CloudStack European User Group Meeting 2013 | Roundup

The CloudStack European User group met on Thursday 11th for our quarterly meeting.

We had a packed room, with standing room only  and attendees coming from as far afield as UK, France, Turkey and Germany.

Giles Sirett (CEO of ShapeBlue, Chairman of the Group, and author of this blog)  opened the meeting with his usual roundup of all things Cloudstack:


Geoff Higginbottom (CTO of ShapeBlue & Apache CloudStack committer)  gave a good overview of the features of the upcoming 4.1 release of Cloudstack:


Oliver Leech (Platform Architect at Tata Communications) demonstrated using puppet to deploy applications within a CloudStack environment.  As an example application, he chose to use Cloudstack to deploy CloudStack  which did leave some people in the room with spinning heads. Clever guy Oliver!

We then had a look at two different object storage technologies: Cloudian and Basho (although Stuart did keep reminding us that Basho are a “distributed systems company”). Although they’re technically competitors, Bob and Stuart did a good job  of providing some solid thinking around the use-case’s for object storage and also how they both are investing in integrating their technologies with CloudStack.


Bob Defoe from Cloudian gave a good overview of the use of Cloudian for object based storage within CloudStack

Stuart Mcall from Basho talked about their RiakCS technology & community

A massive thank-you to  the speakers  and also to everybody who came along.  Citrix very kindly gave us the room and ShapeBlue paid for the beer, pizza and my time to organise.

Everybody seemed to agree that  that the next meeting should be a ½ day affair. I will look to schedule something mid June.  Proposals for presentations can be emailed straight to me.

Keep an eye on the group on Linkedin for further information on the June meeting



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