The next gathering, taking place in September 3-4 in New York City, is a chance for operators to share best practices and war stories.


If you run an OpenStack cloud, attending the next Ops Meetup is a great way to trade best practices and share war stories.

Ops Meetups give people who run clouds a place to meet face-to-face, share ideas and give feedback. The vibe is more round table-working group-unconference, with only a small number of presentations. The aim is to gather feedback on frequent issues and work to communicate them across the community, offer a forum to share best practices and architectures and increase constructive, proactive involvement from those running clouds. Ops Meetups are typically held as part of the six-monthly design summit and also once mid-cycle.

This time around, it’ll be held September 3-4 in New York City, hosted by Bloomberg LP at the company’s super-central Park Avenue offices.

You still have time to influence the sessions, so check out the Etherpad. Current session topics include deployment tools, long-term support, RDO and TripleO, Ceph and the always popular tracks dedicated to architecture show-and-tell and war story lightning talks. You can register here.

In the meantime, if you have questions or want to get involved, the Ops Meetup Team holds meetings Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. EST (UTC -5) and welcomes items added to the meeting agenda on an Etherpad. You’ll also find folks on the #openstack-operators IRC channel or post to the unified OpenStack mailing list using the [ops] tag.

“It’s another way Stackers come together to keep the momentum going as a community, in between Summits, in smaller, focused groups,” says OSF COO Mark Collier.

His experience of attending one of the early ones? “I was really struck by the atmosphere: all focus, no flash…Real life superusers from companies like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, GoDaddy, Yahoo, Sony Playstation, Symantec, Cisco, Workday, IBM, Bluebox, Intel and Paypal made the time to attend and collaborate.”

And, more importantly, the operators came ready to work, to talk about the pain points they’d encountered running thousands of nodes, battles with upgrades and making tough configuration decisions.

For more on what to expect from an Ops Meetup, check out these reports from previous editions held in Manchester and Mexico City.

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