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Web Host Rackspace to Host Fifth Annual OpenStack Design Summit and Conference

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Web hosting company Rackspace announced on Monday it will host the fifth OpenStack Design Summit & Conference on April 16 to 20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco.

With a growing development community, more than 100,000 downloads and 150 participating companies, cloud operating system OpenStack has seen growing end user and commercial interest as an open standard to manage compute, storage and networking resources across data centers.

Since Rackspace and NASA launched the open source cloud project in 2010, the community of developers and cloud computing technologists have continued to improve its technology.

The OpenStack Design Summit & Conference is a way for OpenStack members and those individuals interested in participating to learn more about the community’s activities and find new ways to contribute.

The WHIR recently did an interview with Andrew Clay Shafer, an OpenStack contributer and the newest member of Rackspace’s Cloud Builders team, who discussed how OpenStack and other open source communities have impacted cloud computing.

Developers from all over the world that are contributing to OpenStack will gather at the Design Summit to plan the sixth software release scheduled for fall 2012.

Immediately following the Design Summit, OpenStack users, members of the commercial ecosystem and contributors in the technical community will gather for the OpenStack Conference.

The conference will feature keynotes sessions from HP Cloud Services SVP and GM Zorawar “Biri” Singh, OpenStack co-founder and Nebula CEO Chris C. Kemp, Rackspace CTO John Engates, Rackspace VP of products Mark Interrante, and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth.

User story presentations will include Deutsche Telekom, X.commerce, Department of Energy Magellan, San Diego Supercomputer Center and NeCTAR Cloud.

There will be panels about community strategy and vision, technical debates, cloud standards and investing in the OpenStack community. There will also be hands-on workshops, networking, and social events.

“OpenStack has gained phenomenal traction in less than two years, and we are seeing firsthand the number of both private and public cloud deployments increasing substantially across the globe,” said Jim Curry, GM of Rackspace Cloud Builders. “We are thrilled to have such strong interest in the Conference from speakers and sponsors. We have a packed agenda and are looking forward to the community veterans and newcomers meeting in just a few weeks.”

In addition to headline sponsors HP, Nebula and Ubuntu supported by Canonical, the OpenStack Conference includes a range of supporters such as premier sponsors Cisco, Dell and Intel, event sponsors DreamHost, ITRI, Morph Labs, NetApp, Nexenta, Opscode, NTT Data, and Yahoo!, and startup sponsors Ceph, Cloudscaling, ElasticBox, Mirantis, Nicira, StackOps, SwiftStack and SolidFire.

Though the Design Summit is now sold out, the conference portion of OpenStack Design Summit & Conference is open to all attendees interested in cloud computing and open source. The full agenda and information on additional events can be viewed on the OpenStack site.

Talk Back: Are you planning on attending the OpenStack Design Summit & Conference? What do you hope to get out of the conference? Let us know in the comments.

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