CloudStack European User Group

CloudStack European User Group roundup - June 2014
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Date(s) - 12/11/2015
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Trend Micro

Autumn meeting of CloudStack European User group.

As always, there will be some great speakers, the chance to meet with other CloudStack users, with pizza for lunch and time to continue the discussions over a beer or two in the evening.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the last two user groups have sold out and we’ve had a waiting list for places. Please ensure you are able to attend before booking tickets.

VENUE: Trend Micro, 2 Kingdom Street, London, W2 6BD. Nearest tube: Paddington

Directions to venue: It’s super easy to get to our building from Paddington Station (if you know where you’re going). Just walk down platform 8 until you get to the end and follow signs to the Hammersmith & City line. Just before the Hammersmith & City tube barriers, there is an exit for Grand Union Canal. Walk up the stairs and you’ll see signs for Kingdom Street. Turn left and just follow the signs for Kingdom Street. We are at 2, Kingdom Street past all the shops and eating places but before the Novotel hotel.


Welcome & CloudStack News – Paul Angus
Ansible and CloudStack in Action – René Moser
The importance of having your own ci run or Jenkins slave – Daan Hoogland
Securing your Cloud Environment – Jon Noble
Something Very Interesting – Paul Angus


Ansible and CloudStack in Action, René Moser
René will take a brief run through his work on the official Ansible Cloudstack modules released with upcoming Ansible 2.0. This will cover a short intro into Ansible, motivation behind the CloudStack modules, his testing setup, tips and tricks, and real world use cases including a demo deploying an application from zero to hero on CloudStack.

Daan Hoogland, The importance of having your own ci run or Jenkins slave attached to the central CloudStack source repository
The title of this brief suggests a focus on continuous integration, but this is only a suggestion! The real importance when using Apache CloudStack is to have an environment resembling your production environment, in which you can make quick iterations of installing and testing the newest developments against your own requirements. Too few organisations do this and publish their results back to the ACS mailing lists, but those that do have the advantage of escalating problems before they hit their production environment. Daan will describe a few environments he knows of and talk about standardising the feedback that users could provide to the project.

Jon Noble, Securing your Cloud Environment – why you need to care (and what they do if you don’t!)
Jon will give a brief overview of why you should consider security as part of your CloudStack deployment, why your approach to security needs to be different than in a traditional environment, and also talk about some of the motives behind the attacks – why they attack you and what they do once they have compromised a system

Something Very Interesting, Paul Angus
Paul always has something to say about CloudStack, and it’s usually pretty interesting…. he just hasn’t told us what that will be on this occasion! However – he assures us that he has a few ideas and will be ready to deliver a talk at the meetup. Watch this space.


René Moser is Linux System Engineer at SWISS TXT, an IT and multimedia solution provider for Swiss national broadcast association groups. René specialises in DevOps and Linux engineering, is an Apache Committer (resmo) and is one the most active independent committers to the Ansible project.

Daan Hoogland is a senior software developer at Leaseweb, an Apache Cloudstack PMC member and contributor of code. He has been in the IT industry for 25 years, both as an operator on several platforms and as a developer working in dozens of languages. As a volunteer he is active as triathlon trainer and arbiter. In his free time as a couch potato, he likes to study and ponder on the construction of languages both artificial and natural.

Jon Noble is Director of Strategic Alliances & Partnerships at TrendMicro, a global leader in IT Security. Jon specialises in security for cloud-based infrastructures and spoke at last year’s CloudStack Collaboration Conference.

Paul Angus is a Senior Consultant & Cloud Architect at ShapeBlue, the leading independent CloudStack integrator & consultancy. He has designed numerous CloudStack environments for customers across 4 continents. Paul has spoken at all of the Cloudstack collaboration conferences and is a committer and active contributor to the Apache CloudStack project. When not building Clouds, Paul likes to create scripts that build clouds, and can very occasionally can be seen trying to hit a golf ball.