Twice a year, the Foundation hosts the OpenStack Summit where its vibrant community of 82,000 members congregate from all over 187 countries over the world. Each Summit allows attendees the opportunity to discuss approaches, issues, triumphs and the future of the OpenStack platform. The Summit launched in Austin in August 2010, with an eponymous first release of the software, which has evolved into the must-attend event for all users and vendors.
Each event is strategically hosted in a different geographic region, highlighting the growing global impact of OpenStack. For anyone interested in OpenStack — whether you are a seasoned user since day one or new to the platform — the Summit offers a level playing field to engage with the newest release, meet vendors in-person and collaborate with the partners that will simplify your journey to the cloud. The Summits are a one-stop-shop to learn, network, and collaborate on your OpenStack cloud in a relaxed environment with other enthusiastic users.
How the Summits Have Evolved
As the OpenStack community has matured, so have the interests of attendees. For the first time, the next Summit will expand to include all “open infrastructure” technologies that address the modern stack including OpenStack, Kubernetes, Containers, Docker, Ansible, Ceph, OVS, OpenContrail, OPNFC and more. This repositioning allows more technologies to join under the OpenStack umbrella and extends collaborative ties with other open source initiatives and communities.
In an age when developers and administrators are expected to continually modernize their current environment while also meeting a wide variety of demands, open source technologies have never been more relevant. At the last Summit, the Foundation’s COO Mark Collier said, “One of the most interesting developments in infrastructure and cloud in general — at the moment — is that our operators are being asked to do more for their businesses and end users.” It is now standard for the stacks at various levels to handle artificial intelligence, machine learning, and containers. He went on to say, “This is the world the operators live in right now — more pressure on cost and compliance, and more pressure to deliver additional functionality in their clouds, and on top of the functionality piece they are also being asked to do it in more places.”
In this ever-changing landscape, the OpenStack Summit is not-to-be-missed for all users, no matter where they are in their cloud journey. For organizations interested in building a private, public or hybrid cloud the Summit is a one-stop-shop for networking, educating and connecting with vendors that can ultimately save your organization time and money by modernizing your cloud.
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The Future of the OpenStack Summit
Enterprises no matter the size, are creatures of habit. With today’s trend of innovation and rapid change, the code-sharing economy is too impactful to overlook. The Foundation recognized that focusing on OpenStack by itself was not enough, so they redefined what falls under the Open Infrastructure umbrella. OpenStack remains the central piece of this strategy, but now it takes a goal-oriented approach rather than a project focus allowing the platform to improve as a whole.
Thousands of operators and developers will gather at the next OpenStack Summit to collaborate and learn how both startups and large enterprises center themselves around open source technologies and repackage it to fit their organization’s personal needs. According to the 2016 Future of Open Source Survey conducted by Black Duck and North Bridge, approximately 65% of companies increased their use of open-source software from 2015 to 2016 and this is just the beginning. Initiatives like Facebook’s Open Compute Project and TensorFlow, Google’s open-source library of machine-learning code, are catching the attention of participating companies such as AT&T, Airbnb and Goldman Sachs. With projected review to exceed $6 billion by 2021, OpenStack has evolved beyond the the new shiny object and is now recognized as a platform that’s here to stay.
Why We Sponsor OpenStack Summits
Trilio has been a proud sponsor of the OpenStack Summit for years. It’s a great opportunity for us to stay involved in the community and hear about new use cases for OpenStack and other open source tools.
Plus, there are the obvious benefits of being a software vendor at a show: we can demonstrate first-hand the extensive ways we can tailor our agentless, non-disruptive, scalable solution to each organizations’ specific use cases and needs. As more major global companies rely on open-source technologies for integral parts of their infrastructure, the range of use cases has broadened significantly. Many CIOs now share an “open-source first” mentality when it comes to deploying new software and infrastructure.
Once you’ve covered the show floor full of vendor tables, the keynote presentations generate lots of discussion around the “in” trends. You have the opportunity to attend over 200 technical breakouts, which is the perfect opportunity to learn from other users and hear about the steps they have taken for a successful journey to the cloud. Without experiencing it for yourself, it’s hard to imagine the authentic community driving OpenStack’s rapid expansion.
How to Get Involved in the Upcoming OpenStack Summit 2018
The next OpenStack Summit will be hosted from November 13th-15th at CityCube in Berlin, Germany. With the expanded focus to include all things open source, the theme is “Home of Open Infrastructure.” Attendees will be able to bring online conversations to life and engage with community members solving real problems.
Trilio, the only data protection for both OpenStack and RHV, will be sponsoring at booth C19 offering demos and free 30-day proof of concepts for attendees to test the software in their own environments.