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A Glimpse of the Future: Xen @ OpenStack Conference

The OpenStack Conference is a nice change of pace from the design summit. The conference is more about announcements,  case studies, and forward-looking discussion. There is plenty of coverage of these in the blogosphere.

Ewan Mellor and I gave a talk that looked toward the future of the Xen and OpenStack by first looking at the history of Xen.org and the cloud. Visionaries, such as Ian Pratt, started thinking about utility computing even before the Xen hypervisor was even released. You can read about the Xenoservers project that was started in the late 1990s.

In our talk we focused on Xen.org initiatives related to OpenStack, specifically The Xen Cloud Platform, Project Kronos, and Xen on ARM. Please take a look and share your comments with us on the future of Xen in the cloud.

Xen @ OpenStack Design Summit

Three packed days of developer meetings at the OpenStack Design Summit are now in the books. It’s been great to meet the development community. Project Kronos was very well received and Chuck Short offered to take a closer look at helping us package it for Ubuntu. Here is a link to the slides and references of my “Integrating Xen and OpenStack with Project Kronos” session. The conference is still going on, so I’ll report about it when I get back.

Even though the events are still unfolding, I can say that all the excitement about OpenStack is for good reason – OpenStack is a big deal for sure. Ewan Mellor pointed out that not only is OpenStack important to the community, but it is all important to the world. Another attendee noted that we can’t even yet understand how big the thing we (the OpenStack community) are a part of is. Xen.org is excited to be a contributor to the OpenStack community!

Xen at OpenStack Design Summit and Conference

Xen OpenStack LogoEvery 6 months the OpenStack community gets together to discuss plans for the next release. Next week in Boston will be the Essex Design Summit and Conference. Myself and Ewan Mellor will be representing Xen.org. If you want to get together next week and discuss anything related to Xen, XCP, or OpenStack, then do get in touch with me (todd.deshane@xen.org).

At the summit, I’ll be leading a session on Project Kronos. There will also be a session on XenServer and KVM feature parity.

At the conference, be sure to catch the talk that Ewan and I are presenting on the Xen.org initiatives related to OpenStack. Ewan is also on a couple panel sessions that you won’t want to miss.

This is a great chance to get your head back in the cloud. Hope to see you there!

XenSummit Abstracts Available

The abstracts for XenSummit North America are now available on the XenSummit portal.

Note that early registration ends Monday (registration fee will be raised  to $150 after that).

If you are interested in participating in a possible Xen.org developer meeting on August 4 (the day after the summit), sign up  here. If at least 25 people sign up, we will hold the meeting.

Related Posts:
http://blog.xenproject.org/index.php/2011/06/22/xen-summit-2011-agenda-and-speaker-lineup/
http://blog.xenproject.org/index.php/2011/06/10/xensummit-update/
http://blog.xenproject.org/index.php/2011/05/23/xensummit-update-program-management-committee/

Xen.org Welcomes a New Community Manager

Xen.org is pleased and excited to announce that Lars Kurth will be our new Community Manager. Lars has lots of experience helping to organize and promote open source communities, and we’re confident that he’ll make a very positive impact.

We asked Lars to provide an introduction of himself so that you can get to know him a little bit better.

“Hi, my name is Lars Kurth and I am looking forward to being the new community manager for Xen.org. In the last 9 years I have worked with various open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and have developed a great passion for working in or with open source communites. My career has been quite diverse, covering roles such as community manager for Symbian, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. This enabled me to learn to solve and understand many different business and community problems: such as building and leading virtual engineering teams, planning and executing change programs impacting 1000+ users and developing marketing and communications programs. I have mostly worked on different aspects of tooling and development infrastructure for silicon and mobile vendors helping developers be more effective.  In any case, I don’t want to bore you too much: if you want to know more check out my LinkedIn profile on uk.linkedin.com/in/larskurth

Personally, I have a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. I am particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and have built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world which I grow in a small greenhouse. My love for plants extends into a passion for travel: I enjoy travelling to exotic places to see plants grow in their native habitats.

I won’t start at Xen.org for a few weeks. If you see me on-line on

Drop me a line and say hello. And I am looking forward to work with you in the New Year.

Lars”