive open standards in cloud computing and "....provide a legal framework within which the greater cloud computing community of users and providers can reach consensus on a set of requirements for Open Cloud, as described in the Open Cloud Principles (OCP) document, and then apply those requirements to cloud computing products and services, again by way of community consensus."
  • Which makes you ask, "Is it open source or open standards or is it both?"

What was clear to me after attending the event was that open seems to be a requirement for all aspects of cloud computing: from hardware (FaceBook's Open Compute project), to software (Managing Open Source Software Releases on a Cloud Platform), to standards (Achieving Hybrid Cloud Mobility with OpenStack and XCP). 

This week I am heading to Santa Clara, CA to attend the XenSummit to hear what the state-of-the-art in Xen project and I am very excited as I think Xen is one of the most under-rated open source technologies, especially given the proprietary alternatives. If you are going to attend the event look me up. 

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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.