Rootconf 2016

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Spencer Krum


Openstack for Humans

Submitted Jan 21, 2016

This talk will introduce OpenStack to people who haven’t heard of OpenStack or haven’t kept up with what OpenStack is and what it provides.


In this talk, we’ll introduce OpenStack and demonstrate some basic use of an OpenStack cloud.

In short, OpenStack is cloud software, enabling users to boot virtual machines and configure other cloud resources such as networking and attached storage. OpenStack is different from AWS in that OpenStack is open source software, anyone can do whatever they want with it.

Generally, OpenStack is used in both public and private clouds. Some organizations use a public OpenStack cloud in much the same way as AWS, some organizations run a private OpenStack cloud in their own datacenter.


Eyes, Ears, and maybe a laptop to follow along.

Speaker bio

Spencer (nibalizer) Krum has been sysoping Linux since 2010. He works for IBM contributing upstream to OpenStack and Puppet. Spencer coordinates the local DevOps user group in Portland. Spencer helped found the puppet-community effort, which attempts to bring together a network of developers, modules, and infrastructure.

In his free time he volunteers for an ops-training program at Portland State University called the Braindump. Spencer is a published author and frequent speaker at technical conferences. Spencer lives and works in Portland, Oregon where he enjoys cheeseburgers and StarCraft II.


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