On Friday June 10th, Intel together with a number other supporting companies, came together to host the first ever Ireland OpenStack Day in Dublin.
OpenStack is a set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. Backed by some of the biggest companies in software development and hosting, as well as thousands of individual community members, many think that OpenStack is the future of cloud computing. Today there are more than 37,000 global members of the OpenStack community who represent 574 companies.
OpenStack Days are events that typically happen once per year as members of the OpenStack community come together in a particular region to hear from speakers from all over the world. The theme of the Dublin event was centered around how OpenStack is driving business in Ireland and is a key cloud enabling technology in IT transformation across all business sectors.
On the eve of the event newly appointed Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, welcomed the OpenStack event to Dublin in a meeting with the key partners of the initiative including Intel Shannon General Manager Brian Aherne.
The event itself began the next morning with a Women of OpenStack breakfast with the OpenStack Foundation which brought together both women and men attending the event for an informal session and an opportunity to hear about how the OpenStack community is focussed on promotion of diversity. Representation of women within the organisation is growing with 10-12% of the global community now women, a percentage which has more than doubled in the last number of years.
The main event then kicked off to an audience of 150 attendees, with a keynote address from OpenStack Executive Director Jonathan Bryce who set the scene for the day ahead and spoke about the growing scope and reach of the OpenStack Communtity. It was then the turn of Intel’s Ruchi Bhargava who spoke about Intel’s long history with Open Source projects and why Open Source is so important for the Data Centre in terms of providing choice, scalability, speed and innovation. Bhargava went on to speak about the progression of the Data Centre from the traditional model through visualised environments to Cloud based infrastructures and the Hyper-Scale Cloud.
Bhargava also explained how Intel is looking at how to bridge enterprise gaps in OpenStack by establishing an OpenStack Innovation Centre (OISC) and is also looking inside of the OpenStack software and how the architecture is constructed and has implemented a system called CIAO – the Cloud Integrated Advanced Orchestrator which enhances equality, efficiency and ease.
Looking outside of OpenStack, Bhargava spoke about ‘Stackanetes’ which is running OpenStack as an application on Kubernetes with CoreOS Tectonic – the initiative was first shared at the recent OpenStack Summit in Austin and seeks to make operating OpenStack as simple as running any application on Kubernetes.
The event also included presentations from Intel’s Carol Barrett in Data Centre Software Planning and from Maryam Tahhan and Emma Foley who are part of the SDN/NFV Network and based at Intel in Shannon.
The jam-packed program also included presentations from the likes of Dublin based open source solution provider Ammeon, software solution provider Workday, Dell, HP Enterprise and NEC among many others.
The event was a perfect opportunity for the vibrant and growing Ireland OpenStack community to come together and was a great sucecss with attendees already looking toward the next opportunity for the community to converge.
The key sponsors for the event included the OpenStack Foundation, Dell, Intel, Selected Green, Ammeon, Suse and Red Hat. The event was driven by Intel Shannon which is a core European R&D site for Intel’s Communications and Intelligent Systems businesses and the location of more than 250 employees in Ireland. Further details are available at: http://openstackdayireland.com/
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