New York Chapter Event: Deploying OpenStack Clouds
2/28/2012 - 2/28/2012
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Deploying OpenStack Clouds

Since Rackspace and NASA started OpenStack in July 2010 with the support of 25 technology industry leaders, the project has seen unprecedented growth, showing a true industry need for an open source, open standards alternative to expensive, proprietary cloud technologies. In less than 18 months, OpenStack is being deployed by major public cloud providers including AT&T, Internap, Korea Telecom and Rackspace, as well as dozens of enterprise IT departments. In this session, Jim Curry, GM of Rackspace Cloud Builders, and Jason Cannavale, Principal Architect for Rackspace Cloud Builders will provide:

  • Overview of OpenStack, including the compute, storage and networking components, and the benefits of an open cloud standard
  • A demo of the OpenStack Dashboard and key features exposed
  • Real challenges, lessons and best practices from the frontlines deploying OpenStack clouds for Sony Computer Entertainment America and eBay’s X.commerce
  • How you can get involved in the OpenStack community

This will be an interactive session, please bring your questions!

Jim Curry, GM, Rackspace Cloud Builders
Jim Curry is General Manager of Rackspace's Cloud Builders business, and leads the community during its transition to a foundation in 2012. Cloud Builders provides support to enterprises, service providers, and other organizations who want to deploy and run OpenStack-based clouds anywhere. He was an integral part of founding and managing the OpenStack open source community, and has been responsible for driving the OpenStack initiative, including major relationships, community-driven development and adoption.
Twitter: @jimcurry
Jason Cannavale, Principal Architect, Rackspace Cloud Builders
Jason is a Principal Architect with 10 years of experience in the IT industry that includes a diverse background in system and network administration, high performance computing, and software engineering. In four years at Rackspace he has had many different roles, most recently as the Engineering Lead for theRack Connect product launch. Jason is primarily focused on Rackspace Cloud Private Edition and large scale OpenStack deployments for enterprise customers.
Twitter: @jcannava

About OpenStack
OpenStack is an open source cloud operating system, consisting of compute, storage and networking components freely available under the Apache 2.0 software license. Backed by nearly 150 companies, OpenStack is quickly becoming the industry standard for private and public clouds. For more information, including user stories, technical features and community updates, please visit

About Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition
Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition combines a proven, OpenStack-powered reference architecture with industry-best cloud operations and software support from Rackspace. Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition can be deployed and run in any datacenter, including customer premise, Rackspace and partner datacenters like Equinix globally. By leveraging the OpenStack open source platform, customers avoid costly software licensing fees and benefit from access to new features in the future with the help of the nearly 150 companies who back OpenStack. For more information, please visit

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Rackspace Hosting is the service leader in cloud computing, and a founder of OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system. The San Antonio-based company provides Fanatical Support® to its customers, across a portfolio of IT services, including Managed Hosting and Cloud Computing. Rackspace has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100 Performing Technology Company and was featured on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. The company was also positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by Gartner Inc. in the “2010 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting.” For more information, visit

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