LinuxFest Northwest 2012

Bellingham, WA April 28th & 29th

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Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing

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Few IT trends have generated as much buzz as cloud computing. This talk will cut through the hype and clarify cloud computing. The bulk of the conversation will focus on the open source software that can be used to build compute clouds (infrastructure-as-a-service) and the complementary open source management tools that can be combined to automate the management of cloud computing environments. The discussion will appeal to anyone who has a good grasp of traditional data center infrastructure but is struggling with the benefits and migration path to a cloud computing environment. Systems administrators and IT generalists will leave the discussion with a general overview of the options for building and managing their own cloud computing environments using free and open source software. 


Speaker Bio:

Mark Hinkle is a passionate open source advocate who currently serves as the Director of Cloud Computing Community at Citrix Systems Inc. He is responsible for their open source cloud computing efforts with the CloudStack and Xen open source projects. Previously he was the VP of Community for open source ISVs at (acquired by Citrix in July 2011) and Zenoss. He co-founded both the Desktop Linux Consortium and the Open Management Consortium to raise awareness of enterprise-ready open source solutions based on the Linux desktop. He is a frequent speaker on open source at industry conferences and the former editor-in-chief of LinuxWorld Magazine. He’s also the author of the book "Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration" (Thomson, 2006). More information can be found at his blog.


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