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It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to pack my bags to head for Atlanta and the next OpenStack Summit on May 12-15, 2014. This summit is a great time to celebrate enhancements to the recent OpenStack Icehouse release. That includes one of my favorites, the new Federated Identity support for Keystone that allows users existing on an external identity provider to interact with OpenStack. Powerful stuff.

The Summit is also a great time to look forward to future releases. This OpenStack Summit promises to be bigger and better than ever with some new features to make the Summit even more interactive and fun.

What’s new at the summit?

I’m always impressed with the planning and creativity that goes into every OpenStack Summit. The foundation’s leadership is always looking for ways to improve the user experience, and this Summit is no exception. You can expect the usual features that make the Summit the Summit, including the always popular design sessions (no suits allowed!), user keynotes, technical sessions and expo hall. But there are a few fun additions to this year’s event.

The new booth crawl happy hour will be held Monday May 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. Beers are on the house from some of your favorite vendors, including IBM. All attendees are invited to join us in the expo hall for drinks, snacks and games. It’s a great time to mix, mingle and check out the sponsor booths. Also new this for this year’s Summit is the vendor track option where you can visit your favorite vendors to learn more about their offerings running on OpenStack, finally laying to rest the question, “What offerings do you have running on OpenStack?”

Visit IBM attractions at the Summit

We’re excited to host a number of different presentations, tracks and demos at the Summit, and we hope you’ll stop by for a visit. Join IBM VP Angel Diaz for his sponsor presentation: “OpenStack is Rockin’ the Open Cloud Movement! Who’s Next to Join the Band?” His presentation will take place May 12 at 12:05 p.m.

For more details on IBM offerings running on OpenStack, find us at the IBM Track, kicking off May 14 at 9 a.m. with a presentation from yours truly, “Getting from Enterprise Ready to Enterprise Bliss – Why OpenStack and IBM is a Match Made in Cloud Heaven.” In your free time, stop by the IBM booth to grab one of our new “Juno Who Rocks OpenStack” T-shirts, view some of the latest demos running on OpenStack and then entertain yourself and others with the Oculus Rift gaming demo. Also at the IBM booth, you can view a full listing of all IBM technical and design sessions at the Summit.

Celebrating Icehouse

IBM is proud to have once again been a top release contributor to OpenStack Icehouse, released April 17. Once again, growth rates of contributors over the last OpenStack release were blown out of the water. The Icehouse release had 1,202 contributors, a 32 percent increase over the Havana release six months ago. Approximately 350 new features and 2,902 bug fixes were added in the Icehouse release cycle, with a focus on testing, maturity and stability. For more information about the Icehouse release, check out this blog by IBM’s Brad Topol.

Looking ahead

“Juno” who will rock the next release of OpenStack? All of you—that’s who. I’ve said it before and I will say again, OpenStack’s future success depends on the growing ecosystem of developers and leaders who contribute to its latest release. Whether you are a business leader driving open governance at OpenStack or a developer driving new and innovative function, it takes all of you to make the next release of OpenStack a success. I applaud you all for your contributions and I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta as we work toward the next bigger and better release of OpenStack—codename Juno.

See you in Atlanta!

IBM Cloud

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